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A Christmas Calendar: 25 Days of Voquent Voices


By Michael Sum | 22nd November 2021

Does your voice have what it takes to be part of our Christmas Advent Calendar? 

What is Voquent’s Christmas Advent Calendar? It’s 25 days of festivity where we will be posting your demos to our social channels if you knock our fuzzy red stockings off.

Each day we have a new Christmassy character for you to impersonate. Some are classics, some have been found in the depths of yuletide folklore and some are simply unexpected.

Keep it traditional or create something new. Use the character’s quotes or go off-script. What you say and how you sound is up to you.

Our favourite demo for each day will be posted to Instagram & our Christmas Characters page, increasing your visibility on Voquent and getting everyone else into the festive spirit.

Don't worry, your demo limit has been increased to make room for all of these characters. You've now got 45 demos to play with and 65 if you link to us from your website. Plenty of space for as many characters as you would like to try out.

You MUST submit your demo with the character's unique tag (e.g. Snow White) as the tag is confirmation that you have entered the competition - but don't worry, we have included buttons that take you straight to the upload screen for your chosen character!

If you are a Voquent pro - you can skip to the characters.

(Tip: Mulled wine is NOT an effective way to warm up your voice.)


How to edit your demo's tag

You can edit the tags on samples that you have already uploaded by clicking on the pencil icon at the top right of the sample.


This will open a pop-up window where you can make the changes. You can also give your sample a unique name, edit the 3 characteristics or upload an image from here.


Once you’re finished editing, remember to click the “Save Changes” button at the bottom right of the screen. If you wish to edit any of the core attributes, such as tone or style, you will need to delete the demo and upload a replacement. 


Snow White


Before Disney made the film, Snow White was a 19th-century German
fairy tale published in Grimms’ Fairy Tales. Snow White has been hiding
in the woods with the dwarfs as the fairest in the land. She has an

innocent voice, a polite demeanour, and a love of nature. 

 

“Come on, perk up. Won’t you smile for me?”


“Why, there’s seven little chairs! Must be seven little children.”


“Anyone could see that the Prince was charming. The only one for me.”


UPLOAD SNOW WHITE DEMO




Ebenezer Scrooge

A character who is simultaneously the most and least Christmassy figure there is. Scrooge may have hated the season once upon a time, but after
a night of Christmas certified existential terror, he came to see the joy of the holidays. The Scrooge we know is a spiteful man, with unceasing selfishness and disregard; just kind of Scrooge-like, ya’know?

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future.”


“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses are departed from, the ends will change.”


UPLOAD SCROOGE DEMO

 


Christmas Elf


The Christmas Elves spend all year building toys, feeding reindeer, baking cookies, and assisting Santa. They must have plenty of energy to get all this work done. With their high-pitched voices, the elves love to spread Christmas cheer. 

 

“This place reminds me of Santa’s Workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.”


“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!”


“I thought maybe we could make ginger bread houses, and eat cookie dough, and go ice skating, and maybe even hold hands.”

UPLOAD CHRISTMAS ELF DEMO


 

Jack Frost

The personification of winter itself, Jack Frost brings the snow, ice, and freezing cold. Much like winter, Jack can be good, bad, or neutral; the character has found a resurgence in modern times, often shown to be a mischievous trickster.

“You don't want me. You're all hard work and deadlines! I'm... snowballs and fun times. I'm not a Guardian.”


"Oh ya... I loved being thrown in a sack and tossed through a magic portal!
North: Oh good! That was my idea!"


"Do you stop believing in the moon just because the sun comes up?"

UPLOAD JACK FROST DEMO


 

Mrs Claus


Wife of Santa, Mrs Claus spends her time baking cookies and overseeing the elves while Santa is away. In her elderly age, Mrs Claus is kind, patient, and calm in comparison to her husband’s frequent exuberance. 

"Someone back home really needs me. Now, don't worry, I haven't forgotten. I still have presents for you and the other kids."


"When you look up at the evening sky, and you see a star. You'll know who I am thinking of."


"He who 
has no Christmas in his heart will never find Christmas under a tree."


UPLOAD MRS CLAUS DEMO



Befana

A traditional Christmas figure throughout Italy, the legend of Befana is one of tragedy and hope. Linked with typical Christianity, Befana lost her child and now seeks the next Messiah, leaving gifts for good children, in hopes they may be the one. She is an old lady, often shown to be a hag, but she is kind and giving. Looks aren’t everything.

"But you! You, were bad. Very bad. I only have coal for you (Laughs maniacally)"


"I, the Befana, travelled through the night with these trinkets. Snow and frost and a cruel North wind did their utmost to stall me. Yes, my bones may creak, but my will is like that knotted oak. It will not falter."

UPLOAD BEFANA DEMO


 

John McClane


Bruce Willis might have declared that Die Hard is not a Christmas movie, but we don’t believe him. This film is one of the greatest action films of all time, and as the main protagonist of the franchise, John McClane is a wisecracking, no-nonsense New York City cop. Yippee-Ki-Yay!

 

“Yeah. I got invited to a Christmas party by mistake. Who knew?”


“I promise I will never even think about going up in a tall building again. Oh, God. Please don’t let me die.”


“Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with smaller feet than my sister.”

UPLOAD JOHN MCCLANE DEMO



The Ghost of Christmas Past

We are all products of our experiences, crafted and shaped into who we are today. The Ghost of Christmas Past is an ephemeral spirit of exactly that. He transports Scrooge to key moments of his life to show him the errors of his ways, for a chance at redemption. The ghost is a being of duality, light and dark; young and old; strength and softness. The Ghost takes the form of many, always shifting between tones, states, and demeanour.

"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past. Look upon me. I am your past"


"I told you these were shadows of the things that have been. That they are what they are, do not blame me!"

UPLOAD GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST DEMO

 

The Grinch


A mean one, a heel, as cuddly as a cactus, as charming as an eel, a bad banana with a greasy black peel. The Grinch is a fuzzy green, grumpy, Christmas hating creature who lives above Whoville with his dog Max, created by Dr Seuss. 

“It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags.”


“Now you listen to me, young lady! Even if we’re horribly mangled, there’ll be no sad faces on Christmas.”


“The avarice never ends! ‘I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.’ Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is…”


UPLOAD GRINCH DEMO



Cindy Lou Who

What is Christmas if not a time to do away with differences and build bridges? While the Whos of Whoville and the Grinch were happy to live apart, Cindy Lou Who warmed the heart of the Green Christmas Grinch and helped him see the wonder of the season. She is a soft-spoken child, with innocence and wonder aplenty.

"Don't forget the Grinch. I know he's mean and hairy and smelly. His hands might be cold and clammy, but I think he's actually kinda... sweet."


“I'm glad he took our presents. You can't hurt Christmas, Mr Mayor, because it isn't about the... the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That's what Cindy's been trying to tell everyone... and me. I don't need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family.”


UPLOAD CINDY LOU WHO DEMO


 

Jack Skellington


Created by Tim Burton, Jack Skellington is the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and scares people with the other Halloween spirits each year. He is a gentleman and keeps everyone’s best interests to heart, but he is naive with handing out his trust and barely notices Sally’s love for him. 

"That's Not My Christmas! My Christmas Is Filled With Laughter And Joy. And I, Jack, The Pump-Kin King, Have Grown So Tired Of The Same Old Thing."


"What Have I Done? What Have I Done? How Could I Be So Blind? All Is Lost. Where Was I? Spoiled All! Spoiled All!"

"There’s Children Throwing Snowballs, Instead Of Throwing Heads, They’re Busy Building Toys And Absolutely No One’s Dead."


UPLOAD JACK SKELLINGTON DEMO


Colonel Sanders

The KFC figurehead may be unexpected – however, he does fit the Christmas season! It’s a Japanese tradition to buy Kentucky Fried Chicken, to the point where they even reserve it ahead of time. So, with Christmas KFC buckets adorned with the Colonel’s face, he makes the cut for a Christmas icon. The Colonel has a southern U.S. accent, native to the state – you guessed it – Kentucky. Who wudda thunk it?


“There’s no reason to be the richest man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.”


“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.”


“I’m too drunk to taste this chicken.”

UPLOAD COLONEL SANDERS DEMO


 

Sally


Sally was built by Dr Finklestein before she met Jack Skellington. Compassionate and sweet-tempered, Sally always shows her love for Jack even when he isn’t paying attention. Sally can also be strong-willed when poisoning the Doctor or threatening The Oogie Boogie Man.

 

“Oh… it’s Jack… Look at him – he’s so alive… So happy…. He’s so filled with confidence he could teach the wolves how to howl.”


“The worst is just around the bend, and does he notice my feelings for him? And will he see how much he means to me? I think it’s not to be.”


“Taking over Christmas is no way to fill the gaping hole you feel inside.”

UPLOAD SALLY DEMO





Christmas Fairy

Each Christmas this fairy, or sometimes characterised as an angel, joins Santa on his rounds as he delivers presents to the world’s children. She sprinkles the delivered gifts with dust to make each one divine. A gentle spirit of Christmas, she has a plucky attitude and a soul of happiness.

 

“Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.”


“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”


“The fairy on the Christmas tree is looking quite forlorn. Her wand is broken and splinted: Her wings, all tattered and torn. Her dress of stiff crepe paper was once a bright sky blue, but time has bleached it all away. It’s now a much paler hue.”


UPLOAD CHRISTMAS FAIRY DEMO




Kevin McCallister


As the youngest in his family, six-year-old Kevin McCallister is used to some bullying and torment from his family. Mischievous and cunning, Kevin can always think of the perfect plan to catch home invaders in a booby trap.

 

“Did I burn down the joint? I don’t think so. I was making ornaments out of fishhook."


“This is ridiculous. Only a wimp would be hiding under a bed. And I can’t be a wimp. I’m the man of the house.”


“I took a shower, washing every body part with actual soap — including all my major crevices, including in between my toes and in my belly button, which I never did before but sort of enjoyed.”

UPLOAD KEVIN MCCALLISTER DEMO



Snegurochka (Snow Girl)

From origins unknown, Snegurochka has been a mainstay of Russian folklore since the 19th century. There are many stories of the maiden, but a favourite is that she is given the ability to love, her heart warms and melts her body of snow. She is a gentle, curious being who holds a child-like view of the world.

“Halloo! I’m little snow girl, rolled from spring and snow and browned by the spring sun. My girlfriends asked my grandparents to let me go berry-picking with them in the forest, and now they’ve left me all alone!”


“How it hurts and how heavy is my heart. The flower that Lel threw to me, it weighs like a rock. The little shepherd ran away with the other girls who laugh and speak better than me and I’m crying with rage because he leaves me here alone.”


UPLOAD SNEGUROCHKA DEMO



 

Krampus


Originating in German Christmas folklore, on the 5th December (Krampus night) each year, this half-goat half-demon visits the bad children to punish them whilst Santa gives the good children walnuts and chocolate. He beats the children with sticks, eats them, or takes them back to hell.

 

“Your dreams are your spirit, your soul and without them you are dead. You must guard your dreams always. Always. Lest someone steal them away from you. I know what it is to have your dreams stolen. I know what it is to be dead. Guard your dreams. Always guard your dreams.”


"I am not a devil, fool. Do you ever wonder why you seek the Devil with such vigour? I shall tell you. Because you cannot face your own wickedness."

UPLOAD KRAMPUS DEMO


Holle, Bride of Wotan

Frau Holle is a German fairy tale figure devised by the Brothers Grimm. Frau Holle lives in a realm inside of a well, where she rewards the good with riches and gold, and the bad with a grisly demise. She is an old lady, living in a cottage who offers each the chance to prove they are worthy.

 

“What are you afraid of my dear child? Live with me and if you do the housework you will have everything. Make sure to make my bed well and shake it thoroughly so that the feathers fly like snow would fall in the upper world.”


“It’s good that you are homesick. It shows that you are a nice and faithful girl. You have served me well so I will take you back to the upper world.”

UPLOAD HOLLE DEMO





Jólakötturinn (The Christmas Cat)


Pet of Grýla, this ginormous fluffy cat isn’t as cute as it looks and hates happy children. From Icelandic mythology, Jólakötturinn would hunt down anyone who did not receive new clothes at Christmas as it was tradition to give new clothes to people that work hard. 

 

“I opened my glaring eyes wide, the two of them glowing bright. It took a very brave man to look straight into them. My whiskers, sharp as bristles, my back arched up high. And the claws of my hairy paws were a terrible sight. I gave a wave of my strong tail, I jumped, and I clawed, and I hissed. Sometimes up in the valley, sometimes down by the shore. I roamed at large, hungry, and evil in the freezing Yule snow.”


“Everyone knew I hunted men, not mice.”


UPLOAD CHRISTMAS CAT DEMO



Grýla

An Icelandic figure distilled from Norse mythology, a giantess who begs parents to hand over their disobedient children for her dinner. She can detect children at all times but comes down from the mountains at Christmas to eat. She is considered to be a hideous, inhuman monster.


“Lads, bring the baby to me.”


“I creep towards human settlements looking for children who make easy targets. With my long arms, I drag them into the snow and
vanish into the storm. By the time anyone realises the child is missing, it’ll already be too late.”

UPLOAD GRYLA DEMO


 

The Karakoncolos


This Bogeyman from Turkish Mythology stands on street corners asking riddles to passers-by. If your answer to The Karakoncolos’ riddle doesn’t include the word “black”, he will kill you with one single blow. Setting fire to silk or thread is the only way to make him leave.

 

“What is black when it’s clean and white when it’s dirty?”


“What is black and smells like white paint?”

UPLOAD KARAKONCOLOS DEMO


Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Has a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows! We all know the story of Rudolph, bullied for being different until he realised what made him different was also what made him special. He used his nose to save Christmas and guide Santa. He is a youthful and inspirational character.

 

"Jingle, jingle, jingle, all the way!"


"Aren't you going to laugh at my nose, too? It's terrible... and it's different from everybody else's."

UPLOAD RUDOLPH DEMO

 

Santa Claus


Santa Claus (AKA, Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas) needs no introduction. Known for being Jolly, Santa prepares for Christmas day all year, waiting to bring gifts to all good children and adding the naughty ones to his infamous list.

 

"Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas! And a happy new year!"


"I spend months picking out the perfect present for everyone. You know the only thing I get in return? Mince pies, gah!"


"From what I see now, that will cut through the murkiest storm they can dish up. What I'm trying to say is, Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

UPLOAD SANTA CLAUS DEMO



Doctor Who

We all have a favourite and Doctor Who is intrinsically tied to British Christmas time! The Doctor is a Timelord who travels time and space in his Time And Relative Dimension In Space (TARDIS for short – it looks like a police box). There are over 13 incarnations of this character that span back to the 1960s.

 

“Naturally occurring Christmas trees! How cool is that!”


“It’s not raining, it’s crying. The only force on earth that could drown the snow: a whole family crying on Christmas eve.”


“You know what the big problem is in telling fantasy and reality apart? They’re both ridiculous.”

UPLOAD THE DOCTOR DEMO


 

Turkey


For a turkey, nothing is more terrifying than Christmas. Hold on to your brothers and sisters for as long as you can because the hungry families are coming, and they won’t be the only ones getting stuffed.

 

"What am I thankful for this Christmas? Vegetarians."


"All I’m saying is give geese a chance!"


"I’ve got tons of online followers and they all want to have me over for dinner! The farmer unfriended me on Facebook though. I wonder why?"


UPLOAD TURKEY DEMO



There we have it, more Christmas characters than you can shake a cinnamon 

stick at. 


We can’t wait to hear all your festive voice demos, whether they be angelic, jolly or on the creepier side of Christmas. Our team will pick one winner each day to post on Instagram.


Follow us on Instagram to Hear The Winners


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Michael Sum

Michael Sum

Marketing Specialist and resident Content Monkey at Voquent. Michael has a lifelong passion for gaming media and bases his personality on whatever anime he is currently watching.

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Michael Sum

Michael Sum

Marketing Specialist and resident Content Monkey at Voquent. Michael has a lifelong passion for gaming media and bases his personality on whatever anime he is currently watching.