I'm a writer, producer, and voice talent all in one package, working out of my own home studio complete with pro gear and libraries of licensed music, sound effects, and production elements. Specializing in radio spots with attitude, I've produced literally thousands of commercials for concerts, sports events, nightclub parties, and anything else that needed a big ol' 60 second exclamation point.
But, as they say, there's more! Technical reads? IVR? Characters? Narration? Friendly and relatable?
Affirimitive, press two for yes, yeppers, yes, and yes-in-doodily! Full scripts, raw scripts, no scripts. Bring it on, I'll be here waiting.
English (North American)
British, North American, Trans-Atlantic, US Appalachia, US General American (GenAm), US Mid-Atlantic, US Midwest (Chicago, Great Lakes), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta), US South West (Texas), US Upper Midwest (Fargo, Minnesota), US West Coast (California, Portland), US Western
Middle Aged, Young Adult
Business, Cartoons, Documentaries, Internet, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Television, Videogames
I really don't like that 'special skills' section above. They only let you choose from a preset list. How special is that? None, right? Anyway, experience...
Beginning with a commercial for a bowling alley in 1988 (I carried a 176 average, thankyouverymuch), voice acting has been the one constant in my life. In 2002, I finally made it my full-time career and haven't looked back. I also have a decent set of live production chops, having tech'ed and been the mysterious Voice Of God for many an event, from MMA fights to Fortune 500 company meetings.
Occasionally, I play the producer's role and I'm the one sifting through auditions and dealing with talent. Being on that side of the fence has shown me best practices on how I, as the talent, can give the producer what they need with the least amount of hassle.
Let's see, what else? I've also been both a radio and club DJ, marketing director for a group of restaurants & nightclubs, and owned a restaurant. "Otari" means something to me: I've actually edited by cutting and splicing magnetic tape and built broadcast carts by hand. This is what we had to do before computers became fast & cheap enough to record and edit audio, sonny. We drove in cars we had to shift ourselves, without GPS, 5 miles to the studio. Uphill. Both ways.
I love comic reads. Any script incorporating humor gets me hooked. Whether you're looking for the funny voice or the deadpan straight guy, making the funny is something I love to do. And it always fits in with the friendly, relatable, comfortable, guy next door scripts as well. If you do it right, even corporate industrial videos or government podcasts can benefit as well.
Personal stuff: No felonies or children that I know of. Hockey fanatic. Boxing and MMA ring announcer on the weekends. Sometimes happily married. That's about it. Feel free to ask if you have questions.
University of Northern Iowa - Communications/Biology, ABD 1995, 2004
University of Iowa - Theater & writing workshops, various dates
Spelling Bee Winner - Mr. Schafer's class, 4th grade
Neumann TLM103, Equitek CAD 100S, Custom built Austin ribbon mic, EV RE-27 N/D, Shure Beta87a
Computer & Software
i7 iMac, MOTU AudioDesk, bunch of onboard fx
Custom built preamp (Neve 1073-based), Warm WA12 preamp, HHB Radius40 tube preamp, MOTU Ultralite AD/DA, complete library of licensed music, sfx
Email, FTP, CD/DVD via mail or overnight, passenger pigeon, a slow moving train
24-48 hours, same day usually available.
Service description? Will "really good!" cover it?
No? O.K. then...
The short version is what I don't* do: ISDN (phone patch is no problem), anything illegal or kinky, sing well
Here's the long version: I can write copy, some say rather well. My friend calls my writing award-caliber, but she's also on the board of the regional ADDYs and I think she's buttering me up for entry fees. Not gonna do it.
(Technically, I am already award winning. I took first in the Waterloo (Iowa) Courier's Halloween Finish-The-Story contest. But it was back in 1999 when everybody was worried about Y2K. I just had all the machines go malevolently haywire. Like shootin' fish in a barrel. Easiest hundred bucks I ever made and a writing award to boot.)
Seriously, writing comes with package. I have regular clients that mostly just send copy points for me to work from and I do the rest. This could be you, too. Free yourself from writing drudgery! Live the dream!
There's also the whole licensed music and production elements thing too. Fully produced is no problem with no needle drop fees from my library. Output up to 196KHz, 24 bit. All the normal formats and a few you haven't heard of (they're on regional indie labels).
I communicate and tend to work well with others, especially when they want to give me money for my time and work. I believe in quick turnaround, the hanging curve ball, and giving each client my best. I have a sense of humor and like to inject it into my writing. If you haven't at least smiled while reading this, disregard the previous sentence.
I also work live, announcing sports events, corporate meetings, trade shows, benefits, or anything that needs an clutter-busting voice to pass along important information. On-stage or off, I'm comfortable anywhere (other than flying coach).
What else can I do for you? Drop me a line and let's talk!
* - If you need it, I book ISDN time at another studio, illegal and kinky are up to me, and there are maybe a half dozen songs I can carry off after a couple whiskeys
P.J.'s been our voice for over a decade and I wouldn't dream of switching. Amazingly easy to work with, incredible energy, and a voice that cuts through the clutter. He's one of the reasons we put people in the seats throughout the season.Waterloo Black Hawks
- Doug Miller, President
Can't tell you how many compliments I've heard about our spots this week. Thanks for making this portion of my job suddenly easy.Barmuda Corp.
- Jennifer Kramer Williams, Mktg Dir
You took a dense and technically difficult script and made it sound accessible and student friendly, not to mention the quick turnaround and thorough understanding of the production process.McGraw-Hill Higher Education
- Jeffry Schmitt, Sr Media Producer
For heart racing voice-overs, convincing technical reads, and a talent who can convey messages with authority and charisma, P.J. Stoppleworth is your voice of choice.Interactive Voices Team
P.J. is a good boy but I really wish he would find a real job. I just don't understand why people pay to hear him talk. He talks for me for free and even then I feel overcharged. But apparently people like it. I guess there's just no 'countin for folks these days.My Mom
Voice Over Clients
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Wellpoint
Diamond Jo Casino
Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Meskwaki Casino Hotel
Nissan North America
Oklahoma Governor's Office
St. Ambrose University
University of Nebraska
U.S. Jaycees - Ten Outstanding Young Americans
Television/Film/Video Game roles:
Nashville Predators: Beneath The Ice - Narrator
Sheep Shape - Narrator
Skook (independent film) - Radio & TV voice
Payday: The Heist 2 (video game) - Bulldozer
We Are Harlot "The One" music video - TV Announcer
Phantom EFX Reel Deal series (video game) - Prize Vault Announcer
TapouT (TV series) - Announcer, "Hot Head"
Adrenaline MMA II & IV - Ring Announcer
Sports Teams & Promotions:
Nashville Predators (NHL)
Mid Atlantic Conference Tournament (MAC)
Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
Omaha Lancers (USHL)
Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
Pro Elite / Elite XC
Extreme Challenge MMA
Revolution Fighting Championships
Iowa Challenge MMA
Xtreme Fighting Organization
Ohio Xtreme Fighting
Resurrection Fighting Alliance - RFA
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Jacob James for Job #227127 Trijicon HD XR Night Sights One Shot Video Fast turn around and great service!Mar 30, 2017
Max Harvey for Job #221617 Astounding Worlds Absolutely wonderful performance by PJ. Nailed the character on his first attempt.
We will certainly be using him again in the future.Feb 20, 2017
Charlyn Villegas for Job #220326 Biopharma Anthem Video - American Accent If you want an emotional and dignified voice, then PJ is your man! Very responsive and nailed it on the first take. I'd use him again.Feb 15, 2017
Jacques Crafford for Job #215458 2016 Travel Highlights Really enjoyed working with PJ again, fast, friendly and efficient!Dec 29, 2016
James Tackett for Job #214036 HODO_Branding v3 Great unique read, lots of options. A+Dec 12, 2016
Jacques Crafford for Job #211129 Iceland Travel Video Love working with PJ. Dedicated and professional, I'm 100% satisfied with the service. Using him again for sure!Nov 28, 2016
Caleb Germany for Job #208304 Steve living the dream It was great working with PJ. His reads were exactly what we needed for the script, and he delivered revisions quickly. Would definitely recommend.Nov 14, 2016
Christopher Kartzmark for Job #195292 UFC 203 Promo 2 Adapted easily to direction. Quick turnaround.Jul 28, 2016
Max Rothman for Job #187454 "Stanzas" Poem ReadingJul 6, 2016
Nate Low for Job #179561 Westlake Football Academy Promo VideosJul 5, 2016
Kevin Bulger for Job #180508 Recircuit - Some things are best bought newApr 21, 2016
Dale Dupuis for Job #172061 Voices - Gallipoli case study video (North American) Amazing work from PJ! A True Talent who is a privilege to work with! 5 ++ STARSMar 7, 2016
Sam Park for Job #174094 Voices - Basketball announcer voice (video game) AWESOME JOB!Feb 26, 2016
Max Rothman for Job #169980 "The Village Street" Poem ReadingFeb 16, 2016
Ryan Byrne for Job #171998 Corporate Video ProjectFeb 10, 2016
Dale Dupuis for Job #155324 Voices - Car Company Training Video, Jesse Great work!Oct 6, 2015
John Paulsel for Job #156898 Classic Coaches Luncheon PA announcements Quality recording by a great voice talent with a quick turnaround. Highly recommended.Sep 16, 2015
Victor Sanchez for Job #153563 Lets Get Fired up! Thank you! Easiest job yet, no re-reads or corrects. Excellent work.Sep 16, 2015
Rusted Rooster Media for Job #140744 Sheep Shape - Half hour TV ShowSep 3, 2015
Eric Yealland for Job #108093 Sprite - Director's Cut Fantastic. Fast turnaround. Takes direction very well. Will use again for sure.Jul 14, 2015