BJ Shaffer

All-American, Upbeat, Authoritative, Guy Next Door

Voice Description

BJ has worked on projects large and small along side some of the biggest names in the entertainment business including: Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, John Krasinski, Martin Sheen, Kathryn Morris(Cold Case), Anthony Lapaglia (Without A Trace) and most recently Morgan Freeman in a documentary he voiced on the life of JFK.

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BJ’s voice has been described as upbeat, conversational, confident, knowledgeable, Gen X, Gen Y, warm and friendly. However, he can also taken on an authoritative, announcer and hard-sell tone when needed.

Coming from LA, BJ’s bread and butter work is: radio ads, TV commercials, cartoons and animation, movie trailers, reality TV narration, and promo work.

However, on he is often hired for smaller projects like business Power points, telephone answering messages sales videos, You Tube videos, education and eLearning spots, jingles, internet projects, book trailers, sizzle reels, white board presentations, audiobooks, narrations, local commercials, regional commercials, promo videos, songs, charity, psa, sound-alike, accent work, live event and trade show projects.

Also, because he worked for several years in the medical and hi-tech trade show industries, he is often called upon for our most difficult healthcare and technical scripts due to his ability to understand and comfortably deliver difficult content in a very short period of time.

BJ also works quite a bit in the character and impression voice arenas. His most common cartoon voices and accents include: Southern American, New Yorker, Mobster, Pirate, Sumo wrestler, Coach, Cowboy, newscaster, Boston, Texan and hero.

His cartoon voices include: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Tigger, Spongebob, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Power Rangers, Zeus, demon, Batman and Superman to name a few.

Celebrity Impersonations included: Sam Elliot, Stanley Tucci, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, Ty Burrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Howard Cossell and many many more!

My voice ranges from all-american guy next door(currently Southern California "Easy Going" Honda Campaign), to high octane announcer (currently voicing Ringling Bros. Nationally and Jillian Michael's from Biggest Loser upcoming fitness video) to a multitude of Character and Animation voices (Currently voicing several characters for PIXAR animation, and multiple projects on-going for LeapFrog doing various character voices in products geared for children and teenagers).

I also am very comfortable with very high level language as I work on multiple projects for large technology corporations voicing industrials about tech products ranging from consumer electronics to supercomputing.

I can do a wide variety of voices and styles that will best suit your project. Bouncing around to different styles and types of projects is what keeps it all fresh and interesting!

SO LIKE I SAID...I'm an EVERYman. But don't take my word for it...have a listen!

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• 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)
• Cartoon/Animation

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 have Phone Patch in my studio
• I have Source Connect 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
• I have ipDTL in my studio

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

New York, New York, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

In addition to the various roles included in my animation demo I also do impersonations of Rocky, John Wayne, Sly Stallone, George Bush and many others. My cartoon voices include: Most of the characters from Winnie the Pooh, Disney's Goofy, Mickey Mouse and a multitude of others.

I do many character voices including recently narrating an Audiobook for "The Silver Sphere" where I voiced 20+ characters as well as narrating. Talk about a workout!

I am currently working on a soon-to-be released large scale project for PIXAR animation in San Francisco where I will be heard doing a multitude of character voices on the big screen this summer.

My Voice Experience

My last collaboration with Pixar, Sanjay's SuperTeam which opened for the The Good Dinosaur, was nominated for an Academy Award for best Animation short. I was lucky enough to do all the male voices in the project!

As you will see from my client list, I form long-term relationships with my clients. We work together over the years to find the best ways to promote, explain or market their product or company. I work really hard to give my clients exactly what they want and, in most cases, throw in a little something special that they don't see coming!

Starting with commercials, I've been lucky enough to work in some of the most prestigious studios in Santa Monica, Venice, Burbank and NYC. I have served as the voice of Honda, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey's Circus, Nascar, Sizzler, Time-Warner Cable and Cashcall Mortgage* to name a few.

Next, my promo work! I formed a close relationship with Warner Brothers in Burbank, CA where I got to work as their international Promo announcer for Warner TV. Here I promoted great shows like the Big Bang Theory, Two and Half Men, The New Adventures of Old Christine and many others to audiences literally all over the world! So whether your promoting a book, a TV show or a feature film- I bet I can help spread the word!.

On the animation side of the biz, I trained under the legendary Hanna Barbara Casting Director Susan Blue. I then went on to gain valuable experience working with great companies like Disney and LeapFrog. For Disney, I voiced the 25th Anniversary reboots of classic cartoons like "Lady and the Tramp" and "Jungle Book" to name a few. I then worked for Leapfrog as not only a VO artist, but also as a co-writer and producer as they launched their LeapFrog LeapPad book series. For middle school students that meant working on their "LeapFrog Lit Bits" series where I voiced great characters in the "Great Gatsby", "Hamlet" and "Huck Finn". For young readers, I got to he play tons of fun characters in their young reader adventure series. My ultimate dream was to be Walter in "Walter the Farting Dog"!

I also work regulary with great companies like Hewlett-Packard, Mazda, Kia, LeapFrog, Astonish, ProCurve and Oracle talking about everything from engines to insurance to construction to supercomputers!

Do you have something to try outside of my experience above? Great! I love a challenge! Let's get started!

Past and Current Clients:
PIXAR Animation
Ringling Bros. Circus
Disney's Jungle Book Rerelease
Disney's Fox and the Hound 25th Anniversary Release
Honda (SoCal Market)
AIS Insurance (National Campaign)
Sizzler Steakhouse
Sychuan Casino
Chappelle Homes
2007 Technical Emmy Awards
Panda Express
Jobvite Source

My Training

Writing/Improv Groundlings LA
BA Integrative Arts Penn State University
Post Bacc Degree PreMed Penn State University
Acting Training Annie Grimlay Studios
VO Commercial Training Cynthia Sonje
VO Animation Training Susan Blue/Blupka Studios

My Studio Equipment

My home studio is fully equipped with for recording live recordings via phone patch, source connect or ISDN. I have a Sennheiser MKH-416 P48 Mic and a JK Audio Phone patch. If your eyes haven't glazed over reading tech gear bla bla then I will tell you I also have a Shure SM7 mic, a LA 610 Compressor/preamp and a USBPRE2 to tie it all together.

We can do live recordings on patch or using my conference line if you have multiple people that need to listen in. If your studio has Source Connect or ISDN we can record direct to you.

I can and do produce .wav and .mp3 files which are completely ready for broadcast which I deliver via email, wetransfer, dropbox etc.

In short, I offer an end-to-end VO production experience including writing and casting other talent if that is something you need.

Your VO work done with C.A.R.E.

C ustomized just for you
A ffordable for almost any budget limitations (I aim to please!)
R eliable and timely
E nd-to-End - enough said!

Additional Skills

In addition to doing voice over work, I am an accomplished public speaker and actor. I regularly speak on behalf of Fortune 500 companies at conventions and trade shows around the country. This work has helped me to be very versatile in delivering key messaging on very complex topics with very little preparation time. This lends itself very well to delivering technically-heavy VO scripts.

From an acting standpoint I have appeared off-broadway singing and also on numerous hit TV shows appearing opposite great stars like Kiefer Sutherland, Martin Sheen, Kathryn Morris and Anthony LaPaglia. I think people forget that THE most important part of Voice Acting is ACTING!
My theatre training helps me get inside the characters in your story and deliver your message in a way that connects with any audience!

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

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Commercial Demo

Animation Demo

Promo Demo

Business Narration

TV Adult Narration The Wire

LeapFrogs Romeo and Juliet

Ringling Brothers Circus


time warner

Baby Basics




Greenpeace JFK Imitation

TV Series LOST Video Game


Educational Narration

TV Demo

TV Demo

Movie and Game Trailers

Documentar narration

Audiobook Narration

Business Narration

Commercial Demo

Silver Sphere Narration