What’s a typical day like for you and have you done anything interesting lately?
My day is a little unique, depending on the work load of course. I have a home studio and a Whisper Style Booth that I have built. I generally start around 6-7am (US EST) until my 2 year old son wakes up and wife leaves for work normally around 7:30am. My son is home with me a few days a week unless I have rather large projects in which we send him to care.
Most days revolve around the time of the client, early on we spend touching base with clients, reading emails and lining up scripts. Generally by 9ish we are in the booth trying to produce magic. I would like to say that we stop working around 5pm, but that seems to never happen. Our work day ends when we have accomplished what our clients need. Many days we are working into the evening, or having a session at night.
It sounds like long days, but a few breaks here and there along with some laughs, and all in all generally it is a good day!
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Pick one style which you feel represents you best?
Style wise, I strive to be diverse. Naturally middle aged male is easy to fall into, 30′s-40′s. Of course I would be re-missed if I did not say that I love doing deep movie trailers, but middle aged is fun and natural. Accents such as more of a southern U.S. (country) sound is something that I get asked for a lot as well.
Do you have a favorite voice artist and what do you want the world to know about you?
If I could let the world know one thing, it would be effort~ We will do everything we can to help you achieve your goal! I can’t tell you how many times clients have told me about negative experiences. I will do everything I can to produce the best project for you. We will work with you to adapt OUR style to fit your needs. Not the other way around. Building relationships and keeping clients happy is what makes business grow.
Sometimes I think artist get too busy or overlook a project. The project at hand is as important to the client as anything you will ever do!
How did your interest in voiceover work come about and what was your first project?
My interest in Voice Over work came from a career in Radio. I loved being the face that people listened too, but more than that was the production side of broadcasting. As production director I found myself more and more challenged by production and commercials, helping clients achieve their goals.. After some time, I found it more gratifying to be on the production side of the mic than on the broadcast side. This lead to a more fulfilling and challenging career as a voice over artist.
What has been your favorite voice over job to date and why?
It’s hard to say that I have had just one favorite. It seems each job I am working on tends to be my “baby” at the time, and you love to watch it grow!! I will say that I did do one a few years ago for a Hair Salon that started dramatic with a little “jaws movie intro”, that featured a kids voice refusing to get a hair cut. Playing the role as the child, announcer, then a calming voice was fun. The spot was a little goofy, but the client loved it, and they received a lot of attention from it. It was just a good, fun , silly spot, that did very well!!
Do you think having a regional accents is detrimental to your career?
Accents are a bonus and a curse. I think I am blessed being in the radio business to stay neutral and not have an accent, but after spending time with someone who does, I can slip into most accents very easily.
So most clients don’t know what they want, many times you have to try several different things to find their voice. So, while having an accent might limit you to a certain range of jobs, I do think it is easier to find your voice. When you have one thing that your good at, stick with it, and hit it out of the park. Many careers have been made from having or creating a niche market!
What do you recommend, setting up a home studio or using a commercial recording facility?
If you have the technical knowledge and ability, I would always suggest setting up your own studio. Recording studios by far are top notch, how ever there are inherent cost associated with them that for an upstart artist might not be attainable.
When you set up your own studio, and do it right, it can be very expensive. BUT, there is a sense of value there as you will know every little in and out of your sound. This is very helpful when you can’t quite produce the sound you are looking for, you will know what to adjust and fix.
Any advice and recommendations for aspiring voice talents?
There are many online resources out there, the first I would recommend is Youtube.com. I would say with the amount of resources from software information, studio/microphone information, all the way to technical skills, this would be the first stop.
I am a big fan of the obvious, K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple stupid) Google the obvious (how to become a voice actor) and go from there. There are many people out there who give great advice, most of which can be free or at a minimal cost. Invest in yourself! Take some classes or advanced training. Weather it is in a classroom setting or via internet, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
The second thing I would tell someone at least advice wise, is to STAY WITH IT. Be optimistic, it will not come all at once. Don’t get frustrated, get motivated!! Continue to Network and master your craft, your career is in your hands, and you CAN do this!
Finally, back to resources, many sites with information;
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Most of all, stay positive!
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