As a spoken word or voice-over performer, I am a collaborative digital media artist. My canvas is the recording media, namely digital audio. My paintbrushes are the microphones and other recording tools that I use to generate the audio stream. The colors are the range of my vocal repertoire, and sometimes the voices of other performers which I often direct and record. The inspiration is the script, the detailed framework from which the final project emerges. I perform a delicate and intricate dance with other contextual sound elements, such as music and sound effects, as well as any visual data that I am made aware of. The collaboration is furthered and enriched by my interaction with the producer, director, sound designer, editor, casting personnel, client, and others who have a creative stake in the project. These individuals provide details and suggestions which are welcomed, and then incorporated into my voice portrayal.

The whole participatory, collaborative process can be mystical, even magical. When creating from scratch, I seldom see any video as I work, except under certain circumstances. I mostly have to rely on imagination and my abilities as an actor, storyteller, and communicator in an attempt to envision the final product and embody the vocal personality that best fits the story and communicates the right message. The work of my collaborators is also about their imagination and unique ability to create their portion of the media puzzle, coupled with the artful, skillful way they infuse our collective vision into the visceral experience of the final product. We all utilize specialized tools to generate individual products that, in the end, can be combined and layered with relative ease, forming the final production.

To see and experience the portion that I participated in creating, joined with the elements created by others into the finished product, is an emotional thing for me every time it happens. I will never become tired of that feeling.

There are many dimensions that keep voice-over work interesting. Each different project genre, be it a TV or radio commercial, industrial, animation, documentary, video game, book, training/education, etc., requires a slightly different execution…there are different rules of engagement with each. One of the things that moves me and speaks to my creative self is the reality that each and every project is going to require something different, and that constant change keeps me on my creative toes. I have developed an extremely broad understanding of genre, style, context, and dozens of other aspects of media presentation, and this is in addition to my never ending quest for better voice control and continually improving ability to engineer the recording. I find it all exquisitely fascinating, and I will never stop learning new things…beautiful indeed, because I love to learn.

I am pleased to be an instructor, teacher, and coach of other voice-over performers. Via formal classes, workshops, and private instruction, I have a unique way that I introduce the various facets of importance in voice performance to new performers, and do this along with providing an understanding of the business aspects of voice work, and an introduction to the leading edge recording technology and methods that all voice performers must comprehend and utilize.

Thank you for visiting my site. Everything we create beings with a thought…an idea. I hope to have an opportunity to create with you.

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STAGE will host an Open House on Sunday January 6th, 2019.  I will be there to talk about the classes being offered in 2019 and answer any questions you might have.

The first class of the new year will be a VO-2 beginning on January 8th, and it will be held at my home studio in North Dallas.  This class is already full, but there is another projected to begin on June 4th.

A new VO-1 is forming now and is slated to begin on February 26th at STAGE’s location on Lupo Drive in Dallas, just north of downtown.

Please contact STAGE at 214-630-7722 or write to


*New* Introductory VO Session from a *New* Artist’s Studio!

Make Your Mark Studios in Plano is coordinating a future one evening VO overview workshop, to be held at my home studio near the Galleria in Dallas.  To register, call 817-917-1889, or visit


In 2019, I am planning to host some workshops that are called “The Garage Sessions”, held in the heated and air conditioned garage of my home.  One of the planned sessions is called Perspectives, which I host with Jeanne Everton.  Jeanne is an on-camera performance specialist (among many other things), and together we talk about the new skills required of us in the modern acting world from both the voice-over and on-camera perspectives.  Also, Jenni Steck and I will be getting together to offer Voice Focus.  Jenni is a leading speech pathologist and broadcast voice consultant.  Together, we want to help those who are seeking speech improvement take a closer look at their issues, and offer focused help using knowledge from our respective specialty areas.  Additionally, I will be hosting The P & E of VO, where we will be looking at the two most important layers of VO performance in depth.  Also there’s Voice Recording and Mastering, where I examine, step by step, how to capture a voice recording properly and then apply various processes to the audio (called Mastering) in order to make those recordings come to life.  Last, simple Script and Copy Workshops are designed to provide practice and critique for specialty areas in VO.

Studio: 972-243-6086 E-Mail: Skype ID: bob_michaels
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