Michelle Montano

Engaging, confident, character specialist

Voice Description

My voice has been described as engaging, versatile and multi-layered, and having a quality that draws in the listener. I can become the trustworthy friend or neighbor, yet I can also convey strength, confidence and knowledge. The qualities of my voice range the gamut from warmth, caring and softness, to sexy and sultry, to clarity and sophistication. Plus I have a whole cast of characters within me, such as the energetic bubbly teenager, the native New Yorker, the exuberant Minnesotan, and the sultry southern belle to name just a few.

As a voice artist and actor, I have great intuition and solid instincts. Having had formal training in the dramatic arts and music (choral music and flute), have the ability to bring authenticity to a read and has excellent breath control. I am articulate and have a comfortable command of complex medical, technical and business terminology.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

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

• English - British
• 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
• Videogames
• 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

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 copywriting services
• I offer translation services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

I can do American southern with variations depending on region and class (redneck, hill billy, southern high society), New York accents (think cab driver, Jewish mother), Minnesotan (think Frances McDormand in Fargo). I can also do European accents, including British, Irish, German and eastern European. Plus I also do a pretty convincing Australian.

I do a pretty good Linda Richman (Coffee Talk from SNL) and Joan Rivers. I can also do Monty Python type British accents. I also do a great Edith Anne, one of Lily Tomlin's characters who is a 5-year-old with a perpetually stuffed up nose.

My Voice Experience

I have done three audio book chapters - Chapter 9 of Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett, which included multiple characters and accents; and 2 chapters of Steep Trails by John Muir, which is a descriptive account of his adventures on Mount Shasta. These last two chapters included many complex Latin names of the flora and fauna that he observed.

I've done a complete corporate software demo, including the animated screen capture and voice over for a web application. I produced the entire demo from start to finish, including writing the copy, creating the slides, capturing the screen animation with Camtasia, and recording the accompanying voice over. This was used at trade shows and on the company's website.

Ive also recorded numerous IVR prompts and automated voice mail system recordings for 3 different companies, and I've done recordings of guided meditations for our local meditation center.

My Training

I have a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California, Riverside. I studied music and dramatic arts in high school where I learned to tap into characters. I completed the Such A Voice Master Class and have ongoing mentor sessions with my voice over coach.

My Studio Equipment

I have ProTools LE 8 with an MBox 2, which I run on a MacBook Pro, OS 10.5.8. I use a Rhode shotgun mic with pop-filter and Shure studio headphones.

Additional Skills

I have a real eye and ear for detail, and I am a perfectionist by nature. I am very computer saavy and have taught myself most of what I know simply driven by my own natural curiosity. I am very comfortable doing first reads and have good instincts on the pacing and inflections needed for a particular piece.

I have an educational and career background in engineering and the sciences so I am very confident articulating complex medical and computer terminology.

I also speak and read fluent German and have been told by numerous German natives that I speak German like a native, with no detectable American accent.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

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Commercial Demo

Narration Demo

Anna Five Town Audiobook

German Sample

Corporate Software Demo