Now in my late 50s, my voice has the texture of experience. My natural tone is a soft baritone, but my range is broader. I can bring gravitas to straightforward copy and whimsy to character work. Because I am also a writer I can bring copy and narration alive with a full range of nuance: warm and friendly, flirtatious, smooth, professional, jocular, menacing, seductive and more. I am adept at commercials, presentations, narrations, and would dearly love to do audio books. I play well with others.
English (North American), English
British, French, German, Irish, Italian, North American, Russian, Scottish (Standard Scottish English), Spanish, US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta), US Upper Midwest (Fargo, Minnesota)
Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)
Animation, Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Jingles, Movie Trailers, Music, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames
I worked extensively in VO throughout the 80s and early 90s doing voice work for Kawasaki Motorcycles, Hertz Car Sales, Coors, Alpha Romeo, Allergan, Richardson Vicks and a host of other companies. I was the voice for the national rollout of the Coors Party Ball. During that time, in addition to a great many national, regional and local commercials, I did a good deal of corporate narration for a variety of tech and pharmaceutical companies. I also did a fair amount of character and animation work. My favorite was voicing The Yellow Queen of Crayon for Jim Henson's Muppets on Ice, which involved singing R-E-S-P-E-C-T in character.
I majored in Music and Creative Writing (double major) at UC Irvine. My Master's Degree is from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
I graduated from the KiiS Broadcast Workshop in 1975 and did fill-in radio shifts at KiiS AM in Los Angeles. I first studied voiceover specifically with Dave Hull in 1978, then later studied with Dick McGarven and Kiva Lawrence.
I founded the Orange County Voiceover Group in 1983 and directed it until 1988. Two of my most noteworthy students were Scott Rummell and Jimmy Hodson.
In 1997 I became an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and that work took me away from voiceover and commercial production for awhile. I have recently returned to VO work, and am glad to discover that I haven't lost my chops.
Before entering seminary, I worked in advertising for 20 years. I was Partner/Creative Director at Merishel Creative in LA, Co-Creative Director at Hunter Barth, Copy Director/Broadcast Production Director at Newhoff & Prochnow, and Partner at Beckham & Fallica. My son, Brice Beckham, played Wesley on the TV series Mr. Belvedere and I did voice work and appeared on camera for that show a few times as well.
MXL 990, MXL 991, MXL 3000
Computer & Software
Line 6 interface, Zoom HD16, Casio Synth, Yamaha MG 10/2, Logic Express, some music cues and sfx.
usually within 12 hours
Straight VO, Character voices, directing, audio track production, some music production. In addition to my home studio, I have access to several professional studios.
Voice Over Clients
Kawasaki Motorcycles, Hertz Car Sales, Alpha Romeo Automobiles, Coors, Allergan, Richardson Vicks Pharmaceuticals, Zila Pharmaceuticals, Don Harper Productions, Pacific Coast Presentations, Marktree Productions, Bill Truesdale Productions, Zondervan
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