Davenport, Iowa, US • 9:36 PM Local Time
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.Read More
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).
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
Journalism M.A., University of IowaRead More
“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.Silver Oaks Communication - Greg Martin
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.”
“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
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