Photo credit of Mike Vaughn by Brad Everett Young of DreamLoudOfficial.com
How did you get into voice over and who or what inspired you?
I was writer and broadcast producer in the advertising industry and much of my job was to direct voice talent in the studio. During one session, I did a big “no-no” with a known actor and I line-read her (meaning, I performed my script and told her to mimic me… it’s a bit insulting, but I was young and dumb). After she left the studio, the audio engineer said… “Man, you have that gen-x voice down.” I replied, “Meh, I hate the sound of my voice.” He said, “Doesn’t matter. Look at her contract, now multiply that number by the 4 markets I have to send this spot to.” It was about $6,000 she had just made for one hour of me treating her like crap. “Ok, let’s record a few of my spots.” I told him.
A month later I moved to Portland, Oregon and I put my “demo” (3 radio spots I wrote and recorded) under the door of the best agent in town. The next day they called and said “get in here.” I signed and just came in for voice auditions a couple times a week for fun. I worked a block away, so I was still doing writing and producing for ad agencies and my primary employer. The voice thing was just for fun back then in 1999.
I didn’t book anything for a year. But didn’t care either. It was fun to lay down stuff on the agent’s cassette deck in their closet booth. But then I booked a spot, then another, and another, and another, and then the union (AFTRA) made me join because of a job I had booked. By 2002 I had built a recording setup at home and added more voice agents outside of Portland and was averaging about 20 or so auditions a month. By 2006 Voiceover and acting jobs were 30% of my income. I decided I had done enough in marketing and made the move to LA in 2007 to try this acting thing. I took theatrical acting, and improv classes while doing my auditions and whatever I could. I’ve been a full-time actor since.
So, long story short: I just dipped my toe in it and then eventually dived all the way in and fell in love.
Do you record your voice for ghostface prior to filming, or do you do it onset to the actor’s?
They filmed both Season 1 and 2 in early spring, and as they were just about done editing an episode or two, I would go into Wildfire Studios here in Los Angeles to watch the scene the caller was in and then add my lines.
If you do work onset, can you tell us any behind the scenes gossip?
Sorry, nothing to tell. I wasn’t on-set and apparently the shoots went very well.
Do you know in advance before the other cast members who will be sliced and diced?
Nope. For Season 1 I would only get my lines and see a few seconds before and after any “caller” scenes. I had no idea who was the killer or who was going to be offed. Buuuuut I would watch the show with my wife since I never got to see full episodes or scripts, and I guessed in like episode 2 or 3 that it was Piper, so I was pretty stoked I was right about that. But for Season 2 they showed me much more of each scene, so I did know about a few characters’ demise beforehand.
What were your favourite ghostface lines to deliver?
Probably the ones where I had the upper-hand and I was sending someone to do my bidding. The cat-and-mouse stuff really.
The very last line when I call Kieran gave me goosebumps tho. Loved that.
Can you give us any info on what to expect in the Halloween special?
I literally only saw the two quick scenes I’m in, so I know about as much as you do.
Oh, wait, you can expect to see an old-school cordless phone. I bet most viewers are too young to even know what it is. Ha. Kidding.
We all love the show and are praying there will be a third season, will there be a third season or will the Halloween special be the final goodbye?
I honestly don’t know. My gut says this show might fair better on FX or Netflix, but what do I know, I’m just an actor.
And finally, what’s your favourite scary movie?
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