Tim Merkel

Broad range tenor-baritone, variable, directable

Voice Description

I can be bright and quick for comedy,
smooth and metered for narration, and
clear and professional for business applications

I have much stage acting experience so I'm comfortable with direction.

I also have been a professional singer for 35 years so I have a well-cared for voice instrument.

I do accents pretty well, especially some cartoon characters.

I have performed old-time radio broadcasts in front of a live audience and sound-effects board and have also read news on CRIS radio for the Blind in Chicago.

I hosted my own 2 hour morning drive-time radio show on an AM station in Estes Park, CO.

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
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Documentaries
• Movie and game trailers
• 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 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

, Colorado, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

British, Indian, French, punk, I do a smattering of impersonations such as Snidely Whiplash, Duddley Do-Right, Bullwinkle, Snagglepuss, Don Knotts, Paul Lynde, and some others.

I have performed an impersonation of the late Senator Bobby Kennedy giving his speech from Indianapolis the night Martin Luther King Jr was shot. The Kennedy Boston accent is extremely unique and recognizable.

My Voice Experience

I started as a 12 year old thespian in Community Theater playing parts like the young Patrick in Mame, and one of the Siamese Boys in The King and I, then I landed lead male roles such as Jesus in GodSpell, Tony in West Side Story. These were musical roles with a lot of memorized dialogue, but I also did some serious all dramatic leads like Johnny Pope, a junkie in Hatful of Rain. So I can do choreography and sing and act. In college I read news print on CRIS radio for the blind and performed old-time radio broadcast parts in front of a studio audience.

This birthed my love for Voice over studio work. I have been a performing guitarist since I was 12 and have had many opportunities to record in studio on mostly solo projects so I'm experienced in being directed from the engineers booth.

I bring a great work ethic and professionalism to my work and prepare well for a part when given notice, but can also read cold pretty well.

My Training

My sound training was experience on the stage at Community Theater and a prolific high School theater career with the acclaimed Director John Marquette who took risks and was active in Chicagoland theater.

In college I was a guitar major at Roosevelt University's Chicago Musical College and the required courses included Choral, Madrigal, Voice Composition and performance classes.

Out of college I continued doing volunteer projects in studio to just be around the mic and have invested in Voices For All's professional Voice Over certification classes. I recorded my professional narrative and commercial demonstrations at VFA's studio in Chicago and they appear on my website.

I also have maintained a professional guitar teaching and performing business on the side of my professional Sales career so I have been performing comfortably at weddings, private parties, bars, restaurants, coffeehouses and was a supporting guitarist and on the drama team with thelargest Mega-church in the Chicago area, so I have experience with in-headphone monitors and engineering booth direction during a performance.

My Studio Equipment

I currently use a MacBook computer with Garage Band and Audacity for raw recordings but have used a Digi-Pro interface and "Pro-Tools mini" software in the past. I have relationships with three or four Pro-Tools equipped studios to provide edited tracks via email to clients. Music and special effects are easy to provide this way. I use high quality AKG and Blue Voice-over microphones.

Additional Skills

I am an active member of Voice Over Meet-Up social group of 60+ VO talents in the Denver metro area. Many of these talents have decades of VO experience solely and independently and are a wealth of technical support, acting direction and encouragement. The organizer of that group is a talent on the Starz Network in Hollywood who splits his time in Denver and LA.

I also subscribe to Julie Williams On-Line VO Newsletter and read each issue in detail and network with VO talents In Denver and Chicago where I lived for 37 years until moving to Boulder in Nov 2009.

I have negotiated to begin a new one hour weekly Internet radio show in March 2012. I will be interviewing Colorado musicians affording them exposure with about 30 minutes of their live performance and interview time to let the listening audience get to know them and their music. MileHiRadio has a cummulative on-line listening audience of approximately 50,000 and grows everyday in the internets viral environment.

Payment Methods Accepted

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

Contact Information

To contact Tim Merkel by email or phone, please click here.

Additional Information

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