Warm, natural, intelligent, believable, reassuring
Robert's core intelligence and generous spirit lets you listen and believe. His warm, confident, delivery, and natural ease yields a presentation that is credible, authoritative, and reassuring. Like an inspired teacher with a wink in his eye, he makes even complex information accessible and believable.
It's an ideal voice for upscale consumer products, documentaries, business, technology, travel, finance, science, health, medicine, pharmaceuticals, gourmet food & wine - any product or service that seeks an informed, sophisticated audience.
Recent clients include Volkswagen, Smith Micro, Hertz, Valley View Casino (“Elite Experience” TV), Elsevier (world's largest medical publisher), Walk-In Bath Tub Company (TV), Waterous (100 year old world leader in fire suppression technology), Apple Computer Marketing Specialists Co-Op (radio), Sensa (new diet product based in the science of taste), and Voices for Children.
EXPERIENCE, PROFESSIONALISM, PREPARATION
Decades of experience in high profile performing situations. As a former White House correspondent for a major TV broadcaster, he is accustomed to working with precision as part of a team under deadline pressures.
Preparation and discipline are hallmarks of his voice performances. Before stepping to the mic, he analyzes your copy by considering more than ten different aspects, each of which informs his read in a specific way. This pre-performance routine enables him to gain an intuitive understanding of the copy, which is then reflected in his distinctive read.
In session, prompt, professional, prepared, proficient, and personable. Guarantees your satisfaction. Robert has been awarded peer review level accreditation with SaVoa (Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists).
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male
Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:
• English - USA and Canada
I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)
• Non-Union Jobs
• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories
My Union Affiliations and Memberships
• SAG-AFTRA (US)
My Recording and Delivery Capabilities
• I have ISDN in my studio
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I have Source Connect in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail
Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer
• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project
My Home Base
, California, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Great ear for the nuances of human speech and dialects. He has performed a number of voice roles for historical TV documentaries including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Pilgrim William Bradford, first governor of Plymouth.
Once asked: "How do you create a compelling voice for a character whose voice was never recorded?"
He answered: "I start with historical research, trying to understand the size, shape, and temperament of the person. Then I try to estimate what sound - if any - might already be in the mind of the audience, something from a movie or TV show. Sometimes, I'll try to approximate that - or I might take it in a different direction.
For example, Jefferson. While he was English by heritage, he was born in Virginia. He was a slender man, so I couldn't imagine him with a deep, ponderous voice. He was comfortable with words - a brilliant writer and an inventor. That suggests the traits of curiosity, a lively speaking voice, and a sense of humor. So I made his voice lighter, cultured, and slightly English with a Virginia lilt."
Appreciating a good-natured challenge, Robert has also created a host of cartoon character voices. If you have a specific voice in mind, let Robert's imagination take you for a ride.
My Voice Experience
Voice talent on thousands of commercial productions for radio, & TV, business presentations, TV documentaries and news specials. Takes direction and coaching well. Able to work quickly and effectively. Accomplished commercial and narration voice.
English Literature & Mass Media, Fordham University, NYC
White House Correspondent, award winning investigative reporter,
Writer, producer & voice talent for documentaries, commercials,
industrials. Winner of the Mercury Award and several Addy Awards.
He sharpens his voice over skills by studying with two of Hollywoods top voice over coaches: Marice Tobias and Nancy Wolfson.
In addition to his voice acting, Robert is a performing rock musician featured in three Southern California rock bands. He is also a member of the Grammy Academy and an independent record producer with eight commercial releases.
My Studio Equipment
Well-equipped private studio available 24/7, ProTools HD, variety of high quality microphones including Sennheiser 416, ISDN, Phone patch. Robert maintains an extensive library of audio plug-ins and can add special effects to voice tracks. In addition, he has several libraries of royalty-free music which can be used to add extra dimension to his work.
Award winning copy writer & producer
Payment Methods Accepted
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers
Online Payments Via PayPal
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