Martin Osten

Deep Guy Next Door voice. Range of ethnic accent

Voice Description

At young age my best friend and would joke about our careers as "story tellers." Computers were like that at the time :)
This was not too far off the mark (including my career in sales), as I hear myself telling a youngster about the trips to sea in the Coast Guard. Not to scare the lads I do not raise my voice, yet seem to create one of interest and create a realistic rendition of the more exciting events.

I worked for TANDEM Computers for 8 years and Sun Microsystems for 10 years. In each case I was asked to present product demonstrations not only to customers, but also to analysts such as the Gartner Group. I'm not sure if technical knowledge or my voice had the larger criteria. Needless to say, I could definitely generate enthusiasm for our products provided I personally believed in them. I realize that may be a problem if selling "snake oil."

My phone voice is especially effective in terms of having a bit of sex appeal. (how do I stay humble here?). I can't.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - USA and Canada
• German

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
• 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 offer translation services
• 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

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Southern (u'all),
My Chicago accent can be strong.

I was born in Germany and is my native tongue, although I actually have to force an accent initially since the country has various hamlets with different slang.

My father was a POW in SIberia for 5 years, caught in the battle of Stalingrad. Obviously he transferred some of the language to me, while my mother was actually hiding Jews in the rafters of the house when the SS came by. My mom, and 2 sisters escaped the Communists via the Eisenhower Airlift. My father met them in the West where I was born in the town of Bochum. We came over on a ship called the Copenhagen when I was 3, then T-boned the Andrea Dorie on the way back.

I lived in New Zealand for one year. Never understood a word they said :)

3 months in both Hong Kong and OZ.

Finally, all over central Europe on business and pleasure. I do not understand a word of the German dominant in Bavaria. Mannnn.

My Voice Experience

One acting slot for a commercial at TANDEM Computers in -- years ago.

Otherwise, frankly none.

My Training

Electrical Engineer/Computer Science at University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana

Some graduate level studies at Loyola University in (yes) Industrial Psychology

People have said that I have a "speaking" writing style. As in, I assume, my written communication reads very much as if I was speaking.

My parents insisted on my becoming an engineer, and so it was. Yet, I took one look at the Freshman class during New Student Week, and promised myself I would NEVER look like one of them. Hope I kept that commitment.

My Studio Equipment

Unknown - Click here to ask Martin Osten

Additional Skills

As an immigrant family from Europe I spoke only German in the home. My 1st grade teacher insisted that my parent's keep the native tongue in the home, and so it was. After a week or so in Europe, people ask why my English is so good.

Everyone's mother thinks their son has a great voice and should go into "whatever." Not mine. A disciplined, engineering oriented, upbringing brought academics and sports to which I credit my 17 swimming scholarships to universities such as Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, etc. Still voice had no part in my life other than lifeguarding at Oak Street Beach in Chicago.

Little things began to occur: I had a female boss who made comments about my phone voice that were out of line with any HR policy :) -- a wealthy girlfriend insisted I attend the Marin Actor's Workshop and meet Terry McGovern. I had been laid off at Sun Microsystems and was looking at alternatives (I'm an avid sailor and have a 200 Ton USCG license).

Then, at an electronics retail store, I just casually began chatting with a gentleman who thought I should give this a second chance. I won't name drop. So, once the "golden boy" of the Silicon Valley, I'm willing to put that energy and more, into this arena. I have lived internationally via my career: New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, most of central Europe, and 47 of 50 states. I have enough frequent flyer miles to orbit Saturn.


Payment Methods Accepted

• Wire transfers

Contact Information

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