Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Producer Interview: John Billingsley

John Billingsley has over 15 years of experience in music, television and film production and holds a master's degree in Media Studies. He worked for many years in New York City on the staff of two major recording studios, Quad and Looking Glass. He did extensive freelance production work in the city as well and has engineering credits on albums in a wide range of musical genres, including ensembles from Philip Glass to Phish. John also has audio production credits on television programs that have aired on major networks such as MTV, VH1 and PBS.

John relocated to Burlington, Vermont in 2002 where he taught media production and business courses at Champlain College and managed the college’s broadcast media facilities. Through his independent production company, John has scored music and created sound design for numerous independent films. Currently he is directing and producing a documentary film titled "Liemba" about the oldest operation passenger ship in Africa. Visit www.liemba.org to find out more.

John joined the Such A Voice team in 2005, and has helped many new voice talent get their careers started through his charismatic coaching and producing style.

John’s ears work wonders with all of our voice-over talents. He is fun and easy to work with, and knows how to get the best out of each and every one of our clients. Trust John to put together an immaculate voice over demo for you, that will absolutely help you get the work!

Name and Title
John Billingsley
Voice Coach / Head Producer

How and why you got into the voice over industry
Started as an intern at Maysles film in NYC after college in 1992. Went on to work as a freelance audio engineer/producer in NYC for over a decade. There was no way not to get into the voice over industry. But I stayed on the production side of the glass and only venture in front of the mic when no one else is available!

What do you enjoy in your free time
What free time? I have 3 kids under 5!
When I do find some time that is free though, I like making music, skiing, biking, camping, sailing…but most of all, spending time with the aforementioned kids & my lovely wife!

Something about you that not many people know
I am a certified Woofer. What is that? A “Wilderness Outdoor First Reponder.” Also a graduate of Outword Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

What is your least favorite word or sound and why
Nasty, unintended feedback… offends my professional sensibilities.

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