This week’s featured Voice Over Actor is Anthony!
How long have you been a Voice Actor?
I’ve been a full-time voice actor since June 15, 2011. Prior to that, I freelanced and took training over the course of many years. I’ve been voicing things since I started in radio in 1983.
How did you get into the business?
I’ve always loved the recording process. I’ve had some form of a home studio since 1990. I bought a lot of books, drove a lot of miles to get coaching and meet other voice over talents, and just kept working at it. The VO community is a generous and nurturing bunch of beautiful humans that I am proud to call colleagues and friends!
What are some of your favorite projects?
Honestly, my favorite projects are e-learning courses for business. I enjoy learning new things about business and helping people do their job better. I have a teacher’s heart and I view every project as an opportunity to help someone learn. Aside from business, one of my favorite gigs was dubbing the English voice of then Pope but now Saint John Paul II. Talk about a voice of God gig!
Do you have a Voice Coach and why?
Yes! Coaching is very important! Many voice talents work alone for hours or even days without interacting with others. When you’re busy, that’s just how it is. It’s easy to get into a rut and lose your performing edge. A good coach has the pulse of what voice seekers are wanting, techniques for bringing your best performance, and share great perspectives on the business side of things. In addition to a voice talent coach, I work with a voiceover business coach periodically as well.
What kind of equipment do you have in your studio?
Many voice talents work from their home studios. I moved mine out of the house for several reasons, but there’s still lots of fun gear to talk about. 🙂 I have a 4’x6′ Whisper Room vocal booth, a Neumann TLM103 microphone, a Rode NTG-3 shotgun microphone, an Audient iD22 USB interface, Pro Tools 12 software, and my most important piece of gear…my ears.
How do you feel about sound quality?
In addition to a great performance, clients demand quality sound. “Good enough” is just not in my vocabulary. Professional voice over talents deliver consistently good audio because they have taken the time to learn the tools of their trade (software, microphone technique, etc.), invested in their recording environment to eliminate reflections and environmental noise, and continue to seek opportunities for professional development in the area of making their recordings even better. In short, true professionals take sound quality seriously.
What else should we know about Anthony?
I roast my own coffee and yes, it is the best coffee in the world! Thanks to my years in Information Technology, I still hold several IT certifications (which is very useful for IT narration projects). My wife and I have been married 25 years, have eight beautiful children, and two (soon to be three) grandsons. Above all, I am thankful!