PANELS & WORKSHOPS

PANEL: TESTING 1-2-3 - VOICEOVER

Saturday April 27th at 11:15AM

LOCATION: BLACKBIRD COFFEE

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JEFFREY UNBERGER

Jeffrey Umberger (Born 1963) was a Casting Producer for 2 seasons on DIY Network's Mega Dens. He scouted for the TV series Collector Inspector on HGTV, and Breathing Room on Fine Living Network. Later, he began working in commercial casting with Casting Director Kris Redding, eventually transitioning into a career as a talent agent. Jeffrey now owns Umberger Agency, with one of the most respected voice over talent rosters in the country. His talent list includes actors Louis Gossett, Jr., Jasmine Guy, Dee Wallace, TV icon Tony Dow of Leave It To Beaver, CNN Anchor Martin Savidge, and Michael Winslow of Police Academy fame with his voice of 10,000 sound effects. Jeffrey's background in entertainment stretches back 35 years. An accomplished musician, he enjoyed a long career as a society pianist in Beverly Hills and Atlanta, most notably performing Jazz and Classical at the legendary flagship hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. As a composer, he scored music for the Billy Dee Williams film Good Neighbor, The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, and a short film by South Park animator Dustin Woehrmann, among other credits. In 2003 Jeffrey opened his award-winning photography company, Jeddy Photo. His architectural photography was purchased as set-design for the TV sitcom House of Payne. In addition to his acting credits on IMDb, television appearances include Arsenio Hall's World's Funniest Moments, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Tyler Perry's House of Payne. Jeffrey has voice-consulted for on-air talent at CNN, contributes a monthly expert advice column for Backstage Magazine, and is a frequent judge for the Miss Georgia and Miss Tennessee Pageants. 

 

In 2014, Jeffrey was presented with the 'Outstanding Achievement Award' by the Georgia Entertainment Gala.

 

He was presented with the Luminary Award at the 2016 Live Your Legacy Summit. 

DANE REID

As famous for his world travels as he is for his world-class voice, Dane Reid has made a name for himself using his powerful voice to reflect his vast life experience. His work since 2004 has been edgy as he has provided the voiceover industry with a strong voice with just the right mix of attitude, understanding diversity and just plain fun. Working as a commercial producer for event commercials for a decade and a half, Dane Reid is most proud of the creativity he has demonstrated in each of his many thousands of commercials. That creativity and attitude extend to his radio imaging as well.

When it comes to voiceover, Dane is amazing at breaking down a script and owning it. His reads are uniquely his own and the diversity in his style is a testament to his ability to listen and learn. Dane has the ability to sound corporate when needed, small market when required and around the way when called upon. And he has been called upon by companies like Sprite and Coca Cola, Radio One, Lockheed Martin, Verizon and a multitude of others. Additionally, Dane’s voice has been the voice of live events as an announcer for events representing  The Andrew Young Foundation and he has traveled with and announced for the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters.

SEPTEMBER DAY

September

TONY MESSANO

Being mistaken for my Dad when I picked up the phone at age seven was fun, if slightly weird. Always being the announcer at school plays meant I got to stand up front and wear a cool clip-on tie and sports jacket instead of having to dress up like Goldilocks And The Three Bears. Years later, clients at the ad agencies I worked for as an art and creative director wondered why I wasn't voicing the spots I presented to them. Eventually, so did I. So, for almost thirty years now, I’ve been voicing all kinds of projects for all sorts of people. I’m the voice of Delta Air Lines at airport gates worldwide, the voice of the American Muscle Car TV show, and the voice of a certain all-natural man-boosting breakthrough. I’ve done live announcing for audiences of thirty thousand, promos for a TV network, tons of TV and radio spots, political spots, video games, explainer videos, audiobooks, narrations, and even been the voice of a cold sore. So ask away. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll make up something and at try to at least sound convincing.