Ashburn, Virginia, US
Baritone speaking range that works well for scripts and audiences that call for authority, maturity, assurance, and trustworthiness. If you have an important message, I can get it across.
Natural curiosity that works well for topics in science history, arts and humanities, and current events. Your topic is inherently interesting, and I can help generate enthusiasm in your audience.
Sense of humor that works well for funny material or scripts that call for irony, sarcasm, absurdity, or light-hearted delivery. This is my default setting among friends. If humor is part of your message strategy, I can make the most of it.
20 years as a professional communicator, with emphasis on persuasive writing, audience awareness, and editing for style and tone
Training from Such a Voice in voice control and inflection, studio set-up and equipment, and digital audio editing and formatting
I began training as a voice actor after a 20-year career focused on getting ideas across to specific audiences – as a teacher, writer, and trainer. I’ve studied, practiced, and taught how to use rhetoric, editing, and critical thinking to inform – or persuade – clearly and effectively. In addition to my professional writing, I’m a frequent presenter of well-received webinars and workshops on effective writing and communication. This experience has helped me deepen and enrich my voice, improve my articulation, and adapt my inflection and delivery to many audience types.
My growing confidence as a speaker led me to voiceover coaching through Such a Voice. Experienced coaches like Dave Tolar and Angela Castonguay helped me realize that the disciplines of persuasion, audience awareness, and message analysis I’ve refined as a professional communicator are all essential to voice acting.
English (North American), English
US General American (GenAm), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta)
Middle Aged (35-54), Young Adult (18-35)
Animation, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames
Voice acting and script analysis training from Such a Voice
Professional writer: 17-year career as a proposal writer (audience analysis, writing and editing, rhetorical design) focused on system and operational services to government clients in human services, healthcare, and transportation
Trainer: 14 years creating, hosting, presenting, and recording training seminars for proposal writing teams (sales and capture, system designers, project managers, subject matter experts)
Student and teacher: textual analysis and critique, etymology and language history, rhetoric, grammar and usage
Such a Voice Coaches:
- David Tolar – Voice technique, control, inflection, script analysis, audience awareness
- Angela Castonguay – Script analysis, voice technique, and recording studio technique & protocols
- Ben Marney – Studio set-up, microphone technique, and digital audio editing
- Bachelor of Arts, English and Philosophy, Middle Tennessee State University
- Master of Arts, English, University of Tennessee
CAD E100S (Large diaphragm supercardioid condenser mic), Shure SM7B (dynamic mic)
Computer & Software
Mac: Audacity, Steinberg WaveLab LE & Cubase LE
Scarlett Solo Studio microphone preamp, DBX 286s microphone processor, Cloudlifter CL-1, Stedman Proscreen101
wav, mp3 (any format needed) - by email, Dropbox, Google Drive, or any preferred method
Next day for short (30-60 second) pieces
Clean audio files in any required format, recorded in an acoustically treated space on professional equipment
Script analysis and client collaboration to determine appropriate tone, persona, audience, and emphasis
Light copyediting, on request
Available for in-studio work in Washington Metropolitan Area, including Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince George’s
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