Earshot Voice Talent Of The Week: Scott Hoke
Scott's Commercial Demo
Q & A with Scott:
How did you get into voiceover? I started in college while at Butler University. I was always getting requests to do station promos, etc. Our production director, Mark Dunham said, "...you know, you should try to do this for other people. You might be able to make a little bit of money!" That's how it started!
What type of voiceover projects are your favorite to work on? I really enjoy every project I do! I seem to have the most fun with copy that is exceptionally well-written and tells a terrific story. Bringing that copy to life for a client is great fun!
How would you describe your voice? First, I'm thankful to God for the voice and talent that He blessed me with. I think it's grown and matured over the years, and I've really benefited from working extensively with my LA voice coach Nancy Wolfson. I would call my voice resonant, and versatile. It can get "down and dirty" but also be youthful. I was always told as a kid that I sound much older than I was. Nowadays, the ability to sound much younger can be a real plus!
You travel quite a bit for your main gig as a TV host of the MECUM auto auctions, so what do you do to chill when you're at home? I love spending time with my four kids whenever they have a bit of free time! I thoroughly enjoy helping my girlfriend Kristen with landscaping and decorating projects around her home. Trips to the Home Show, and local nurseries are always fun! I enjoy playing bass, both electric and upright. I play occasionally at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, and I play with the Joy Swing Jazz Orchestra, along with occasional gigs with my jazz quintet, StoreyTellers. I love golf, and my son Kevin plays for the Avon HS team, so I watch their matches during the spring season. I do keep pretty busy on the voiceover scene, as well. When I am traveling, I take my portable gear and set up a "studio" in my hotel room.
We know you're a music aficionado. What are you listening to these days? I've been listening to Rush quite a bit lately, after the passing of Neil Peart. My favorite band is the Yellowjackets, and I bounce back and forth from Real Jazz to Sinatra to the 70s channel on Sirius.
Have you seen any of the movies nominated for this year's Academy Awards? Which do you think will win for Best Picture? Yes, I've seen Ford vs. Ferrari. Twice. I think it's a fantastic movie on a number of levels. I was surprised the film was nominated, and disappointed that Christian Bale was overlooked for Best Actor. That's the only film I've seen to this point.