The Voiceover Superhero!
About this pro
Because unlike others that preen and posture, I really do love my job. And Dad always said that when you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life. My work really stands out because of the love I put into my words...or the frustration, or the sheer hatred. And I want to know the people I work with. I want to know about their business or their project. A great number of my clients are now my friends, and it's that way for a reason. Whatever emotion those words need, I'll provide them. Because I really care that much. And that's a difference you can hear. That's what makes my work "pop." I get to make my own hours. I get to spend time with my family. I get to know some of the hardest working people in the world. Note I said "world" and not just "in the country." I work for some of the most creative people in the world. I get to be hero to the children of every ex-girlfriend I ever had...haha! I get the satisfaction that when I talk, people listen. Not even the President can always say that.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Absolutely. The fact is, when it comes right down to it, voiceover folks are actors. And actors take classes. Even the famous ones. The ones who are truly dedicated to their craft are always learning. For film and theatre actors, they'll go to reading groups and take regular acting classes. The most successful ones keep honing their skills, because, in this world of blink-and-you-miss-them movie and TV actors, it's the ones who continue to grow that have the most longevity. It's a little different in voiceover, because you don't have the visual medium to lean on in order to emote character traits or 'ticks' or whatever. You're totally in the "theatre of the mind" as has been mentioned for decades. Because the industry and business of voiceover is changing so much, it's more important than ever to keep learning. There's an art and science to voiceover, on the performance side, and the business side. Just to give you an idea of how important education is in our industry, I've started a workshop production company called Superhero University, whose sole purpose is to bring the best coaches in the business to the voiceover folks that wouldn't normally have access them. That's how important education, and a well-rounded one at that, is to a person in voiceover.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I always knew that I wanted to do something with my voice. When I was three, I ran around the house singing "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers. I was always making weird noises and throwing my voice when I was in middle school. I was All-State Chorus in high school, and I went to college on an opera scholarship. I entertained at parties by doing impersonations and making funny voices. It was only natural that I used my college education to learn to get paid to do the stuff that used to get me in trouble in middle school. But honestly, the decision to really do voiceover as a profession was only after I realized that *people really do this* for a living. I was hooked, and the rest is just a story to tell at parties.
- What types of customers have you worked with?Video Games, Animation, TV and Radio spots, Narration, Voicemail greetings. Those are my bread-and-butter. I can and have done it all, but these are the things that I get most.