Charles Hollis

strong, deep, resonant, soothing.

Voice Description

My voice has been described by many as "soothing", "reassuring", "warm", "resonant", and "commanding." I can convey lighter material well, but can also do heartfelt material with confidence. I feel I do "heartfelt" the best. I can do sexy, silly, relaxed, friendly, or professional. I can do a passable British accent and a somewhat cartoonish Indian/Pakistani accent. It makes people laugh, that much I am certain.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• 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
• Audiobooks
• Documentaries
• Podcasts

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

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My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer


My Home Base

Boston, Providence, Worcester southeastern Massachusetts, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

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My Voice Experience

In July 2006, I hosted a Podcast for a friend of mine, Jon Finn, who is one of the guitar teachers at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, and plays guitar for the Boston Pops as well. The show has been a relaxed mix of conversation and featured songs by Jon Finn, his contemporaries, former students, and colleagues. We plan to do more Podcasts in the near future.

The summer of '86 I participated in a play put together by a group of friends, "To Err Is Human ..." and enjoyed the experience of a small drama group. Very funny and loose. It was videotaped for access cable. (Where that tape is now is anyone's guess!)

I started working for the Scituate, Massachusetts Fire Department in 1985, being a dispatcher and fire alarm operator. The radio network covered eight towns. I became the radio voice of Scituate when on duty. I was told that in one town, whenever I was on duty, they referred to me as "Don Pardo." "HEY!!! Pahdo's workin' in Scituate tuh-nite!" Firefighters are a tough audience. ("Pahdo", by the way, is Boston regional accent for "Pardo.")

My first voice work was at Massasoit Community College, at its radio station, WMCI. I did an early morning show and worked the "mellow" side of the microphone. (At 7:30 a.m. no hung-over college student wants DJ hypertalk!) It pleased my audience, and I got several calls for the voice as much as the music.

While at Massasoit, I also got involved with The Little Theater Company, taking a role in the one-act play "The Unexpurgated Memoirs of Bernard Mergendeiler." The final minute of the play, the prop bed we were on broke, collapsing to the floor, but my stage voice was still heard above the din! We brought down the house! A fond memory. I give the broken bed all the credit! I received compliments unending that I didn't forget my lines all the while.

My Training

I studied at Emerson College as an adult starting in 1996, finishing in 2002, graduating cum laude with a Bachelors in Media Arts Generalist while working full-time as a firefighter/EMT for the town of Scituate, Massachusetts. I took Radio Performance from Larry Miller, Voice & Articulation from Tom Kennedy, learning professional speech and voice, and did vocal characterizations for Rick Nichols' multimedia production, "Hetra's World 2000", a play put on with inner-city children in Boston, a non-profit production.

In 2001,I volunteered for WGBH Television in Boston, reading descriptions of auction items. It was all cold copy, about 20 items in all. The producer was great. I learned a lot from that experience.

I volunteered at a radio station, The Talking Information Center in Marshfield, Massachusetts, that recorded periodicals, bestsellers, the daily news, TV listings, etc., for over two years. The audience were the blind and sight-impaired. This entailed reading _a lot_ of cold copy with no chance to punch-in and edit. I did reasonably well, and was complimented on my voice performance. I recorded short stories, magazine articles, and read daily news live on-air, doing some engineering of shows as well. I was told that I was versatile and able to do any of the reading styles that were put in front of me.

My voice work to date has been either industrial, (e.g., radio communications in Fire/EMS),or volunteer.

My Studio Equipment

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Additional Skills

I have been in Fire and EMS for nineteen years. I know what it is like to be counted on and to show up to do the job when the pressure is on. I feel the quality of my voice helped to soothe many patients with severe medical problems. Inherently, it is that I care for people and want to do good work. I feel that attitude is a plus for voice-over work also. At 47, I bring a considerable amount of life experience and maturity to a project.

While at Emerson, I learned about producing digital media: images, audio, and web design. I have a basic working knowledge of what goes on behind the mixing board and the control room.

I come into this industry fairly late in life, having dabbled in voicework and drama up to this point. I want to give it my all, and let the cards fall where they may. It is a frightening proposition to sit, old and ponderous, thinking, "I wonder if I would have been any good at that?" I don't want it to be me. It is my hope that we can help one another in answering my question. I show up to work, you get a job well done.

Payment Methods Accepted

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Contact Information

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