Welcome to Voice over Work. My name is Russell Newton.
Voice over Work is my tongue-in-cheek variation on the industry term. I have spent a good portion of my adult life in front of groups of people teaching, announcing, narrating, coaching & refereeing, and even singing, in addition to a great deal of time at/working with mixers, amp racks, tape decks, and DAWs producing audio and video of one type or another. The professional move into VO is the result of a perfect storm of technical experience, audio engineering, vocal characteristics, and the desire for a professional move away from physical work. Hence, Voice over Work.
I do not consider myself a voice actor. Voicing characters, emoting either subtly or overtly, and employing the various abilities required of acting are not my forte. I can, however, bring to any narration an honest presentation, true to the text. Even still, my narrations are neither emotionless nor devoid of affect – simply free of any false theatrics.
I am a seasoned performer, public speaker, and audio engineer bringing a fresh perspective to voice performance. My goal is to set myself apart in the voiceover field by providing a performance that complements your manuscript, coupled with the highest level of customer service possible. I will provide effective communication at every stage of the production, keeping you informed and up-to-date on the progress of YOUR audiobook. My performances can be self-directed if you wish, but I always welcome your direction; my definitive goal is to enhance your recognition and reputation as an author/publisher and to contribute to the ultimate success of your manuscript.
Along with my commitment to your project and a high level of customer service, you will receive a recording of a pleasant, resonant bass voice with slight mid-western/southern influences, recorded using industry standard equipment and edited utilizing minimal processing to provide you with a clean, clear interpretation of your book. My interpretations are effective, true to the text, and devoid of overly dramatic theatrics. The strength of the production is in your words, and my presentation will remain true to that by enriching the message of the manuscript rather than detracting from it.
In addition to publishing over 50 audiobooks across diverse genres, I have decades of experience in public speaking, private/Christian education, corporate training, event announcing, and CD/DVD production. Each of these activities have contributed to my advanced knowledge and skill in audio performance, sound engineering, and production.
I specialize in long-form, unvoiced or partially-voiced narrations, with expertise in voicing technical documents or other scripts containing acronyms, scientific nomenclature, foreign phrases, medical/legal terms, and technical terminology.
I will give special consideration in contract rates or production schedules for non-fiction works pertaining to military servicemen or their families and religious or biblical titles.