My name’s John Batchelor. Normally this bio stuff is written in a ‘John did this’ and ‘John did that’ sort of way, but I’m going to freshen it up some.
I started my life out as an actor who did some voice overs but since joining RMK about halfway through 2013, and I think it’s fair to say I’ve turned into a Voice artist who does some acting. That’s been a big change for me and I have to say, I bloody love it.
My early acting life was spent between Brisbane and Sydney after graduating from NIDA in 1992. I worked mainly in theatre doing Shakespeare, contempory Australian and International work and my favourite, Moliere. I’m a sucker for French farce. I thought that acting on stage was all I wanted to do. I loved it. Interpreting scripts is what I studied to do and playing leading and supporting roles for theatre companies like Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, La Boite, Bell Shakespeare and Company B Belvoir were stuff that dreams were made of.
Then, around 2006, I was offered a role in the channel 9 action/drama Sea Patrol around the same time as being made the voice for AEC, informing people that “their vote was a valuable thing”. All of a sudden my life changed from Theatre to film and TV and voice work. Regular film and TV work followed and even more opportunities in the voice world. It was a new and exciting world for me to be a part of. Five seasons of Sea Patrol, Underbelly: Razor, The Great Mint Swindle and the AACTA award winning Red Dog were some of my favourites as well as voicing the release of the all new Subaru Forester in 2012 and becoming the voice of the A&E channel on Foxtel
Then I met the wonderful people at RMK and to say my life has changed, again, would be an understatement. I’ve not only voiced many more ad campaigns for business’ on TV and Radio but I’ve also done countless internal corporate reads for all sorts of banking institutions, airlines, government departments, television networks and private corporations. Some companies use me to be the “walkthrough” voice on their employment pages. I work on AM and FM radio doing promotions and commercials. I’ve narrated series like Air Rescue on Channel 7 for 4 years and the Investment series starting in 2017 on Channel 9.
I honestly had no idea I could do so many different things in the voice world, but I can and I do, everyday, and, you guessed it. I. Bloody. Love. It.
Have a listen to my demo and I’m sure you’ll find a read right for you and your business.