Ever hear the story of the giant ship engine that failed?
The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure out how to fix the engine. Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a youngster. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom. Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do.
After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!
A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.
“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!” So they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.”
The man sent a bill that read,
Tapping with a hammer……………………………..$2
Knowing where to tap…………………………..$9998
While working as Production Director at a radio station in the New York City suburbs, I performed a couple of narrations for a corporate multimedia production agency, which then brought me on board as in-house narrator and Audio Producer. For a broad variety of Fortune 500 companies, I worked daily with writers, art directors and producers to create corporate identity pieces, product launches, training modules and national sales meetings. My ability to understand their very often technical and/or jargon-laden scripts and convey them in a fluent, conversational tone was so appreciated by clients that they rarely attended narration recording sessions.
After co-founding a small advertising agency, the radio commercials I wrote, voiced, and produced aired scores of times weekly on the highest rated New York City stations.
A return to corporate communications had me again voicing and producing audio tracks, plus frequently co-directing video post sessions. In early 2008, I spent a week in the studio of a European speech technology company, recording random passages that would be later dissected and stored as fragments for enabled devices (such as GPS) to assemble on-the-fly into coherent, human-sounding speech. In the 2015 BBC Radio 4 documentary “JD Salinger’s Spiritual Quest,” I provided the voice of the enigmatic author.
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The Bottom Line
1. You benefit from my experience.
Long experience in both voice-over and copywriting. Words are my business. I welcome suggestions and guidance, however, so your needs are completely met. Please check my collection of demos to hear many examples of my range and versatility.
2. You can consider me a member of your team.
Accessible, prompt and professional, I’m here when you need me, with those reasonable, uniquely human exceptions, of course. Fast turnaround, too, in most cases, but never at the expense of quality. And I’ll always work to stay within your budget.
3. My job is to make your job easier.
This is where you shoot me an email with a script attached, saying you need it turned around pretty quickly. I reply with a couple of questions to clarify your needs and then, the next thing you know, you receive a link to download the finished audio. Boom! This, of course, unless you want to listen-in while I record, which is easily accomplished. And, if approval is needed beforehand, I’m happy to record a couple of paragraphs at no charge. In any case, I strive to make you look good.
4. I’m a professional, and use professional tools.
My equipment is made by companies known and respected throughout the world for more than several decades. This is not a hobby. Whether voice-over for radio and TV commercials or telephone prompts, or narration for eLearning, marketing, explainer or other types of corporate application, you can count on me to consistently deliver my best work, guaranteed.