Erik Sumner

Milennial next door, accents, dynamic,baritone

Voice Description

Erik's voice can be emotive per dramatic situations, or engaging and explanatory for informative recordings. Characterization is of utmost importance and is handled with finesse. Gritty, pure, breathy, full, or warm might apply, depending on the project. Erik will not only assign a characterization to your copy but will of course work with you to fine-tune it to your liking.

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 - Australian
• English - British
• English - USA and Canada
• English - Other

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Audiobooks
• Documentaries
• Podcasts
• Songs

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 can record and then deliver the audio files via Email

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services

My Home Base

Sarasota, Florida, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

North American English is my native language, while I can do a posh or "relaxed" British accent, Scottish accent, Irish accent, Australian accent, German accent, French accent, Russian accent, standard or regional American accent (Northern or Southern). German and French are second languages. I've done "demon" voices, as well as soft and breathy, loud and rough, authoritative, timid, angry, fun, excited, and romantic voices.

My Voice Experience

From childhood, Erik has been fascinated with sound, particularly human sound. He has sung, played musical instruments, and written music all of his life. He has done theatre, musical theatre, opera roles and hundreds of band gigs on guitar, keyboards, drums, bass and vocals. He has traveled to European countries and through the different regions of the United States, having lived in London for four years. He has always been "tuned in" to the accents and inflections of people he has met, and he imitates cartoon and movie characters (human and otherwise).

My Training

Master's in Vocal Performance (New England Conservatory of Music--Boston, MA)
Bachelor of Arts in Music, with concentrations in Voice and Composition
extensive performing arts experience (piano, guitar, drums, theatre, show choir, show band, singing) and a great command of English. I can learn the grammar and pronunciation of foreign languages quickly.

My Studio Equipment

Rode NT 1-A
Ableton Live 9

Additional Skills

Erik quickly understands the message of your copy, such that his inflection is appropriate even for "unemotional" copy. On the other hand, if "emotion" is required, Erik can serve up a range of qualities from goofiness, solemnity, grief, elation, and sarcasm to nervousness, jollity, rage, suave, and carefree. These have all applied in his operatic, theatric, and "purely musical" performances.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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