Fifteen Years Later: A Tribute

  Fifteen Years Later A Tribute Fifteen years later, I do remember this day well- where I was, what I was doing and who I was with. But most importantly, I remember what NYC was like prior to that day, as having been really just around the block (a Connecticut boy making regular visits to the city with his family).  Events of that scale tend to hit me much later and today is one of those days.  Much has changed since then, but the energy and magic are still alive, I feel.  Even with millennial hipsters, holding smart phones, roaming our streets, the feeling is there.  Even with more tourists than this city can sometimes handle, the feeling is there.  Even with rising rent and…

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Rocky Voice Over Recording Session
Rocky Voice Over Recording Session Recording voiceover is not always a picnic.  Sometimes it’s a breeze and other times, a complete disaster.  Nine times out of ten though, the commercial is recorded and produced and, in the end, people do actually get what they want from each other.  Well, we hope.  As voice talents, a chaotic recording session is our worst nightmare and we try to avoid it at all costs.  We never intend to make things difficult and do love it when our clients are happy.  Moreover, getting the job is what matters most as we are usually extremely grateful for the opportunity.  A recent video that appeared in Adweek the other week took the cake and made us all laugh hysterically, proving that, in…

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Mobile Recording Adventures

Mobile Recording Adventures Back in June, while visiting my native Connecticut for a doctor’s appointment, I had the rare opportunity to audition from inside a very hot car.  This was my first mobile recording adventure on wheels – my initial experience recording inside a car, as I’m normally in the city and use the subway for transportation.  But after my appointment, a few projects arrived in my inbox with important deadlines.  I figured: why not test out my current set-up.  The video above showcases the recording rig, though not the actual recording in process.  I know – I’m such a tease! While mobile recording for voice over is common in our industry, this particular set-up is different.  I normally record in a closet or somewhere extra cozy and confined.  However, the vehicle…

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The Mindful Voice Talent

The Mindful Voice Talent Implement moments of clarity and pave the road to voice over success Today the voice over industry is slightly more competitive than it ever was and many of us are chomping at the bit to seize on as many opportunities as possible and secure a steady stream of gigs. The problem is not many of us book gigs.  We post demos on plenty of casting sites, sign with multiple agencies all across the country, and audition for many of the same projects as hundreds, if not thousand, of our voice talent competitors.  When this happens, many of us are stuck.  While there are many reasons why this may happen, sometimes a few simple observations go a long way to understanding ourselves better as talents and becoming more confident.  Personal…

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Jazz Breakfast Settling Nicely

Jazz Breakfast Settling Nicely Well, Art Blakey says it best: Jazz Washes Away The Dust of Every Day Life. Until his passing in late 1990, this famous and influential jazz drummer was one of a handful of leaders in the music world. His impact and legacy live on through his words and music, providing inspiration to many aspiring musicians and listeners.  This quote is appropriate for the end of the day, when we may need it most, and the start of the day as well. In light of recent world events, I find it appropriate to wind up (or down) to. This morning, my breakfast of choice includes a few more leaders in the jazz world.  Today I’ll take my Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) over easy, with…

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Humility Takes Us Farther: Voiceover without the Ego

Humility Takes Us Farther: Voiceover without the Ego In the world of entertainment, it can, at times, be challenging to find people who exude even a degree of humility, or even truly acknowledge everyone involved in his or her creative journey.  We’re all egotists after all – the showbiz types who love to be noticed and lauded for what we do. In voiceover, this sometimes-absent humility seems to be more noticeable lately, as we are each called upon to market ourselves and tout our own brands with personal zeal. We become braggarts on social media: “Check out this new campaign I just voiced! [link here]” or “I’m so thrilled to have just signed with So-and-So Agency!” “I’m now the voice of [Big Brand Name here]…

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Hilarious Healthcare Pitfalls

Hilarious Healthcare Pitfalls When we think of healthcare in America, usually it’s no laughing matter from a political standpoint. Fortunately, some of the leaders in advertising and media have found a clever way of reminding us to find humor in the whole system.  Here’s a priceless and hilarious new spot for United Healthcare that I had the pleasure of voicing recently.  And I couldn’t have done it without two terrific teams: the talented creatives at Leo Burnett Chicago and my “other” creative team of agents at Stewart Talent in NY. Be sure to check out some previous spots from the same campaign, like this one from last year! Thanks for watching!

Interview With Benztown!
Interview with Benztown! It was a real honor and pleasure to be featured as VO Of The Week in a recent interview with radio imaging powerhouse,  Benztown. I love everything about these folks and they’re a joy to work with!  Be sure to check it out!      

My Personal Heroes

My Personal Heroes The following people are my personal heroes.  I look up to them every day.  Just a note of appreciation and endless gratitude to these wonderful people who have impacted my life in such a positive way over the years. Roy Yokelson Bruce Kronenberg Sara Waters Anthony Mendez Jim Kennelly Jordan Reynolds Chuck Davis Elizabeth Ciarlelli Dan Nachtrab Andy Danish Bill Hesbach Joseph Goldstein Dane Reid Joshua Redman Francis Rosselli Gregory Thorp Jack Dennis Peter O’Connell Liev Schrieber Robert Deniro George Bilgere Jeff Bridges Miles Davis Bill Evans Peter Martin Branford Marsalis Donald Hall Kenny Kirkland                  

Oh, That Voice
Oh, That Voice If you grew up during the 90’s, then you’ll definitely remember this voice.  But did you do the research and find out who it was at the time?  You probably couldn’t, as there was little to no internet.  If you did, you most likely spent some serious digging time at the library.  Roger Jackson, the voice of Ghostface in the 1996 movie (and soon-to-be franchise) Scream, now reveals himself in this fun article and look back at one of the most memorable films of our last great era. Check it out! Brew, Simon.  Who Provided The Scary Voice In The Scream Movies? Mental_Floss. Web. 30 Mar 2016. 12 April 2016.