Bo Barker

Unique, announcer, commanding, distinguished, calm, storyteller, textured, gravitas

Voice Description

Bo Barker is an Emmy® and other industry award-winning professional full-time voice talent with what has been described as "a familiar voice with an undeniable and compelling tone".

Barker's voice has been selected to lend a distinctive flavor to nationwide product launches and he has voiced industry award-winning commercial work. Barker has been heard in major studio VOD/BluRay/DVD and online film release trailers; award-winning documentary and narration projects with established producers in major regional and national markets; radio station imaging in both the US and abroad and various event promotions and corporate projects. Barker has also lent his voice to worthy charitable and non-profit causes in the past. Bo Barker operates daily from his modern, equipped, and digitally-connected home-based studio within a historic Iowa farmhouse in the Midwestern USA. 

He has voiced for some of the most recognized brands in the marketplace, as well as for leading Hollywood movie studios and leading content producers. He is represented by respected agents in the major media hubs and regional markets across the U.S. and abroad.

When not on the microphone, Bo enjoys working with select individuals and businesses as a recognized professional Intuitive Consultant and Certified Life Coach / Life Purpose Coach. He also has mentored and advised several aspiring Voice actors on aspects related to their own success in the Voiceover industry.

Bo raised, trained and exhibited registered American Quarter horses and American Paint horses for many years, but his present menagerie is limited to three "studio cats" and a vigilant Rat Terrier who keeps the remote farmstead known as RedStone Farms secure.

• Nominee - Best International Voiceover Performance - One Voice Awards® 2018
• Emmy® and IMPA® award winner for Broadcast Documentary narration
• Voice of multiple Telly Award® winners
• Voice of EduAdAwards® Gold & Silver award winners
• VO Mastery®: WINK-TV® Promo Competition winning finalist; Audiobook Narration Honorable Mention
• Voice of multiple film festival circuit official selections / semi-finalists / finalists awards

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
• 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 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

, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

North American English,British, Scottish, Irish, Australian, Southern US (several), East Coast, Various Characterizations (will vary upon request of the customer). From Quirky to Credible, Bo offers a distinctive signature sound that is relate-able and memorable. His particular vocal essence, style and impact is all his own, but is often compared to that of Donald Sutherland, Jeff Bridges, Morgan Freeman, Sam Elliott, Peter Coyote, Hal Douglas, and other distinct VO stalwards.

My Voice Experience

Years of experience: 25+

An extensive professional resume covering advanced responsibilities in sales, marketing, promotions, applied management, training, communications and publicity. Has served as a presenter in both studio and live venues for countless events, causes and organizations. Has worked actively within the broadcast industry ....daily contact with broadcast professionals in management, production, sales, and engineering. Previous have included virtually all station formats, market sizes, demographics, etc. Bo's voice has been heard everywhere from Los Angeles market to the the Upper Midwestern US to the Eastern Shore in Maryland.. Up in Canada and overseas in places as diverse as the United Kingdom and the Unites Arab Emirates!

Bo Barker Voiceovers has completed work for numerous clients around the world, including:

Amtrak, Lionsgate, Fiat Chrysler Group, Taco Bell, Kyocera, Ariens, Manitowoc Cranes, Iowa State University Athletics, Boston College Athletics, Cedar Rapids USHL RoughRiders, Auto Zone, Google, Harley-Davidson, Ubisoft, Tiny Hero, GE Capital, TImberWolf Tobacco (Swedish Match). IPC, Kno Games, Filament Games, Cool Mini or Not, Harper Collins (Thomas Nelson Publishers), Bedrosians.... And Much More!

My Training

A Lifetime of learning how to communicate effectively... one-on-one, in small and large audience settings, in studio and broadcast environments, corporate venues, large convention settings and events, etc...

I have over 25 years in Public and Extemporaneous Speaking, with early involvement in Competitive Speech & Drama. I have practical experience in marketing and promotions of large events. I have organized publicity for numerous organizations and non-profit causes. I have also undertaken a great deal of self-study including:

Mentoring by Randy Thomas (Entertainment Tonight, Academy Awards, Tony Awards, etc)
VO Mastery 2015 - Master Promo Class with David Lyerly
Coaching / Career Guidance, noted coaches and agents, New York, NY
Multiple "Audition Contest" "Top 3" place winner, Edge Studios, New York, NY
Voices For All seminar, Iowa Lakes Community College, Estherville, Iowa - March 2007

Formal Post-Secondary Education:
Iowa Central Community College, Webster City, Iowa (September 1985 - May 1986)
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (September 1986 – December 1989)
Major: Sciences & Humanities, (Political Science emphasis), Secondary Major: International Studies, Minor: Spanish. Other Studies: Agronomy, International Agriculture

In the end, it isn't a professional diploma, accreditation, or attendance at a voice class that will make the difference for you and your project... it is a practiced ability to listen to you and help "Put Voice to your Vision!"

My Studio Equipment

MP3, CD/DVD .wav, AIFF , multiple connection and delivery methods (see below)

AT-897 Shotgun Condenser, KAM Crystal Large Diaphragm High Output Condenser Mic, Studio Projects C-1 Large Diaphragm Condenser and AT-2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphones, Allen & Heath ZED-10FX console, AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core 255 Processor, 1TB hard drive with 4GB memory. Windows 7 based Studio Workstation, multi-track editors, audio chain isolation

24/7 turn-around available, FTP, Dropbox, Skype, ipDTL (Direct connect to ISDN available!), SourceConnect Now, Phone Patch

Primarily “dry reads” provided.
added production (music library, sound effects) available at additional charge

Willing to travel to regional ISDN-equipped studios at customer's expense.

Additional Skills

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Payment Methods Accepted

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

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