Our Coaches – Olivia Darnley
All our coaches are voice professionals with years of experience both in voice, communication and teaching and training. They are handpicked after an extensive interview process, for their ear, their expertise, their warmth and that special je ne sais quoi! Every one of our coaches has gone through extensive training in The Serlin Method™ in addition to their own training.
My ambition as a child was to read poetry on the radio – admittedly, a niche career – this ambition was a result of a passion for the power of the spoken word which began very early for me and has never faltered. I love storytelling and the individuality of all accents and voices.
This love led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in English and Drama at Birmingham University, followed by a Masters Degree in Drama (Acting) at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have worked as an actress in the West End, on Broadway, for the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre, alongside many roles for TV, film, BBC radio, and most recently, recording books for Audible (which makes 7 year old, Olivia, very happy!).
I studied with UCL, Knight Thompson Speechwork and many world-class voice coaches to further develop the performance and accent skills I used as an actress in order to create a practice which helps my clients embrace their individuality and become confident in their communication. I have now been coaching for over 5 years, with a focus on accent work and presentation skills.
I am an empathetic and encouraging coach dedicated to helping each of my clients discover their own easy style in order to communicate dynamically, calmly and confidently. I truly believe it’s something we can all do once we have the right tools.