Warm, Authoritative, Real, Wry, Trustworthy
My voice is mid-ranged, energetic, warm, authoritative, smooth OR textured, real (yes, I really can act!), cool, whimsical, ironic, friendly, engaging, fresh and versatile. I've performed everything from warm & authoritative to animated character voices to hip, ironic attitude copy to hard-sell retail. I'm in the 35-60 age range.
Among other industries/markets, I've had great success with health-care clients (e.g., my work for Mayo Clinic-owned Franciscan Skemp Hospital won a Telly, as have several of my other health-care clients); and retail (e.g., my work for Nebraska Furniture Mart broke all previous sales records).
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
• 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
• SAG-AFTRA (US)
My Recording and Delivery Capabilities
• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I have Source Connect 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
• I have ipDTL in my studio
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
, Illinois, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
I don't do any authentic accents, but I am an actor. Therefore, I can convincingly play a character role - e.g., football coach, blue-collar worker, nerdy guy, game-show host, etc.
My Voice Experience
I've been one of the top male voice-over talents in the Midwest since 1989. I started my private studio Voices On in 2001 and have since voiced hundreds of projects: web-based Flash animation, national TV spots, college-level textbooks, PowerPoint narrations, political spots for Democratic candidates, and corporate narrations.
I've voiced quite a few Telly (and other) award-winning spots in my career, and have had dozens of Fortune 500 clients. I've also been a much-in-demand voice-over coach and demo producer.
Here are just a few other highlights from my 19-year VO career:
Voiced national TV spots for (among others): Coor's, Midas, Betty Crocker, Mott's Fruitsations, Novalis, Allegra, Oatmeal Raisin Crisp, AARP, and currently running: Snapper/Simplicity Mowers, Mercury Marine,and 1-800-CONTACTS
Scott Foresman - narrated "Reading Skills" and "Science" textbooks for grades 1-6
Dunkin' Donuts Race - played live at Chicago Bears games at Soldier Field, I also wrote the copy
Narrated 26 episodes of HGTV's "A Place to Call Home"
I've been coached by Marice Tobias from LA (THE top VO coach in the country, I was even her rep for the Midwest in the 90s). I owe my success primarily though, to the 4 years of bi-weekly practice groups I led in the mid-90's, where I really honed my craft. I was also a voice-over coach and demo producer for a decade (until I just got too busy as a talent). I'm also a graduate of the Player's Workshop Improv program, and have taken improv classes at Second City, and acting classes at the Audition Studio, Act One, and Victory Gardens.
Having a BBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan allows me to understand the business aspect of being a VO talent much better than the average actor or radio guy. And finally, my years of experience as a coach and demo producer taught me to approach copy with the eyes of a writer/producer, so my first read usually is exactly what the client is looking for.
My Studio Equipment
Mics: Sennheiser 416, Gefell M930 (similar specs to, but better than a Neumann TLM-103), or a highly-modded Rode NTK w NOS 1961 Amperex tube.
I use a SafeSound Audio Tracking Toolbox. This goes into an Echo Mia sound card, which resides in my custom-built audio editing PC. I use Sound Forge 9.0.
I have a sound booth, so there is never an issue with extraneous noise or echo. I get clean, smooth VO tracks.
I have Source Connect as an ISDN alternative. I have access to a long-time pro studio in downtown Chicago, ARU, with very reasonable rates for ISDN. From my own studio, I offer broadcast-quality sound, and have recorded national TV campaigns from my studio.
My Skype ID is fearlessraccoon.
My studio features broadcast-quality audio and a quick turnaround, at standard industry rates. Auditions are free of charge. Ask me about my low rates for business pitches!
Payment Methods Accepted
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers
Online Payments Via PayPal
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