#Cans4Cans 2018

#cans4cans 2018 Peter K. O'Connell Voiceover Talent

Radio Imaging Voice Talent Peter K. O’Connell participating in the 2018 #Cans4Cans Food Donation event, sponsored by Benztown

For regular readers of my blog who are not me or my immediate family (in other words those three of you), you might recall that I have (for many years) supported a cause called #Cans4Cans. Lots of voiceover talents do.

Radio imaging company Benztown is sponsoring its fifth annual “Cans4Cans” Holiday Benefit and Giveaway to help drive donations to the LA Food Bank. I know, I’m in Raleigh, NC not LA, but there is hunger everywhere — in the Triangle, in Los Angeles and everyplace in between.

From now until Thursday, December 20th, 2018, radio personalities, voiceover talents and pretty much anybody involved with audio media can post a photo of themselves wearing their headphones (aka “cans”) to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #Cans4Cans. In exchange for that picture post and hashtag, Benztown is going to donate a can of food to the Los Angeles Food Bank!

The company said over 900 people participated in posting their photo for the Holiday Benefit in 2017.

So this post is my very small part to help fix a very big problem. If you would like to participate, snap a photo with your cans on, post to FB, Twitter and or IG with the hashtag #Cans4Cans. Simple as that.

Merry Christmas!

Bob Souer’s Go Fund Me Campaign

Voice Talents Peter K OConnell and Bob Souer at a Pittsburgh Pirates game in Pittsburgh, PA

Voice Talents Peter K. O’Connell and Bob Souer at a Pittsburgh Pirates game in 2013

As it does sometimes, life can  hit any of us right in the crotch. It really hurts.

Hard as we try and do the right thing, bad stuff happens…much of it out of our control.

But how we react to these whacks that life doles out is what matters. It’s never easy. Sometimes it makes us stronger. Almost always, it makes us more humble.

I speak from experience. No doubt you can too.

Voice-Over Actors Jill Perry, Pam Tierney, Kara Edwards, Peter K. O'Connell, Caryn Clark, Melissa Exelberth, Bob Souer, Rowell Gorman, Alexander Vishniakoff, Debra Webb, Beth Whistler, Robert John Hughes in Atlanta, GA in 2009

Marice Tobias Workshop, Atlanta, GA, 2009: FRONT ROW: Jill Perry, Pam Tierney, Kara Edwards MIDDLE ROW: Peter K. O’Connell, Caryn Clark, Melissa Exelberth BACK ROW: Bob Souer, Rowell Gorman, Alexander Vishniakoff, Debra Webb, Beth Whistler, Robert John Hughes CUT OFF ONLY DUE TO PHOTOGRAPHER ERROR: Mike Stoudt

This morning, my longtime friend and fellow voice talent Bob Souer did what I imagine to be a very difficult thing. He started a Go Fund Me campaign to help him overcome staggering debt brought on by family medical bills not covered by insurance. His family faced two major medical issues in 2018 (both Bob’s wife and his daughter).

He has publicly asked for our help. I am asking that you financially support his Go Fund Me campaign, as I have.

For the 37+ years I’ve been in voiceover, I would be hard pressed to direct you to another voice talent who has so actively tried to share his time and talent like Bob Souer does. He’s quite a generous man.

Voice Talents Peter K. O'Connell, Kara Edwards, Bob Souer, Charlotte, NC November 2007

Voice Talents Peter K. O’Connell, Kara Edwards & Bob Souer in Charlotte, NC, November 2007

He’s a fairly private fellow too. It could not have been easy to make this public request (it wouldn’t be easy for any of us)…but he did what he had to do after the life whacks his family took in 2018.

Now it’s time for us to share some of our treasure with Bob to help him overcome the crushing medical debt he is saddled with. With all of the voiceover community pitching in, no matter the amount, we can help him become whole again.

With my thanks, I ask that you please donate now.

Movember 2018

Male Voice Talent Peter K. O'Connell Movember 2018 Day 1

Male Voice Talent Peter K. O’Connell freshly shaved for first day of Movember 2018

Men don’t like to talk about their health.

Men don’t like to talk about…anything.

And without that communication, problems can arise.

To facilitate that communication and to help raise funds for research and communication programs, I am, for the 8th year, participating in Movember.

With your donations I’ve helped raise over $6,000. Thank you.

I have my health. Others have not been so fortunate. That’s why I participate.

>>>>YOU CAN DONATE TO MOVEMBER BY CLICKING HERE<<<<

MOVemberMovember is where men grow a mustache or in my case a goatee to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Prostate Cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among men (after skin cancer). It’s already killing hundreds of thousands of men each year, and those who survive face serious side effects.

Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in America’s young men. Men with undescended testes at birth, or who have a family history, like a father or brother who has had testicular cancer, are at an increased risk. And if you’ve had testicular cancer before, there’s also a heightened risk it could return.

Around 1 in 4 adults in the United States will experience a mental health problem in a given year. 75% of suicides are men.

Those are real facts. Those are real problems. The fact is we have to deal with those problems. Movember is part of that solution.

Once again, I am teaming with my fellow voiceover talents at MVO: The Voiceover Guys to raise money for Movember. This year Dustin Ebaugh, Mike Cooper and Brandon Pollock are on my team.

If you have any money to contribute, I would greatly appreciate your donation (large or small). Thank you.

MEDIA RELEASE – L.L.Bean’s New “Outsider” Radio Spot Adds O’Connell

L.L.BeanRALEIGH, NC, October 1, 2018 – – Award-winning male voiceover talent Peter K. O’Connell was selected as part of an ensemble of voice actors for a new national radio commercial for L.L.Bean, a leading retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel.

Part of the retailer’s “Be An Outsider” ad campaign that encourages consumers to appreciate being outside, the national radio spot for L.L.Bean features O’Connell’s character (and others) enjoying the great outdoors.

About L.L.Bean

L.L.Bean, Inc. is a leading multichannel merchant of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. Still family owned, Shawn Gorman, great grandson of Leon Leonwood Bean, was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2013. While its business has grown over the years, L.L.Bean continues to uphold the values of its founder, including his dedication to quality, customer service and a love of the outdoors.

About Peter K. O’Connell

From Fortune 500 companies to companies that think $500 is a fortune, multi-award winning male voiceover talent Peter K. O’Connell has shared his voiceover skills with a wide variety of global companies. In addition to his most recent voiceover work for L.L.Bean, some of Peter’s clients include IBM, Duracell Batteries, General Electric, Kraft Foods, Western Union, PBS Television Network, Shell Oil, Deloitte Canada, U.S. Army, Starz Cable Television Network, BlueCross BlueShield and SunSetter Awnings.

Originally from Buffalo, NY and now living in Raleigh, NC, Peter owns audio’connell Voiceover Talent, a division of O’Connell Communications, LLC. Peter can be reached via audioconnell.com or peterkoconnell.com.

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pandora and peter

Pandora team with voice talent Peter K. O'ConnellFaffcon has given me many things professionally over the years but probably one of the best things it did was introduce me to Pandora.

Pandora — as the best music and media service around — is known by just about everybody. But not everybody knows about the exceptional talents that manage Team Audio.

These talented women and men have produced (and continue to produce) some outstanding advertising. I am thrilled that I have been a VERY small part of some of their great audio branding.

Pandora office 1Well this week, I got to see their HQ/home in Oakland and what an amazing place it is.

Pandora3 350You would expect a super creative company to work in a super creative environment and that is especially true at Pandora. If all offices created workspaces as cool as this…people would be a lot happier at work.

The best part of course, were the people of Team Audio, many of whom I’ve been proudly working with virtually for many years on many spots.

They are each nice, cool and uniquely creative. I’m so honored and glad we got to spend time together. A great company with great people….which is what makes it a great company. Thanks to everyone at Pandora!

political voiceover demos and videos

Political Commercials Male Voice Talent Peter K. O'ConnellIn the good old days, a voice talent could simply post their new voiceover demo on a web site, email the demo to his/her agents and carry on.

Well, I just finished recording and updating my new political voiceover demo for the mid-term General Elections in November. There should be a good amount of political voice work for voice talents between now and November.

I posted it to my web site and sent it off to agents but this time I added the extra element of producing a video that featured the demo.

No, Ken Burns is not shaking in his boots following this release of this new, epic voiceover demo video. It’s produced with some graphics that I crafted that match the theme to make it listenable and viewable.

Just before the internet got popular, I graduated from college with a degree in Radio & Television from the University of Dayton. We worked on ¾” video tape and reel-to-reel audio editing. I owned a video production company for 6 years after college and edited lots of videos.

Political Campaign Election; Male Voice Talent Peter K. O'ConnellSo you would think, with that kind of experience, that I should be able to handle something as “simple” as iMovie to slap together this little video. Further, you would think Apple would create a software that was extremely intuitive and easy to manage.

You would be so wrong on both counts.

Apple is not as cool, sleek and smart as they want you to think they are. You already know that I’m not.

Be that as it may, I imagine I will be dancing again soon with iMovie and producing a few more epic presentations.

Please don’t throw tomatoes at the screen.