Janet Motenko

Kind, warm, grandmotherly, quirky

Voice Description

Versatile character voices for commercials, trailers, video games, animated films and audiobooks, including dark, evil, raspy, breathy, sexy, powerful, goofy, grandmotherly, annoyingly nasal, dramatic, sensual, silly, sophisticated, motherly, kindly, whiney, uptight

Senior voice for health care promos, commercials, IVR, website narration

Warm, kind, sincere and relatable reads for corporate narration, business videos, promos

Folksy and down-to-earth for commercials

Authentic and real for film

Linda Hunt-esque deliveries for documentaries and trailers

Intelligent, informative and precise for documentaries, training video narration, business presentations, e-learning courses, interactive kiosks, audio tours

Clear, pleasant and accessible for IVR

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
• 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
• Adult content
• Songs
• 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 have Phone Patch 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

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
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

Sacramento, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Standard/BBC English, Cockney, Irish, French, American Southern, Texas, New York, as well as a variety of characters, including nasally dweeb, overbearing mother, annoying office worker, sultry vixen, twangy cowboy's ma, kindly grandmother, inarticulate doofus, geezer guy, pompous queen, little kid with a head cold and others. Give me a well-written script with great characters, and I'd love to sink my teeth into it.

My Voice Experience

I have formal acting training and experience in educational, community and professional theater. My love of theater dates back to very early childhood.

Over the years, I have acted, sung and danced in many plays and musicals. Most recently, I played inept spy Hildegarde in an Ovation Stage (Sacramento, California) production of Christopher Durang's "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them."

In the past, I have acted in and written scripts for training videos, appeared in television commercials and written and voiced radio spots. I was co-founder, alto and business manager for an cappella professional novelty quartet.

My background also includes more than 30 years as a newspaper and magazine journalist. For several years, I wrote, edited and designed publications for the advertising division of a metropolitan daily newspaper, and I currently do public relations writing for a large health care network in Northern California.

So I not only have editorial and creative skills but also a good understanding of the business needs and challenges of the media and entertainment industries. I think this makes me uniquely suited to voiceover work.

Among past clients:
Production Blue/Bait & Tackle Inc., Massachusetts
Tectonic Slide Entertainment, Vienna, Austria
Communicare/Ferralli Studios, Pennsylvania
Zap!Sound, (Western Union IVR), Vienna, Austria
Headhunterz (musician-producer), Netherlands
Clark and Rush Mechanical, California
Watkins Vanilla, Missouri
Manteca Bulletin, California
TOTH Brand Imaging, Massachusetts
Wiles Wedding Video, California



My Training

Ongoing voiceover coaching and professional mentoring by Ray Nakamoto, Nakamoto Productions, Sacramento

Workshop training with Donna Christie, Bill Whitman, Stan Lemkuil, Susan Hayward, Charlie Holliday and others

Shakespeare workshops with Jack Lynn and Charlie Holliday

Acting training, B Street Theatre Conservatory, Michael Stevenson and Jamie Jones

Acting training, Summer Training Congress, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco: improvisation (Rafe Chase), Shakespeare (Drew Khalouf), speech evaluation and dialects (Lynn Soffer), Meissner technique (Francine Landes)

Mountview Drama School, classes in acting, voice production and movement, London, England

Bachelor of arts degree, drama, California State University, Fresno

Singer and business manager, Merry Measure novelty a cappella quartet (10 years), Sacramento

Editorial professional with experience writing business and lifestyle newspaper and magazine features, training-video scripts, brochure and newsletter copy, public service announcements, press releases, radio spots, corporate communications (internal and external)



My Studio Equipment

At home, my recording setup includes MXL V88 condenser mic, an iMac OS X, GarageBand and Audacity, Shure X2U XLR-to-USB, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones, M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 speakers and soundproofed recording space.

I also have quick access to a full-service recording studio in Sacramento, California.

I can provide tracks in WAV, AIFF or MP3 formats and deliver via email, Dropbox or YouSendIt. I also can provide phone patch and fully produced tracks with music and SFX, if needed. Additional charges may apply.

Turnaround time for simple recordings is 24 hours or less, depending on the project. Completion time for more involved work, such as audiobook recordings, is negotiable and depends on the scope of the project.

I accept payment through PayPal.

Additional Skills

My lifelong love of theater and appreciation for a great story, well-written and well-told, dates to my childhood. I grew up listening to classic children's literature and poetry read aloud by my master storyteller dad, who also introduced me to the radio greats of the 1940s and 1950s -- Gracie Allen and George Burns, Fannie Brice, Fibber McGee and Molly and others.

From these influences, I learned from a young age the emotional power of the human voice to engage, motivate, uplift and entertain. I have deep love and respect for written and oral language, a foundation that I think, along with my acting and writing training and experience, makes me uniquely suited to voiceover work.

In adulthood, I lived for seven years in London, where I worked by day as a secretary and by night as a dresser at the Royal Court Theatre and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. I also have more than 30 years' experience as a professional writer and editor. My main focus has been journalistic writing, but I can write advertising and marketing copy and training-video scripts. As an editor, I have a special knack for improving poorly written, ineffective copy.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I have a professional attitude and strong work ethic. I'm a down-to-earth person who's easy to work with. Although I've played my share of divas onstage, I don't play that role in the real world of business. I care about doing the best job possible and making sure that clients are satisfied with the work I deliver. I seek to cultivate good ongoing relationships that are beneficial both to my clients and to me.

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Demos
Janet Motenko demo

senior/baby boomer demo

Brachs commercial

Seniormatch

Commercial

Audiobook_Around the World

Audiobook_Pit and Pendulum

Character demo

Show tunes sampler

Wedding video narration

Seminar promo