We had the good fortune of connecting with Dennis Kleinman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dennis, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In my late teens, a young producer had told me that I had a very captivating and pleasant sounding voice and that I should think about broadcast work. I didn’t pursue it at the time, as I was planning to leave the country, but that never left me.
Invariably, I always came back to performance and acting, and slowly started working part-time in voice over.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a voice actor with a blended British/South African accent which has provided me with a niche position in the industry because my accent has this, “I wonder where he is from” context to it leading to ambiguity to my origin – some people think I’m British which is great, and then there are others who are not always exactly sure.
I was extremely fortunate to secure the URL- AWorldVoice.com and I work with companies in the United States and in many countries around the world, which allows me to reside on the global stage.
I am completely committed to each project that I take on, and when I commence a new project, I know that the client/producer is going to get the best from me because that is the only standard to which I subscribe. What is very important to me is that our interaction is going to be positive and fun. I never view any project as a one-off but as the start of a long and beneficial relationship that will provide reliability, accountability, and the highest level of service that I can provide.
The list goes on and on and I am always looking for new genres and pursuits where I can expand and grow in meeting the needs of new and old clients.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My most favorite spot is the beach. It soothes my soul and gives me great joy and peace. You can find me at Will Rogers and Point Dume on most weekends, work permitting, and when I am prepping a new book, I will often do it at those locations. I have two favorite restaurants – Back on the Beach in Santa Monica is one of the only spots where you can sit in the sand and have lunch and it is very cosmopolitan. There are always people from Europe and overseas frequenting that wonderful spot. I am also a lover of sushi, and I cannot recommend Chiba in North Hollywood highly enough. I believe they have the best and most consistent sushi in Los Angeles. I also enjoy spending time downtown in the Arts District, either exploring new restaurants, going to concerts and going to the Hollywood Bowl for the ultimate summer evening experience.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The voiceover industry is extremely nurturing and supportive, and as I have been fortunate to receive so much encouragement and love from my peers, I try to do the same wherever possible