FM Radio Disc Jocky at 15; Ad Manager on the high-school newspaper at 16; working as a technical writer in the Oklahoma oil patch by 21; then agency jobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and finally Manhattan. Note: It was two years before I stopped greeting people with "Howdy" and three before I stopped wearing shit-kickers. Being hired by NW Ayer to work on AT&T, DeBeers and General Motors as a writer/creative director was amazingly fun. After Ayer merged, I freelanced at BBDO, JMCT (Arnold NY) Y&R, Jugular, McGarry Bowen and other agencies. Advertising far from being ill-legitimate work as some people call it is a real passion. And what writer doesn't secretly want to perform anyway?
Started doing spec spot VOs for my peers and on my own projects in 1990. Eventually, someone said "you sound better than that actor guy we hired" and I thought, hmmm... [long beat for dramatic effect] So I studied, took singing lessons, acting lessons, did vocal drills; was signed by an agent (auditioned at lunch) and it's been great. (And thank you Maurice Tobias for the voice whispering. I promise never to reveal your secret voice ninja powers.)
Credit the 10,000 hour rule. It took years of doing radio, scratch reads, live pitches and focus group demos before someone decided that guy's pretty great, let's book him!
Since then, I've made the Superbowl, The Late Show with David Letterman and President Obama's re-election campaign, among other things.
I won't go into areas like gravitas, story telling, authority or other descriptors you often read on voice-over sites. The work (pun, sorry) speaks for itself. Suffice to say, I show up on time, am drama-free and happy to do multiple takes when the client doesn't know what they want but will when they hear it.
My opinion is: the best you've ever done is the next thing you're doing.
With that in mind, I look forward to our future work together.