A lot of up and down moves around the Gulf Coast right now. Producers come and go, but no matter what you take away from it, as a VO artist, just be true to yourself. If you have developed a style that gives you an identifiable sound, and you continue to get gigs because of it, stick with it. It's an age old argument, however. I think many writers and producers fail to notice the fact that as a voice actor, we are just that...actors. If you get good direction, you should be able to deliver a good read but if you fly blind, the audition or demo might just fall flat because your interpretation might be what you do best but it just does not fit the read a client is looking for. I always ask the magical question: "What are you looking for?" Sometimes the answer is off the hook, but if you can deliver the goods, you'll always stay busy.
We are strictly in the business of voice work, but we can do turn key projects if it makes a client happy. We can write it, do a demo for you (at no charge, of course), then voice and produce the finished job. And you can be sure you are getting the best your money can buy! Plus, we have the fastest turn-arounds anywhere! The Joe Ford sound has been heard all over America, voicing trailers for HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, The Disney Channel, many television stations as an imaging voice, Exxon-Mobil, Shell Pesticides, Gannett Broadcasting, Starving Artists Group, Movie Trailers, BP, Landry's Group, Houston Hyundai Dealers, Central Dairy (Missouri), Waste Management, Bassett Furniture (Raleigh), Olinde’s (Baton Rouge), and the beat goes on with our growing list of great clients who keep us busy with commercial work, promos, and station imaging. Joe has won many awards, including two Clio's. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame in 2003.
Joe Ford is a proud member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, inducted in 2003 and one of Houston’s legendary air personalities. Joe began his career with KNUZ radio, where he remained for over 15 years as a program director and DJ. He later moved to KILT, where he worked with the equally legendary Bill Young, followed by a brief stint at Houston’s number one country station, KIKK. He then moved to KRBE for mornings, then to Houston’s first oldies station, KFMK, winding up his radio career at KLDE, as a top rated jock from 1995-2001. He won Billboard Magazine’s award as one of America’s Top 5 DJ’s, was twice voted Houston’s favorite air personality, hosted his own TV show on WB’s 39 and was in make-up as the character “Granpaw Orville”, the host of Channel 11’s Late, Late Show. He played Max the Trucker opposite Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones in the motion picture “Backroads”.
Joe never meant to be in the studio business but many of his clients wanted 24/7 access. So, he compromised. He built a state of the art facility for you "need it yesterday" types, but he still promotes and works in some of Houston's finest audio houses (see links). Different voice styles demand different microphones and we use several, the EV27ND, Sennhieser416, Shure Classic SM7B, KSM44SL, and Neumann TLM103. Joe Ford Voiceworks has two complete Digi Design equipped studios, resulting in the cleanest VO's anywhere.
Some of my favorite Audio Facilities:
Wire Road – These guys turn out good product, great engineers, beautiful place. Contact Bill at wireroadstudios.com , or call 713-636-9772.
DAN SESSIONS – Looking for a good sound for that corporate VO? Dan Sessions can provide it along with some great music beds.He's located at 931 Arlington in Houston. Call him at 713-863-0056.Corporate Staging and Multi-Media Presentations:
STAGE DIRECTIONS – Contact crazy Richard at:713-863-7469.
IMAGE SOURCE – You’ll work with Lauren Thompkins. Reach out to 713-862-2492.
SOUTH COAST FILM & VIDEO – I love to work here. Everitt and his guys do incredible Hi-Def stuff, beautiful 35mm productions, and working with editors like Marco & Kevin is always a joy. email@example.com or call 713-661-3550.