Soft, no edge in the baritone - 2nd tenor range
Non-edgy, smooth, light and a bit breathy are apt descriptions. I usually have a smile on my face and that comes through when I record. I'm upbeat and lighthearted by nature and believe that laughter is a good medicine.
Yet, I am often cast and comfortable voicing parts as narrator, public speaker, and leadership voices such as those for a seminar / board meeting or press conference setting.
When singing, I fit nicely into the 2nd tenor / baritone range.
I am experienced and at ease on or off-camera and gifted with the ability to speak extemporaneously about my subject matter using strong communication skills and a quick wit.
I can totally relate to the common man as I am a general contractor and master cabinetmaker. I have helped start, been senior partner or owner of several companies and have extensive experience as a sales and marketing professional.
All these life experiences have shaped my perspective and vocal deliverance with the end result being strong believability.
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female
• 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
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)
• Non-Union Jobs
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
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
My Home Base
, California, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Having a trained singer’s ear gives me a huge advantage in learning to mimic and in creating new voices. I confess, I am a Mel Blanc devotee. As a kid, I always mimicked cartoon voices and am delighted to make my living talking “funny”. I’ve got a pocket full of Loony Toon-like voices.
My favorite character voice is Granpappy Amos McCoy from the old TV show, "The Real McCoys" played by Walter Brennen.
Dialects come easily and my British, Russian, French, Eastern European and Mexican voices are well rounded and convincing. As an Irishman, I’m more of a “Lucky Charms” kind a guy.
Years of professional singing have given me a strong upper range of falsetto voices and I’ve got a pile of “cartoonish” voices that can be varied and designed to your liking or project. I do a mean contralto!
I can talk for days as a west Texan and love doing the lilting swing of Oklahoma and Tennessee. Conversely, Arty Johnson’s old man voice from the Laugh-In days and the Muppet's old man comes naturally to me.
My Voice Experience
Coming from a varied background in education and work experience gives me strong resources from which to draw.
Music and singing have also played an important role in shaping who I am. I got my first “professional” singing job at age 18 and went on to work full time in that area for many years. As a result, this has greatly complemented and enhanced my ability to create believable voices in the VO industry.
In 1984, I did my first "real" voice over work, narrating a documentary shot in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. I was hooked! Through the 80's, I narrated many industrial and trade videos.
In 1992, I branched out into the medium of radio. Using high-tech gear, I still produce and DJ a morning show five days a week as the “Manna Man” on Christian radio KVIP Redding, CA and KMWR Brookings, OR. The program airs Monday-Friday from 6-9 AM on 98.1 KVIP Redding, CA and 90.7 KMWR Brookings, OR and KNDZ McKinleyville,CA as well as via 31 translators in AZ, CA, NV, OR and WA, broadcasting to over 2,000,000.
Since 1992, I have read fresh copy daily on my radio program and as a result, have very strong sight reading skills, and can often do a word perfect read on the first take.
I am a college trained theater arts performer, and spent two years under the coaching and direction of Robert Eley of Los Angeles and studied voice with Gloria Grace Prosper for many years.
I've been in and directed many stage plays, done cable TV and done lots of public speaking, and acted as emcee.
Most recently, I've studied with Pat Fraley in Hollywood and had personal one-on-one booth directing for audiobook work by Scott Brick, Stefan Rudnicki and Hillary Huber.
My Studio Equipment
I have had my hands on recording gear since I was a teen.
I record daily in my home digital studio which includes a Rode NT1000 quality condenser mic, a Saffire 6 USB In / Out box direct to my computer... a short, very clean and quiet recording chain. Mixers are a no-no in VO work...too noisy.
I'm very comfortable with current digital technology and can provide the client with aiff, wave and mp3 files.
Audio files can be delivered via email, uploaded to an ftp site or via standard US mail on CD, DVD or thumb drives.
I am very comfortable with public speaking and leadership within a seminar / board meeting / press conference format.
I enjoy communicating verbally as well as in writing which enables me to smoothly transfer concepts and negotiate difficult situations, resulting in enjoyable business management relationships.
I am currently “in process” with several writing projects, including two fictional novels and have submitted a children's book for publication.
I take great pleasure in seeing a job done right; from the beginning to completion. My ability to get the job organized at the start and keep it that way makes me a valuable asset to any organization. Rather than "micro-manage", I enjoy being a team player and find great satisfaction in motivating and encouraging others in what they do. However, I consider each person and project important; requiring personal attention and care. I think of myself as an efficiency expert and find it challenging to develop methods within my environs to maximize time, effort and productivity.
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