Nathan Beatty Voice Over

This site is where you can find more information about Nathan Beatty, an experienced voice over actor based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Nathan has been a stage actor for over a decade working both on and off stage in over 50 different productions.  Nathan's voice is the neighbor next door.  The friend you trust.  A casual guy.  His voice can also be the young boy hero ready for adventure.  The old jaded mentor.  The silly friend who's sole purpose is to make you laugh. Nathan has worked on various web videos on a number of topics and multiple sales oriented audiobooks. With a wide range of vocal talent Nathan is more than capable to help you with your project.

How it all started...

I always wanted to be the center of attention even from a young age.  There was this need in me to find approval from those around me.  Maybe it was the fact that I was the youngest by a wide margin and I wanted to seem older than I actually was.  

As I was growing up I struggled to be noticed by my peers.  Rarely was I successful in any positive way.  This is mainly due to the fact that I was socially awkward and frankly didn't know what the hell I was doing.  As I've gotten older I realize this was the case for most people but some are just better at hiding it than others.  

Then one day in 7th grade social studies we were broken up into groups and given a project we had to present at an assembly to the entirety of the 7th grade class a week or so later.  My group was given an transcription of an interview with some survivors of the Titanic.  My friend Nicole was the interviewer and the other two students and myself were the survivors.  My memory fails me yet again at who the other students were our group.  The survivor I was portraying was in his thirties at the time of the sinking of the Titanic so by the time this interview happened he would have been an old man.  So I ended up playing this character with no teeth, sounding like an old prospector.  I hobbled onto the stage with a cane with my lips pulled over my teeth.  And when it came time for me to speak I laid it on thick.  The wall of laughter from the audience was intoxicating.  Though I'm sure with time the laughter has become that much more uproarious every time I remember it. This was the first time in my life I was making an audience laugh.  That was when I knew what I needed to do with my life.        

Many stage productions, a lot of self doubt, and over twenty years have passed since that cold winter afternoon.  But now I sit here a voice actor.  I wish I could go back tell that goofy 13 year old.  I'm sure that would make his day...

If you are a fellow actor, how did the acting bug bite you?  Please share your stories below or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com.  Thanks again for stopping by!

They Grew Silent Once More...

Almost thirty years ago we lost Mel Blanc.  He died in 1989.  A few years later I was in a Warner Bros store at the local mall.  There I saw an amazing print for sale.  I wanted to pick it up but it was a tad out of my price range.  On the print was a lone microphone in a spotlight.  Off to the left were the major characters of the Looney Tunes, heads bowed in silence. It is called "SPEECHLESS."  

Warner Bros tribute lithograph in honor Mel Blanc's death.  Issued 1993

Warner Bros tribute lithograph in honor Mel Blanc's death.  Issued 1993

On February 3rd, some of those characters grew silent once again.  Joe Alasky, the man who took over the voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck among others, has passed.  I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that no one could replace Mel Blanc, not really.  But Joe came damn close.  It was his voice that kept Bugs, Daffy, Tweety, and Sylvester alive.  All the while helping create new classic characters like Plucky Duck.  2016 has been a hard year so far when it comes to celebrity death.  So much so that I feared this one may slip away without mention.  The above image has been coopted many times to memorialize various people over the years.  Warner Bros themselves revisited the concept at the passing of Friz Freleng in 1995.  So I don't think anyone will mind...

Here's to you Joe.  Thank you for keeping my childhood alive for so many years...

My tribute to Joe Alasky.  

My tribute to Joe Alasky.  

Auditioning and Rejection

The vast amount of digital ink that has been spilled on this topic is mind boggling.  That being said I still wanted to share my approach to the subject.  I cannot remember the source but I once heard this adage about auditioning:

Audition like you have already landed the gig.

This is the great way to approach auditioning.  Obviously don't be a putz about it.  Be gracious and thankful for the opportunity but believe in your heart of hearts that you have already got the job.  Your confidence will shine through and it can only help you.  

But now here comes the hard part: Walk away.  Forget about it.  Move On.  Once the audition is over do everything in your power to focus on the next one and whatever you do, do not waste time thinking about the previous audition.  To take the above bit of wisdom and tweak it a bit I came up with this:

The next gig you are going to get, is your NEXT audition.

Simple really.  Audition for a gig like you have it.  Then when you are done focus on the next audition and believe you landed that one.  Forget about the previous one.  Rinse. Repeat.  If you don't have another audition lined up, then focus on lining one up like you are lining up your next job.  Rinse. Repeat.  The reality is rejection is a large part of this industry and the faster one learns how to deal with that, the better their chance of success.

If you have a specific way to deal with auditioning and handling rejection, leave a comment or drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com .  Thanks again!

Break a leg!

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew...

One of the most difficult things to do is walk away from a gig.  That is why it is very important to figure out if you have the time to complete the project BEFORE you audition.

Time is finite.  Just because you really want to work on a project doesn't mean that you will magically have enough time to do it if you already have other commitments.  This is something I always remember when I'm marketing and looking for work.  "This job looks fun, but it also looks involved.  Do I have enough time to work on this on the chance I get the gig?"  

I once read that when you are looking over an audition notice it is your chance to "audition" the job.  Obviously you are looking at whether you fit the part, is it a style you can produce, does it pay a decent rate, etc.  But you also should be looking at your workload and making sure it works with your schedule.  You do not want to find yourself having to deliver a job late or worse, have to walk away.    

Drop me a line at nate@nathanbeattyvo.com if you have any questions.  Thanks again!