Chloe grew up on a council estate in Southampton, she describes her childhood as being lovely with a big family surrounding her. Her love of acting and singing first developed in primary school where she started taking part in school plays and drama clubs. At secondary school she toured professional venues with a 5 piece band as a lead singer. She went on to study performing arts and musical theatre at college and university.
Having been interested in accents and voices for a few years and being a fan of animation and video games she developed an interest in voice acting. At university Chloe studied the creation and manipulation of the voice, she found this fascinating and combining this with her love of animation she decided to pursue a career in voice acting.
After finishing university she felt a bit lost and felt she hadn’t been taught the skills needed to become a freelance actor, look after her finances and function as a self-employed professional. She had all the performance skills but needed the business knowledge. She was introduced to Inspiring Enterprise by the careers team at the University of Winchester after she graduated. Chloe says of the support she received from Inspiring Enterprise:
“When I met Donna, my mentor, I suddenly found that I was becoming a lot more comfortable with how I work as a professional and where I need to go for information. Donna was amazing at introducing me to the right people to help me understand the skills I needed to be a professional actor; she introduced me to an agent which is great. The most important thing that Donna has helped me with is accepting how I work as a person and making me feel comfortable with my work process, teaching me that it is important to give myself a break. Discussing in our meetings what I had been doing in the time between our last meet up, helped me see that I had actually been quite productive even if it had felt that I hadn’t done anything. She was really helpful at making me understand how to look after myself as well as my business. Working with Inspiring Enterprise has really helped me out”
Chloe is now working as a freelance voice actor and has a just completed a contract over the festive performing the voice of a reindeer. She has also just produced a successful charity event raising money for Children with Cancer UK, which was live streamed on social media.
We can’t wait to see what she does next!