Wry, guy next door, authoratative, offbeat, anchor
Being the expert or authoritative is not an issue with my voice or copy reading skills. I can drop into the guy next door who can be an expert on everything or just the gentle neighbor you would spend a quite afternoon on the back porch. Narration skills can vary, depending on the copy. It is very easy to slip into a warm and moderate tone or there can be a dark side developed for the right script. And if you need that "broadcast smooth" or professional speakers voice, that is very easy for me to drop into. While no expert or highly trained actor (at this point), I am finding great pleasure in expanding my horizons into character development.
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
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)
• Non-Union Jobs
• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories
My Union Affiliations and Memberships
My Recording and Delivery Capabilities
• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• 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 can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
My Home Base
, California, 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
Numerous classes with Voicetrax SF is where I do a majority of my voice over work with instructors. I do a lot of practicing with scripts in my home studio. Currently I am also writing and producing a two to three minute weekly narration for church announcements for Generations Church. My daily routine includes at least one hour of reading books, newspapers, magazines and any printed material I can find aloud. Prior to starting a career as a voice over artist, I worked in the electronic broadcasting industry. My early focus was with being a disc jockey in a small country western station during the day and alternative rock at night, many times during the same shift. Reading commercial copy and eventually news was included. My past news experience includes anchoring both news, sports and weather and of course reporting and performing live shots during sometimes tedious and developing events.
-VoicetraxSF in Sausalito, CA.
-Intro to Narration.
-Improv for Voice Actors.
-Tell a Great Story.
-Simply Acting I and II.
-Colors of Your Voice.
-Taming of the Mic.
-Introduction to Improvisation. Instructed by Kenn Adams.
In the current year, I have at least another dozen classes to complete. Really, I don't think the education of a voice actor is ever over.
My other life:
-Regional Manager of NewsOne for Midwest Region.
-Web Site Producer of content.
-KTVI TV. St. Louis, MO
-Executive Producer of morning news broadcast.
-KUSA TV. Denver, CO.
-KTUL TV. Tulsa, OK.
-Early morning news anchor.
-General Assignment reporter.
-WLUC TV. Marquette, MI.
-Sports Director, anchor, reporter, producer.
-Attended Fort Hays State University.
-Hutchinson Community College.
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.
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 would include life. I grew up in a small farming area which give me experience in dealing with a rural lifestyle. I have lived in medium market cities throughout the Midwest, Mountain West and cities along the southern fringe. Living in northern California is adding to my background in dealing and communicating with people. I would like to think that each location I have lived has added to my knowledge and understanding of each individual region.
My experience in Broadcast News has allowed me to become adept at working under tight pressure, deadlines and dealing with various environments. Having been a mid-level manager has honed my communication skills which gives me a very good understanding tone and delivery technique.
I look at voice over work as acting and assuming a role rather than just talking at or reading a script.
Payment Methods Accepted
• Credit cards
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
Online Payments Via PayPal
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