Montano Sokolow

Deep Announcer and Character Wunderkind

Voice Description

I provide warm and deep narrations, natural reads, low voices, regular guy-next door, wacky cartoon characters, Bass voice singing, Baritone singing, singing in character, fast-talking, clearly enunciated, distinctive, authoritative, mellow, soothing, clear, announcer, friendly, hard sell, soft sell, the non-sell sell, and I bet whatever you're thinking of.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Male

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

• English - Australian
• English - British
• 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)
• Cartoon/Animation

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 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

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

German, High British, Cockney, Australian, Southern Gentleman, slushy-mouthed kid, heroic tenor, Tom Waits gravelly, old-timey newsreel announcer, vampire, deep urban, fast-talking salesman, old prospector, young hero, scary monster, deep-voiced bad-guy, stand-up comic, announcer, game-show host. Try me, I enjoy a challenge. I also speak German very well, though I am not a native speaker.

My Voice Experience

Professionally, I have many credits. Some highlights are:

Narration for an hour-long pilot episode of a military history docudrama for Marker Entertainment called "Air Force Elite."

Narration for a full-length, behind-the-scenes documentary about the Sullivan Brothers' independent film, "I'll Believe You." The documentary won an award at the Toronto Film Festival.

Read two children's books for The Reading Rainbow's new tablet app. The books were "Moose on the Loose" and "Out Like a Lion, in Like a Lamb."

I voiced the evil Emperor Berrrg for a webisode series promoting the DaGeDar racetrack game. That was fun.

I've done narration for industrials and websites, including Mothership Creative and DotNetNuke.

I was the voice for an in-house promo for the videogame NBA 2K Play.

I sang an impersonation of School House Rock singer Jack Sheldon for an in-house Farmer's Insurance video, which won an award. I've also impersonated David Attenborough (the narrator of Planet Earth) for a political ad. I enjoy doing impersonations, and in both cases, I'd never done those guys before, so if you need an impersonation of anybody, try me!

And more, and more...

My Training

Before and after attaining a Bachelor's Degree in Theater from UC Santa Cruz I have years and years of experience in all kinds of Theater, from the dramatic and the comic to the Shakespearean, from professional to extremely amateur. I have performed most recently with L.A.'s underground comedy troupe The Ministers of Unknown Science, and can be seen in many of their video sketches.

I have completed classes with MJ Lallo in both Commercial and Character voiceover.

I worked for 5 years at an audio post-production house for film and TV, where I learned the basics of editing and recording in ProTools from professionals.

I have taken singing lessons in pop and operatic at Oberlin College. I have sung and played bass in bands, and I play guitar.

My Studio Equipment

I have at all times:

Apple MacMini with ProTools installed (using an M-Audio FastTrack C400 as interface)
A high-end Rode microphone, the Rode K2, in an insulated professional home studio.

With this equipment I can produce high-quality audio for your project, and email you an mp3 or a .wav file (or any format, really), or I can upload files to an FTP.

Or I can set up a session with any of several local studios where I have contacts, but that involves studio rental, usually around $100 an hour.

Additional Skills

I worked for a studio-level film and television audio post-production facility for 5 years, where I learned ProTools from industry professionals. I can edit files, add music and effects, sweeten audio, whatever you need. Anything beyond basic editing will require additional fees, however.

I have professional copy-editing experience, as well as a background in creative writing, both my own and with a group. My English skills are very strong, and I have a great sense of good flow in written copy. I also read and speak German at an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency.

I have a strong knowledge of literary and dramatic history, including Shakespeare as well as opera, and a working knowledge of contemporary popular culture.

Almost every day someone tells me I have a great, soothing voice or that I should be on the radio. Let me help you make your project shine.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

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