Wow, Ian’s done a lot of neat voice over. But what’s he like to work with?
An actor & comic by trade and a “human puppy” by disposition, Ian not only delivers the versatility, precision & ease you need to get your voice over right the first time… but the good-natured, natural cheerfulness that ensures hiring him always means a good time, on a job well done. In short, he’s a good boy.
A decades-long improviser and comic character actor, Ian really shines with in-the-moment direction, listening intently to fine-tune what you’d really like — no matter how on-the-nose or abstract — to get you the sound & delivery you need to elevate your message as far as you want it to go. But, hey: want to “set it and forget it?” Even better. You can send Ian a script with however much or little direction you want, and you’ll get 3 options back that will all match the “voice” of your project in tone, delivery, tempo, and feeling.
Ian’s microphone options include an AKG C414 XLII, as well as a Sennheiser MK416 — which you can hear him record via Twisted Wave on his DAW inside his soundproof, StudioBricks home studio vocal booth.
Whenever you need it, Ian is ready for live recording sessions, and you can direct and record him live via Source Connect, ISDN, ipDTL, telephone, Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts.
I’m so into reading about Ian that now I’d just like to read more. How does Ian’s voice really sound?
You asked for it: here’s the “fine print” that goes along with Ian’s voice. [Full disclosure: this is “fine” as in “fine wine,” not as in “lots of legal words about Ian and voice over.”]
Ian is the quintessential “Brutally Buttery” voice over actor: smooth, bright, rich and inviting, yet able to flip into a heavy punch of dry, know-it-all sarcasm on call — there’s a gritty, scrappy positivity that shines through all of his work.
At 34 years old — with a voice that skews 10 years younger, and a hairline 10 years older — he sounds young enough to still eat fast food, old enough to give peer-to-peer financial advice, and right in the sweet spot for young, sleepless Dads.
Ian’s millennial “characters-on-call” include authentic well-wishers, inviting hosts, educated farmers, curious neighbors, empathetic doctors, encouraging teachers, snotty hipsters, goofy and/or exhausted Dads, lifelong best friends, recent best friends, anthropomorphic pets, brash surfers & skiers, well-intentioned morons, leftist comrades, town criers bringing occasional bad [but mostly good] news, and enthusiastic-yet-laid back announcers and “voices of omniscience.”
And if that sounds like too many options, you can also just tell him “have at it” and you’ll get 3 varied, ready reads that match your script’s tone. Legal disclaimers, speed-read sweepstakes, and fake auctioneers welcome.
Boom goes the voice over dynamite.
That’s great! So I must have heard Ian’s voice before, right?
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You bet! Some of his happiest clients include Red Robin, Red Lobster, EGO Power+, Amazon, Dunkin’ Donuts, 3M, Comcast, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Home Depot, Jack Link’s, Best Buy, Ameriprise, Blue Cross Blue Shield, First Hawaiian Bank, AstraZeneca, Dairy Queen, Cox Communications, and car dealerships all across the U.S. and Canada.
Which means, with a list like that, you’ve heard him all over the place — from a commercial between periods in a hockey game, to in some of the biggest stadiums in the world, all the way to personalized online tutorial courses and eLearning.
Hey, before I hire Ian… are there any fun facts about Ian that don’t have to do with his voice?
So glad you asked — thanks for doing so!
- Ian graduated from Pace University with a BFA – Acting, where he accidentally met Keanu Reeves.
- He’s the copy editor for the infamous punk rock satire, “The Hard Times.”
- His acting work has been featured in shorts on Adult Swim and Comedy Central.
- He’s improvised and/or made sketch comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade, People’s Improv Theater, Magnet Theater, HUGE Theater & ComedySportz – Twin Cities.
- He directed “Late Nights Minneapolis,” a live/local late-night-style comedy show, and continues to direct for the stage with the National Theatre for Children.
- He was married by Flash Mob while wearing a kilt in downtown Minneapolis, and
- Around the holidays, you can buy inclusive Hanukkah sweaters he designed, at Target stores online!