Tom Test

Warm, Authoritative, Real, Wry, Trustworthy

Voice Description

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

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
• Cartoon/Animation

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 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"

My Training

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.

Additional Skills

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

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