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.
English, English (North American), English (Caribbean)
Canadian, Caribbean, North American, US General American (GenAm), US Midwest (Chicago, Great Lakes), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta)
Middle Aged, Senior
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Podcasting, Telephone
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.
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 (currently)
MXL VO:1-A Condenser Mic (Harlan Hogan)
Computer & Software
PC - Windows XP platform
Walk-in booth constructed of Auralex, M-Audio Fast Track interface, Sony Sound Forge 10.0 (recording software), SKYPE capability
Dropbox ,YouSendIt, FileZilla (FTP), in WAV, Mp3, FLAC and other audio formats
(estimates) = 24-48 hrs for short work; 1 wk (min)-4 months(max) for audio books (depends upon length of the book)
I can deliver finished voice tracks of dry reads (no SFX or music). I have a home studio and can take direction over the phone or via SKYPE.
“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."Vanessa Hart, Voice Over Coaching
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"
“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
Darla produces and voices a wonderful lighthearted podcast for the benefit of AIRS-LA's vision impaired listeners. Her vocal and technical skills combine to totally captivate and thoroughly entertain her audience. Furthermore, you can always count on Darla to meet her scheduling targets.Joe Jurca, AIRS-LA Programming
After coaching Darla, Julie had this to say about her - "Darla is great at what she does...and has a very unique sound that can't be duplicated!"<strong></strong><strong>Julie Williams "Voice-Over Chocolate"</strong><strong></strong>
Darla is very pleasant to work with, always on top of her assignments. We can recommend her as a narrator for audiobooks.Gesine Kernchen - iambik Audiobooks
Darla is a consummate, professional narrator who is easy to work with. She has good vocal skills and always delivers a strong performance.Margy Bauman, Redwood Audiobooks
Voice Over Clients
AIRS-LA in Los Angeles
Iambik Audio Books in Montreal, Quebec (Canada)
Redwood Audio Books in Los Angeles
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sci-fi/fantasy 3 character narrative 567 Listens
2 minute compilation female voices 80 Listens
Podcast compilation (Cat Fancy Magazine) 70 Listens
Children's book narration - Canadian Accent 90 Listens
British Accent telling a Children's Story 404 Listens
First person narrative 54 Listens
Another 1st person narrative 32 Listens
Powerful speech from an older woman 53 Listens
Powerful narrative with male/female dialogue 32 Listens
Generic telephone (Ficticious Printers) 212 Listens
Stephanie Rose for Job #53630 eBook Narration Bringing out the soul is exactly what Darla did! Darla is a true professional in every sense of the word.May 21, 2012
Norman Kurtin for Job #37190 Scenario voiceover for online training course 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.Jun 7, 2011