Heather Barnes

Perky, Offbeat, Character specialist

Voice Description

For commercials I specialize in perky and upbeat or every-day woman, but I can also do soft and soothing sound. For narrations and audio books my voice is best suited for a younger crowd, colorful and light-hearted. For presentation I excel at very clean, "accent-free" narrations with extra clear diction. Animation is my overall specialty particularly in over-the-top character voices and young females.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• 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
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• 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 will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have ISDN in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I have several female characters to offer with various tones, pitch levels, accents and ages. While I can create many characters with my voice some of my best include female toddlers, children and teenagers; sexy noir / Mae West like women; evil villain / witch like women; and nervous or awkward side-kick characters. Speech impediments I can perform include multiple types of lisping and stuttering. Accents I can perform include southern belle, southern hick, New York(Gangster, Brooklyn, etc.), Ebonics, Italian, French, Mexican, British (RP, Cockney, Irish, Scottish), German, and more.

My Voice Experience

I have discovered that the art of Animation Voice Over is essentially theater without the physicality (at least not the kind that can be seen outside the studio). Animation Voice Over requires me to be melodramatic and over-the-top in my vocal expressions, something I've already been doing for years as a theater actress. I am new to the voice over industry, but I am super excited to get started and make an impact.

My Training

I have Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting and Directing from Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont. I also recently finished an intensive 6 week course on Animation Voice Acting with William Williams at Aliso Creek Studios in Burbank, California. As well on working toward the creation of fun and exciting characters I also learned how to use recording equipment both practically and as a tool to enhance my sound.
While I have limited experience using my voice in the booth, I have years of experience using my voice on the stage and a seemingly endless array of characters inside me waiting to burst out.

My Studio Equipment

HP Laptop Computer w/ Audacity
Blue Yeti Pro USB Microphone (24 bit / 96 kHz)
Musician's Gear Double Pop Filter

Additional Skills

I am beginning the recording of my demo reel Tuesday September 25. I will post it in approximately 2 weeks upon completion.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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