Donald Clouston

Wry, guy next door, authoratative, offbeat, anchor

Voice Description

If your looking for that authoritative, informative, no nonsense type of voice, I am able to provide that for corporate audio and video projects that demand a clear and concise delivery. However, if the role calls for that caring, compassionate and warm delivery of a commercial or narration project, I am able to give you a performance that will suit your needs. Perhaps my favorite type of script is that of a dry-wit or even a clueless actor that seems to struggle in just getting by in the world. Of course everyone wants to hear "the guy next door" too. I like to take a close look at the script and determine the scene, situation or intent the writer is attempting to accomplish. I love direction from writers, directors and producers.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• 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
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
• Cartoon/Animation

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have Phone Patch 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

My Home Base

Payson, Arizona, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I have moved around the country during my life. My mother was a native of northeast Louisiana or Louseeanna and during my early years, I did spend some time there. Most of my childhood was spent on the plains of western Kansas. Yes, of course I developed the twang and yes, if I return for a visit, it is very easy to slip back in and start speaking like a native Kansan. Moving to the upper Peninsula of Michigan was a culture shock but after two years there, I could be heard saying "You betcha eh... or "let's head up to Hooohton (Houghton) for some Hawhkee (hockey) eh..." and of course there was "pard or pardner eh" Then it was Oklahoma where it's "ya'all, Bubba and how you doin Hun". Whenever I visit Oklahoma I will be back in that soft drawl after one day. Denver was a more neutral area to live in and seemed to have a more sophisticated, Midwest accent. St. Louis was next and the biggest question asked in a very light drawl if any was "What school did you go to"? Now they didn't mean college, they meant high school. And just before moving to California, it was Chicago for 13 years. The range you found yourself in was the typical south side "How ya doin" to a more northeast dialect, not Boston or New Hampshire but a general northeast sound. So yes, with a bit of work or paying attention to specific speech patterns, I think I can fit in just about anywhere.

My Voice Experience

In recent months, my path has taken a bit of a different direction. I am currently represented by the Signature Models and Talent Agency in Scottsdale, Arizona. That adventure has allowed me to audition for various roles as an extra for video, film and print projects along with my voice over work. From time-to-time you will hear my voice on the local radio station voicing a commercial or reading the news. In my spare time, I perform with the Payson Humor Me Troupe community theater group. What I enjoy most about that is the opportunity to bring many characters to life in a single performance.

My Training

Current:
-Good Faith Casting. Phoenix, AZ. Emotional Development workshop.
-Tom Logan. On Camera Television and On Camera TV and Commercial workshops.
-Garth Willams Casting. Commercial workshop.
-VoicetraxSF in Sausalito, CA.
-Creating Characters.
-Intro to Narration.
-Narration 360.
-Improv for Voice Actors.
-Tell a Great Story.
-Script Analysis.
-Simply Acting I and II.
-Colors of Your Voice.
-Taming of the Mic.
-Voice-Over 411.
-Destination Truth.

-Introduction to Improvisation. Instructed by Kenn Adams.



My other life:

-ABC News.
-Field Producer.
-Regional Manager of NewsOne for Midwest Region.
-Web Site Producer of content.

-KTVI TV. St. Louis, MO
-Executive Producer of morning news broadcast.
-Assignments Editor.

-KUSA TV. Denver, CO.
-Assignments Editor.

-KTUL TV. Tulsa, OK.
-Assignments Manager.
-Early morning news anchor.
-General Assignment reporter.

-WLUC TV. Marquette, MI.
-Sports Director, anchor, reporter, producer.




College:
-Attended Fort Hays State University.
-Broadcast Communications.
-Hutchinson Community College.
-Broadcast Communications.

My Studio Equipment

-Adobe Audition CS6 productions software for Windows based Lenovo laptop.

-Audacity productions software for Lenovo laptop and desktop.

-Harlan Hogan microphone with Centrance USB connectivity.

-Small personal sound studio.

-Porta Booth Plus mobile sound booth.

-Travel equipment includes iPhone 6S with MiC.

I am relatively new to the voice acting world and each piece of equipment requires a learning curve which I find fascinating, especially the production/editing software.

Additional Skills

In the voice over profession, I look at myself as an actor, not just a voice. I grew up on a farm in western Kansas and actually owned land and cattle after graduating high school. After a tough economy with a drought and financial hardship, I entered college with the intension of getting a degree in journalism. At that time, getting a job while attending college was easy. That was the path I went down and still regret not having that degree.

During my professional life as a journalist, I have anchored news, sports and weather. Later I moved into newsroom management where I worked for a substantial number of years. My wife and I have lived in Topeka, Marquette, MI., Tulsa, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, San Francisco and finally Payson, AZ. Each of those stops has provided me with an insight into the differences in culture, attitudes and lifestyles.

I believe I can give you the prospective of a small-town boy that moved to the city along with the changes in perspectives of moving from overalls to a suit and tie. My life experiences include parenting, becoming a grand-parent, facing a layoff late in life and trying to avoid retirement age. I enjoy golf, traveling the world and discovering what a great place we live in.

I like the adventure of the journey.

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