Diane Humphrey

Sultry alto, Business Professional, Engaging

Voice Description

Expressive with exceptional range; adaptable tonality; highly polished, measured inflection to personify "upper crust" with enunciation bespeaking of a finishing school education; Arkansas drawl developed for Ozark "Jack Tales," High English and Cockney both within my repertoire; For two and a half years, I voiced the daily horoscopes for a phone line maintained by a local newspaper, the service entitled "Infotel." Also during this period, I served as "vacation relief" for phoneline director, inputing daily inspirational messages, jokes, and updates on the "soaps." From the Bronx to Cape Cod, from sweet innocent to seductress--from the Mistress of the Estate to the cleaning lady, vocally communicated to your audience.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Female
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female

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
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• 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

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer


My Home Base

, Missouri, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

High English to Cockney, Cajun, Southern, Midwestern, New York, Spanish (with study), Irish, Scottish. From Class to Trash. From 18 to 95, From mother to son.

My Voice Experience

As Madame Esmerelda, the gypsy psychic, I foretell your future, while the Arkansas Jokester spins a down-home yarn, then wait for it....wait for it....ahhh! The Menu for all department extensions related in a clear, pleasing, Midwestern, 30-something voice.
I have served as a Keynote speaker for District and Regional Conventions of civic women's groups to the CEO's of Fortune 500 companies. While employed as a Museum's Educational Director, I introduced Guest Speakers for hundreds of programs, toured visitors adapting content and delivery to accomodate groups ranging from 5 years of age to octogenarians. At the request of Missouri Southern State University, I researched, scripted, costumed and performed a six-part video series entitled,"Through the Looking Glass: A Woman's Perspective of Joplin's Early History." This series has been incorporated into the sixth grade curriculum for two school districts in southwest Missouri, and is available through libraries in the area.
Commissioned to create and perform a 20-minute monologue setting the stage for a period production, "A Victorian Christmas," presented for six weeks on the Victorian Island of Precious Moments in Carthage, Missouri.
I performed five consecutive years as The Ozarkteller during the Ozarks Festival celebration at SMSU; these performances have been archived by the University.

My Training

BA in Dance/BA in English; post graduate hours in Communications: Emphasis in Theater Performance.
I have Directed, Choreographed, and performed in 150+ productions throughout the Midwestern U.S. Requested Equity suspension after moving back to SW Missouri.
Some of my favorite acting roles include Bonnie in "Anything Goes," Claire in "Whose LIfe Is It, Anyway?" Madame Arcati in "Blithe Spirit," Truvy in "Steel Magnolias," Katie Leary in "You Caught Me Dancing," (one-woman show) and Viola in "Twelfth Night."
During my eleven years as Education Director, I appeared regularly on locally produced news programs to promote events at the museum complex and at related historical sites throughout the area, such as the John C. Cox Pioneer Cemetery Project and the George Washington Carver National Monument. Presently I am President of the Board of Directors for Cox Cemetery and act as spokesperson for this historic site.
I acted as Chair for the 2001 Heartland Chautauqua, working closely with the Missouri Humanities Council. To secure our town as a site for that year, I wrote the grant for primary funding through our Visitors and Convention Bureau, orally presented the Chautauqua Committee's Event Proposal to the CVB Board of Directors for approval, secured area celebrities to host each night of the week-long event, worked with civic committees to coordinate volunteers to drive performers to day programs throughout the four-state area, appeared on local television and radio morning shows to promote the event, and supplied news releases and interviews to area media.

My Studio Equipment

No set-up at this time

Additional Skills

To strengthen my impromptu speaking skills, I joined Totastmaster, In'tl. as a charter member of "The Ozark Orators," the organizatiion's local chapter established primarily by employees of St. John's Regional Medical Center. At that time, I was employed by the hospital as Program Manager of their newly formed "Health Promotion Department." In this position I was responsible for training facilitators to instruct "Physical Fitness/Positive Living," an exercise/fitness module developed by St. Louis University Medical Center to address health concerns of corporate executives. It combined aerobically-oriented exercises with lessons in personal wellness--identifying personal stressors and employing techniques provided in the lessons to overcome unproductive responses to negative stressors and replace that response with a more healthful and productive reaction. While serving as Health Promotion Program Manager, I was likened to an navy pilot trainer. Whatever the position of my students, it was essential for these corporate leaders to recognize me as at least their equal, if not one rank above them. This recognition did not come easily; these men of commerce and industry were unused to being "led" by a woman no taller than 5 feet and weighing in under 100 pounds! But after 6 weeks, half way through the first series of classes, they were seeing positive results from the exercises and from lifestyle changes they were making by incorporating the techniques learned to relieve the negative effects of job or personal stressors and others learned to effectively cope with necessary stressors and to ignore or eliminate unnecessary stressors they encountered. Within my role as "facilitator," I provided the participants with the tools for making productive lifestyle changes. Professionally, succinctly, and knowledgably, I stifled my desire to lash out at them for their belittling remarks whispered just loudly enough to reach my ears, instead using the situation to demonstrate a stress reduction technique that I had personally found effective. Upon completion of the relaxation exercise I concluded, with a glance in the detractor's direction, "and THAT is how you deal with a stressor that might be unnecessary, but can not be ignored or eliminated. Well, he could be ignored...he could be eliminated, but to no good end for me! The implication of what my "gut" response was toward the student, easily a foot taller than me and twice my weight, and my demonstration of "choosing" a more positive action in response, won the respect of every participant in attendance that day, and that attitude of respect spred like wildfire through the other sessions being conducted on that corporate site! The program's physical and emotional benefits to it's participants, and the praise and enthusiastic recommendations from highly respected corporate executives to business collegues and neighbors, caused a rapid and sustained client base for the fledgling department within it's first 10 months of existence. Additionally, I adapted the program's format to create "Positive LIving for Older Americans," and submitted a grant proposal to the Area Agency on Aging, Region X to implement the adaptation by providing classes before or after the lunch hour at the ten Senior Citizen Centers located in Region X. In the early 80's, the number of Americans over age 55 boomed. With more people living longer there was a need within this population to learn how to deal with the health issues associated with extended life. Many of the health issues were directly related to the personal lifestyle choices being made by this age group. The success of this program at the centers was evident by the unreserved funding of a second year adaptation of St. Louis University's program, "Physical Fitness/Positive Living for Older Americans," an extension of the positive living techniques introduced in the first year of the program. This adaptation was enthusiastically embraced by the participants, the medical community, and by those who heard about the program. It garnered such widespread appeal that it was featured in the Wall Street Journal and was awarded commendations from the Mercy Innovative Fund (The funding arm of St. John's Regional Medical Center), the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association for "Most Innovative Programming for 1985," and for "OUtstanding success in identifying and providing for an evolving societal need." One of the reasons that was cited for the program's success was due to a non-threatening, non-judgemental delivery.

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

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