April Beatty

Membro dal 2 anni •
"Creative, Comfortable Narration, Dozens of Characters & Accents"
April Beatty

Warm and Maternal, Fiesty and Frisky, Raspy and Wretched, Peppy and Perky, Sultry and Seductive - dozens of characters, tones and timbres waiting for your project. My love of stories, singing and creating characters dates back three decades and fills the giant cast of voices in my head, waiting to burst out. I would love to bring your project to life, be it narration, audiobook, animation, videogame, etc.

I'm a "middle-aged Mom" with a warm, nurturing, natural tone. A caretaker by nature, I want to make sure my clients are taken care of properly. I also want their customers, clients, viewers, participants, etc. feel taken care of as well whether it's a Narration, Documentary, Biography, Audiobook, E-Learning, Telephony or Character piece, you can trust me to take care of your project. I have been creating characters for as long as I can remember. I loved to make different voices for all the characters in storybooks I read to myself as a child, and then later to my daughter. Some would have as many as 20-30 characters in a single book! I have been singing since I could talk, I have had professional vocal training and I have perfect pitch. I sing soprano as high as the 2nd F above middle C and alto as low as F below middle C. Having a really good ear for pitch and inflection, I have been mimicking accents and voices since I was really little. Within only a few minutes of listening, I can closely replicate any number of language accents, often convincing people the accents I was mimicking were my own.

Though not fluent, I studied two years of German and can read with correct accents and inflection. If given an English summary or translation I can record VO for many simple German language projects. I also understand some Spanish vocabulary from various restaurant and office / warehouse jobs I have worked in the past. Combine this with my knack for accents and I can read ESL character VO lines convincingly. My 20 years business / accounting experience shows I will complete your project to spec, on time and within budget, and with consistency that encourages repeat business.

 Formazione

Using various online courses, webinars, vocal coaching and mentoring sessions, (Gravy for the Brain, Such A Voice and You Tube) I have spent the past year in an in-depth Voice Over/Voice Acting study program to prepare myself, not just for the vocal needs of a voice acting career, but also the business and marketing sides as well. For the past 15 years, I have been doing improv training with a group of friends and parents of my daughter's friends using "make-believe" settings to teach the youngsters how to improvise stories, characters and plot events through play. Having to prepare regular lessons, exercises and stories has kept my craft fresh and taught me new aspects throughout the years. Throughout school and as an adult, I was involved in various choirs and singing opportunities as well as professional vocal, ear and pitch training. I worked in a professional recording studio during and after high school where I learned about the equipment, electronics, audio, mixing, engineering and production of professional audio projects, as well as singing background vocals. The past 20 years in the business world has taught me how to produce quality work under budget, under time constrains with deadlines, and to market products and services to reach the correct demographic. Time management, Collecting Accounts Receivables and Communicating with Difficult People seminars have trained me these key aspects valuable in any business.

 Esperienza

Though mostly volunteer work so far, I have been a Voice of God announcer for ISKC Shotokan Karate tournaments and the Woodland District 50 band program's Music in the Parks events near Chicago, IL for the past three years. I have also recorded telephony services in the past for several local businesses including: Richard Wolf Medical Instruments, Brandess-Kalt-Aetna and 5-Star Distributors (Vernon Hills, IL) - Henry Broch & Company and Acacia Spice Company (Gurnee, IL) - Solo Cup Company and Mitsubishi Lithographic Printers (Lincolnshire, IL) - Best Transfer (Mundelein, IL) - IPC International (Bannockburn, IL)

 Peculiarità

Singing: I have been singing since I could talk, I have had professional vocal training and I have perfect pitch. I sing soprano as high as the 2nd F above middle C, alto as low as F below middle C and everything in between.
Accents: Having a really good ear for pitch and inflection, I have been mimicking accents and voices since I was really little. Within only a few minutes of listening, I can closely replicate any number of language accents even to the point of convincing people the accents are my own natural accent.
Characters: I have been creating characters for as long as I can remember. I would find different voices for all characters in the storybooks I read to my daughter over the years and she loved it! I have dozens of these characters waiting to be used in your project, so let's find the right one together.
Languages: Though not fluent, I studied two years of German and can read text with correct accents. If given an English summary or translation I can record VO for many simple German language projects. I also understand some Spanish vocabulary from various restaurant and office / warehouse jobs I have worked in the past. Combine this with my knack for accents and I can read ESL character VO lines convincingly.
Acting: I have been acting in plays since I was 5 years old and have regular improv sessions with friends to hone my craft. Years of working in food service and taking care of guests has given me ample opportunity to tweak my "scripts", convince a guest my idea was actually their idea or accept a scolding from an unhappy customer with a smile on my face and a curse in my brain, the customer (and manager) being none the wiser!
Studio: Having worked in a professional recording studio during and after high school, I learned about the equipment, electronics, audio, business, mixing, engineering and production of professional audio projects. I continue to record projects on my home studio equipment for personal and business use. I also do post-production, CD to .mp3 file conversion and other audio conversion work.