My voice is pleasant, professionally trained, warm and mellow, conversational, and with bass overtones. It can also be gentle and grandfatherly, and it has no regional accent. COMMERCIAL-PROMO VOICE This middle-age male voice has a quality that also imparts an “executive” or “scientific” tone giving it an overall effect of communicating competency, authority, trust, and professional vocal image without sounding stuffy. These qualities make my voice well suited for scientific, educational, and documentary narrations, as well as commercials in health care, customer service, along with products or services that require a voice that ranges from authoritative to intimate. BUSINESS VOICE This authoritative/conversational quality is also appropriate for use in business training videos, web-based instruction, and narrations of high-level PowerPoint presentations for national sales meetings, boards of directors meetings, and key marketing/sales presentations. TV/BROADCAST VOICE For anyone seeking to present a professional image this voice is also suitable for network and affiliate broadcast work. This category could include logos for TV, radio, podcasts, educational documentaries, promos, intros, outros, as well as recorded “on hold” telephone messages for businesses. TRAILER VOICE The “dark” edge of my voice can range from forceful-male to menacing, which makes it appropriate for some military promos to dramatic work in mystery, action, and horror genres in both TV and film as well as their respective trailers.
English (North American), English
North American, US Midwest (Chicago, Great Lakes)
Middle Aged, Senior
Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television
I started in the training industry in the mid-1980s as an instructional designer and a video script and copy writer. Most of the focus at that time was in the production of interactive video discs, and what was then called computer assisted instruction. This was the very early days of what was to become web-based delivery of training or eLearning.
Eventually, I advanced in my career to producing training video for the health-care and pharmaceutical industries from Boston to Berlin. Next, I became an executive (VP of product development) of a large training operation in Chicago—focused on video and web-based training in the information technology space. Our facility was one of the largest video production houses in the Chicago area. We eventually shifted our delivery method from stand-alone video tape to streaming video over the web.
During all of this time I did voice communications to our field and clients, along with narrating a number of promotional DVDs and CD ROMs. In effect, I became the voice for the company and was marketed as such. Because of this high profile my company refined my voice by sending me to a special voice school in Los Angeles.
Private voice training in Los Angeles
Private VO coaching sessions with Michael Minetree of Minewurx Studio
Ph.D. in Instructional Design, University of Minnesota
BA in English, emphasis in creative and expository writing
Neumann U87, Sennheiser 416, and MXL2003
Computer & Software
Dell Desktop (Intel i5) with ECHO AudioFire 12 and Adobe Audition 6.0
Avalon M3 pre and Avalon 737 channel strip, Digital Hybrid for voice directing via telephone, licensed music library, recording booth
Email, client's FTP, DropBox
12-24 hours or sooner
I can normally deliver edited sound files in all of the standard formats within 12-24 hours of receiving script (or sooner). I have a Gentner Digital Hybrid (phone patch) for remote direction. I also have Skype patched into my DAW for remote direciton.
I also have a full licensed music library and can provide finished productions. I am also an experienced script writer. My VO services are part of a set of production services that include audio, video, concept/storyboard, scripting, and pre/post video services.
A pleasure to work with. Needed a short commercial spot and it was delivered within 8 hours of the request. No edits or re-records were needed. This is a high quality voice.Fox Network
An excellent and detailed script and good direction over the studio phone patch. It's a pleasure to do this kind of work. Great voice and high technical quality.EyeOn Creative Media Group
We needed a VO to a promotional video for our organization. What we got was network TV quality, fast turn-around time, and for a fair price. We will use this talent again.CASA Kane County
Very professional and easy to work with. Provided us with a VO for a banking commercial. Very fast response--within 8 hours of receiving the script.KECY TV
We had an ASAP project that needed fast turn around and at a high level of quality (voice and technical). We got it! Great not to have to pay agency fees for a voice like this.CBS
Thank you so much for the excellent video. It will help us raise the necessary funds to keep our reading clinic open and growing. We didn't expect such high production values for such a low budget. Again, out thanks.Northern Illinois University
Voice Over Clients
Fox, CBS, EyeOn Creative Media Group, National Education Training Group (Harcourt Brace), LearnSure, Inc., CASA, KEYC TV, Northern Illinois University, Scotchworthy Productions
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