Born in the heart of Lusaka, Zambia is Reina Nelao, a woman with an eloquent and captivating voice, driven by success and ambition and set on changing the game of voice-over artistry.
Nelao was raised in Windhoek and has taken her hobby of voice-over artistry and turned it into a career which she is proud of.
She started off as a radio and television presenter and learnt to master her skills through her time in the broadcasting industry. There, she met the late drummer Johan 'Smittie' Smit, who was one of her inspirations to get into the voice-over arena. He inspired her to pursue the career, and after his passing, she felt the need to carry on his legacy and fulfil her dreams.
When people think of voice-over artistry, they think of Telemundo or cartoons, which are a part of the art too, but Nelao clarified that voice-over artists do more than that.
"Doing voice-overs is an art; a way of acting out a certain role, bringing it to life and conveying the heart of a client's message to listeners," Nelao said.
So far, she has worked on major projects such as the Olufuko Festival 2018 and Women in Media, and attended a voice-over workshop at the South African Voice-Over Academy in Cape Town earlier this year.
According to Poiya Media's public relations officer Claudine Narimas, Nelao's future is a bright one. "When clients approach us, we look at brands that resonate with ours and Nelao's is such. There's so much talent that needs exposure and her gift can inspire others to follow her example."