While Kirsty’s career in sound extends back more than two decades, it took her a little while to find her niche in the games industry. After eight years working in broadcasting at the BBC, she eventually branched out on her own to do voiceover work. She produced showreels for voice actors on the side, and realised she enjoyed directing the performances. By 2015, she was specialising in games demos for character actors, before the lightbulb moment came, when she realised she wanted to work as a voice director in games.
While attending directors’ masterclasses and facing an uphill battle searching for a route in, she set herself the goal of working on an AAA game. That dream came true in 2020 when she began working as a voice director on Baldur’s Gate 3 and then Destruction All Stars. She loves guiding actors as they click with their characters, responding instinctively within the world of the game and shaping the player’s unique experience.
Kirsty is overwhelmed and astonished to be named in BAFTA Breakthrough UK - in fact she gasped so loudly when she found out that she alarmed a fellow train passenger! She has loved gaming from an early age, and the first game she became obsessed by was Silent Hill. She still finds it a magical medium, both as a director and a player, and hopes one day to be lead director on a big game featuring full physical motion capture performances.
Kirsty’s Breakthrough credit is game Destruction Allstars (Lucid Games)