Arthur Chu

Intelligent, Passionate, Outspoken, In the Know

Voice Description

Blessed with a naturally deep, warm and resonant voice, people have been telling me I have the authoritative "voice of God" since I was a teenager, which has had no small impact on my ego.

My natural voice is a flat, slightly sardonic Joe Friday/Walter Cronkite voice -- the kind of person you'd trust to give you "just the facts" or to tell you the news "the way it is", which is a great baseline to use for reads that require that dry, knowing attitude.

In the booth I have a tendency to cut loose from those boundaries, though, and because of that I not only bring crackle and sizzle to a passionate read but bring authenticity to that passion -- the voice of a normally calm, centered, knowledgeable man who's been moved to excitement because even he has to admit the product is a big deal.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Teenage Boy
• 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
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Adult content
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


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
• 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

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Neutral American, newscaster, Midwestern, Southern Californian, surfer, Valley Boy, Northeastern, New York, Brooklyn, blue collar, Boston, Harvard, Mid-Atlantic, educated professor, Southern, rural, drawl, neutral British, Received Pronunciation, BBC, Estuary English, Cockney

My Voice Experience

Arthur Chu, after bitterly clawing his way through one of the most prestigious and selective educational institutions in the United States, finally got his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Swarthmore College, and found himself lost in the milling sea of 20somethings wondering what to do with a degree in the humanities from a liberal arts college and running up against his quarterlife crisis.

After a brief period of meditation and bouncing from job to job, he realized that his passion had always lain not with his planned vocation in academia but with his avocation, which, since high school, had been theater and performance. Moreover, he realized that his happiest and most productive times had, whether they had been hosting a talk show on college radio, voicing video promos for the Free Culture student activist movement he helped found at Swarthmore, or performing as a disembodied voice for a production of Joyce Carol Oates' radical performance piece "Tone Clusters", been related to the field of voiceover.

Never one to be deterred from a challenge, he relocated to LA, bought as many books about voiceover as he could carry, sought out the best training he could and is now on the cusp of launching a brilliant career, marred only slightly by his arrogant, never-broken habit of writing performance bios in the third person.

My Training

College career:

Acting I (Swarthmore College)
Theater Production Ensemble (Swarthmore College)
The Phoenix (Swarthmore College newspaper), columnist, production assistant and opinions editor
WSRN (Swarthmore College radio), four-year talk show host

Post-college training:

Private coursework with Nancy Wolfson (Braintracks Audio)

Stage performances:

Twelfth Night (Malvolio)
Hills Like White Elephants (American)
Tone Clusters (Voice)
Spring Awakening (Moritz)

My Studio Equipment

I currently own an Audio-Technica AS2020 USB mic. It's a bit basic, but it suits my needs and my budget and is a quality microphone for the price. We're all in lean economic times right now and so I'm sticking to the basics, recording through my Dell laptop on Audacity, and I've had no complaints about the quality of the recordings compared to recordings I've done at a professional studio.

Since I commute between LA and other cities on a relatively frequent basis, I've found Harlan Hogan's Porta-Booth to be a lifesaver; it provides a warm, natural sound free of background noise or echo even in relatively noisy environments.

I plan to save up in the next few years and upgrade to a more permanent setup, but for now I'm doing fine with what I have.

For jobs for which my home studio might be inadequate, I have a good working relationship with Voicetrax West, a fully staffed and equipped state-of-the-art recording studio with phone patch and ISDN capabilities within driving distance of my home.

Additional Skills

Classically trained actor, accomplished fiction writer and copywriter. Tech-savvy, can do basic audio editing. Wrote an undergraduate thesis on the field of advertising and have done work for consulting and research firms; strong background knowledge of business, marketing and PR.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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