My voice-over career began in a local television station (WTLW-TV) as a production assistant producing commercials. Before I arrived, the sales reps wrote the scripts, which were usually horrible. I re-wrote them, and scrambled to find voice talent within the station. Most of the talent didn’t have time to voice; so, using my previous experience (theater and public speaking), I began voicing the spots that I wrote. No lessons, no mentoring, just “jump right in to it.” Looking back on it, it was really bad work; but, some of our advertisers liked my voice and requested me. It was a fun gig, and lasted about ten years.
Then, I found another opportunity to continue my video production career. Time Warner Cable seemed to be an odd choice; but, the opportunity was good. They had a vision for local video production and were backing it up with serious investment. Plus, they networked with other Time Warner Cable offices around the state. As a Producer, my video career continued. My voice was being heard in other than local markets (both broadcast and cable), and I became one of the "go-to" guys for voice-over.
It seemed, though, as if voice-over, not video production, was my calling. It occurred to me that, out of all of my experience in video production, voice work was my favorite. I really enjoyed “stepping into the booth.” The audio edit could be fun, too. “What would it take to make a voice-over career happen?” I asked myself. I looked around for quite a while, gathering information. Finally, I booked an intensive weekend workshop with Susan Berkley and Moneen Daly-Hart, from The Great Voice Company, in NYC. Expensive, but some of the best money I’ve ever spent. I found out what I was doing wrong, discovered what I was doing right, and received direction on where my career might take me. Knowing that continuing education plays a big part in voice careers, I contacted Bill Smith, of The Acting Studio, in Denver, CO. I was with him for about nine months, working on voice refinement, and some character voices.
Today, my mic is warmed up, ready to go, and I'm inviting producers like you to listen to my demo. I hope that you like what you hear! If so, give me a call or use the contact form. I look forward to working with you. Let's get to it!
(Personal bio: I’m happily married to a wonderful, stunning woman who is a great fine art painter. Together, we have two sons, and on the side, we’re all involved in music. Not as a band, though. We’re at our best when we do the music we enjoy. Our interests are diverse; but, not overlapping. I’ve been playing drums and percussion since I was ten years old, and, it too, has been a great journey!)