Charles Norman

Deep, masculine, expressive; character voices

Voice Description

My voice is deep and resonant and very expressive; I can speak in a smooth, announcer-type tone, or a gravelly bass, or in a number of character voices.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• 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

• Commercials
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• Movie and game trailers
• Adult content
• Cartoon/Animation

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks

My Home Base

, Texas, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Texas, Western, southern, refined, cultured, snooty, country, redneck, hillbilly, educated, academic, news announcer, storyteller, aged, sexy, arrogant, wise, authoritative, reverent, preaching, bombastic, reasonable, smarmy, persuasive

My Voice Experience

I have produced five books on the Audiobook Creation Exchange, including a self-help marriage-counseling book, a religious/political nonfiction work, a book of social commentary, and two science-fiction novels. I also work as a narrator on the Umanoapp.com site, where I have over 150 clips posted to date.

My Training

I was a drama/theater major in at Austin College in Texas and worked in several productions, including some lead roles; after I transferred to Michigan State University, I changed my major to Liberal Arts, in which I hold a B.A. After graduation, I studied for three years toward a Master of Theology at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology, was ordained Deacon, and served as a Methodist minister for four years. I was noted for my preaching ability. I left the ministry and applied my talents to teaching; I was a public- and private-school teacher for more than twenty years, in which career I was noted as a talented and spellbinding storyteller. After I left teaching, I worked for more than ten years as a caregiver for the elderly and disabled; I often read to my visually-impaired clients, and also volunteered for a time as a reader at the Dallas/Fort Worth radio station for the blind.

Earlier this year, I was finally talked into auditioning for some audiobook narration work on the Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) site; the following day, I had two contracts, and six more by the end of that week. I recently took on a part-time gig as a news reader on the Umanoapp.com website, and to date I have over 150 articles posted there.

My Studio Equipment

I work at home in a sound-insulated space, using a Rode NT1-A cardioid condenser mic and an Avid Fast Track Solo preamp and interface, both connected to my Mac. I have Pro Tools, but I have found TwistedWave to be better software for audiobook work. I use a custom processing program for mastering my recordings that was designed for me by George Whittam of EdgeStudio, which guarantees clean audio and a proper noise floor.

Additional Skills

I have a remarkable command of English spelling, grammar and syntax, and have, as favors for friends and occasionally for payment, done copy-editing and proofreading on both fiction and nonfiction works. I have written professionally as well, and my editors often told me that they could send my work direct to layout because they knew it was technically flawless. I was once offered a book for narration, but I told the rights holder that i wouldn't do it unless I could correct it first. They paid me to do the editing, but gave someone else the narration.

I can speak off-the-cuff, extemporaneously, with no difficulty or nervousness, before large groups or small. I have a vast repertoire of stories I can tell, which stands me in good stead as a substitute teacher -- I begin talking, mesmerize them, and for the rest of the day they're mine. No discipline problems; I just have to promise them another story (and I deliver!) I know a lot of jokes, too, many not suitable for the classroom....

I have other talents that don't relate so well to voiceover -- e.g., I'm a fairly quick and skilled cartoonist; it saved me a fortune in stickers in my teaching career. I'm a good math tutor -- I've helped high-school and adult students get A's in Algebra, some of whom had failed it three times in night school. I also sing a pretty fair bass, though I fake it; I don't read music...

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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Additional Information

• Currently Charles Norman is a Standard subscriber.

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