Founder of Vocabilities and main voice coach Darren McStay originally trained as an actor and musician. With over twenty years of experience recording in studios and performing on stage, he has amassed a wealth of expertise in his field.
He began voice coaching in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of people find their confidence and realise their potential as voice-over artists and speakers alike.
Darren originally gained a certificate of distinction in Speech and Articulation from LAMDA before studying for an MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School. He also has the equivalent MA in Radio from the same school. He is also currently studying to complete his Grade 6 TEFL course through the London Teachers Training College.
As a musician, Darren has played for crowds of up to three thousand and appeared on the same billing as Scissor Sisters, The Cuban Brothers and The Blockheads. He has also performed at some of the UK’s most exciting festivals like Glastonbury, Bestival, and Boomtown - to name only a few.
As a stage actor, Darren has worked at the National Theatre, the Royal Opera house, ENO (English National Opera), and has also performed in Warhorse in London's West End. As a film actor, he has appeared in over twenty-five films and he continues to work in both fields.
All of this experience gives Darren a diverse and unique set of tools to draw upon when working with all of his clients.
Monika is a trained actor currently appearing in Finland's top soap opera Salatut Elämät. She also has extensive experience performing voice-overs and is signed by some of the top agencies in the business including Hobsons and Another Tongue.
Monika has become the voice of Norwegian Airlines, Nokia and Fisher Price (as well as several other big brands) and continues to discover new and exciting challenges in many other areas, including cartoons, documentaries and infomercials.
Monika oversees all of the work produced here at Free and Easy Speech and also acts as quality control during the editing and mixing phase. With her extensive hands-on knowledge of voice recording, she is able to enhance every reel with her extremely valuable experience and instincts.