7 World-Famous Voices: How They Earn A Living Speaking For Machines
Voices come out of our cell phones and GPS machines. Out of our computers and train platforms. Ever since a jolly man told us "You've got mail," we've come to trust, even love, the disembodied sounds of total strangers. After all, it makes us feel better about living in a world made ever more of silicon and steel and things that go beep. Apple even got mad when the man who voiced British Siri identified himself publicly, telling him, "We're not about one person."
But who are those people actually? And how did they end up with a job that gets millions of people to trust and love them? Scroll through our slideshow of seven of the most famous voices attached to non-famous faces in the world, and learn of the toils and very lucky breaks that landed them, well, everywhere.
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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