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Behind the Scenes | Kelley Huston

Voice-over actress

I literally can’t remember a time when I wasn’t performing,” says voice-over actress Kelley Huston. This isn’t a surprise, given the fact that Huston descends from a family of vaudeville actors.

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By age 10, she knew she wanted to act professionally. At the age of 15, Huston began taking acting workshops while attending Anderson High School. During a scene-study she was recruited by DB Talent, an Austin-based voice talent agency. In 1995, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Theater Arts. Soon after her graduating, DB Talent suggested that Huston consider taking a try at voice-over work. “Being behind the microphone, it felt like home,” Huston explains.

Huston gives a quick tour of her Brentwood home recording booth. Inside the small converted closet, the space is dimly lit. Arolex, a dense foam material used for sound-proofing, lines the walls and hanging Tibetan prayer flags provide the room some color. Her recording studio is located in the back room of her slate-blue bungalow. “Part of having a home studio is that it’s allowed me to work on a national scale.” Some of Huston’s voice-over work can be heard in commercials for Nike and Southwest Airlines. She costarred as Princess Glenda in the Anime television series Petite Princess Yucie. She’s also the voice of Catwoman in the Playstation game, DC Universe. When asked what she relies on most on a busy day in the studio, she points to a bowl of apples sitting on her desk. “I often eat a Granny Smith apple before each session,” she explains, “because it clears up the clicking noises your mouth makes from dehydration.”

On top of being a voice talent, Huston is also a new mother. Her face lights up when she shows pictures of eleven-month-old Sabine. In terms of juggling her roles, her freelance schedule has allowed Huston some flexibility. “The advantage of V.O. is when I have an audition, a lot of times I have twenty-four hours to get it done. So I can do it when Sabine is sleeping,” Huston says, pointing to her recording booth. “I just step right in there in my pajamas.” She also corresponds with fellow V.O. mother, Heather Costa, over Skype every week. Together, they recap their week’s achievements and next week’s goals. “I’m really lucky,” adds Huston. “Thoreau says to ‘Live the life imagined.’ I remind myself of that every day.”

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Photography by Bill Sallans

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