Matthew Lehtola

Deep, Commanding, Rich, Authoritative

Voice Description

My natural speaking voice is deep, rich and resonant; perfect for narration. One day I hope to be as perfect as George Guidall.

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

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)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

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

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 can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, New York, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Well, I can do some voices, but only in spurts. I have yet to reach a level where I can carry on a full conversation in character (other than my own).

That said, my "old man" voice is pretty good, and I can nail the villain with aplomb. The redneck accent is also relatively easy for me.

My strongest asset is my deep voice, which is growing deeper by the year.



My Voice Experience

I got started with voiceover in 4th grade via the morning announcements (which I read over an intercom in the main office of my elementary school). I continued this practice in middle school, where, in 7th grade, my voice plummeted to new depths. Everybody started telling me I had a great set of pipes. Combined with an insane love for music, I decided that I wanted to be a radio DJ.

I continued to do the morning announcements in high school, which had a full-on TV studio, never mind televisions in every classroom. I anchored the morning news broadcast, and also became the go-to announcer for performances put on by the drama department.

In college I signed up to be a DJ at the University of Florida's student-run radio station, Rock 104, where I eventually became Music Director and worked all day parts. There, I learned, in addition to having a solid voice, I was also a dab hand at crafting audio imagery. I began honing my radio production skills, churning out promos, commercials and bumpers (doing the voiceover for each spot). Added to a natural talent for writing (I majored in magazine journalism because the telecommunication classes were a joke) I had the ability to create radio commercials from scratch - complete vertical integration!

However I knew, though I had been blessed with a booming voice, without training, it would never reach its full potential. So, as a graduation present to myself, I signed up for (and successfully completed) an intensive kinesensic training program in voice and body work, developed by Arthur Lessac. It changed the way I spoke, the way I did voiceover, everything, 100% for the better, and I still practice Lessac methods to this day.

I worked at the radio station for another year, eventually deciding to move to New York City (to see if I could hack it with the best). There, I landed an internship with a budding internet radio station called BTR, where I've been ever since, honing my voiceover craft whilst producing 4 radio shows a week.

At BTR, I've hosted well over a thousand podcasts, built a music library from the ground up, interviewed hundreds of up-and-coming bands & recording artists, and crafted unique audio imagery for all of my radio shows. I've covered the CMJ & SXSW music festivals for BTR (4 years & running), written a slew of articles about current music, produced radio dramas and remixed songs.


Now, at 33 years of age, having spent the majority of my working life talking into a microphone, my voice has matured into an experienced instrument. It's getting deeper, richer, and more arresting by the day.

I'd love to share it with you.








My Training

I graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2004, majoring in magazine journalism & minoring in film. After that I completed a intensive kinesensic training program in voice and body work, developed by Arthur Lessac, in which one basically learns an entirely new way to speak.

I hope to do another one soon, but the courses are quite expensive.

For the past 5 years, I've hosted a music-centered talk show @ www.breakthruradio.com called In The Den. I interview up & coming bands, report current music news and tell stories culled from my life experiences. All of this, of course, involves a whole heck of a lot of writing.

Over the years I've learned how to write for radio very well. You wouldn't know I was reading something, and I try to make it sound as natural as possible. Lately I've been discovering the ridiculous power of the well-placed pause...

Also, unlike most talk radio shows, I don't have a producer, or an intern, or co-host, or any help. I do it all myself, crafting the audio imagery for each unique segment, setting up the interviews, picking the music, et cetera.

One thing I really like to do (but don't always have the time for) is tell a story, and then add sound effects & music to that story, making for something you might hear in an episode of RadioLab.

As far as music, I know quite a bit. In addition to my talk show, I also host two music-based shows every week (The Synapse & The Dapper Fitting Drinking Hour), which focuses on up-and-coming bands that most people have never heard of. If you take a gander at my Soundcloud page, you can listen to a bevy of interviews I've recorded with some of those bands & recording artists (as well as intros to podcasts I've created, weird audio collages and story mixtapes).

More later, got to eat dinner...


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