Bonnie Optekman

Credible, warm, fun, newsy, storyteller, authority

Voice Description

Authentic and friendly for commercials, promos, and live events without a heavy announcer style.

Dramatic, warm, sentimental as a narrative storyteller.

Funny, engaging character reads, believable testimonial and spokesperson reads for commercials.

Bright, quick for an upbeat promo.

Wry with a touch of schadenfreude for sarcastic promos.

Casual and conversational or authoritative real-person delivery.



Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Female
• 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
• 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 ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

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

, New York, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Funny New York/New Jersey voice when called for.

My Voice Experience

I was privileged to be the "Voice of NBC News' Education Nation." I tracked narration for background stories and live announced for the 3 day event. What a thrill.

I'm also the voice of JLTV (Jewish Life Television) a nationwide cable channel.

I've written and voiced spots for NBC News Radio.

I've done tracks for Dateline at NBC News; narration for Visitors TV Network, an in-room hotel channel featured in major hotels in 17 East Coast cities; local TV & radio commercials; and voice over work for websites, industrials and a DVD educational series.

Although by day a digital media executive, I'm returning to my roots with this endeavor.

Theater has always been my passion. Acting and singing lessons were a big part of my life until I switched gears and went into journalism after college.

I want that fun experience back. Some yin to the yang.

My Training

Sarah Lawrence College
Hofstra University - BA, Journallism
Graduate studies at NYU
Studied with Marla Kirben, Bruce Kronenberg and John McKinney

Studied theater intensively and took vocal classes for 10 years until college graduation. It was during college that I switched from a major in drama to one in Journalism.

My Studio Equipment

I use a Samson microphone and Audacity software at home connected to my PC.

Additional Skills

First job was at CBS News, working for Walter Cronkite.
Then produced for a children's news program, "In the News."

Wanting more growth, I went to NYU for graduate work in Information Technology and landed at NBC News. I left NBC as VP, Connected TV.

Very involved in the intersection of editorial and technology, I oversaw the expansion of NBC News programming to internet connected devices and on-demand delivery.

Payment Methods Accepted

PayPal
• Credit cards
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency

Contact Information

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Demos
Optekman promo demo

Optekman commercial demo

Optekman - Education Nation 2012 1

Optekman - NBC News Education Nation 2

Optekman narration demo

Optekman Narration Sample

Optekman - funny Cinderella character

Optekman - NBC News Radio