HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE
As a little kid I remember sitting on my bed with my Fisher Price cassette recorder. I spent hours and hours recording my own voice, even though I didn't like my voice, but I loved the idea of talking into the microphone or being on the radio. After my voice deepened, people started telling me how much they liked my voice and how calming it is.
My experience started as an airshow announcer in my early 20s. My first narration was terrible. My friend Dale Michael Brisson took my under his wing and helped calm me down and gave me tips on how to make live announcing sound natural and professional. The highlight of that was narrating our act right after the USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team flew. In 2004 I had the privilege to narrate a portion of the Showcase fly-bys at AirVenture Oshkosh. In 2006 I narrated a missionary flight demonstration at Oshkosh with Steve Saint and a Piper J-3 Cub.
These days I work in a call center. I have been told numerous times I have a very professional voice.
Really, I'm here to learn, feel free to give advice, tips, etc. More demos coming soon.
RECENTLY BOOKED PROJECTS
2009 - Winston-Salem Airshow, Winston-Salem, NC, Smith-Reynolds Airport, September 12.
Warriors and Warbirds Airshow, Monroe, North Carolina - Color Announcer, November 7 & 8.
ShawFest - Shaw Air Force Base, Sumter South Carolina, May
Winston Salem Airshow - Winston Salem, North Carolina, September
Keller Brothers MATA/JAARS - Buffalo Springs, PA, October
Warriors and Warbirds Airshow - Monroe, North Carolina, November
Young, mid-range, smooth, calming.
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
Southern American English, English accent, South Carolina Low Country Accident
VOICES I AM ABLE TO PERFORM
Senior Male, Young Adult Male
AUDIO DELIVERY METHOD
Samson CO1U USB condenser mic, Using Audacity software.
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HI Nathan. You seem like you'd be fun to work with!
Welcome to VU. You're in good company here!
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very cool...thanks for the comment. The Thunderbirds were great to fly with. I also flew with the Top Gun fighter school and they allowed me to take the controls of the F-16 in Texas. We took up 3 F-16s and I got to do several maneuvers. It was a blast and the G forces HURT!! I pulled 9.2 with the Thunderbirds...no black-out or sickness. Sweet ride.
Hi Nathan, welcome to VU, and thanks for the friend request. I get down to Charlotte now and then as my older sister lives in Concord (it's about 5 hours from my home in Richmond). I can't possibly improve on Joe's advice below. Just keep your chin up and practice constantly and you'll be all right.
Thanks for the friend request. I wish you all the luck in your voiceover career. In this business, luck is almost more important than talent! Just as a good education and command of English, and its nuances, is more important than a good voice.
Talent and pipes are great things to have, but without luck you wont get many chances to use them and, without skills, they wont get you very far. So don't listen to how you sound. Focus on your delivery. Don't imitate someone else (outside of requested celebrity impressions).
Be yourself. Study the different styles you do naturally: how you talk to a beautiful woman, or the kid who broke your window, or the friend who just asked for advice. There are dozens of Nathan Mackeys in you. Find them, learn how to become them whenever you need to, and be sure they are "real", not self-impressions.
The most important advice I can give is to understand every script! If you don't, there is no way you're going to deliver it's message to a listener. You'll know you've figured out how to read the "message", rather than just the script, when you correct typos on the fly, without being aware of it!
Your job is to deliver the message. Most of the time, if well written, the words of the script simply become the most convenient way to pass it on. A good exercise would be to read a script a few times, become familiar with everything about it, put it out of sight, and then deliver the message in your own words, with no time constraints. Practice, practice, practice!
You should visit these Charlotte studios: Groundcrew, Charles Holloman Productions, and Concentix. Talk to whoever is available, and tell ‘em it was my suggestion. They’ll either welcome you or kick you out!