Rebecca Bonar

Warm and accessible to wry and sly

Voice Description

I have a warm, real, accessible sound for commercials. Also great comedy skills -- honed by my years as a member of the famed LA Groundlings improv company. I have often been described as a young Betty White. I am a native Texan, and also have very believable British dialects. I can be smooth and calming for announcer work and industrials. For videogames, the character possibilities are wide open. I've been a zombie, a vampire (who hasn't), a British villaness, and several members of a turn-of-the-century Texas village. Just to name a few.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - USA and Canada

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Podcasts

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

• SAG-AFTRA (US)

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

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

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Texas and most of the South (I can add an extra syllable to anything)
Minnesota (dontcha know)
British posh (that indefinable "Mid Atlantic")
Working class Northern Brit/Scottish (my true roots)
Plain ole me. (Well, no -- never plain)

My Voice Experience

My vo life began with my life as an improv actor -- starting back in Houston with The Comedy Workshop, headed by the founders of Dudley Riggs' Brave New Workshop. When I moved to LA, I answered a blind ad in The Hollywood Reporter, and went to work for Dick Orkin and his Famous Radio Ranch. At the same time, I began my association with The Groundlings, first as a student, then a full company member, and ultimately as their President.

My landing a job with Dick Orkin led to a simultaneous career as a radio spot writer and producer, for which I have won a bunch of cool trophies and done some work I'm really proud of. My time in comedy landed me countless jobs. Some of my favorites include:

Wanda (of Fred and Wanda, spokescouple for Southern Cal Gas Co)
Becky & Jane for Safeway (a three-year campaign with the incredibly wonderful Jane Lynch as my cohort)
The voice of Cleopatra at Caesar's Palace

My Training

My training has mostly been on-the-job
I fell in with a gang of actors who did voiceovers, and they kinda dragged me along.

When it comes to workshops, mostly, I teach.

I have an English degree from Rice University. I did as much theatre as I could cram into my 20's, and then headed to Tinsel Town. I was part of a professional improv company while still in Houston, where I learned my basics (including a short course with Del Close) and once out in LA, I was the first person to go from the Groundlings School to the new Sunday Company and into the full performing company. I have worked off and on as a professional radio producer since 1984, including running my own company, doing a freelance stint as the radio promo producer for the WB (CW?) and now I work as a booth director for WMEE, my vo agency.

My Studio Equipment

I have access to a number of studios, and can easily do auditions and sessions from my home (my musician husband is my engineer; he runs pro tools and we have a Shure KSM32 mic). I can access, for a very reasonable fee, an isdn line in a state of the art studio.

Additional Skills

I have won numerous industry awards as a writer and producer of radio spots, both as a free-lancer and while on staff at The Famous Radio Ranch. Two radio drama series spoofs I produced while partnered with Jerry Houser (we also are featured in them) are part of the permanent collection in the Museum of Radio and Television. I have a keen ear for editing, and I am really good at directing talent. I am especially good at creating sfx and finding music.

However, if I'm an actor hired for a spot, I am strictly an actor. I definitely play well with others.

Basically, I love all things aural. And I'm pretty darn good at them.

Payment Methods Accepted

PayPal

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