Kerry A Hartjen
Friday Harbor, Washington, US
Pleasant, friendly, mature, passionate when called for, baritone to tenor range, well-educated, able to create a wide range of believable characters from cartoon voices to dignified officials.
I can't think of any better training for a voice-over actor than the many thousands of hours of live performance I have behind me, portraying all kinds of characters for all kinds of ages, from children to adults.
English (North American), English
British, US South West (Texas)
Middle Aged, Senior
With over 40 years experience as a professional entertainer and stage actor, I bring a level of maturity and expertise that I believe will serve my clients in the Voice Over industry very well. My training as an actor, along with the incredibly diverse types of characters I have played over the course of my career, give me a great depth of experience to draw from when reading a script.
In addition, for nearly 20 years I owned and operated my own family entertainment business, performing a one-man-show at more than 2,000 corporate, civic and family events, working before live audiences as a storyteller, Master of Ceremonies, comedian, magician, and mentalist. My ability to set and meet deadlines, and to be able to adjust to changes, often under very adverse conditions and at a moment's notice, was critical to my success as a working performer.
In 2005, I completed the Toastmasters International program in Leadership and Training, and held the offices of president and vice-president of my (then) local Toastmasters International Chapter in Monterey, CA for two years. This experience not only greatly improved my ability to write, prepare and dissect speeches and scripts, it also improved my voice technique.
Certificate of Completion, "Voice Over Training from A Voice America Recognizes", Mike Elmore, Instructor.
Certificate of Completion, "Home Recording for the Singer/Songwriter", Vince Mazzocchi, Instructor.
Certificate of Completion, "Audacity Professional Vocals for Course, Videos and More, Pt. 1", Eric Larsen, Instructor.
In Progress, ""Audacity Professional Vocals for Course, Videos and More, Pt. 2", Eric Larsen, Instructor.
Associate of Art Degree in Directing for the Theatre, Monterey Peninsula College.
MXL 990 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic; Fifine Tech K668 USB Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic.
Computer & Software
Macintosh Mini, Audacity
Tascam DP-006 Digital Multitrack Recorder; Behringer U-Phoria UMC22 USB Audio Interface
Variable depending on length of script, special needs, etc., but will always strive to serve customers timeline.
As a life-long actor, I understand scripts and scriptwriters. I know how to bring life into a reading and how to make your message appealing to a wide range of audiences. I know how to take direction, and how to direct myself if that is required. I'm an experienced businessperson and entertainer who knows that deadlines are to be met, instructions are to be followed, and that flexibility and an honest desire to serve my clients are two of my strongest assets in seeing your project through to a successful end product.
I am also a graduate of the Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute, as well as a playwright and former member of the Dramatists Guild, West. I am a published poet and short story author, and I have experience writing screenplays, stage plays, musical comedies, speeches, skits, radio scripts, and PSAs. I have also worked as a copywriter and editor for magazines and newspapers, nonfiction books, and advertisements of all kinds.
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