Peter K. O'Connell

Your Friendly, Neighborhood Voice-Over Talent

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Here’s my short biography...

Hi, I’m Peter and I'm a voiceover talent!

Now, if you feel the need to punish yourself, here is my slightly longer biography…

Before Madonna sang about her virginity, when making a phone call from the road meant plunking twenty five cents into a phone booth and back when getting "on-line" meant waiting to check-out at the grocery store, I began my career as a male voiceover talent and live announcer. I am currently celebrating my 35th year as a professional male voice-over talent.

As America's friendly, neighborhood voice-over talent, my versatile vocal skills allow me to share many voice acting styles with my clients, who range from Fortune 500 Companies to companies who think $500 is a fortune.

Some of the more well known brands I've voiced for include:

General Electric Kraft Foods
PBS Shell Oil
Duracell Batteries Papa John's Pizza
U.S. Army Bacardi
Sunsetter Awnings Deloitte
Bonefish Grill Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cleveland Browns  

Local companies to international brands, I proudly work with them all.

People have told me I am a natural born storyteller. I've even won some awards for my voiceover work. They're in a closet...somewhere. From my conversational everyman voice to my hard sell straight announcer performances, my voice is most often heard in media productions like:

• Commercials (Radio & TV)
• Corporate Narrations
• Explainer Videos
• Live Announcing, Hosting & Moderating
• Political Commercials
• Broadcast Promo (Radio & TV)
• Message On-hold

My voice-over recordings have been heard globally including London, England; Seoul, Korea; the Caribbean; Sydney, Australia; Toronto, Canada; Delhi, India and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nationally across the United States, my voice has been heard in all major markets including but not limited to New York City; Los Angeles, California; Chicago, Illinois, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Dallas, Texas; Dayton, Ohio and Buffalo, New York.

OK you're right, if you're scoring at home, Dayton, Ohio and Buffalo, New York aren't really major markets but I have spent so much time there, I felt they deserved a shout-out.

A native of Buffalo, NY, I grew up in the Nickel City - I even worked in radio there at WLVL, for, like a week. I truly developed my broadcasting and voice-over skills in Dayton at WVUD-FM as a top rated disc jockey and then as a commercial producer for the station.

I produce my voice projects through my audio production company, audio'connell Voice Over Talent which is a division of O'Connell Communications, LLC. In addition to my voice over work, which represents a majority of the company's production schedule, audio'connell also provides casting services for clients looking for professional female voiceover and audio production services for national and international clients. The voice over needs of foreign language clients are served through another O'Connell-owned company, International Voice Talents.

Yes, I am also the guy that wrote that voiceover e-book entitled The Voice Over Entrance Exam. The book examines the business and performance realities of becoming a voice-over talent and maintaining a career among a spirited field of established voiceover professionals. Sometimes, when I am feeling very "authory", I wear an ascot around my house - it's very obnoxious. 

After years of giving away my hard earned knowledge about everything voice over, I decided I should be getting PAID for it so I started audio'connell's Voice Over Workshop. In private one-on-one voiceover sessions in my studio or via Skype, I teach new and experienced voice talents what I've learned after nearly 30 years in the voice over business and critical stuff voice actors need to know to get paid voice jobs.

daytonI received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television Communication from the University of Dayton (OH) - no one is quite sure how - nonetheless the official diploma can be found somewhere in my Cary, North Carolina home (just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina) where I live with my wife and children.

Thank you for reading all the way to this point in this overly wordy biography but now you really need to get away from the screen and go do something more productive - even basket weaving would have been a better use of your time, as opposed to reading all the way down to here, but thanks anyway.


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