Michael Beard

Baltimore, Maryland, US 5:15 AM (AST) Local Time

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Voice Over

About

This is my first dive into the vocal narration field after years and years of recommendations from work colleagues and clients. I have worked in consultative sales for the greater part of my career in the education industry. My voice has always provided me the advantage to command attention during phone conversations all the way up to large scale presentations and speaking events. I have always enjoyed my career and I have lost count of the many times that someone has commented on the quality of my voice and that they could listen to me speak for hours. I would like to explore this narration industry to see in my talent will resonate with professionals in this field. I'm open to any opportunities that will give me experience and growth in producing high quality narration projects. Thank you!

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Vocal Characteristics

Languages

English

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Voice Ages

Young Adult (18-35), Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+)

Accents

US Mid-Atlantic

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Voice Over Skills

Animation, Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Internet Video, Movie Trailers, Podcasting, Radio, Telephone, Television, Videogames, Voice Assistant

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Studio

Turnaround Time

48 hours

Live Directed Sessions

Phone Call, Video Conferencing (Zoom, Skype)

Microphone

TONOR USB Microphone Kit currently, looking at purchasing Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone Pack

Computer & Software

Audacity, Adobe Audition

Special Equipment

Sound proof room in home

Service Overview

Voice Over

Working in sales for more than 20+ years, I have produced many tools for various companies. I was the voice in many of the sales decks that we sent to clients. I have also recorded many telephone trees voicemail directories for my employers as well. This will be my first time marketing myself as an independent talent seeking to work for myself in the narration industry. I'm just looking for someone to listen to me and give me a shot!

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Voice Over Experience

Admissions Representative

North American Trade Schools • Permanent Full-time

Jun 2018 - Present

Duties include highlighting the benefits and features of specific trade programs and courses in order to attract students and guide them through the enrollment process to completion. That process included conducting interviews, reviewing application materials, and assisting in the admissions decision making process. Organized community recruiting events and represented the school at continuing education fairs, high schools, and other promotional opportunities. Recorded the phone tree voicemail directory for the company and I'm scheduled to record an upcoming video clip for our next commercial

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International Enrollment Advisor

Laureate Inc. • Permanent Full-time

Jun 2017 - Jun 2018

Contributed to the growth of the business and to new student enrollments by assessing potential applicants and determine if they are qualified to apply and enroll in various academic programs. Enrolled for all Certificate, BA, Masters and Doctoral programs offered online to international students with over 200 degree options including specializations. Primary degree fields included, Healthcare, Education and Public Administration. Daily tasks included professional follow-up on potential students via phone, email, fax, direct mail and student inquiries relating to obtaining advanced degrees.

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Director of Strategic Accounts

Citelighter • Permanent Full-time

May 2016 - Feb 2017

Determined annual unit and gross-profit plans by implementing marketing strategies; analyzing trends and results to impact classrooms sales at a school district level for populations of 5000 students or more. Established sales objectives by forecasting and developing annual sales quotas for regions and territories; projecting expected sales volume and profit for existing and new products. Helped to launch the “piloting” initiative to gain buy-in from teachers in the classroom. Conducted internal marketing efforts with school districts by producing audio/videos sales decks used for webinars.

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Account Executive

Citelighter • Permanent Full-time

Nov 2014 - May 2016

Built sales pipeline by prospecting for new clients through email and cold and warn lead phone calls. Developed strategies to bypass the secretaries and “gate-keepers” through use of a consultative sales approach. Conducted remote and also in person demonstrations/webinars along with product overviews for school and district level administrators and decision makers, to solicit license purchases and implementation opportunities for the company. Maintained and imputed account records data into Salesforce to generate tracking and forecasting reports.

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Admissions Representative/High School Outreach Coordinator

Fortis Institute • Permanent Full-time

Sep 2011 - Oct 2014

Manage inquiries by making prompt and effective contacts with inquiring customers while screening unqualified candidates through phone surveys. Schedule and conduct face to face interviews, pursuing the most qualified, potential students for enrollment. Consistently exceeding projected goals, I was also selected to conduct promotional enrollment activities including open houses, presentations, training sessions, orientation programs, career days, etc. Promoted to Community Outreach coordinator in November of 2013.

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Sales Supervisor/Academic Coach

Educate Inc. • Permanent Full-time

May 2008 - Jan 2011

Maintained a high level of production by promoting positive reinforcement to encourage rapid performance improvements in a motivating environment. Coached and developed employees, training them using the same sales techniques that led to my promotion from a previous academic advisor. Consistently led department by increasing sales revenue by 25% over the previous year and decreasing employee turnover by 35%.

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Academic Advisor Level II

Educate Inc. • Permanent Full-time

Jan 2006 - May 2008

Managed inbound phone inquiries from prospective customers promoting Sylvan products and services; advising customers on products/services using a consultative selling approach, guiding customers through the admissions process, and securing student enrollments. Maintained a consistent average conversion rate of 40-45% of daily inbound calls.

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