As a voiceover artist specialising in characters, accents and impressions I often get asked to voice in the style of a New York Gangster. No, not the modern guy in Nike trainers, rapping about guns and smoking weed! But the traditional gun-toting, trilby wearing villain, who’d think nothing of sending the boys round for a quiet chat! He’s probably part of the Italian Mafia, La Cosa Nostra, capiche? The family mean everything to him and he’d never, ever rat!
I’ve voiced numerous radio commercials and animations playing these shady characters and it’s always good fun.
The vocal style
When you think of a traditional gangster, be he from New York or Chicago, he’s probably wearing a hat, smoking a cigar or cigarette and talking quietly and menacingly, so as not to divulge any secrets or alert the cops! He’s streetwise, smart and likely to put a bullet through you at the slightest wrong move or slip of the tongue! Below is a national radio campaign I voiced for Gillette advertising their new blades.
And here’s another style. This one’s a more menacing, traditional gangster, from an Italian Mafia family.
If you’re after a low down, dirty gangster for you project, just contact me and I’ll be happy to work with you to get the tone you require.
FAQ About My Voiceover Services
Q: What am i getting for my money?
A: When you book me to voice for you, you’re not just paying for my voiceover, but the reassurance that it will be broadcast quality with no erroneous room noises for you to have to worry about.
Q: Will I have to edit or do anything to the voiceover?
A: Unless you’re a producer or prefer me to send you the raw file, you can be assured that I’ll edit my read for you, so you receive a finished, high quality file.
Q: How long will my voiceover take?
A: I pride myself on a fast turnaround and will always endeavour to send you back your file within 24 hours.
Q: I’m not entirely sure how to explain the voice, character or style I need, can you help?
A: Of course! I’m more than happy to chat over the phone with you your requirements and won’t hit record until we’re both happy that I’ll be voicing in the style that suits your read or character.
Q: Can I be directed during the recording?
A: Yes! If you prefer to listen in to the recording process and direct me, then I’m available on Skype, ISDN, ipDTL and Source Connect. I’m also happy to travel to studios for sessions.
Q: Do you charge for revisions?
A: Any mistakes made by myself will be corrected free of charge. Any script changes that occur after I have sent my recording will have to be charged. The fee will depend on the length of the read and number of changes.
Q: What are you rates for radio adverts?
A: In the UK, I work to the latest Equity rate card. If your commercial is for transmission abroad, please let me know all the information, so I can quote accurately.
Q: What are your payment terms?
A: Upon receiving your voiceover, you’ll also receive my invoice. My terms are 30 days net and all my payment are on the bottom and as well as cheque and direct bank transfer, I can also be paid via Paypal.