Meet The Voice-Over Guys is a series of blog posts that will allow readers to learn a little bit more about the male voice talents who are a part of MVO: The Voice-Over Guys.
Though he didn’t attend the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, he is broadcasting (in a manner of speaking) from his voice-over studio in Connecticut. Here’s our interview with The Voice-Over Guy’s Chuck Davis.
SO CHUCK, VOICE-OVER IS A PRETTY UNIQUE CAREER CHOICE – HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
By way of radio which was by way of music. Long story short: I’ve been a musician (bassist) all my life. After trying the LA scene in the mid 70’s, I jumped into radio as a way to work with music, closer to home. At my last radio gig, Creative Director at WAAF Boston, I started doing some freelance VO and production. That mushroomed to the point that I had to give radio up in 2011. I’m proud of the fact that, with over 30 years in the business, I was never fired and never burned a bridge. I left the industry on my terms.
WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, WERE THERE ANY VOICE-OVER TALENTS WHO INFLUENCED YOU OR WHO YOU ADMIRED? WHY/HOW?
Mark Driscoll, aka “Mr Voice”, was my first real inspiration both in terms of voice-work and production/creativity. He’s been a friend for years now. I’ve worked with him on station that I produced as well.
CHUCK, WITH WHICH BRANDS WOULD PEOPLE MOST ASSOCIATE YOUR VOICE?
Nationally, Osteo Bi-Flex. The “Joint is Jumpin” campaign ran for several years on network TV and cable. After that, the Delmarva Chevy Dealers and Central Florida Chevy dealers. I’ve been with both for years now. If you’re in Rochester, NY you’ve been hearing me on TV spots for “The Vision Auto Group” for 10 years now. I show up on dealer ads from coast to coast.
WHERE WAS/IS THE MOST UNIQUE PLACE SOMEONE WOULD HEAR YOUR VOICE?
My favorite is McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. I’m the voice of some really creative and fun videos that you’ll see while your in the TSA checkpoint lines.
Who knew I’d get to work with Carrot top someday?
IF YOU HAD TO PICK YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF VOICE-OVER PROJECT, WHAT WOULD THAT BE?
TV retail. Premium Automotive especially. After that, industrial narration. I really enjoy the teaching and pride aspect of those productions.
WHAT ONE BOOK HAVE YOU READ THAT REALLY HELP SHAPE YOUR LIFE, EITHER PERSONALLY OR PROFESSIONALLY? HOW?
I don’t know that it shaped me in any way, but I really enjoyed Joe Cip’s “Living On Air” book. We both came from radio and ended up in VO. He did get fired more than me though 😉