Personable, Convincing, Extraordinarily Flexible
Authoritative, Strong, Confident
Conversational Real Person
Cool, Hip, Attitude
Folksy, Rough, Raspy
Friendly, Pleasant, Likable
Honest, Direct, Sincere
With every voice project I undertake, I am committed to giving you my very best delivery, recorded under optimal conditions, and provide you with a pristine audio file. I approach your project as my one chance to build loyalty and trust.
I also bring something unique to your project — forty years as an award-winning writer, producer, director, and marketing executive. I also bring experience acting in principal motion picture and professional theatre roles, as well as three years co-hosting a groundbreaking cooking show on HGTV.
What does that mean for your project? Almost invariably, I get it. And I not only know how to give direction to actors and voice talent, I know how to take direction and work with you to achieve the delivery you hear in your imagination.
For me, delivering an exemplary voice over, narrative or character voice is a commitment, the basis for mutually productive, long-term relationships.
I am a truly believable voice talent capable of extraordinarily flexible delivery styles. I am a consummate professional voice actor with impeccable credentials, unimpeachable references and a commitment to exemplary performance.
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
• English - Other
I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Adult content
• 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 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
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
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Please have a listen to my Character Voices demo and my Southern Voices demo. I perform a number of Southern and Western dialects as well as British (I attended school in England) and ethnic voices.
I've impersonated the following personalities:
James Earl Jones
My Voice Experience
AIRLINES / TRAVEL
Acura of Serramonte (San Francisco)
Nimnicht Chevrolet, Jacksonville
BANKING / FINANCIAL SERVICES
City Bank, West Texas
Federal Reserve Bank
Raymond James Financial
CABLE NETWORK PROMOTION
Bone Collector (Outdoor Channel)
Home & Garden Television
COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
University of Alabama
University of Oregon
Tri-State Electric (Colorado)
MEDICAL / HOSPITALS
Gila Regional Medical Center
Hughston Clinic (Georgia)
Marshfield Clinic (Wisconsin)
The Med (Memphis)
NATURE / ENVIRONMENT / NON-PROFIT
Defenders of Wildlife
Florida Department of Natural Resources
Georgia Forestry Commission
Grand Canyon Trust
Honor Flight Golden Isles
Honor Flight St. Louis
Texas A&M Forest Service
MANUFACTURE / COMMUNICATIONS
Edgewise Eight Brewing
Milliken & Company
William Carter Company
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
US Coast Guard
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US National Park Service
US Treasury Department
OUTDOOR SPORTS / HUNTING
Bad Boy Buggies
Blazer High-Performance Boats
Hard Core Brands
Hunter Safety Systems
RECREATION AND ENTERTAINMENT
Six Flags – Georgia, Texas, Mid-America
TPA (Tennis Professionals Association)
Walt Disney World
Home Shopping Network
RESTAURANT AND HOSPITALITY
Olive Garden Restaurants
Smashin’ Crab Seafood, San Antonio
I am the signature voice of Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector on the Outdoor Channel.
On-Camera Corporate Spokesman (Partial Listing)
Home Shopping Network
Olive Garden Restaurants
Walt Disney World
U.S. Treasury Department
I have extensive experience as an on-camera spokesman and am acutely proficient with a wireless ear prompter.
I've appeared in principal roles in motion pictures, including the Tom Hanks/Imagine Entertainment/HBO series "From the Earth to the Monn," which earned eighteen Emmy Awards. I've also appeared in principal roles in professional theatre. For three years, I co-hosted the groundbreaking HGTV cooking show "All In Good Taste."
While I am SAG/AFTRA eligible, with multiple Taft-Hartley exemptions, I've elected to remain non-union to provide maximum flexibility to producers and to avail myself of a wider array of opportunities.
Motion Picture Acting Technique — Shay Griffin — Chez Studio, Atlanta
Motion Picture Acting Technique — Mel Johnson — Universal Studios, Orlando
Motion Picture Acting Technique — Greg Fincannon — Acting Studio, Orlando
Acting in Film — Ken Grant — KVG Studios, Orlando
Drama — Florida State College, Jacksonville
With more than 40 years experience performing professional voice talent, I began my career as a radio announcer at age 17. I spent two years in school in England where I studied and began to imitate British accents. I adapted them so well that I was frequently asked what part of England I was from.
I studied public speaking and drama in high school and continued to study drama in college. After four years in the Navy, I traveled throughout Europe, eventually living in Paris, where I performed English-language voice talent and ADR (automated dialog replacement) for the French automaker Renault.
After returning to the U.S., I worked in radio and television as a voice and on-camera talent for ten years. Later, as a film actor, corporate spokesman and television host, I studied voice and on-camera performance techniques with several nationally recognized teachers and at KVG Studios in Florida.
As an award-winning writer-producer-director and account executive for a small but extraordinarily talented ad agency, I wrote, produced and directed productions in every medium. Through that experience, I not only know how to give direction to actors and voice talent, I know how to take direction.
I am a voting member of the World-Voices Organization, an international association of voice actors whose members have been meticulously vetted as professional voice actors.
My Studio Equipment
For those interested in the technical...
First, I am a regular subscriber to SourceConnect for real-time, two-way voice recording capability. My SourceConnect handle is johndrew2.
Microphone: AKG C-12 Clone
My primary microphone is a meticulously handcrafted, exact replica of a 1950s AKG C-12, which is likely the most sought-after vintage tube condenser available. The microphone was built for me by an extraordinarily-talented electronics and audio engineer, Lee Dyess, using the original AKG schematic with the finest components available, including 1% resistors, modern electrolytic capacitors, an NOS 6072 tube, an American-made, gold-sputtered, dual diaphragm capsule and an original AMI T14 transformer.
This beautifully-crafted C12 clone provides that old school tube condenser sound in the tradition of legendary Neumanns and Telefunkens, but with greater clarity and lower self-noise. It’s a big, warm sound but nevertheless precise and virtually flat from 17 Hz to 22 KHz with a clear and solid bottom end and a distinct high-end sparkle without being sibilant.
My secondary microphone is a vintage Sennheiser MKH-416. While originally intended for use by the motion picture industry in recording voice audio on location, the MKH-416 is an extraordinary mic for up close, deep, gravely movie trailer deliveries
PrismSound Lyra II AD/DA Converter and Microphone Preamplifier
This is the weakest link in most voice talents’ recording systems… not in my mine. My microphone’s output goes directly into a PrismSound Lyra II AD/DA converter. The Lyra II uses the same converters as the legendary PrismSound Orpheus, Titan and Atlas products found in the world’s finest recording facilities. With near-identical bench-test measurements to the Orpheus, Titan, and Atlas, the Lyra II is likely the absolute best two-channel recording interface on the market, capable of artifact-free resolutions as high as 24-bit/192 kHz. With a preamp section that has been compared to the legendary John Hardy, Grace and the BAE microphone preamps, the sound is totally free of coloration. In short, it’s simply perfect.
Mac Mini Server Computer and Reaper Tracking and Editing Software
My primary computer is a Mac Mini Server with two 750 GB hard drives and 8 TB of outboard storage. I’m running the latest 64-bit version of Reaper tracking and editing software with plugins by Softube, Waves and other audio software designers, although I almost never adjust EQ and only add slight compression with the Softube Tubetech CL-1B compressor. Remote control of the recording software from my voice booth is accomplished with a PreSonus Fader Port. With this setup, I’m able to record in resolutions up to 24-bit/192 KHz, although most clients prefer files of 24-bit/48 kHz.
Beautifully Custom-Crafted Isolation Booth
It doesn’t matter that a voice talent has a $5,000 microphone and a $2,500 AD/DA converter. If the acoustical environment isn’t dead silent and almost anechoic, the resulting audio recording will have coloration, room resonance and ambient sounds that degrade the audio track. My double-walled voice booth was modeled after several commercially-available isolation structures with a number of significant improvements.
The walls, floor, and ceiling of my voice booth are over seven inches thick! They consist of five layers of sound reflection and absorption materials, each of differing properties. No component was left to chance — half-inch layers of tempered window glass, Roxul Safe & Sound inner wall insulation, solid core wood door with acoustic seals, sonically-isolated power and signal connections, isolated ventilation system, noiseless LED lighting, wall and ceiling-mounted microphone boom, computer monitor and video camera. No expense was spared in constructing the booth.
Located outside aviation flight paths and away from most commercial and emergency traffic in a residential neighborhood, and at nearly 600 pounds standalone weight, the booth is, as they say, “dead as a doornail.” When I record, all you hear is my voice.
I've spent forty years as a writer, producer, and director of award-winning radio and television commercials, corporate videos, infomercials and soundtracks, and have worked for seventeen years as an advertising agency account executive, copywriter and producer/director.
My cooking skills led to a co-host role for three years on HGTV's "All In Good Taste." I am a trained photographer with work licensed by National Geographic, Kodak, and other organizations. I'm a skilled boat handler, cyclist, and an advanced open water scuba diver and snorkeler. And, after a couple glasses of Chianti, an "entertaining" piano player.
Payment Methods Accepted
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency
• Wire transfers
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