John "Sloop" Biederman

Naturally deep but versatile; character specialist

Voice Description

I have a naturally deep, soothing voice--which many also dub as "sexy." I've been told all of my life that, "You should go into radio/voiceover" by many people. I am highly versatile using my "voice instrument," too--can do anything from throaty/sexy to perky/salesmanlike, making it ideal for everything from commercials and narration to drama/comedy, as I can do a host of impressions/characterizations and have 15+ years experience as a professional comedian/actor, to boot.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female
• 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
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Adult content
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• 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 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 can deliver edited and finished voice tracks

My Home Base

, Illinois, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I can pretty much do ANY type of voice a job would require (accent, characterization, etc.). This is, of course, subject to natural limitations--I have a deep voice, and higher/female voices are thus tough for me (although I can do certain types--grandmotherly, a great loud, old African American lady, etc., and I can do a great little kid's voice). I'm especially good with exuberant "game show host"-ish, gruff, extra deep and all forms of cartoony voices. I can do a number of celebrity impressions, too. In short, if you "name a voice type," I can probably do it.

My Voice Experience

At this point in time, I have very little in the way of "proper" voiceover experience. I began with a voiceover gig for a friend's college project, I was a co-host of an Internet radio show for the latter half of 2008 and I began doing commercials at that time, too. (Web-based, for Chubby Moolah, Inc., in Chicago.) However, I have been a comedian, emcee, performance poet and actor since 1993 and have thus been using my voice professionally for more than 15 years.

My Training

I am "officially" schooled in print journalism, but I began performing in 1993 and have thus learned by doing--from stand-up comedy and what I call "stand-up poetry," to sketch comedy troupes, to co-hosting Internet radio, to hosting the longest-running traveling music/variety shows in Chicago (the Flabby Hoffman Carvans, live and for cable-access TV), to commercial and TV acting...

My Studio Equipment

I have a MacIntosh PowerBook G4, currently equipped with a free download of Audacity. I've made some pretty nice tracks that way, but do not own more equipment than that.

Additional Skills

I have been a writer all of my life and have also learned improv skills through my comedy/poetry/sketch/acting/emceeing/radio hosting experience. As a comedian/emcee/etc., I have performed everywhere from the Comedy Store (when I lived in Los Angeles) to the Chicago Comedy Festival and the Chicago Cultural Center--plus dozens of Chicago nightclubs, including the world famous Double Door and the Green Mill.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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