P.J. Stoppleworth

Serious, intimate, weathered, tough

Voice Description

My narration work has been described as hyper-real, rugged, straightforward, blue-collar, and honest. Throw in just a touch of country and we're talking rustic and rural too. I have a large portfolio of hard sell radio & TV commercials along with a good selection of spots that are quiet & classy, natural & conversational, or quirky & humorous. Put on the announcer hat and I deliver clear and listenable pieces for use either in presentations or as the VOG for live events. Character work includes all sorts of different voices for video games, film, music videos, animation, and commercials.

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

• Commercials
• Promos
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Videogames
• 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

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

None

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• 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

Iowa City, Iowa, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

North American English, Upper Midwest accent, Southern Accents (from hillbilly to genteel). Characterizations include the stereotypical game show host, the über-announcer, the prideful but bumbling guy, dude with arrogant attitude, rustic & weather-worn, no-nonsense guy, over-the-top club DJ, hard-bitten detective or sargent, unhinged soldier, both the most obnoxious man and the happiest man in the world... an

My Voice Experience

Starting with a commercial for a bowling alley in 1987, voiceover work has been the one constant through careers in radio, hospitality, marketing, advertising, media production, event promotion and management, restaurant ownership, and all sorts of live performance gigs. In 2003, I finally bit the bullet, went full-time freelance, and haven't looked back. My client list includes work for everybody from the bluest of blue chip multinational corporations and dense technical & educational modules to small town used car dealers. While my portfolio has lots of high-energy event-oriented pieces (and I can still spin up the excitement level to 11) my favorite work these days is narration, with reads that reflect quiet strength and weathered wisdom.

My Training

University of Northern Iowa - Communications & Biology degree programs
University of Iowa - Theatre and voice workshops
Dan O'Day - One to One radio workshop
Vocal training - Both singing and theatre, various instructors & dates

My Studio Equipment

Mics - Neumann TLM102, Custom built Austin ribbon, Equitek CAD e100S, Shure Beta 87a, EV RE 27/ND

Preamps - Custom built 1073-based preamp, Warm Audio WA12 (solid state), HHb Radius 40 (tube)

AD/DA - MOTU Ultralite (up to 192KHz, 24bit)

Comp & software - iMac i7 running AudioDesk with onboard FX from Waves, Antares, iZotope, Brainworx, and more

Playback - Event 20/20 monitors, Sennheiser HD280 Pro and HD380 Pro headphones

Vocal isolation booth with a noise floor at or below -72 dBu.

Additional Skills

In my time spent as an event promoter & planner, I've found what works well for ads and event announcements to build audiences and create bigger experiences. I also had several harsh lessons in what doesn't work and how to use every second effectively when the time crunch hits. (The biggest lesson is avoiding the time crunch situation altogether, but sometimes... well, stuff happens.)

My various live gigs (as DJ, comedy MC, live event VOG) has shown me how to read crowds and tailor a presentation for the best response.

Working in advertising and then media production taught me what is probably happening when I work with a producer or agency rep and how they can be dealing with the many difficulties of a tough client. This also showed me how the typical production process works, from concept to distributing the final master, and how I as a voice artist can be of best service at any given phase.

And my time working in hospitality taught me how to both deliver outstanding customer service and how to make it right when things don't go well.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

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Demos
Documentary Narration

Promo & Sizzle Reel

Straightforward Commercial Reads

Characters for games & commercials

Narration from Sheep Shape

Dramatic & Lyrical

Blue Collar Grit

Southern Charms

Attitude Reads

VOG & Live Event Announce

Hype Videos

Automotive Dealerships

Low Key Commercial

Commercial Reads

Upbeat & Hard Sell Commercials