Darla Middlebrook

Moose Jaw, CA • 1:34 AM Local Time

4.5 • 2 Reviews

Demos

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sci-fi/fantasy 3 character narrative
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Very moving African American Folktale - 4 character narrative
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2 minute compilation female voices
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Vocal Skills

Languages

English (North American), English, English (Caribbean)

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Accents

Canadian, Caribbean, North American, US General American (GenAm), US Midwest (Chicago, Great Lakes), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta)

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Voice Ages

Child (5-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-35), Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)

Categories

Animation, Audiobooks, Documentaries, Movie Trailers

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Studio

Turnaround Time

(estimates) = 24-48 hrs for short work; 1 wk (min)-4 months(max) for audio books (depends upon length of the book)

Microphone

MXL VO:1-A Condenser Mic (Harlan Hogan)

Computer & Software

PC - Windows 10 platform

Special Equipment

Walk-in booth constructed of Auralex, M-Audio Fast Track interface, Sony Sound Forge 10.0 (recording software), SKYPE capability

About Darla Middlebrook

Overview

My voice has been described as youthful, cheery and not sounding at all like an older woman. I can make my voice range from child to elder, human to creature, female to male.

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Service Description

I can deliver finished voice tracks of dry reads (no SFX or music) or voicing with minimal SFX. I have a home studio and can take direction over the phone or via SKYPE.

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Experience

34 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist (recently retired), more than 20 years as a stage & film actor and over 20 years as a trained singer has given me knowledge and insight into the mechanics of the voice and speech. This wealth of experience has also helped in my development of character voices (male, female, mature, extremely elderly, creepy, bright, exotic, etc). My acting and singing background has enabled me to develop good emotional range to my voice. Currently, I am voicing podcasts for AIRS-LA (an audio internet service for individuals with visual challenges). I have completed projects for ACX, (Website hidden), Redwood Audiobooks, and Iambik Audiobooks. I am able to produce retail quality audio books from my home studio. I received a diploma as a Certified Medical Narration Specialist. I can, also, serve as a proof-listener for audio book narration productions.

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Client List

AIRS-LA in Los Angeles
ACX
Redwood Audio Books in Los Angeles

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Education

BA in Speech & Language - College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio)
MS in Speech Pathology - Central Institute for the Deaf - Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Some VO training via Edge Studio (New York)
Private coaching sessions from Vanessa Hart for narration and audio books. Private coaching sessions from Julie Williams for narration, documentaries, e-learning, legal and medical narration.
The Three VoiceKeTeers Workshop (Julie Williams, Vanessa Hart, Marc Cashman) - January 15 & 16, 2011 in LA
Private sessions with Rodney Saulsberry

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Reviews 4.5

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Pearson

May 21, 2012

Bringing out the soul is exactly what Darla did! Darla is a true professional in every sense of the word.

Audiobooks Job #53630 • English • Middle Aged (35-54)

Norman Kurtin

Jun 7, 2011

Darla was great -- very responsive to my requests and an excellent voice. The only slight issue is that her recording setup sounds a little too bassy.

Business Job #37190 • English (North American) • Senior (55+)

Testimonials

“Darla Middlebrook is an outstanding audio book narrator. Her intelligence seeps through her every word. Her characters are precise and well defined. Her interpretation choices are consistently good. Always a student by her own definition, she continues to perfect her skills.”

Rodney Saulsberry, Voice Over Artist, Author & Coach

Vanessa has said of Darla - best time I've had in YEARS!!! Thank you for sharing your gift with me.
and I would not have taken you on [as a student] if I wasn't a huge believer in your talent, your intelligence, your drive and commitment

Vanessa Hart, Voice Over Coaching

“Darla is a marvelous narrator. Her passion for the work and her incredible voice lend truth to your spoken word project.”

Vanessa Hart, Voice Over Coaching
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