A voice over artist from Isleworth who narrated the One Direction movies is doing her bit to unite members of the entertainment industry's loneliest profession.

Rachael Naylor, who if you don't have a teenage daughter you may still recognise as the voice of Virgin Media, has worked in the trade since graduating from Richmond Drama School more than a decade ago.

It's a far cry from the glamorous life of an actor, she says, with much of your time spent cooped up at home, often with no chance to even meet the people with whom you're working face to face.

That's one of the reasons she founded The VoiceOver Network last year to bring voice over artists like her together and help them build links with agents, producers and casting directors.

Just four artists attended the first get-together in July last year but its popularity has since ballooned, with 70 showing up for a shindig this summer.

Its success was recognised at The National Entrepreneur Awards, held last weekend in Birmingham, at which Mrs Naylor was a finalist in the 'best business enabler' category.

"In America voice over artists do a lot of networking but there aren't so many opportunities over here," said the 33-year-old mother-of-one.

"As a voice over artist you're often in and out of the recording studio very quickly and you spend a lot of time working from home.

"It can be quite a lonely career so it's lovely to meet so many people at the networking events, and lots of people have found work and agents at them.

"It's a very competitive industry but there's a lovely environment at the meetings, with everyone helping one another."

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As the well as the chance to drum up work, the monthly meet-ups enable voice over artists to swap tips on protecting their biggest asset.

For Mrs Naylor that means steering clear of alcohol, caffeine and dairy products on the night before a big recording session.

It also means no watching her beloved Chelsea FC at the pub, as trying to make herself heard over screaming fans puts too much strain on her larynx.

The former Chiswick School student still dabbles in acting but her voice box is her main moneymaker, and it is for that rather than her face she is most likely to be recognised.

However, she says that is rarely the case as her conversational tone is different from the more mellifluous, gravitas-laden one she reserves for work.

"People don't tend to recognise my every day voice but when I tell them what I've done it sometimes rings a bell, especially with young girls, who go 'wow'," she said.

Her low profile doesn't bother Ms Naylor, whose other work includes a host of commercials and radio dramas.

Like many of her fellow voice over artists, she's happy enough out of the limelight, building on the success of what must have been one of the best-sounding business propositions.

For more about The VoiceOver Network, visit www.rachaelnaylor.com