London, Ontario, CA
I can present my voice in a wide variety of ranges - from a terrifying scream to a very soft and soothing lull. I can transition smoothly from highly-academic terminology to street lingo - and back. And I can also do Franglais voice-overs, transitioning back-and-forth between French and English without pause or hesitation. And I can also correctly pronounce foreign words and phrases from a variety of languages. And I can use my voice to convincingly convey a wide variety of emotions.
English (North American), English, French (Canadian), French (Parisian), Spanish (Latin American)
Canadian, French (Parisienne), French (Québécois), Spanish (International Spanish) Acento Neutro
Child, Middle Aged, Senior, Teen, Young Adult
Animation, Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Podcasting, Radio, Television, Videogames
I began my 25+-year mainstream media at the age of 16 - while still attending high school - working full-time (evenings & weekends) as a disc jockey and newscaster at Quebec City's now-defunct English-language radio station, CFOM. I did a screamer-style Top40 show from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. weeknights and a soft-toned easy-listening show later in the evening, with some pre-recorded CBC programming sandwiched in-between. and several newscasts and sportscasts over the course of the evening and on weekends. Although I only recorded a small number of 30-second ad spots, they were somewhat varied, ranging from a staccato-style one for a local motor speedway to a softer and more enticing one that started like this: "How about a piping hot order of barbecue chicken with French fries, coleslaw and all the trimmings?" I also recorded a variety of audio news reports during separate stints at Canadian Press/Broadcast News in both Toronto and Montreal.
Most of my media career, however, has been on the traditional publishing side - as a journalist and publishing consultant. Over the years, I've held managerial and/or high-level editing, writing and/or reporting positions with some of the largest and some of the most respected newspapers in Canada and the U.S., including - in the U.S.: The New York Times, New York Post, The Boston Herald, The Philadelphia Journal (now defunct), The Las Vegas Sun and National Enquirer; and - in Canada: The Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Sun, Winnipeg Sun, The Edmonton Journal, Canadian Press/Broadcast News (in both Toronto and Montreal), Globe (the supermarket tab that competes with National Enquirer) and The (Montreal) Gazette. I've re-designed 3 major dailies & assisted in the re-design of 2 others. And I've been involved in the launch or re-launch - some successful, some unsuccessful - of 11 newspapers and magazines. I've also made a couple of unsuccessful attempts to raise the capital to launch fair-sized media start-ups of my own.
But I've also been illegally blacklisted for quite a few years because of my lifetime of leftist political and social activism and, in particular, my past involvement with the NDP (for which I've managed federal candidate election campaigns in both Toronto and Montreal) and the Parti Quebecois.
Having grown up primarily in Montreal and Quebec City, I am pretty fluently bilingual (English-French) and can read a French-language script with a flawless Quebecois accent or a flawless Parisian accent, as the job requires. Although not yet very fluent in Spanish, I can read a Spanish-language script with a flawless Hispanic-American accent. I can also translate written texts and scripts from French into English.
It was only later in life that I got a chance to attend university (Western, here in London, ON) where I majored in sociology, history and economics. Although I don't have a degree, I do have more than enough credits to qualify for a degree. But between frequently changing my majors and also taking a variety of unrelated courses, I exhausted my student-loan eligibility before meeting the degree requirements in any one or two areas.
I now edit and publish a digital newsmagazine that examines Canadian, U.S. and world affairs - politics; economics; environmental affairs; social & cultural affairs; health & healthcare; labour & the workplace; crime & punishment; law-and-order; freedom, privacy, human right & government/corporate surveillance; etc. - from a very-hard-hitting, no-holds-barred, no-sacred-cows, anti-Establishment, anti-corporate, anti-status-quo but non-partisan perspective.
Although now semi-retired, I would be extremely interested in any combination of voice-overs (in English, French or Spanish), French-to-English translation, text and script editing, that you might have available and I am available immediately.
Before responding, you might wish to review a random selection of my close to 700 articles on my own website - wriseup -, my 10,0000-word essay on the decades-long spread of poverty, hunger and homelessness across North America that I wrote for the long-form journalism website Best Story, or the close to 6,000 comments I've posted on twitter - @HenryMcRandall1 (mostly in English but occasionally also in either French or Spanish.) Although I'm not in a position to provide or produce any audio sample, I was recently the subject of a 15-minute interview by Andy Oudman on his afternoon talk show on AM1290 here in London. I've also been interviewed numerous times over the years on both radio and TV as a newsmaker, in the course of my political and social activism.
I would be extremely grateful for an opportunity to meet at your office here in London, ON - as soon as possible.
Thanking you for your courtesy and consideration, and hoping to hear back from you at your earliest possible convenience, I remain,
Yours very truly,
Editor & Publisher
I majored in sociology, history & economics at Western (London, ON) and am significantly self-educated in a variety of other subjects. I'm not at this time a member of anything.
I consider myself fairly adept at rapidly changing - on enhancing - moods, tones, emotions and talking speed. I can flip back-and-forth between technical terminology and street slang. And I can toss in correctly pronounced foreign words and phrases.
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