Toni Rakestraw

Conversational, upbeat, warm, friendly, narrator

Voice Description

I can go smooth and professional for presentations as well as fun and sassy for commercials. I'm good at narration, providing a smooth yet interesting voice for the main text, yet I can also add in some characterization when necessary for certain quirky characters. My voice is warm in tone, and I'm very good at doing a soothing, relaxing voice for hypnosis or relaxation exercises.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

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
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
• Cartoon/Animation

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


My Home Base

, Oregon, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Unknown - Click here to ask Toni Rakestraw

My Voice Experience

I've performed in several radio plays, including Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing for iTheatricals. It was played online in the late 1990s.

When I taught childbirth classes, I provided relaxation tapes that I had recorded to my clients to help them practice.

Recent online interviews I've done about the importance of editing or about my writing:

My Training

Drama classes at Green River Community College, 1982-88

My Studio Equipment

Unknown - Click here to ask Toni Rakestraw

Additional Skills

I read a lot in my other job as a freelance book editor, and I've read long stories aloud to my family for years, keeping everyone interested in a wide range of ages. Acting used to be a favorite pastime, so I draw on that when I read.

I've studied midwifery and worked as a labor doula, so I'm familiar with medical terminology and women's concerns, as well as various birth topics like childbirth classes, homebirth, cesarean birth, etc. As a parent to eight children, I'm very familiar with topics like attachment parenting, breastfeeding, and so on.

I'm a published author of fiction and non-fiction, both book-length and articles. I co-authored a historical thriller based on the Titanic with my husband called Titanic Deception, as well as published several short stories on Amazon and in anthologies. I'm a contributing editor for Self-Publishing Monthly, a monthly ezine available on Amazon, where I write about editorial topics self-publishing authors need to know.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

To contact Toni Rakestraw by email or phone, please click here.

Additional Information

• Currently Toni Rakestraw is a Standard subscriber.

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