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Alan Sivell

Davenport, Iowa, US

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Highlights

I used my voice to tell stories in my first career as a broadcaster. In my second career, as a college professor, I use my voice to keep hungover college students interested in my classes. With my energy and my voice, I never let them know that speech class at 8 a.m. is a killer for me, too. My voice doesn't have a lot of range, but it can project warmth and fairly serious sentiments. Maybe it's because I am a teacher or maybe it's simply my voice has what some say is a PBS quality, but I get hired to do a lot of industrial narrations and promotions in addition to museum pieces. I enjoy whatever project I am working on. And I'm not just saying that. As an academic, I am still fascinated by the process. I don't have a huge ego and often get hired because if it's a toss-up, I have been told, it's because I am easy to work with and don't need 100 takes.

Languages

English (North American), English

Accent

North American

Voice Ages

Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)

Special Skills

Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Podcasting, Radio, Television

Experience

Over the past 20 years, I’ve done dozens of voice projects for local production houses. I've been used for commercials, but more often training films or in-house anniversaries for local industrial clients (Deere and Co.) or touch-screen museum pieces. Recently, I did the English narration of a Spanish (college-level) book of exercises.

Also for Deere and Co., I've done the narration on the CD that accompanies the commemorative issues of models of some of their historic tractors. And a promotional spot celebrating the anniversary of Deere Harvester Works. I've done in-house work for Genesis Systems and Modern Woodmen Insurance and commercials for local restaurants (usually those wanting to promote warm, fuzzy atmospheres) and the most prominent and trusted eye care professionals in the region.

I've also narrated pieces for several museums, including the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa; Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas; and Fort Mose Historic State Park, Florida. I also have written and voiced a short documentary on sculptor Isabel Bloom for the annual Village in Bloom Festival.

I can also write and edit (I have done so professionally and that is 50% of what I teach).

Credentials

Education

Journalism M.A., University of Iowa

Studio

Microphone

Shure SM7, EV RE20

Computer & Software

Mac computers, Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, Audacity

Special Equipment

Axia console

Delivery Methods

However. Email, Dropbox, etc. Any way electronic. Or we can go old school (mail, bus, plane), if you'd like.

Turnaround Time

I can be very quick, because as a broadcaster, I had to be fast. And as a prof., I can make time. Usually it can be THAT day, if needed or within 24 hours. Or we can stretch it out

Testimonials

“Alan has a great voice for our museum projects. Our clients like Alan because he has a warm rich sound, what we call the PBS narrator sound. He brings the script to life.

We always try to email scripts to Alan ahead of time. He will call us with questions on pronunciation, style or tone. He comes in prepared.”

Silver Oaks Communication - Greg Martin

“When I need someone to cut a voiceover for a video project, Alan is always at the top of my list of people to call. He’s reliable, consistent, dynamic, and – most importantly – willing to take direction and listen to feedback. I always look forward to the opportunity to work with him!”

Barnlight Studios - Matt Carroll

Voice Over Clients

Deere & Co., Moline

Modern Woodmen Insurance, Rock Island

Genesis Health Systems, Davenport

Heart of America Restaurants, Quad Cities

Eye Surgeon Associates, Davenport

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque

Fort Mose Historic State Park, Florida

Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Arkansas

Village in Bloom Festival, Davenport, Iowa

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