Yabo Obien

warm,articulate,smooth,dramatic,storyteller

Voice Description

Warm, wise, compassionate, articulate, exacting, and seasoned narrator; rich, thick, thought provoking delivery; character and dialect specialist, hint of the past voiceover masters yet standing alone enough to call it unique; trailer and preview attitudes always complement the story---the attitude is primary to the tonality. Narrator sound is warm, personal, seasoned, authoritative, friendly, smooth, versatile, dynamic, Morgan Freeman, cool, confident, deep, wise, gravitas, Voice of God, voice-over, voice actor, caring, soothing, sexy, smooth, intimate, comedic, funny, inspirational, fatherly, Minister, preacher, Storyteller, old story teller, narrator, engaging, educated, mysterious, strong, manly, casual, natural, Spokesman, spokesperson, All-State guy, real person, sensitive, intelligent, urban, sophisticated, reliable.

Versatile. Voice actor, Story Teller, Non Announcer or Announcer, Mimic, Sound alike, conversational grit, deep, Movie Trailer, Guy next door, trustworthy, Honest, rich tones, credible, believable, educational Narration of almost any type. Corporate, Professional, Senior. Commercial, Retail, Hype, Award Show, Pharmacological scripts and Corporate-Educational scripts are second nature. Middle aged, character.

Narrator influences include Peter Coyote, Will Lyman, Peter Thomas, Morgan Freeman, Liev Schreiber, Richard Basehart, Don LaFontaine.

Dialect and Character voice influences: Paul Frees, Mel Blanc.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• 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
• 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

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

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

Los Angeles, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

1) Street "VATO"
2) Upper-class America/English
3) Heavy British upper class
4) Cockney
5) Filipino native
6) Punjabi India
7) Little Child
8) Black street singer
9) Norwegian
10) French lover
11) Southern hick
12) Yiddish / New York Jewish
13) South sea/Hawaiian native
14) Possessive Filipino mother
15) Italian joie de vivre
16) Warren Buffet
17) Dick Vitale

My Voice Experience

The History Channel Narrator Documentary on Hitler
Corning Gorilla Glass
OutsideTV Features
Bank of America Travelers Checks
HULU promos
Dupont Corporation Spokesman
Glock Firearms Spokesman
BBC Worldwide Discovery Channel
Corning Gorilla Glass promo
US Armed Services Military Museums
Gateway Church, Grapevine TX
CNN en Espanol Avianca Airline Promo
Toyota USA "No Matter What" & "Straight To The Top" campaign
University of British Columbia promotion
Johns Hopkins University
Azusa University
NBC Affiliate Meade Express Morning Show - Atlanta, GA "Rooster"
OK Voices - Beijing China
Lifelock Identity Theft Protection promos
SpokenLayer.com narrator for Time Audio Magazine
Zondervan Publishers The Bible Experience II: Job, Matthew, Narrator
Hollande America Cruise Lines live production, "Droom" - Opening atmosphere VO
Walt Disney Imagineering; Walt Disney Entertainment; Theme Park Productions
Various Political campaign Spokesman promos

My core money voices are as a seasoned 1) narrator and interpretive actor and 2) dialect/accent specialist. My 15 years at Walt Disney Imagineering as an Imagineer computing guru supporting the creative groups: music, voiceovers, production, special effects and my concurrent career as an actor, musician, and in-demand I.T. analyst have all come together in this arena of voiceovers where vocal talent meets technology. The traditional is mixed with the cutting edge where vocal skill and acting prowess still remains the major talent, yet production and technical expertise is mandatory to deliver the product on time, every time. I have been trained by the best in the field of music, voiceovers, and future technologies and computing in the creative arts. I have learned under the likes of the voices that surround visitors at the worlds largest entertainment company, Walt Disney Co. As a trained singer and professional touring and studio musician, I come to the industry with the vocal, interpretive, acting, and writing experience that covers a wide range of character and dialects as well as narrative forms with great facility, flexibility, and meaning.

My Training

Speech Communications/Performance major at Cal State University, Northridge
Child working actor and voiceover artist for The Charles Stern Agency.
Toured and performed as a studio keyboardist for Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, America, The Limelighters. and various CCM artists on EMI/Sparrow records.
Featured television roles:The Kraft Music Hour (backup singer), Standup and Cheer (singer), The Young Doctors CBS (actor), NBC's The Man From Atlantis (actor)
On-Camera commercials for Apple computer campaign "Whats On Your Powerbook" (actor)
Voiceover campaigns for Bank of America Traveler's Checks (VO artist)
Voiceovers for audiobook "The Bible Experience II" (VO artist)see

My Studio Equipment

MacBook Pro 2015 Sierra 10.12.4
Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun
Neumann TLM103
Avalon M5 Mic Preamp
Lynx Reference A/D D/A Converter
Yamaha HS8 monitors and woofer system
Adobe Audition CC 2017 10.1
Apple Logic Pro X
WAVES Plugins
Izotope RX, Ozone, Neutron
Lindell Plugins
Abbey Road Plugins
Fab Filters
Isolation Booth

Additional Skills

"Creative is what I am. Voice acting is what I love. A man of integrity is what I strive to be. Everything else is what I do." Yabo Obien

There are two things that I have always excelled at since I came into this world. Music and Speech. They go together. The rhythm, tonality, and immediacy of both are inseparable. The heart, soul, and ears it takes to create music are the same characteristics it takes to create a voiceover performance that moves peoples emotions. The task involved in the many genres that makeup the field of voiceovers is painting for the listener from a pallet of words on a page. The tools are my voice and my imagination; alone or in collaboration with others. I love it. I was born for this and here you will find a sample of my passion for the art. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your next project and endeavor. Thanks for listening.

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Demos
Yabo Obien Money Voice Reel 2017

Yabo Obien Voice of God Narrator (Money Voice)

Yabo Obien 2016 Demo Variety

Spokesman Demo

Military Documentary Film Narrator

Introducing Yabo Obien

Yabo Obien Narrator

Dialects and Characters 2013

PBS Novas The Spy Factor

Storytelling Demo Yabo Obien

Call Of Duty Video Game

Fairytale Character Narrator

The Elephant Man Trailer

Horton Hatches The Egg

GPL Answering Service Message

Rappin and Singin

No Eye Has Seen Song

Parables and Stories

Young Announcer

Documentary Narration

Holiday Season Voiceover

The Velveteen Rabbit

Inspirational and Patriotic

Car Commercial