Stu Needel

Warm, Dramatic, Sexy, Sincere, & CHARACTERS!

Voice Description

My voice is my life! As a professional speaker, trainer, coach, vocalist, DJ, and of course, voiceover artist, SO much of who I am and what I do is defined by my voice.

Others rave that I have a deep, warm, very sexy, comforting, and very appealing voice. I often hear "I could listen to your voice ALL DAY!" This is both from those in the audience of live programs I do as well as anything recorded, including voice mail greetings and messages I leave. I'm not bragging and in fact it gets almost embarrassing! I definitely love to speak and it apparently shows!

I'm all about authenticity. I believe in being believable and trustworthy. These are philosophies I live my life by that I somehow express through my voice.

I'm blessed with a voice with a pretty wide range of tone and dynamics. I can easily range from baritone to tenor and love doing falsettos and other distortions.

Dynamically, my whispering can be just as effective as my loudest, projected voices and I have coached many speakers, trainers, and other vocal talent on how to be easily heard when sound reinforcement isn't available or not functioning.

Years ago, I gave myself the alias of "The Technology Teddy Bear" for my combined love of people and technology and that could be applied to my voice.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Boy
• 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
• 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
• Songs
• 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 ISDN in my studio
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I have Source Connect 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

, Maryland, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

CHARACTERS/Impersonations: Muppets! inc. Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Kermit, Elmo, et. al, Louie Armstrong,
Mid-Atlantic variations (Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc.),

Deep voiced characters/impersonations (Lurch, Cookie Monster, Louie Armstrong, "dumb guy" and redneck personas with deep gutteral voices)

"Jewishy" sounding (i.e. English sprinkled with Yiddish idioms) with any dialect I can do.

New York/New Jersey charicatures. Think Rocky meets Andrew Dice-Clay!

Babies, kids, and toddlers

My Voice Experience

Vast amounts of speaking, MC'ing, announcing, narration, and voiceover work.

Professional Musician and Singer - Playing drums, percussion, and singing since I was a young child. Life has been a stage since I was able to walk across one.

Professional Speaker and Trainer - 30 years in both traditional and online delivery of training, workshops, seminars, and other programs.

Voice Work, Announcer, Narrator, and Reader - 40 years of wide variety of all types of voice over work. Commercials, narration, announcer, DJ, documentaries, introducer, and others.

Stay tuned for even more clarification of all of which I speak.

Thanks for considering me for your projects. I'm not satisfied unless you're elated!

My Training

AA Degree, Data Processing, Catonsville Community College (now Community College Baltimore County, Catonsville)

Advanced Certificate in Recording Engineering Studies, Omega School of Recording Engineering

Voiceover Bootcamp, Great Voice Company, 3-day intensive workshop on voiceovers and industry presented by Susan Berkley, voiceover legend

Reiki 2nd Degree Practitioner, Spirit Dance Healing Center

Est and Graduate Seminars

National Speakers Association (NSA) Conventions, Meetings, and other programs

My Studio Equipment

I have access to a wide variety of mics and recording equipment between my own portable collection of recording and ENG gear and several studios I use in the area.

I use Audacity, Gold Wave, and Pro Tools LE for recording on my own and Pro Tools HD at studios.

I have broadband available from both my home office/studio as well as on mobile basis, so that's never an issue. Have ComCast Broadband at home/studio and a Verizon Wireless MiFi 2200 hotspot to allow my own and others equipment to have access at any location we happen to be.

Phone patches, ISDN (if necessary), Source Connect, muslc & sound effects libraries, and special effects all available from any of the studios that I use. As a theater sound designer, I can even create original and custom special and sound effects. That's a long time speciality and passion of mine.

Additional Skills

I have SO many different educational and experiential facets that all contribute to my capabilities in voice work, recording, and production. Too many to mention here.

For now, I'll mention what I think are my highlights and greatest strength:

-Great, very versatile voice
-Committed partner to whatever your project is, large or small
-Extensive background in voiceover, MC, announcing, acting, and narration, and other voice specialties
-Extensive audio/video production background
-Audio expert
-Excellent, published writer and editor
-Producer of many different multimedia formats and programs
-Fun-loving, funny, and interactive speaker. Can add humor and comedy to almost ANY topic or program.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

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