Personable, Convincing, Extraordinarily Flexible
A truly believable voice talent capable of extraordinarily flexible delivery styles. From casually commanding to rough and gravelly. From warm and sensual to dry and matter-of-fact. From erudite and sophisticated to laid back and down home. From bright and youthful to old and wise. John Drew is a consummate professional with impeccable credentials.
John's numerous character voices and voice impersonations are in great demand - see Experience.
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male
Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:
• English - USA and Canada
• English - Other
I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes
• 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
My Recording and Delivery Capabilities
• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have ISDN 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
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Please have a listen to my Character Voices demo and my Southern Voices demo. I perform a number of Southern and Western dialects as well as British (I attended school in England) and ethnic voices.
I've impersonated the following personalities:
James Earl Jones
My Voice Experience
Commercials & Corporate Narration (Partial Listing)
Major League Baseball on Fox
The Outdoor Channel
Home & Garden Television
Home Shopping Network
The Mens Channel
Six Flags (Georgia, Texas, Mid-America)
Walt Disney World
Amelia Island Concours d'Élégance
Milliken & Company
TPA (Tennis Professionals Association)
Johnson/Evinrude Outboard Motors
RealTree Outdoor Products
Thompson Center Arms
Raymond James Financial
Blue Cross Blue Shield (Florida & Georgia)
The Mayo Clinic
Florida Department of Natural Resources
Florida Supreme Court
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Treasury Department
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Federal Reserve Bank
Hard Core Brands
On-Camera Corporate Spokesman (Partial Listing)
Home Shopping Network
Olive Garden Restaurants
Walt Disney World
U.S. Treasury Department
Character Voices and Impersonations (Representative List)
James Earl Jones
Various Southern accents
Various British accents
John has extensive experience as an on-camera spokesman and is extremely proficient with a wireless ear prompter.
He has also appeared in principal motion picture roles, including Tom Hanks' Emmy Award–winning HBO series "From the Earth to the Moon," co-hosted the HGTV food and lifestyle series "All In Good Taste," and has had numerous principal roles in professional theatre.
While John is SAG (Screen Actors Guild) eligible, he has elected to remain non-union to provide maximum flexibility to producers.
With more than 35 years experience performing professional voice talent, I began my career as a radio announcer at age 17. I spent two years in school in England where I studied and began to imitate British accents. I adapted them so well that I was frequently asked what part of England I was from.
I studied public speaking and drama in high school and continued to study drama in college. After four years in the Navy, I traveled throughout Europe, eventually living in Paris, where I performed English-language voice talent and ADR (automated dialog replacement) for the French automaker Renault. After returning to the U.S., I worked in radio and television as a voice and on-camera talent for ten years. Later, as a film actor, corporate spokesman and television host, I studied voice and on-camera performance techniques with several nationally recognized teachers and at KVG Studios in Florida.
I am a professional member of the World-Voices Organization, an international association of voice actors whose members have been meticulously vetted as professional voice actors.
My Studio Equipment
For those interested in the technical...
Microphone: AKG C-12 Clone
My primary microphone is a meticulously handcrafted clone of a 1950s AKG C-12, which is likely the most sought-after vintage tube condenser available. The microphone was built for me by the extraordinarily-talented electronics and audio engineer Lee Dyess, using the original AKG schematic with the finest components available, including 1% resistors, modern electrolytics, a NOS 6072 tube, an American-made, gold-sputtered, dual diaphragm capsule and an original AMI T14 transformer.
This beautifully-crafted C12 clone provides that old school tube condenser sound in the tradition of legendary Neumanns and Telefunkens, but with greater clarity and lower self-noise. It’s a big, warm sound but nevertheless precise and virtually flat from 17 Hz to 22 KHz with a clear and solid bottom end and a distinct high end sparkle without being sibilant.
PrismSound Lyra II AD/DA Converter and Microphone Preamplifier
This is the weakest link in most voice talents’ recording systems… not in my mine. My microphone’s output goes directly into a PrismSound Lyra II AD/DA converter. The Lyra II uses the same converters as the legendary PrismSound Orpheus, Titan and Atlas products found in the world’s finest recording facilities. With near-identical bench-test measurements to the Orpheus, Titan and Atlas, the Lyra II is likely the absolute best two-channel recording interface on the market, capable of artifact-free resolutions as high as 24-bit/192 KHz. With a preamp section that has been compared to the legendary John Hardy, Grace and the BAE microphone preamps, the sound is totally free of coloration. In short, it’s simply perfect.
Mac Mini Server Computer and Reaper Tracking and Editing Software
My primary computer is a Mac Mini Server with two 750 GB hard drives and 8 TB of outboard storage. I’m running the latest 64-bit version of Reaper tracking and editing software with plugins by Softube and other audio software designers, although I almost never adjust EQ and only add slight compression with the Softube Tubetech CL-1B compressor. Remote control of the recording software from my voice booth is accomplished with a PreSonus Fader Port. With this setup, I’m able to record in resolutions up to 24-bit/192 KHz, although most clients prefer files of 24-bit/48 KHz.
I subscribe to Source Connect for realtime, two-way voice recording capability.
Custom-Built Isolation Booth (Coming in May 2017)
It doesn’t matter that a voice talent has a $5,000 microphone and a $2,500 AD/DA converter. If the acoustical environment isn’t dead silent and almost anechoic, the resulting audio recording will have coloration, room resonance and ambient sounds that degrade the audio track. My double-walled voice booth was modeled after several commercially-available isolation structures with a number of significant improvements.
The walls, floor and ceiling of my voice booth are over seven inches thick! They consist of five layers of sound reflection and absorption materials, each of differing properties. No component was left to chance — half-inch layers of tempered window glass, Roxul Safe & Sound inner wall insulation, solid core wood door with acoustic seals, sonically-isolated power and signal connections, isolated ventilation system, noiseless LED lighting, wall and ceiling-mounted microphone boom, computer monitor and video camera. No expense was spared in constructing the booth.
Located outside aviation flight paths and away from most commercial and emergency traffic in a residential neighborhood, and at nearly 600 pounds standalone weight, the booth is, as they say, “dead as a doornail.” When I record, all you hear is my voice.
I spent more than thirty years as a writer, producer and director of award-winning radio and television commercials, corporate videos, infomercials and sound tracks, and have worked for seventeen years as an advertising agency account executive, copywriter and producer/director.
My cooking skills led to a co-host role for three years on HGTV's groundbreaking cooking show "All In Good Taste." I am a trained photographer with work licensed by National Geographic, Kodak and other organizations. I'm a skilled boat handler, cyclist, and an advanced open water scuba diver and snorkeler. And, after a couple glasses of Chianti, an "entertaining" piano player.
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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