Hi. I'm Les Winograd and I've been talking into a microphone since I was a kid.
From recording commercial and TV show parodies on a portable tape recorder with my cousin, to doing film and video projects in college, I've been fascinated with the world of voice-overs.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio, Television and Film from Temple University's School of Communications and Theatre. While there, I co-hosted an afternoon drive-time program on WTDR 64am, one of the campus radio stations. With no budget and a burning desire for a creative outlet, we featured new music and witty repartee, or so we thought.
We made up our own news, commercials, traffic and weather for comedic effect, striving to sound like the real thing while using professional equipment generously donated by local media outlets.
After college, I ventured into the corporate world in search of steady employment and a regular paycheck. After stints in marketing and media research, I eventually landed in the Public Relations department of one of the world's largest international restaurant chains, where I became a primary contact for journalists, producers, authors, and the occasional filmmaker.
Between pitching stories, arranging interviews and fielding questions from reporters, it wasn't long before I began providing my voice for training videos, corporate events and announcements, crisis management notifications, and a wide variety of other multi-media messages designed for franchisees, headquarters employees and staff throughout the U.S. and more than 100 countries around the world.
Although it was fun seeing my name in print and being quoted by some of the world's most respected news sources, I decided to leave the glamour and intrigue of PR and international fast food behind and branch off on my own to focus solely on voice-overs.
To celebrate the good fortune of being able to pursue my voice-over aspirations, I have made a commitment to lending my voice to those who can really use it.
As a result I often can be found, between regular voice-over gigs, in the recording studios of a local non-profit, associated with the Library of Congress, that produces audio books for the blind and physically challenged.
And as always, I look forward to new and exciting voice-over adventures!