Bruce Bennett

Wild characters, narration, very real person

Voice Description

I have a wide range, from bass to high tenor, which got me into lots of choirs and madrigal groups in my youth. A warm tone, because even speaking low, I have lots of higher harmonics through baritone to tenor. I have very good control of timbre, changing the pitch and color of my voice quite a bit to do different characters. I am good at understanding what the copywriter has in mind in terms of characterization, inflection, words to be stressed, comedy timing, etc. In other words, I'm a good actor.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Child
• Teenage Boy
• 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

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Songs

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I offer radio ad production services
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, Michigan, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I'm a stage and film actor with lots of experience in learning dialects. I recently had a small role as a South African Pastor in the film "Machine Gun Preacher," and the director, Marc Forster, told me I was cast because I could do the South African dialect well enough to match the scenes that were actually shot in South Africa. Dialects I do include all regional American and British accents, Irish, German (including a funny Bavarian), Russian, Hungarian, Mexican and Italian. For stage I've also learned to do impressions of Groucho Marx, Humphrey Bogart and W.C. Fields. I learn accents and impressions pretty quickly and will try anything vocally.

My Voice Experience

I did my first regional radio ads when I was in my early twenties, 30 years ago. I was working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer for local ad agencies and a client recognized me from area theater and asked me to record some ads. I had no training then and the ads were done at a local radio station. Later, in the 90s, an actor friend got me a job recording an audiobook, "The Wealthy Barber" for PBS along with 3 other actors. I've gotten much more serious lately about voiceover, taking classes and learning to record with advice from friends- DJs, radio engineers and stage sound designers- who knew production.

My Training

Classes with Bettye Zoller, Terry Clark Linden and Pamela Lewis.

My Studio Equipment

I use Sound Studio, Audacity and Macintosh Garageband software for recording and editing. A small mixer, and an assortment of mics of moderate expense (Shure, etc.), but good frequency range for voice. I have a good collection of CDs with sound effects and licensed music, or can make music beds with Garageband.

Additional Skills

I have been an Art Director and copywriter at three ad agencies, and as a freelancer, I've done illustration, storyboarding, graphic design and copywriting for many ad agencies and businesses. I've been an actor for 30 years, nonunion by choice (I live in Michigan and there's more nonunion work) although since being in a number of feature films in the last couple of years (there was a tax incentive here for a while) I have become SAG elligible.

Payment Methods Accepted

• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency

Contact Information

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