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1) What radio VO work have you done in the past? After doing my first commercial at 12 years old, I started in radio at 15 and became a Production Director at 17 and then Imaging Director for stations in my hometown of Colorado Springs including: KKMG, KKFM, KILO, KKCS and KVUU. I later voiced KSPN/Aspen, KSNO/Steamboat, KSMT/Breckenridge, KAFA/US Air Force Academy and KTFX/Muskogee. I also help at US-103.5 Tampa from time to time.

2) What are you up to presently? I’ve been a freelance VO talent since 2001 and have been with the legendary Atlas Talent since 2011. I’ve worked for ABC, CBS, Discovery, History, Nat Geo, TBS, truTV, A& E, Spike, Cartoon Network and others. I’ve currently been working as the promo voice for the Weather Channel during all the hurricanes in 2017. I’ve been getting into TV affiliate too and just picked up 4 stations! I also own a post-production studio called Audio Architects for sound design and commercial work.

3) What do you love about your job? I love that every day is different and it’s always an adventure! I absolutely enjoy helping spread the word with the power of voice.

4) How did you get started as a VO actor? I did my first Commercial at 12…my sister was a model and the agency needed a kid for a commercial for a local Chiropractor. That commercial is on my site at www.davehoffmann.com.

5) What was your first gig? I worked in promotions at KATM. I was a mascot. Yup…a “Kat”. You’ve gotta start at the bottom and work your way up, right? lol

6) Have you ever had a voice coach? YES. I trained and learned from many of them.

7) Would you recommend it? Absolutely. You don’t know…what you don’t know. It made a huge difference in my ability to self-direct and my range.

8) Who are your VO idols/mentors? I remember rewinding tapes of Brian James and Joe Kelly and trying to learn off the reels they sent in where I produced. (Boy, that was a long time ago, eh?). I later was able to work with the talented Chris Corley, the late Sam O’Neil and Joe Cipriano. I have also always been a huge fan of Dave Foxx and Brian Lee! Brian once used my studio for a week while on vacation in 2007 and that’s when I really got bitten by the VO bug. Undoubtedly, I’ve learned a lot about this business from Jonn Wasser at Atlas too. His belief in me changed my life.

9) Who influenced your work as a VO artist? My coaches, for sure! I’m better because of them! And Brian Lee has been a big supporter of my work and I owe a lot to that guy.

10) What is your dream gig? I’d love to voice Z100 or KIIS FM. Who wouldn’t, right? They are epic stations!

11) Can you offer 3 helpful tips for newbies trying to make it in the voice-over industry? Get coaching to get better, be persistent and don’t give up.

12) If you weren’t doing voiceover, what else do you think you’d be doing for a career? I hope I never know, but I wouldn’t mind being a race car driver.

13) What’s it like being a part of the voiceover community? This business of VO is growing and becoming more competitive. But, conversely, what I love is that people still are willing to help each other along the journey. It’s a supportive bunch as we all hear no…way more than yes! Oh, and hearing great talent is always humbling…and inspiring!

14) How do you schedule/prioritize your work? I try to do it as it comes. But some scripts are more urgent than others and I shuffle around things every day. You know, like they say, “Everyday I’m shufflin’”!

15) How much time do you spend auditioning for new work? It’s daily and often.

16) How do you market your services to potential clients? I try to make connections everywhere I go. You truly always have to be planting seeds and watering your “Client Garden”.

17) Which production system do you use and why? I love ProTools, and after 15 years, it’s hard to stop.

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Dave’s booth AND his two studios in case one goes out. That’s dedication!

18) What are your favorite plugins? I love WAVES. They have everything you could need. The C4, L1 Ultramaximizer and on and on. Izotope is awesome too.

19) What gear do you use? I use the Neuman TLM-103 and Sennheiser 416 shotguns with Presonus and Symetrix pre-amps. The booth I made with my Dad years ago helps make it all nice and quiet. I even recently recorded VO when my house was being re-roofed and on the same day my neighbor put up a new fence. Nothing will stop me from talking. Ha!

20) How has new technology changed the way you work? I think technology is making us all faster. Source Connect is awesome but I still like ISDN.

21) What is the best voice processing trick or voice-over technique everyone should know? Try talking quiet, you can sometimes sound huge that way.

22) Do you have a different approach to reading radio imaging copy as opposed to TV/Radio commercial ads? Radio Imaging can still be very stylized in sound, whereas many commercials are more natural these days. I do what is needed to cut through, but I think knowing what you are talking about and finding an angle to share the story is the biggest thing. It all starts with the copy.

23) What did it feel like the first time you heard your voice on the radio/television? Hearing myself the first time is still the same feeling as it is now. It’s pretty cool.

24) If you could go back to any decade and hang out which one would you go back to and why? I liked the 90’s, it’s where I grew up. I would just tell myself to “go for it” sooner.

25) If you could invite one person to dinner, living or dead, who would it be? I would like to dine with Casey Kasem. You know, cause he would have the best radio stories.

26) What’s your guilty pleasure? Dark Chocolate…and Seinfeld.

27) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now where would you go and why? I’ve always been fascinated by Egypt…but Paris or NYC is always awesome too.

Links: 

Benztown: https://www.benztown.com/brigade/dave-hoffmann

Website: http://www.davehoffmann.com/

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