Articulate, Storyteller, Guy Next Door, Versatile
From my training and experience as a professional actor and voice over artist, I've developed a voice that reflects the variety of work I've done. From my conservatory training, my voice is durable and flexible, a bari-bass. I've mastered a dozen specific dialects, with the faculty to learn more on demand. From my years performing Shakespeare, I've honed an precise, articulate instrument, with a wide range of emotional expression. From the 20+ commercials I've shot, I've covered the confidence and charisma needed for commercial copy, as well as the Dad-Next-Door naturalism just as often required. I've been the Voice of Qdoba Mexican Grill, sold Peruvian Pisco, and taught English to the world, in numerous Voice Over gigs. I understand that a successful and trustworthy VO Actor must fit the bill, while bringing his or her creative sense to the project. I hope for the chance to do so for you. Thanks!
Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Young Adult Male
• Middle Age Female
• Middle Age Male
• Senior Female
• Senior Male
Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:
• English - British
• 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
• SAG-AFTRA (US)
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
• 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
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Accents: North American: NYC, New England, Southern (ranging from Virginian to Texan), MidWest, Northwest; British: London, South London, Oxbridge, RP, West Country, North Country, Welsh, Original Pronunciation (Elizabethan/Early Modern English); Irish (range from Dublin to Galway); Scottish, Russian, Czech, German: Berliner, Bavarian; French, Australian.
Characterizations: Intellectual, Stoner, Slick Professional, Roughneck, Elderly, Gamine, Elegiac, "Cleaner", Aesthete, Athlete, Salesman, Politician, Everyman.
My Voice Experience
I come from a family of talkers and singers, and I went the way of the talkers, on the dramatic tip. And I've favored the stage, the live experience being the thing, until relatively recently in my career. My on-camera life is a varied and always-surprising thing, playing Dads and Doctors and Goofs and Profs. And that life was good.
Then I found my way into booth...and I'm hooked. Applying my skill set in a new and exciting way. I've done commercials, but commercial VO is like archery. Being the Voice of Qdoba was a surprise, but I love their burritos. Pisco Porton was a blast. ELT was an other worlds in of itself. And, audiobook narration--
Wait, something else to know about me: As the old Bill Hicks routine goes, "Looks like we got ourselves a *reader*!:" It's true, self-confessed avid bibliophile. From as far back as I've remembered, I've read fiction and non, histories and speculation, Russian classics, sci fi, fantasy, science fantasy, new trendy books, old forgotten books. And so on. And so on. I could be content doing nothing else but narrating books...but I think I'll keep doing the other things anyway.
My last two books, I think, demonstrate a fair range: "Dead Drunk: Surviving The Zombie Apocalypse One Beer At A Time," by Richard Johnson (for Audible, Inc.), and "The Art of Zen Meditation," by Howard Fast (for Deyan Audible). Zombies to Zen.
The point is: let me do this thing for you.
BA, Theatre Arts, minor in Psychology: The University of Pennsylvania, Phila, PA.
MFA, Acting: Trinity Rep Conservatory, Providence, RI.
Certificate: British American Drama Academy, London, UK.
Commerical VO instruction from Marlan Kirban, NYC, NY.
Narration instruction from Paul Ruben, NYC, NY.
My Studio Equipment
*Studio Projects C1 microphone
*Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Pre-Amp
*Recording to Reaper on OSX
*Isolated power sources for computer and USB Hub, and insulated mic cable to eliminate hiss
*Walk in closet in center of building with fabric and foam sound-proofing (sound floor -50 to -60 dBs, pre-gating).
Aside from what I've mentioned, I'm a teacher. This has varied from being a college lecturer to a teaching artist, teaching acting, mostly acting Shakespeare. I mention this mostly to let you know that I understand the educational process, and, as an actor, the collaborative process. My goal is to make every recording better than the last, on levels both technical and artistic, and to work with you to fulfill your needs.
Payment Methods Accepted
• Credit cards
• 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
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