The exciting thing about being a voice actor is the variety of projects I get to work on. In recent weeks, I’ve provided voice over for one of my favorite Sirius/XM channels, a movie trailer production company in Los Angeles, an art gallery in Singapore, and two creative agencies in South Africa. They were all fantastic projects and I was thrilled to be a part of each of them. But, there was one project (much closer to home) that had some sentimental ties. I was hired to voice several exhibits at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, in Horicon, WI.
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources
Horicon is about an hour’s drive from my home city of Madison, and while it’s not flashy like the Wisconsin Dells, or tourist-centric like Door County, Horicon Marsh is a National and State wildlife refuge, and the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the US. What makes Horicon Marsh special is the migratory birds. Over 300 species of birds have been sighted in this park, which covers just over 33 miles.
One of the exhibits I voiced was a narrative from the perspective of a clovis point – a stone arrowhead crafted by the indigenous people of this area thousands of years ago. It was a pretty cool storyline – and allowed me to venture into one of my favorite topics, history.
A new exhibit featuring artifacts from a late 19th century hunting lodge will also feature my voice(s), and characters who are not unlike my ancestors, who settled as farmers in southern Wisconsin in the mid-eighteen hundreds.
Of course, if you live in the area, and you want to see nature doing what nature does – I would highly recommend a road trip to Horicon. The migration is underway soon.