Paul Schierhorn

friendly, authoritative, intelligent, humorous

Voice Description

Primary: Warm and friendly, authoritative for narrations, great sense of "time window," excellent, low-take accuracy rate for long-form narration (audiobooks, industrials, etc.)

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• 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

• 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

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I have ISDN in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer


My Home Base

, North Carolina, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

British ("RP"), various American Southerns (plantation, New Orleans, east Texas, Appalachian), midwest ("Fargo"), Noo Yawk, "Down East" (Maine, Boston, New England)

My Voice Experience

1980s: Talking books for Bantam Audio, medical industrials in Boston
1990s: major player in New Orleans V/O market: hard sell retail, soft-sell medical, funeral (!), political (positive and negative), banking, automated dial-up assistance for Whitney Bank, higher education
2000s: dialect coach for Oscar nominees/winners Don Cheadle, Ellen Burstyn, Nicolas Cage; V/Os for Marketing Architects in Twin Cities, AudioWorks in New Orleans and others

My Training

MFA, Yale School of Drama 1974
Associate Professor, Tulane University Dept. of Theater and Dance, 1988-2007
Professor, Dept. of Theater Arts, Mars Hill College, 2007-present
V/O Trainer, AudioWorks New Orleans, 2000-2003
Freelance journalist
Antoinette Perry ("Tony") Award nominee 1985-86 for THE NEWS: Best Original Score, Music & Lyrics

I regularly teach voice/speech classes, training students to use the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) as a tool for dialect work. In the last two years I have taught "BBC English (Received Pronunciation), Plantation Southern, Donegal Irish, Cockney and Brooklyn/North Jersey to my students. I regularly use the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA) which is the best archive of primary dialect source I have found.

My Studio Equipment

ISDN two-line Verizon Service w/RoadRunner
Neumann 103 microphone in isobooth with Reflexion
Yamaha MG102c mixer
MOTU Digital Performer 6
Bias Peak LE
Soundsoap 2

828-645-4710 line 1
828-645-4989 line 2

Additional Skills

As well as being a full-time college professor in Theater, I'm a professional actor, musician, singer, and composer/arranger. I've written music beds for commercials, accompaniment for dance pieces, scores for plays, and sequenced entire musicals for full orchestra on my Kurzweil PC2X Synth. I've been a "Swiss Army Knife" my whole professional life and I look forward to working with you if you're patient, professional and sane, with a good sense of humor.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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Paul Schierhorn General Demo

Political-Soft and Hard

Character Voices-snippet

Technical Jargon-Chemical

Editorial-copy and voice

Audiobook-with dialogue

Audiobook - non-fiction