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Colgate/Make-A-Wish spot

Here is the spot I voiced for the ICKO Industries produced project for Colgate and Make-A-Wish. Randy Edwards produced this spot. Randy was the owner of Pop Flash Productions when I was coming up in the VO biz in LA. He hired me to do tons of voice work for new album promos. I worked on a bunch of those spots for Randy. He was very generous to me by often funneling work my way.

 

More Awesome Voice Over Work

Well April is moving right along.  I was lucky enough to start out the month with a nice little video for Prysm, a visual work place solution. I got to go into the city of San Francisco and voice this cool project at Polarity. Then a couple days later I was lucky enough to voice another project for a Colgate B2B campaign, courtesy of ICKO Industries, that challenged dental offices to increase their purchases of Colgate tooth brushes and Colgate will donate a portion of sales to Make A Wish. I voiced the US campaign in February, this time around it was for Canada. Then along came a fun radio spot for Greater Nevada Credit Union from the folks at super cool Reno ad agency, KPS3. The radio spot was a challenge. The copy, at first, was :40 long for a :30 spot…problem!  I did my best to speed it up, but alas, it was just too long. So one of the creatives from the agency shot it back to me, re-written…and again, too long. We went back and forth and I tried my darnedest to make it work…until finally, they re-wrote it again and VIOLA:

So there we go. That was the start of my April this year. Not too shabby.

If you’re in need of a younger, hip, cool male voice, please hit me up. And if anyone out there just wants to chat about voice over, hit me up as well. I’m always happy to chat about it.

February-A month to LOVE voice overs!

Justin Gross AT&T T-Mobile LogoI am so psyched for February. I had the opportunity to do some amazing voice work this last January and it’s really made me enthusiastic for the month ahead. Justin Gross Voice Overs was kickin!

The month started out a little tepid. I’ll be honest. I voiced industrials for T-Mobile and IBM. Along with a little project for Haas Automation and a hospital organization in Maine. But then I booked a series of commercials for Century Link from my agent in Atlanta, Richard Hutchison, and then the month just took off! The Century Link spots were amazing. Very well put together by the folks at Peter Mayer in New Orleans. Then came a project for Gatorade, Ibanez Guitars, X-Box and Mystic Aquarium.

I was lucky enough to snag some Houston TV spots for the Houston Ballet thanks to my agents there and the amazingly talented producer, Katy Bomar. She is incredibly professional and talented. Check out her work at www.katybomarcreative.com. I can’t say enough great stuff about her.

I also voiced some projects for my favorite studio in Amsterdam. They are so kind to send work my way. They sent two VO gigs to me this month.

I really feel so lucky that I get to voice the projects that come my way. It’s such a privilege that producers and companies put their trust in me to voice their media projects. And I’m always thankful-incredibly thankful that they choose me. So I always make sure to put some “love” in my voice when I send my energy through my voice into their product. A huge heartfelt THANK YOU to those that gave me VO work this month.

When you’re looking for a younger male voice for your media project, look no further than Justin Gross. I’m here for you 24/7.

2014 to be very busy…

Microphone with headphones2013 was a fantastic year for Justin Gross Voice Overs.  I was fortunate enough to voice hundreds of projects last year. Yes, hundreds.  It’s hard to believe sometimes, but when I go over my VO booking log, the numbers don’t lie.  So I am very thankful for the numerous clients-producers-agencies-and creatives that put their trust in me to voice their media project.  Last year was great and I think 2014 will be just as fantastic!

I feel so fortunate to be able to voice projects around the country, and around the world.  I was lucky enough to continue to book jobs from my friends at a studio in Amsterdam and picked up a new client in Toronto.  So…yeah…that makes me an international voice over talent!  Haha! Sounds so fancy.

This January is already off to a great start.  I’m thrilled to have booked a chunk of TV spots for Century Link.  I’ve auditioned for these Century Link spots through my Atlanta agent for the last couple of years and never snagged even one of their spots!  So every time I would see auditions for Century Link, I’d do it and think to myself, “This time, they’re going to pick me!”  And can you believe it? They did pick me this time. Finally!  The session went great. We did nearly 2 dozen spots that day. The creative folks on this one were from Peter Mayer Advertising in New Orleans.  They were so awesome to work with. So professional, enthusiastic and kind. I loved it.

So when shall we work together?  When you need a younger male voice, say 20s-30s age range, give me a call, or one of my agents.  I promise that you’ll always get a professional, experienced and enthusiastic voice over talent when you hire me.  Plus, I’ll send you tons of positive vibes and thoughts!

Hit me up!  Justin Gross, Voice over actor;)

What a lovely January

Well, this has been a lovely January for Justin Gross Voice Overs.  I managed to stay fairly busy thanks to some of my favorite studios.  Baker Sound had me voicing projects for Mylan Labs, HiFi House, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.  I’ve done HiFi House the last year or two, but the other clients were new for me.  As I always, I send ‘thank yous’ to Rick and Ellen at Baker.  They are truly fantastic people to work with.

I voiced some project for my friends at Voicebooking in Amsterdam.  I love doing the international projects. It makes me feel so worldly.  I’ve also been busy in San Francisco! My agency, Stars, has sent me out on multiple projects in SF this last month.  I absolutely love spending the day in SF on a job.  Because when the job is over, it’s time to explore the city.  Last week, my job was on a Friday morning.  So I booked a cheap hotel right in the city and enjoyed a weekend of exploring.  It was fantastic!

Usually January is a mixed bag.  It’s not always the busiest month for me. But January 2013 has proved to be quite successful.  I’m truly thankful for the clients that call me up to hire me without an audition because they trust me and my work.  It’s all about being RELIABLE and giving this profession 100%.  I always take a client’s project seriously.  Because no matter the size of the agency or budget, it’s someone else’s reputation on the line.  And I recognize that every time.  I want to get it right for the client and am willing to hang in there and deliver what it takes for them to leave the session happy. But I have been at this for over 10 years now and have learned a thing or two.

So, when you need a younger male voice talent, think about Justin Gross, and www.JustinGross.com        Because when you work with me, you are getting the most dedicated talent you can hire.  My reliability is off the charts!  Haha…but it’s true.  And, I’ll work 24/7…I don’t care what time it is.  I’ll work in my home studio when you want me to. I can record and send, or we can connect via ISDN, right into my voice over studio.

So there’s no need to spend all that time on those VO websites going through countless auditions.  My voice is in the 20s-30s age range and I’m here ready to deliver. My younger male voice talents have been used by the very best ad agencies around.  So if they can trust me, you know you can trust me.

I’ve digressed…but it’s onwards and upwards!  I’m going to have an amazing February.  Please be a part of it.  Let’s play together and let me voice your next project.

Rice University Spot

December 27th, 2012

Rice University: Challenging Convention

This is a spot I did the VO for. It’s for Rice University in Houston.  It’s one of my favorites from by “body of work”.  I just like the visuals, the music and the fact that I sort  of got to do a unique voice for this spot. It’s not a VO style that I usually get to do. But I think it works. It matches the spot perfectly.  It was created by Ken Benitez out of Houston.  I really think this guy is exceptionally talented and I know he will be doing tons more work in the future.

Over the course of my VO career, I’ve been very fortunate to have some amazing jobs and work on advertising campaigns that were cutting edge.  Back when I first started, I landed a major VO campaign for Saturn cars.  Well, it started off as one commercial, then ended up being the whole campaign for about a year.  But the folks at Hal Riney heard something in my voice that they wanted for their ads.  It was an honesty and a straightforwardness that wasn’t being done often at that time.  Younger male voices were coming into vogue and I was riding that wave of discovery.  Right place at the right time, I suppose.  The Saturn ads were turning more serious. They were moving away from their quirky past and going for something more honest and real.  So it was a thrill to be plucked up and handed that campaign.

Another set of ads that I loved doing was for Starbucks.  I have been a huge Starbucks fan for some time.  Several years back, I landed two national TV spots for Starbucks.  Starbucks has never been a huge TV advertiser and I was absolutely thrilled to learn I landed those VO gigs.  Getting to do the voice over for one of my favorite brands of all time is quite an honor.

I think just about any job that I get picked for is an honor.  It’s extra special when it’s a brand or product that I really enjoy.  But just having a producer or ad agency pick me to be the voice of their  spot is always a thrill. And I’m always grateful for the opportunity.  I always do some mental work, too, when I get ready to voice a spot.  I envision the product or the brand in the most positive light possible in my mind.  I associate every good feeling I can find and imagine that feeling and the brand having an intertwined relationship.  It’s part of the job of a voice over actor.  I must infuse the brand, or what we are selling or promoting with awesome energy and goodwill.  I think about how people will find enjoyment and usefulness out of the brand. How the brand positively impacts people’s lives through employment and charity.  There are thoughts and energies that go into this work which cannot be articulated.  And that is fine with me.  It’s part of the magic that goes into voice acting.  Because after all, this is acting…just in front of a microphone.

I continue to love what I do and do what I love.  I am blessed and fortunate.  If you are an advertising professional or a producer, consider me. Let me bring my brand of voice over to your project. And you can rest assured that you have a professional that is on your side and is loving every moment of the work we are creating together.

Voice Over Talent Reliability

December 19, 2012

Is your voice talent reliable?  I recently had an amazing week in Maui.  It’s my annual Maui trip that I cherish.  But as a voice over talent, I always have the concern about missing work.  You see, I have ISDN at my home.  So I’m always available to my clients and my agents know that.  But when I travel, I don’t always have access to ISDN.  I don’t yet have Source Connect, but it’s something I’m seriously considering to make jobs and traveling more compatible.  Ah…reliability…

The day before I left for my vacation, I did a job for a huge tech company.  It was a business narration for an important product launch.  Well, the next day, in Maui, I got word that the client had added more copy.  Because I LOVE what I do, it was no problem for me.  If we could find a studio, I’d be there.  Whatever they wanted, I would have done it.  So they found a studio and I got myself there.  The client was happy.  The very next day…the same thing. The client added more copy.  So, the same routine. I got myself to the studio.  The client was very apologetic about taking time from my vacation. But they were thrilled to be able to get the job done. To me it was no problem at all.  I’m committed to what I do and nothing will stop me from making the client happy and getting the job done.  So, in short, I’m a very reliable voice talent. I didn’t even think of it as an interruption to my vacation.  It actually enhanced it. It was cause to be thankful for my abilities and for the gifts that flow to me in this business.

It’s not the first time I’ve been on vacation and this has happened.  I was once on vacation in Prague and got word from my agent that the fine folks from Nokia wanted me to voice some TV spots.  I was having a great time with my friends, but once I got word that a client wanted to book me, I made other plans.  I told them the very next day, I would be in London and the studio of their choice.  They made arrangements and I got myself there right on time.  Yes, I left my friends and some good times behind.  But I’m a professional voice talent and when I get a call for service, I make it happen.

Is your voice talent reliable?  If you need revisions, are they willing and able to do what it takes to get your project done?  I’ve been in this game for over 10 years now.  I have no plans of getting out.  Just last month, I had a client ask for revisions to a spot they did back in 2006!  And I was here to get the job done.  I voice matched it perfectly and they were very happy.

So when you want a younger male voice talent that is reliable and will be here for your project when you need it: here I am.  It is something to think about when hiring a talent.  Are they reliable and will they be available in the future?

Post-Thanksgiving Thought

November 26th 2012

Just a thought post Thanksgiving: I have cause to be truly thankful for all things in my life. Yes, all things.  I have cause to be thankful for the good and the challenges. The good sustains me and the challenges make me stronger.  But I have to say, that the goodness in my life, by far, outweighs the challenges.  I’m thankful for my family and my home life. They are beautiful.  I’m thankful to be very healthy and to desire outlets and consumption that is good for me.  I’m thankful for my home & my home studio. I’m thankful for my travels. And I’m thankful for my line of work; voice over.  Voice over has changed my life completely.  It allows me to live the life I always desired.  A life I envisioned and prayed about several years ago.  And it manifested.

Voice over is what I do and it’s what I love.  It is something I’m passionate about and something I would do all day every day.  A voice over job came up on Thanksgiving morning.  It was for a client in Amsterdam and they needed voice files the ASAP.  They asked me if I would be willing to work on an American holiday.  I said I would be happy to do it.  Because it signified something to me: Thankfulness for Opportunity.  On a day of giving thanks, I had something to do that I love doing…and I was thankful.

 

I had a fantastic day working in San Francisco yesterday.

November 14th, 2012

I had a fantastic day working in San Francisco yesterday.  I had some TV spots to lend my voice to. The spots were created by Red Ball Tiger.  Let me just say, that Greg Wilson, the man behind this production is a genius.  I’ve watched some of his creations on YouTube and I’m in awe.  My work in the studio with him was quick.  I always find that the creatives that truly know what they are doing work fast and know what will work when they hear it. But I love his approach to the work, especially how he works with VO talent.  Before walking into the VO booth, he says, “Let’s play.”  I LOVE that approach.  I want to adopt that as my catch phrase.  Because it is about playing.  To play is a creative activity.  And when we as voice over talents lend our voices to a project, we are, in effect, playing.  So Mr. Wilson’s approach to working with his voice over talent makes us feel like collaborators.  Well, that’s what I felt like.  He’s genius. And I love to work with creatives like that.

It’s a pleasure and a thrill to be a voice over talent.  I love what I do and am so thankful that I’ve been able to maintain this line of work for quite some time now.  I am always grateful when someone hears something in my voice that they want for their creative project.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a national TV spot or a web explainer video or a phone greeting, by hiring me to be a part of the project, they allow me to practice the activity I love doing.  So I’m always truly and deeply grateful.

So…if any creatives are in need of younger male voice over and you need a unique and fresh approach: email or call me.  I’m at your service.

 

October recap

October recap

As I posted earlier, October was a pretty busy month for Justin Gross Voice Overs.  I was thrilled to land 3 jobs from Voicebooking, an agency in Amsterdam.  I have only had one client in my career that was outside of the US, and that was job for some sort of Italian MTV program.  So my 3 jobs from Voicebooking were 3 different B2B projects.  I felt so worldly by getting paid in Euros!  It’s the little things in life.

I voiced 2 yet to be released apps for Disney based on two of their movies.  These will be games for children. I shouldn’t name the games until they are released.  I worked on more Mystic Aquarium commercials through my friends at Baker Sound in Philadelphia.   Some GE industrial spots for my friends at Videobred in Kentucky. More Big 10 Tire radio spots for Zimmerman in Florida, Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, and instructional videos for Haas Automation in Southern California.

I was fortunate enough to do a promotional TV spot for the American Idol winner Phillip Phillips’ album debut.  He won season 11.  I’ve listened to some of his songs on YouTube and I think he’s got something going on!  I loved it.  I was happy to be part of the promotion. Thank you to Popflash for sending it my way.  Popflash Productions is THE place for record companies to get their album promotions produced. Randy Edwards does amazing work.

Another job I did in October that I was thrilled with was a spot for Rice University in Houston. It was produced by Kenny Benitez. His brother Stephen Benitez did the music and Katy Bomar wrote it.  It’s for Rice University and I want to say that the production value is top-notch.  The music is phenomenal.  It was the first time working for Kenny Benitez and I hope it’s not the last. Check out his work on Vimeo and you’ll see he is doing some high caliber media.  I’ve worked for Katy Bomar in the past. She’s a lovely and talented writer and producer in Houston.  Anyway, I just loved this spot and was so proud to be a part of it.  Here’s  link: http://vimeo.com/52647237

I did many other gigs in October.  Too many to list.

Rounding out the month was a political spot for Sen. John Tester in Montana. I rarely get political gigs. I wish I could do more of them.  I think that those that produce political spots should start skewing their VO to younger audiences.  Since I do have THE younger male voice, I should be getting lots of these…but most of the political spots produced sound very old school to me.  So this is an open invitation to political spot producers:  Here I am!  A younger male voice for all of your political spot needs.  Well, I’ll know if my invitation worked sometime in early 2014.

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