Smooth, Warm, Cool, Character, Guy Next Door
I can do anything from smooth and sophisticated car commercials, to wacky animation characters, to accents, to "Voice of God" announcements. I can do a straight-forward flat narration ala Liev Schreiber to a classic "Radio Announcer Guy" to a dramatic style of trailer/promo read, or a professional "authority" for corporate media. My natural speaking voice is a flat, Pacific Northwest/Mid-Atlantic tone. Wide ranging and flexible.
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• 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
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Adult content
• 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
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 offer copywriting services
My Home Base
, California, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Impersonations include many Simpsons & King of the Hill (Mike Judge) characters; personalities from Rod Serling & Sam Elliott, to George Takei, to Mr. Movie Phone. Accents include (but not limited to) British Cockney/Liverpool, to upper crust Lake District. Scottish, Australian and Irish accents; American Southern, Cowboy, Midwestern, Slavic (Russian), Spanish, French, German, Asian, Israeli, Arabic, Native American Indian to East Indian, etc. If I can't do it off-the-cuff, I can probably pick it up with a little study.
My Voice Experience
I first worked for many years in movie trailer production where we hired and supervised sessions by the biggest names in V.O. (see training section) -- so I came to know what was expected with good direction of top-end talent, and then what was necessary to work with in post-production, as I was often editing the reads into the offline cuts. From there, I was doing Voice Over reads for corporate video projects, with companies like MultiMedia Studios, See3 Computer Animation, Caribiner Communications, Jack Morton Worldwide, Maritz, and creativdesign group, Inc. Types of reads include training narration, "Voice of God" announcing at live events, animation characters, Press Event & auto show video V.O., ADR for spoof characters, and whatever was needed so as not to go over budget but still sound pro!
I grew up helping my Dad with his advertising agency in Spokane, WA, and in so doing, became familiar with commercial production and Voice Over, both behind and in front of the camera. After receiving a B.A. in Cinema/TV from U.S.C. (Class of '88), I went to work for several Trailer Production companies and Brian Boyd Studios, where I watched, listened and learned from the likes of: Jim Sloyan, Ed Grover, Mark Elliott, Brian Cummings, Don LaFontaine, Tom Bosley, Billy Zane, Jack Lemmon and James Coburn. After that, I was mostly doing voice overs for corporate projects: VOG announcements, computer animation, training videos, and in-character for humorous skit videos for company presentations, all while working in the production and post-production of industrial media. All on-the-job training, and from a producer/editor's standpoint - so I know what it's supposed to sound like, what you're going for, and won't stop until you get it, because I know first-hand what it's like when you don't...
My Studio Equipment
Shure SM-7B microphone or Blue Microphone's "Nessie" mic, and MacBook Pro running Logic Pro 9 or WireTap Studio.
Currently, co-host of the Astonishing Legends podcast which has to date over 6 million downloads and averages 250,000 downloads for each episode. I also have copywriting skills and can perform on-camera. I also have a lot of experience in dealing with and speaking to the general public in a "Street Team" Brand Engagement, consumer marketing environment. On the other end, for the last 15 years I've been working face to face with the highest levels of U.S. corporate executives: Presidents of Nissan NNA, Ford, Hyundai, Columbia Pictures (now Sony), Honda, Amgen, Waste Management, etc. in the production of their national meetings and large-scale events, with emphasis on the delivery of their speeches & TelePrompTer skills, on-camera video production & post-production, and general client services. I'm public and "client presentable," and comfortable in both arenas.
Payment Methods Accepted
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
Online Payments Via PayPal
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