OUR TALENT — YOUR HUMAN CONNECTION
Meet the real people behind the voices keeping you connected to your life, your family and your favorite brands.
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LIZ RAPHAEL HELGESEN – Voice Talent and Founder
Contemporary, Passionate, Warm and Sincere – United States English
Setting the tone for business communications since the emergence of interactive voice technology, Liz is now the nation’s premier talent for global interactive voice media. . .Twenty five years of voice imaging for international brands.
Liz embarked on a stellar career early in 1985 using her distinctive voice and expressing her passion to communicate in the emerging Interactive Voice Response business. As Vice President of Human Resources in the corporate world, Liz excelled as a public speaker, lecturing on morale building, inspiring hundreds of others and creating healthy corporate cultures. At the same time, Liz’s comet soared as she continued to perform voiceovers for commercials, corporate video narration and IVR systems for companies across the country. In 1996, Liz formed her company, Passion Fruit Voiceovers, Inc. to focus solely on her craft.
Liz and Passion Fruit’s purpose is to bring a human touch to our world’s mobile, automated society and help people get what they need to live better lives. Liz is an expert communicator; a master at the art of human expression using the spoken word. She has an innate ability to understand and connect with people. By delivering outstanding customer service and a warm, sincere voice, Liz is able to consistently touch people in our fast-paced, faceless and instant communication society.
Liz’s voice is insured by Lloyd’s of London.
BILL – U.S. English, Male
SuperStation TBS, CNN, TNT Networks and TV stations across the country — Bill’s been talking for a living for thirty years! Known as “The Promo Guy,” Bill is the consummate professional with a distinct, recognizable sound. Bill has performed thousands of promos, commercials and IVR jobs for top brands around the country and the world. Our clients love his versatility, speed, accuracy and ability to nail the read.
MARIA – U.S. English, Urban Female
From the Hollywood screen to stage, radio and television, Singer, Actress and Voiceover artist Maria Howell has left an imprint. Best known as the choir soloist from the movie “The Color Purple”, Maria is the ballad of beauty and elegance, captivating audiences with incredible harmonies and rhythms. She has shared the musical stage with legendary artists like Nancy Wilson, George Benson, Ray Charles and Earl Klugh. As an actress, she’s had roles in Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls”, “Meet the Browns”, and “House of Payne”, roles in Lifetime’s hit shows “Army Wives” and “Drop Dead Diva”, the CW’s “Vampire Diaries”, FOX’s “Past Life”, ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7”, BET’s hit series “The Game”, and the acclaimed theatrical release “The Blind Side”. Our clients across the country love Maria’s comforting, relatable, easy-listening style.
MIKE – U.S. English, Urban Male
A Master of The Arts, Mike is a man of many talents and gifts. Actor, Comedian, Radio Talk Show Host, Voice-Over Artist and Acting Coach. As a TV/Film actor and voiceover artist, Mike has portrayed many roles that draw you completely into his world; captivating you with his passion, emotion, and feeling, along with his impeccable placement and timing. As a comedian, he has successfully journeyed through many comedy venues across the U.S. With his quick wit, humor and numerous character imitations Mike consistently delivers outstanding results. He has voiced regional and national television commercials and radio advertisements for such companies as Glory Foods, Mini Cooper, Nationwide, Publix, Catered Cakes, Journey Inc., and IBM. Mike’s attention to detail and work ethic not only make him a well sought after voiceover talent, but an all-around total package in the entertainment industry.
CECILIA – Talento de Voz Español – Neutral
Colombia. Argentina. Puerto Rico. Venezuela. A twenty year international voiceover career expanding from TNT Latin America Network to CNN Worldwide. Credits include interpreting Grammys, Emmys, Screen Actors Guild Awards, American Music Awards, and Academy Awards, and writing, producing and voicing the daily entertainment feature, “El Mundo de la Farandula” for CNN RadioNoticias. International clients include Coca Cola, Delta Airlines, AT&T, OnStar, T-Mobile, MARTA and more. Smooth, believable, sophisticated and smart, Cecilia provides a neutral, generic Spanish and believes this to be most inclusive, considering the diversity of Latin Americans who live in the United States.
NINA – Talento de Voz Español – Neutral
Mexico City, Mexico. A ten year career interpreting, translating and performing international voiceovers for many of the most well recognized companies throughout the United States. Nina’s style is warm, friendly, professional and empathetic, and she provides neutral, generic Spanish to reach all Spanish-speaking audiences in the United States. Nina’s purpose is to use her native language to help companies who want their customers to feel at home when they reach out to them.
MARNE – Voix Professionnelle – Français Européen et Standard
With a Master’s degree in French literature, Marine started as a professor of literature and theater. She now performs voiceovers in French for major corporations world-wide. She is well known for her expertise in narration, dubbing, lip-synching, educational videos, TV and radio advertising, cartoon and video-game voices, IVR and GPS systems, and for her ability to quickly edit scripts on the spot when needed. She is fluent in English as well, and our clients love her brilliance, warmth, efficiency and polish on their projects.
MARYSE – Voix Professionnelle – Français Québécois et Standard
Montreal, Quebec. A native French speaker fluent in English. Twelve years performing voiceovers for international corporations. A specialist in linguistics and phonetics, Maryse has extensive experience in dubbing, lip-synching, narration, telephony, GPS, and mobile phone apps. Professional, friendly, soft and caring, Maryse makes projects come alive. Her warm, outgoing personality and her bilingual skills make working with our clients an absolute breeze.
JARROD KNABEL – Chief Audio Engineer
A degreed Audio Engineer who earned his reputation for integrity and excellence in editing and sound design working with leading corporate clients at one of the most respected sound companies in America. Designed and built our rock-solid, state-of-the-art recording studios which include the best recording and editing equipment in the business. Music recording and mixing being a specialty, Jarrod is a popular, sought-after engineer for singer-song writers, rock, rap, country and gospel artists throughout the country.
ANGIE RIVERA – Project Manager/Producer/Translator
Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Fluent in Spanish and English. A ten year career in foreign language interpretations for Spanish-owned businesses, and helping to relocate disaster-stricken Hispanic families. With Passion Fruit since 2007, Angie interprets, translates and produces Spanish sessions for our customers.