We’ve started a new series to introduce you to our talents by going even more in-depth than their profile listings. So, welcome to Meet The Blue Wave Voiceover Talent!
Tell us a little about your broadcast-quality home studio. Where is it? What kind of equipment do you have? What do you like about it?
My home studio is in Los, Angeles California. I use a VocalBooth that allows for -70db noise floor. I have a iMac, Logic Pro, Sennheiser 416 with Apollo Twin setup. I like having the ability to record and edit in the same booth. It makes it more efficient for the client and myself when turning deliverables around.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy solitude in nature. It feeds my soul. It keeps me appreciative of this dream we live in.
How did you get into voiceover work?
I’m a poet at heart. Poetry was my only friend growing up. I used it to communicate and coupe. When I started voiceover, there was no money in poetry (YouTube was barely a thing). So, I researched ways I could make money using my words and my voice. From there, I took a Voice Over class and the journey began.
Do you remember what your first voiceover spot was?
I will never forget it. “Mac Keeper” 3rd party cleaning software for Apple computers. A $100 job that gave me the confidence to keep going. It changed my life.
Do you remember the first political voiceover spot that you did?
A local Democratic nominee needed a young, urban, poetic voice for his radio campaign. He was targeting teens and young adults in a low-income Detroit area. It was a powerful political spot.
What has been your favorite voiceover project to date – political or otherwise?
Nintendo Switch. I voiced all the spots for 2 years and it was the biggest project I ever landed. It showed me the values of residuals. It gave me insight into how large companies like Nintendo run their voice over sessions. It was a great learning experience for me.
Why do you think voiceover will be an important part of political advertising in the 2020 election?
Voiceover has always been a vital part in communicating messages of: despair, hope, love, community, and leadership. During 2020, it will be even more vital as we face challenges that are affecting humanity on a global scale. The leadership of our country needs a drastic change and communicating that change with our voice is our job.
What issues would you like to see at the center of the Democratic platform for this year’s election?
Healthcare and relief from Covid-19.
What is your biggest voiceover pet peeve?
Revisions due to script changes after approval and AFTER recording a long and tedious live voice over session.
If you could tell political voiceover clients one thing that would help you do your job better, or help them get what they want faster – what would that one thing be?
Please have your script ready in pdf/doc or a format that is clean. No markups. No video Notes. Just words. You can have this in addition to a version with markups and notes. But, a clean version for your political voiceover talent allows for a fluid read.
What advice do you have to aspiring voiceover talents that want to work in the political arena?
It is no less difficult and joyous as pursuing any other genre. Hold on and keep it pushing.
What hobbies do you have outside of your voiceover work?
Hiking and reading. I love to do both. I find peace in the depths of observation and internal discoveries.