Nicholas Kaiser

Confident, versatile, trusting, rich. smooth

Voice Description

As a voice coach and teacher, one of the things I tell my students is to really use their ears. You have to be able to "hear" how you're reading in order to make adjustments in pace, inflection, diction, breathing, tone, all the elements that make a good voice, GREAT!
I am blessed with a good ear that came from my early training and exposure to classical music.and can either hear a character voice live and pattern after it or create one using my active imagination. You can't be inhibited in this business.
The bulk of my spoken voice work came in the broadcast industry; after all, that's where I trained and that was the career path I followed. But it was really my musical upbringing that sets me apart. Imagine playing Bach and Mozart as a child; I acquired the language of classical music at the same time as English language. I was so fortunate and it is this legacy of joy and reverence for music that was the greatest gift from my Mother.
So bring on your projects, commercial, narration, promotional, public service; friends, countrymen, I'll lend you my ears!

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age 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
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Podcasts
• 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 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

My Home Base

, Vermont, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I can attempt numerous dialects: Irish, German, French (4 years study), Russian, Swedish, Italian, Indian, New York, Boston, Texas, Southern gentleman, Minnesota (how 'bout a little lunch?)

Also, with a little coaching, I can create any character or voice you'd like; just have to hear if first and we're off!

My Voice Experience

Much of my work has been in broadcasting using my smooth baritone as recorded voice bed for advertising and station promotional work. This was after I followed the journalism/newscaster trail for awhile (based on my Father's advice who always wanted to hear me say "This is Nicholas Kaiser, reporting live from Beirut.") I ended up having to invade people's privacy a bit too much, like when I had to call a couple of Seniors on Labor Day weekend from my tiny radio station to get a comment on why they think somebody might have left a homemade bomb on their doorstoop. They were already scared out of their wits.

So, I ended up writing, producing and voicing ski reports for NESAC in Woodstock, VT as my first gig. I helped build and launch a 110-station radio network carrying skiing reports and information from Caribou, ME to Baltimore. and the free skiing wasn't half bad either, until it started raining on the slopes...

From there, it was on to small college town Middlebury, VT where I was PD for a small radio station. We decided to carry gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Senate Iran Contra hearings and it fell to me to fill the sudden breaks of coverage with an erudite recap of the testimony. Talk about thinking on your feet!

In 13 years at WCAX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT, I wrote, produced, directed, voiced and/or starred in hundreds of commercials for local and regional clients. It was a chance to be very creative (sometimes) and I got to attend a creative advertising conference in Monterey, CA which was a lot of learning and a lot of fun. Big Sur's incredible!

Still, there was nothing like working in National Public Radio, a peerless network of dedicated professionals who bring countless hours of unique programming to the air. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there as live announcer, producer, director and writer of all kinds of messages. The Pro Tools audio production skills that started at WCAX really served me well when editing at VPR.

and it was those skills that brought me to work for Dan Levine in the break between WCAX and VPR. We forged a strong working relationship and appreciation of and for different types of music. That early association came full circle when Dan asked me to join his Such A Voice team as a voiceover coach and producer and I appreciate his confidence in my skills and abilities as a voiceover artist and writer as well as audio producer, editor and engineer.

You can expect nothing less than the level of quality brought about by 30 years of experience in broadcasting, communications, music and audio production and skills and creative/copy/songwriting.

My Training

BS, Emerson College in Communications w/ minor in Broadcast Journalism. Graduated 1983, 3.89 GPA.

Voice Coach/Producer-SUCH A VOICE National Voiceover training company, Burlington, VT
Announcer/Writer/Producer/Director-VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO, Colchester, VT

Senior Writer/Producer/Announcer/Talent-MT. MANSFIELD TELEVISION, Burlington, VT

Program Director/Announcer/Producer-ADDISON BROADCASTING, Middlebury, VT

Broadcast Director/Announcer/Reporter-NEW ENGLAND SKI AREAS COUNCIL, Woodstock, VT

Recording engineer-Boston Symphony Orchestra & Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood, Lenox, MA

Freelance actor/crew/stage for various productions around Boston including American Playhouse film "Concealed Enemies" produced by WGBH

Lighting engineer Boston Pops Holiday Performances at Symphony Hall, Boston

Independent acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, songwriter and singer; numerous performance credits in Midwest, Rocky Mtn. West and New England. 2nd CD in production. Over 50 original songs.

Trained Suzuki violinist from age 3; attended Interlochen National Music Camp at age 10, played cello 2 years, then switched to acoustic guitar, 6 and 12-string.






My Studio Equipment

Professional studio environment including AKG, Rode, Audio Technica, Shure and Neumann microphones. Mackie mixing board, Studio One DAW, AKG K240 headphones, MediaOne monitors, Tascam 788 PortaStudio, Panasonic Studio DAT, Sony portable DAT and MiniDisc. Alesis reverb.

Additional Skills

I don't know if this is relevant but I've had the good fortune to use my musical and broadcast skills for some good. When a loved on was diagnosed with breast cancer, I (actually God-I jsut held the pen) wrote a song called "The Journey." At the time, I couldn't have know how it would come to affect and maybe help give hope to dozens, maybe hundreds of woman facing breast cancer. The song went on to raise some money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

It was then that I realized how my gift might be of use to others in difficult circumstances, so I organized, promoted and performed a benefit concert aimed at raising awarness and funds for the homeless in Addison County, VT.

Later I served on the board of the John Graham Emergency Shelter and helped organize an evening of celebration and fund-raising marking their 30th year in service to the homeless population in Middlebury, VT.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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