Thank you for visiting. Who am I? Juts a regular Joe (wait, that’s not my name…) with a regular job. Oh, and I’ve been known to narrate audio books.
I’ve always disliked overhearing folks in the arts industry say things like, “I wrote my first song when I was 5.” I think to myself, “So did Mozart.” I had always considered it shameless self-promotion, for whatever reason. Perhaps for the simple fact that I dislike talking about myself, and I feel about the same when a person tends to go on and on about themselves. But, alas, here I am doing just that.
It wasn’t until I had a conversation with my mother when she reminded me of my childhood television viewing habits. When I was four or five, my TV viewing consisted of Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Looney Tunes and any commercial that featured characters with distinct voices, human or animated. What she spoke of the most was my ability to mimic these voices with a very high level of accuracy. I could sound like anyone –or anything — I wanted. It was then I considered that what I first thought of as shameless was misplaced. If someone has accomplished something in their lives or can do something really well, there should be no association to the word shame. Instead, the appropriate word to use would be pride.
I’ve had some instances in my life where I was able to act in plays in front of groups, and sing in front of much larger groups. And I look at those times positively. I would even say with pride.
While in college, I managed to land the role of News Director for the college radio station. While there I also did PSAs — which I think I enjoyed more — and the time spent was small in comparison to everything else that went along with the role. I was told I had a good voice for radio. I just wasn’t interested in changing gears completely to go that route (my undergraduate degree was Mathematics).
I am absolutely enthralled with voice-overs and character acting. I have a huge affinity to someone who can breathe life into a role or character and make it their own.
Mel Blanc — my first inspiration. There will never be another like him.
I also enjoy listening to other voice-over actors like Billy West, Tom Kenny, Frank Welker, June Foray, Peter Cullen, Maurice LaMarche, Seth MacFarlane, Frank Oz, Tress MacNeille… the list goes on and on.
As for character actors, some of my favorites include Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner and Hugo Weaving.
Currently, I’m working through ACX performing narrations and productions for audio books. There’s a good mix of straight reads as well as character acting.