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
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
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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