Talmadge Ragan

rich,warm,mid-tone,believable,versatile,character

Voice Description

Compassionate, honest spokesperson, warm and believable girl next door,mom, friendly, sophisticated, professional,intelligent,authoritative and confident, good character timing, wide range, attitude, versatile
I'm not your usual voice! I have extensive experience as a professional actor which adds to my characterizations, interpretation and delivery.
I am an award-winning audiobook narrator, fiction and non-fiction.
With my educational background and corporate experience, my voice is also conducive to corporate narration.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Child
• Teenage Girl
• 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
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

• SAG-AFTRA (US)

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
• 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

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

None, British Standard, American Southern from the trailer park to a Southern Belle, Mother Earth, little girl, country woman, sophisticated, sexy
A review in Audiofile magazine cited my: "consistent use of accents and a variety of speech patterns. In particular, her performance conveys perfectly conveys the French accents and Gallic personalities."- referencing the audiobook,"The Sign of the Salamander".

My Voice Experience

As a professional VO talent and actor (AFTRA/Screen Actors Guild/Actor's Equity) for many years in Los Angeles, I have been pleased to have worked on various jobs: as a spokesperson for a national health association, also a paper company, voiced radio and tv campaigns for hospitals and fitness centers and a myriad of commercials from Harley Davidson to local casinos, to several educational institutions, also narrating travel videos, and even a video tour for an Air and Space Museum. In Vancouver, I read for the Blind at UBC and my reading of " To Kill a Mockingbird" was, for many years, their most requested book worldwide. I recently did a VO for a Halloween Haunted House!
I've also done voiceovers in many independent films, features and shorts. I am involved with Tsunami Radio Theatre and regularly perform numerous characters in every piece we do (comedies and drama). I have won the Best Actress Award three times for my work with the group.
"The Sign of the Salamander" is an audiobook that I narrated. Recently it was named the 2008 Gold Medal Winner- First Prize for Audiobooks-in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.
I recently taught a class about Audiobooks at UCLA and continue to be very active in the VO community! I was on the Advance Team for the VOICE 2008 convention in L.A. and this last in June, 2010. I moderated the VO panel at the SAG Conservatory's Summer Seminar at the American Film Institute this Summer.
I have recently moved to Charlotte,North Carolina and looking to expand my horizons and re-connect with my Southern roots!



My Training

Originally from North Carolina, I attended Chatham Hall ( Chatham, VA) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I was a Theatre and English major. I also studied theatre at Finch College and spent a summer at Western Washington University in Bellingham doing Summer Stock. I have performed in theatre all over the country and worked as an actor in London with Anglo-American Workshops.
I lived in NY for several years and started VO there when I was also involved in advertising, first as a casting director and then as a national commercial and industrial producer. I also wrote two newspaper columns for several years and worked at a newspaper and speechwriter in Washington,DC.
Now in Los Angeles, I have taken VO workshops at the SAG Conservatory at AFI-Bob Bergen, Bill Holmes,Janet Wilcox, Danny McBride among others, and studied most recently with Pat Fraley, Stefan Rudnicki, and Gabrielle de Cuir. It was my pleasure to be invited to present at the Audio Publisher's Conference in LA for their Narrator's track.
I am currently President of Women in Theatre and know my years of theatre experience adds to my voice actor skills...not just to be a "pretty voice," but one who can deliver what you need with consistent delivery and characterization skills.


My Studio Equipment

I have a professional state-of-the-art home studio used for VO, commercials, and films. I have a Whisper Room and we use Sennheiser 416, Lawson, and Rode and MXL mics. We use Pro Tools and Final Cut Pro and can convert files to mp3, wav or aiff. I also have an extensive music library and SFX.

Additional Skills

As a producer, I know the importance of meeting deadlines. I am professional, take direction well, am very adaptable, easy to get along with, and want to provide you with whatever your voice needs may be. I am also a skilled writer and can help with your copy if you'd like.
For fun, I knit. I also love good movies and books that make you think. I play the flute, piano and guitar and am trying to learn the mandolin. I am fascinated with contemporary society, and, likewise, am very grateful for opportunities that come my way.

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