Yohannes Skoda

Deep, character, witty, texture, sincere, sexy

Voice Description

My voice is a natural baritone. I can do warm and deep easily for the sincere, trusted voice of a man that has a bit of life experience. I also have the ability to loosen up and turn into the young, fun friend that you want to hang out and drink a couple of beers with. Additionally I can enunciate and speak authoritatively if necessary when reading educational material.

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
• French - European
• Spanish - Mexican
• Swahili

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)

• 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 have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

Kenyan, British, French, East Indian, Australian, Jamaican, Scottish, Irish, South African, African-American, Country American, Mexican.

My Voice Experience

I started my voice over career in 2005 with an audition for Walmart and the release of "The Lion King" DVD. They were looking for an African accent and I was able to perform a Kenyan accent which is part of my repertoire. Ultimately they decided to go in a different direction but I was paid for my audition which was well received.
In 2007 my voice was used on the Corporate voice mail system of the Landscape Design Company 5 Elements Design in Berkeley, California. More recently I was invited to audition for the the Illuminata Pictures animated 3D film sequel to "Around The World". I auditioned for the role of a Jamaican Fisherman, A French Thug Grouper, A Seahorse from New Orleans, An East Indian Fish, A Mexican Clownfish and an African-American sea turtle.

My Training

May 1997
Bachelor of Economics
UC Berkeley

December 2009:
Voice Trax Sausalito
Sausalito, CA
Instructor: Al Bedrosian
Beginning Voice Over Workshop

February - April 2010
DOT's C.O.R.E Vocal Training
Sherman Oaks, CA
Vocal training for singers and actors

May - July 2010
Gray Studios
Studio City, CA
Instructor: David Gray
Working in Voice Over

My Studio Equipment

Blue Bluebird Microphone

Golden Age Pre-73 Microphone Pre-Amplifier (This is a clone of the Rupert Neve 1073)

Chameleon Labs 7802 Stereo Opto-Tube Compressor

Open Labs Miko LXD Synthesizer/Workstation

Pro Tools 8 LE

Digidesign Digi 002 Rackmount

JBL LSR Studio Reference Monitors and subwoofer

Additional Skills

I am a professional recording artist. I run an independent record label specializing in hip-hop and electronic music. My group Mavrik is signed to the label and I have been writing, producing and performing live with Mavrik for the past nine years. I am extremely comfortable behind the microphone and understand how to work with my voice to achieve certain tones and energies.

I have a degree in economics and have run my own businesses for the past decade so I am comfortable reading financials and talking the language of money. Growing up I had the opportunity to live overseas in India, Bangladesh, Mexico, Ethiopia and Kenya. This unique background has given me the opportunity to interact with and learn about different cultures which lends itself well to doing character or accent work in voice over.

Payment Methods Accepted

PayPal
• Wire transfers

Contact Information

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