Bio

About Simon Harvey

Have you listened to Simon’s compilation demo? When people do they often ask: “Are all those voices the same person?”

For any Australian voice artist Sydney is undoubtedly the hub of the industry. Simon is represented by Australia’s longest established and most selective voice talent agency, RMK Voices in Sydney.

He’s extremely versatile; his natural speaking voice has an easy smile and warmth. He ranges from reassuring and personal to persuasive, authoritative, seductive, or just the man on the street – the dad, the husband, the guy in the shop, the executive or the tradesman. It may be TV commercials, radio campaigns or frequently as the voice over for narration. As a narration voice actor, Simon is in demand for e-learning projects, corporate presentations, promotional and training productions, TV narration plus many other niches that need the skills of a vocal actor. He also does accents and animation voices.

Any voice artist’s demo will convey voice quality, style and range but it won’t tell you what the artist is like to work with. Is he easily directed? Can he really interpret a script to efficiently deliver a read to the client’s perfection?

Well, Simon has recorded over four thousand sessions since joining RMK, suggesting that his many clients can truly rely on him to deliver precisely the message they require.

Rather than attempt to explain his abilities as a voice professional any more, please visit the Voice Samples page or On-Camera Showreels page and listen or look for yourself.

Simon’s own comments…

I often think about how lucky I have been over the 15 years or so that I’ve been with RMK. It’s a real privilege to be working daily, doing what I love, for many of Australia’s very best creatives. Working with these writers, producers, directors and sound engineers over the years has enabled me to fine tune and shape my abilities as a voice artist. Their direction has led me to have a real understanding of subtlety, nuance and timing when it comes to the simple act of “reading a script”. Being able to interpret and respond to direction and then be able to add or subtract ½ shades or even ¼ shades of difference to a read has played a big part in keeping me so busy with the wonderful variety of voice jobs that I do each week. I have also discovered that I have a particular ability with very long scripts – often narrations for complex products like pharmaceuticals and technology. This knack means I am often called upon for these long narrations when time is in short supply, and a client needs to know that we can get through a script quickly and efficiently. Another type of script I love is the Research Narrative – in fact I have created a specific demo of this style right here. Please listen to my compilation demo as a starting point. I hope that you might then decide that there’s something special that I can bring to your project.

Thanks for visiting my site,
Simon.

Acting, television, other skills and interests.

Television presenting:

Simon is also an experienced on camera presenter. His warm, distinctive voice combined with an attractive, engaging on-camera persona has seen him doing more and more of this type of work through the last few years. His styles cover a wide range from the expert tradesman to the business professional. Please watch his “presenting” showreel while you’re here.

Acting:

In the past few years he’s featured in a range of TV commercials in acted roles ranging from dad with the kids to the serious businessman to the friendly tradesman along with other roles like one of the fellas at the pub through to the lab coated scientist.

Other stuff:

Simon holds a drivers licence, powerboat licence, and a SCUBA certificate. He has a young daughter so has just discovered the thrills of weekend netball! He has a keen interest in aviation holding a recreational pilot’s licence. He’s very handy in the kitchen and also loves snow skiing, dirt bike riding, sport kite flying and fishing. He’s a keen gardener with a bountiful vegie and herb patch alongside two backyard chooks named “cupcakes and milkshakes”.