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We’re Nominated for an Award, AGAIN! Plus personal message to you all from Sam Hughes


We are absolutely honoured to announce that we are once again nominated in the Voice Arts Awards category of Outstanding Voiceover Podcast!!!

Last year we were nominated in the prestigious New York awards ceremony with our Salli Saffioti interview.

This year we return as nominees with our Interview with Roger Craig Smith!

What a wonderful list of nominees this year too! We are on the list with Beyonce, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Blessed, William Shatner, VO Buzz Weekly and so many other awesome people!

Full list of nominees here:

We are so excited, if you couldn’t tell from all the exclamation marks, and are truly happy to be a part of something so wonderful.

However, we won’t take all the credit (Even though we all work really hard ;p), as it’s down to you guys that we’re still here. Sam started this site with the notion of giving back to the audio community he so loved, and now we’re where we are because that resonated with you.

We may be being cheesy but without all of you lot out there who listen to, read, watch and interact with our content, we’d be nothing :). So from all of us at The Sound Architect; THANK YOU for believing in us.

You keep kicking ass :)!

Sam also wanted to add a personal message to you all so we leave you with that:


“I would say I’m speechless, but for those of you who know me you know that’s nigh on impossible. Plus, this commemorative moment of being nominated again in the Voice Arts Awards seems like a good chance for me to express some of the feelings I have had for a while now. I still haven’t figured out quite how to say them so bear with me…

The last 2 and a half years  or so of running The Sound Architect hasn’t been an easy feat, I’m not going to lie. It’s a tough commitment to keep and especially as time has gone on and I have spread myself across voiceover, sound design and general audio projects; it’s made it increasingly more difficult to continue.

People still ask me today why I continue with it as it’s “just making more work for myself”. The answer is two things.

The first being that I have known ever since I founded The Sound Architect, what it could be. The potential it had to not only provide information or news, but to also encourage more people to understand what we do in these fields and to encourage more people to believe in what they want to do.

Recently, I have been the king of “cheese” when it comes to statements but I can’t help it being true. I know first hand how hard it is to break into this side of the industry, whether it be voice acting, sound design, composing or any other audio field. I count myself one of the luckiest people in the world to even be a part of it now. The hardest part of it all sometimes can be believing in yourself and believing that you’re doing the right thing. Now, I write this still considering myself a “noob” to the industry. I am in no way an expert and never claim to be. I don’t write these articles, do these interviews etc. because I know what I’m talking about. I do it because I didn’t or don’t!

We’ve all been in the position where we were going to give up on the dreams we have. Reality doesn’t always just let us “never give up” or “just keep going!” as if it’s so simple. Not everyone has the same path and not everyone has the same difficulties. There is always going to be someone younger than you, better than you, had it easier than you, had it harder than you. The idea is not to judge yourself by others around you but to embrace what you don’t know, and to learn from them whatever their journey. Everyone can teach you at least one thing and if you learn anything from any difficult situation and manage to carry on; you deserve to get where you need to be.

That’s a very long first thing, but something that’s very close to my heart. The second thing is a simple answer to why: YOU. Without everyone that has given me feedback (Good and Bad), read the articles, listened to the interviews, encouraged The Sound Architect to grow; it wouldn’t be here any more.

There are too many people to thank, but I thank all of my awesome writers, everyone who has helped me put together this site and all of the other people who have supported something that has become so much more of a personal journey than I could ever imagine.

Through this website I have had adventures, achieved things and met some of the most wonderful, talented and incredible people in the world. All this I never would have believed possible before hand; unemployed, broke and ready to give up on “breaking into the industry”.

It’s been an emotional journey and for all of you that’s been a part of it, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and can honestly say that each and everyone of you will never know how much you mean to me.

Now, I don’t open up like this much so don’t get used to it OK ;)!

However, I leave you with this message (Take it or leave it):

I hope that The Sound Architect will last forever. I hope even one word on this site affects your life in some way for the better. If it does to even one person, then it’s all been worth it. If not I just thank you for taking the time to take a look. I’m not going to say the usual crap like “Nothing’s Impossible” etc. because somethings are impossible. So I’m not going to say this flippantly as if it’s easy, but the biggest thing I can not iterate enough.

The dream may big. The dream may be hard. But if it’s your dream you fight for it with everything you’ve got. You deserve to be happy. You may need some help to get there but it’s up to you. Go for it.

Thanks again to you all and I promise no more mushy stuff ;).

Sincerely grateful,

Sam Hughes”

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Sam Hughes
Sound designer and voice actor who has worked on various media titles over the years. Always believing in audio, I try to share the wealth of knowledge from my colleagues and veterans of the industry to help audiophiles grow and evolve as a community.

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