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How to Sound Like Famous Stars

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 2, 2014

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Have you ever heard of a soundalike? The ability to sound like Hollywood celebrities, politicians and public figures is greatly in demand. Rodney Saulsberry introduces the concept of finding the right key to speak in when imitating celebrated personalities by demonstrating his own abilities as a soundalike for Morgan Freeman, US President Barack Obama and James Brown. Learn how to use your voice as a soundalike to increase your opportunities for voice-over work in this fun and exciting area of voice acting.

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Your Instructor this week:

Voice Over Expert Rodney Saulsberry

Rodney SaulsberryRodney Saulsberry is the voice of choice for behind-the scenes narration. This Detroit native and University of Michigan Graduate, is one of the premier voice-over talents in the country. He is also a published author with two bestselling books, You Can Bank on Your Voice and Step Up to the Mic.

Saulsberry's distinctive announcer voice is literally everywhere. He has announced promos for the ABC hit Dancing With The Stars and the ABC critically acclaimed Charlie Brown Christmas Special. He announced the 34th NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards specials on FOX Television and voiced promos for the Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards for CBS.

As one of the top trailer voices in the business, Rodney's voice has promoted many favorites: Red Tails, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Friday After Next, Drumline, Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Dumb & Dumberer, Finding Forrester, Soul Food, Crooklyn, and many more. Black Enterprise Magazine called Saulsberry "The voice of choice for behind-the-scenes-narration."

What do Zatarain's, Instant Tax Service, Twix, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Verizon, White Castle, 7UP, Burger King, SBC, and Nestle Crunch all have in common? Saulsberry has been a voice-over commercial pitchman for all of these products and many others on television and radio. He can also be heard reading audio books, as well as narrating E! Entertainments, True Hollywood Story, about Motown R&B singer, Marvin Gaye. His imaging voice has represented NFL Films and several NBA Basketball teams that include the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Pelicans. For the past eight years Rodney has been the voice of the stock trading website Interactive Brokers TWS Tours.

Animation is another strong suit for this versatile voice actor. Saulsberry is the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the hit cartoon series Spider-Man and James Rhodey Rhodes in the animated feature film, The Invincible Iron Man.

Rodney's acting credits include guest star appearances on Monk, Without a Trace, Law & Order: LA and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. He currently stars as Anthony a street musician and former homeless man on the Daytime Drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

In 2013 and 2011, Saulsberry received an NAACP Image Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his role on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Saulsberry is also a gifted singer who has lent his melodious baritone singing voice to a jubilant ensemble of background singers on a spirited recording of "Hakuna Matata" on The Lion King movie soundtrack. He continued his animation musical journey by singing When You Believe and Playing With the Big Boys on The Prince of Egypt soundtrack. As a soloist, he has recorded two Rhythm and Blues albums that have resulted in two Billboard charting singles, I Wonder and Look Whatcha Done Now.

Recently, Saulsberry wrote and composed the song Miracles, which aired on The Bold and the Beautiful on January 13, 2011 and is available for purchase on iTunes. He continues to get his musical compositions featured in television and movie soundtracks. To hear more and learn more about his song placements, visit his music placement website at: Tomdor Music.com

Rodney also has a Consultant's Club. Learn more about Rodney's classes and programs by visiting his website, RodneySaulsberry.com.

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Related Topics: ADR, Celebrities, James Brown, Looping, Morgan Freeman, Rodney Saulsberry, Soundalikes, US President Barack Obama, Voice Matching


    Awesome podcast!!! Not only is Rodney an A-list voice actor, he is also a top notch teacher. I am looking forward to studying with him and taking my voice acting career to the next level!

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      I'm looking for a person who sounds like the actress Jean Simmons

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      • Joseph
      • July 3, 2014 11:06 PM

        Wow, fantastic. I hadn't even thought of this area of voice over!

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          Fantastic teaching and sharing! Thank you so much.

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            Love the podcast! Very informative...another something I can look into. Thanks...:o)

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            • Alita Bruce
            • July 27, 2014 1:19 AM

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