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Meet Ritesh Menon, the man with a dynamic voice

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Ritesh says although he never dreamt of becoming a voice-over artist but even from the middle-school days he used to be fascinated by the voices on TV and radio advertisements.

Ritesh Menon, well-known Indian voice-over artist, recently migrated to Melbourne from Mumbai.

Ritesh says although he never dreamt of becoming a voice-over artist but even from the middle-school days, he used to be fascinated by the voices on TV and radio advertisements.

“I would imitate the advts just for fun. And during High-school I used to debate and compere in school and my teachers used to tell me that I had a nice voice and that I should do something with it. I never thought much of it at that point of time,” adds Ritesh.

In Pune, Ritesh was pursuing Chartered Accountancy and it was a very demanding course.

But during the C.A. exam breaks, he desperately wanted to distract himself and do something different.

Ritesh says - “Somewhere I remembered what my teachers from school had said, and I started contacting studios to know how voice-work happens, and how I could get into voice recordings. I did a couple of jobs that way. Then it so happened that an event organiser arranged for an extremely well known voice artist from Mumbai to conduct a 2 day workshop in Pune. I attended that, and thus met my guru Khodus Wadia.”

After speaking to Khodus Wadia at length, Ritesh decided to pursue Voicing as a career.

“I made the hard decision to drop CA in my final level, and get into Voice-overs – following my heart and passion, instead of my head. I trained under Khodus Wadia for about 4 months (in Mumbai) and we made a showreel together (an audio cd) based on which I could approach producers /film makers for work,” adds Ritesh.

He ended up spending almost one year trying out the Pune market before making the big shift to Mumbai.

Ritesh says - “Work initially took time to come but it gradually started and picked up. Patience and self-belief is key, when it comes to a career like this. I was mostly doing TV Commercials, Corporate films, Documentaries and some Radio-spots ,etc.”

Ritesh has also worked as the channel voice for Indian TV channels – Colors and UTV Movies.

In addition, in the last twelve years, he has voiced brands  such as Forevermark Diamonds, Colgate, Amul, Danone, Vodafone, HSBC, Samsung, Pantene, LG, Kent water Purifiers, Bajaj, Anchor, Jet Airways, Royal Challenge, Tata AIG, Cinthol, ICICI, Castrol, Crocin, TVS, Fastrack Watches, Frito Lays, and many others.

To know more about the life and training of a voice-over artist, listen to Amit Sarwal’s conversation with Ritesh Menon.