South Florida based voice-over artist, Jonathan Steiner, has worked with clients all across the globe. In addition to North America, he has done voice-over work for companies in England, the Netherlands, India, and Australia.
Being personally interested in kite surfing, surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding Steiner has formed a voice-over niche for himself as a hip, young surfer-guy.
Voice Over Times reached out to Steiner to find out more about his career and how following his true voice has helped him achieve success in this competitive industry.
VOT: How did you end up becoming a voice-over artist?
Steiner: Becoming a voice over artist really happened by chance. Several years ago, I was freelancing video editing and production work and out of necessity was asked to provide a voice over for a particular project. After receiving unexpected praise for the work, I invested in the proper equipment and started on my path to becoming a voice artist. It has been a tough but rewarding experience. Through several years of hard work, I have come to a point where I can proudly say that I am a full-time professional voice over artist.
VOT: Why do you think you are cast often in the “Surfer-Dude” and “Tech Guy” roles?
Steiner: Starting with my first ever voice over project, I often find myself cast in “Surfer Dude and Tech Guy” roles simply because these roles are an extension of my true self. In my everyday life, I have a passion for kite surfing, surfing and all things tech related. When channeling this aspect of my personality, I find that using Stanislavski’s system in voice acting has become the most effective tool for my career. Being able to recall on previous experiences in surfing as well as my education in consumer technology has allowed me to excel as a voice actor and book the roles that best suit who I am. I’ve fully embraced the fact that I’m often typecast and have used this as a opportunity to further my career.
VOT: Would you recommend talent find their niche and stick with it or branch out as much as possible?
Steiner: I definitely suggest that talents find the niche that best suits their personality and vocal range. Branching out too often can become detrimental as it distracts them from their ability to finesse their particular skill. There are so many different vocal types that clients are looking for; that if you seek out all available opportunities (many of which don’t suit your style), you will find yourself booking zero projects. You first need to understand who you are, your sound, and accept that you may not be right for every project out there. Once you successfully comprehend who you are as an individual, you can perfect your approach; more efficiently manage your time and provide your clients with the best possible work you have to offer.
VOT: What advice would you give to new talent starting out in VO?
Steiner: Don’t make the mistake of trying to become something you’re not. Embrace who you are, what you sound like and explore the possibilities within that realm. Clients hire you for your unique sound and personality. Focus on how you sound and not how you think you should sound. People can often get caught up in trying to replicate and outperform other successful voice artists, but being an individual will determine your future as a voice artist.
About Jonathan Steiner
Formally educated at the University of Florida, Jonathan Steiner works with all forms of media in addition to voice-overs. He is able to write, shoot and edit commercial spots and explainer videos for businesses, music videos, and other short videos. He provides voice-over as a part of all video packages. Steiner has also owned and operated a computer tutoring and repair service since 2003.
Being a voice-over artist, video producer, and working with technology has given him a well-rounded understanding of the complexity of audio production allowing him to better serve his clients.
Learn more about Steiner at: http://www.jsvoiceover.com/