Authoritative, Friendly, Strong, Sensual, Warm
Many people have said I have the CNN voice when they hear me speak, kind of like James Earl Jones, meets Morgan Freeman, meets Michael Dorn (Worf from Star Trek), meets Dennis Haysbert (the guy from Allstate, and President David Palmer from 24), meets Lawrence Fishburne (Morpheus from Matrix), meets the incredible Sam Elliot, meets "The President of the United States", Barack Obama.
Others have commented that I look and sound like uncle Phil from the "Fresh Prince Of Belair". My voice is deep and smooth for narrations, a documentary voice. However, I have this happy meal sound that has worked for McDonald's. I can do a Gen X voice, as well as a deep, soft and sensual voice like Billy D Williams. It has been commented that I have voice with no regional accents, but I love doing a variety of American accents.
I believe I have a deep voice palette that emerges when encouraged, so I'm always up for adding another characteristic to stretch my voice, and don't mind at all being produced.
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 - USA and Canada
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
• 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
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
Schaumburg, Illinois, United States
Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects
Regional USA southern accents from Virginia to Texas, Singlish from Singapore, British (2 accents),
Impersonations: James Earl Jones, Worf from Star Trek, Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Andy Griffith
Various characterizations: The mix of nerd voices, Gen X voice
Cartoon Voices: Batman, Foghorn Leghorn, The Cast of Jimmy Neutron,
A variety of old and new school African American accents, certainly not the stereotype.
My Voice Experience
I first got approached for voice-over work when a media professor from Ngee Ann Poly Tech in Singapore overheard me do a James Earl Jones imitation. He asked me if I could voice a project gratis, and I complied. The week after the Ngee Ann Poly Tech project, I kid you not I got offers from HBO, ESPN, and McDonald's to do steady work for them. Shortly thereafter I began to work for the Disney and Discover Channel as well.
Later I founded a business called Triezone Productions, a vehicle for voice-over narration, professional music groups, and music composition/arranging for multi-media.
My voice-over narration has helped many world class corporations produce training media, and sell products/services through commercial radio and television. A partial list notable clients include HBO Asia, ESPN Asia, The Disney Channel, The Discovery Channel, McDonald's, Burger King, Heinz-Starkist, Pizza Hut, Citibank, Television Corporation of Singapore, Mediacorp, Schtung Music, Picture Farm, BBDO, Toshiba, Panasonic, Halls, Yellow Box, MTV, VH1, 4MC, Caldecott Productions, Good Year, Starhub, Singtel, City Harvest Church Singapore and M 1 to name a few.
My first voice-overs to beta, and to air within an hour had me shakin' like a leaf in the wind. I am so very appreciative to all of those producers and engineers that walked me through the vo process. There encouragement, patience and expertise remain with me to this very day. Being the salt of the earth makes you memorable, and I'll always remember the people behind the scene.
I am a professional musician who attended the University of North Texas. I have traveled extensively in the USA and the world, so my musical experience has put me in the midst of a variety of media scenarios. Being an observer of technique, skill set, and the voices I hear has been most valuable in my on going voice training. The regional voices, accents or even dialects of Americans and how they are received are of great interest to me. The diverse accents of the English language are just amazing, and truly worth more in depth study.
I began learning voice-over through on the job training and the great patience of some very good producers in Singapore. My professional voice-over inauguration was to beta tape reading high intensity sports for ESPN Asia. When HBO called I was happy to find out they used non destructive recording methods. It's great to be a voice over artistes in this day and time, but you really MUST appreciate the days of the "One Take Wonders"
My Studio Equipment
Most of the Studio's I have frequented use ProTools software or one of the various ProTools systems, which is the industry standard. There is usually a $3,000 U87 Neumann microphone running through a lovely $2,000 Avalon or Manley preamp, another studio standard. For home recording I use Logic audio and plug ins, on a Mac, with an inexpensive MXL usb microphone.
I play the saxophone (solo jazz is a specialty), flute, clarinet and hack the piano, as well as sing. I can carry a tune in a bucket, if that's a requirement. I write music and have my own compositions to offer clients.
I am formerly with the US Army, so if you ever need an Army vibe or consulting for a VO job, I can help. I performed with 'The United States Army Band' and 'The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps' both at Fort Myer, Virginia.
I have lived in Singapore for the last 15 years, and have knowledge of Asia, and various regional Asian talent.
Payment Methods Accepted
• Wire transfers
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