FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Voice Talent Rodney Saulsberry Tabbed as Signature Voice for the New NFL Play 60 Challenge App!
Experienced voice pro brings coach character to life in NFL app.
Beverly Hills, CA (PR ROD) January 28, 2014 The NFL and the American Heart Association needed a voice to play the coach in their new NFL Play 60 app and Rodney Saulsberry was the voice of choice to help young kids get a physical workout! Saulsberry's coaches voice inspires kids to start running and get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day in school and at home.
Childhood obesity rates are at an all-time high: today, nearly one in three kids and teens in the United States are obese or overweight. The NFL Play 60 app is designed to encourage a physically active lifestyle year-round.
Rodney Saulsberry is an experienced voice actor, published author, and voice training instructor. His other credits include voice work for the Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans, Atlanta Hawks, Instant Tax Service, NFL Films and Verizon Wireless.
Daytime Nominees For The 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards Tuesday, 11 December 2012 13:40 Linda Marshall-Smith Newsflash
On Friday February 1 at 8:00 PM NBC will air the 44th Annual NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Image Awards to honor people of color in film, music and TV. Recognized for their exceptional achievements and performances, here are your Daytime nominees…
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
• Rodney Saulsberry - "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)_
Rodney Saulsberry: Outstanding Actor Nomination For Role In CBS's The Bold And The Beautiful December 23, 2012
(VOXtra) - Rodney Saulsberry - the popular voice over talent, actor, trainer, inspirational author and vocalist - has been nominated in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards for his work in CBS's The Bold And The Beautiful (B&B).
In the voice over world, Saulsberry is known for movie trailers, countless commercials and promos, awards shows announcing, animation, narrations, and popular training workshops. He is also author of two books, You Can Bank on Your Voice: Your Guide to a Successful Career in Voice-Overs, and Step Up to the Mic: A Positive Approach to Succeeding in Voice-Overs.
His wide-ranging TV and film career began in 1980 in an episode of the TV program Taxi.
Today in the B&B show, Saulsberry plays "Anthony,” a homeless musician who has found a lifetime friend in"Dayzee,” and a now stable job working at her restaurant. But Anthony’s woes continued this year when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver.
About his onscreen accident, Saulsberry says, "This particular story arc really featured the character I portray and delivered a message to the viewing audience about the danger of texting while driving.”
Saulsberry joined B&B in October 2010. He received an earlier NAACP Image Award nomination in 2011.
B&B's Brooke became friends with Anthony last October when she and Stephanie visited Skid Row. In real life, his multi-talented portrayer, Rodney Saulsberry, is an actor, musician, voice-over artist and author. Digest caught up with the busy star, who shares why B&B is his dream job.Soap Opera Digest: How did you end up on B&B? Did you know Brad Bell [executive producer/head writer]?
Rodney Saulsberry: No, I didn't know him. I auditioned for the role. The script called for the character to be selling CDs, so I brought in my own CD, Better Than Before. The casting director [Christy Dooley] was like, "Wow, you have your own CD," and took it to Brad. He really liked it, especially my song "Miracles." I ended up getting this role where I can act, sing and play guitar. It's great having this job where I can do all of these things I love.
Digest: You recently received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actor. Did you expect the role to get so much notice? Saulsberry: Not really. But on the other hand, when I read the scripts for the episodes that dealt with the homeless, I knew that Brad had put together something very special. He has a great vision and is also a great writer. It was his idea for me to sing "Miracles" unplugged, where it was just me and the guitar in the studio. That's what you heard when Susan Flannery [Stephanie] was in Skid Row talking to the people. What was really nice was that after I got the nomination, I got a call from Brad, who thanked me for being on the show. I still have the message he left for me and I'll never erase it!
Voice Talent Rodney Saulsberry Tabbed as Signature Voice for Zatarain's
Experienced voice pro brings classic jazz man character to life.
(PRWEB) January 18, 2006 - Peter A. Mayer advertising, has returned to voice actor Rodney Saulsberry for their newest national ad campaign. Saulsberry began his stint as the signature voice in 2003.
Zatarain’s, the nations leading maker of New Orleans-style food products, needed a voice that would have all the flavor of the Crescent city, and Rodney Saulsberry fit the bill. An experienced voice actor, published author, and voice training instructor, Rodney’s rich sound gives the spots a distinct New Orleans feel.
Black Enterprise Magazine
Speaking of Success
Rodney Saulsberry has heard it his whole life. In response to his singing, acting and even his answering machine message, he's been told repeatedly: "You have a great voice."
But it wasn't until 1992, after his two and-a-half minute audition tape was snatched up by one of Hollywood's biggest agencies, International Creative Management (ICM), that Saulsberry nailed his first job as a voice-over artist.
Five years later, his voice is, literally, everywhere. It's the voice you hear narrating a movie trailer that ends with, "Starts Friday at a theater near you." Which trailers? You name it: The Players Club, Crooklyn, BAPS, Blues Brothers 2000, Clockers, Out of Sight, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Soul Food and Friday are just a few. He's also done television promos for most of the networks.
Saulsberry narrated the critically acclaimed True Hollywood Story on the Life of Marvin Gaye, and was the voice heard leading into commercials for last fall's NBC's The Temptations movie. He's a credited announcer on Russell Simmons' One World Music Beat and also does commercials for Honda Accord, Alpo, Nestle Crunch and more.
If it sounds like a lot of work, it should: Saulsberry made more than $200,000 last year. But if it sounds like a lot of time, prepare to be intensely jealous: Saulsberry works about eight hours a week.
Noting how much his golf game has improved since he changed vocations, Saulsberry says, "The money, freedom and variety are so good, how could you not love it?"
The 42-year-old Detroit native has followed his heart throughout his career. After earning a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Michigan, he taught briefly before moving to New York to pursue his first love: acting. His stage successes led him to Los Angeles and roles on television. He has appeared on Capitol (a short-lived soap opera), The Young and the Restless and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
"I was definitely making a living in acting, but I wasn't fulfilled," says Saulsberry, who's been married for 18 years and has a young daughter, Traci. "I didn't like the audition process and being limited to detective and cop roles. The voice-over world is a lot more laid back. Very few people do it, so it's a small, tight community. It's just a nicer environment."
But it's not without its particular brand of demands. Saulsberry, whose agent fields all requests for his work, is-like a good doctor-always on call. He wears a beeper at all times and typically hears about a job within hours of the scheduled studio rime. Says Saulsberry: "I'm like Pavlov; when that beeper goes off, I jump. They know me on the golf courses. I'm not likely to get through 18 holes."
Of course, he's not likely to have to work weekends either. And a day's work is usually measured in minutes. "A 40-second spot," Saulsberry explains, "should not take a good guy more than three takes in 10 minutes."
Nailing that brief performance, however, is not as simple as it sounds. "I know it seems like you're just reading, but there is some technique involved," he says. "In Stella, they wanted laid-back, they didn't want the 'up' Rodney. Baps was a high voice. Clockers was low. So, it's very creative. My acting background is a real advantage."
The upsides of the business are obvious and many. Among them is a decided lack of competition. Once you've established yourself as talented and professional, repeat work is all but guaranteed. "Producers in this town trust what they know works," he says. "So, they stick with it."
Despite that, and having a great agent, Saulsberry leaves nothing to chance, hustling for work whenever necessary, and practicing his craft constantly.
"At breakfast, I read cereal boxes out loud. Driving down the street, I read street signs. I listen to news radio and repeat word for word what's being said. I vocalize, as if I were going to sing. And when I'm watching trailers in the theater, I'm repeating it all -- quietly."
Saulsberry is also careful to protect his "instrument," never smoking, rarely drinking and or doing anything that might hinder his ability to perform. "Whenever anybody asks how I'm doing, I always say fine, because if I even hint that I think I might be getting a cold, they're going to say they can hear it, and go with someone else."
Saulsberry, who says he believes that "anyone can do voice-over," is determined to become the industry's best. There are those who believe he already has, like the store owner who recently called to let him know that a gift he ordered for his daughter had arrived. "The lady just went crazy [after hearing] my voice mail," he says, imitating her. "Oh, that voice, that voice. What a great voice!" Happens all the time. Black Enterprise Magazine, February 1999
(June 5, 2007) - The Voice That Turns Promotions Into Profits
The voice of choice for behind the screen narration is Rodney Saulsberry.
A Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate, he makes his home in California. He says, "I could not have come from a better place to prepare me for where I am now."
Recently he was the announcer for the 34th NAACP Image Awards and you can hear his distinctive voice on television's "Showtime At The Apollo."
Moviegoers can hear Saulsberry promoting some of the hottest motion pictures, including: "Dumb and Dumber," "Drumline," "Life," and "Crooklyn."
Corporations like Lincoln, While Castle, Burger King and Nestle Crunch have all benefited from the talents of this versatile pitchman.
He is convincing as the voice of "Joe Robbie Robertson" on the cartoon series Spider-man, and has lent his singing voice to animated films, "The Lion King" and "The Prince Of Egypt."
Saulsberry has made guest appearances on shows like: "Taxi," "M.A.S.H.," and, "227" and has recorded two albums with two top 40 R&B singles. He admits however that voice over is his passion and doesn't regret the physical anonymity.
To protect his "tool" Saulsberry never smokes, drinks or does anything that may get in the way of his ability to deliver. In a business where you are only as good as your last performance, Saulsberry leaves nothing to chance and practices constantly. His phenomenal voice and work ethic has made him one of the industry's best.
Saulsberry's signature voice is managed by the William Morris Agency.
RODNEY SAULSBERRY: A Voice to be Reckoned With
Most dictionaries define the term "voice" as a medium or agency of expression. As one of the premiere voice-over talents in the country, Rodney Saulsberry is using his voice to narrate movie trailers, pitch products, bring life to cartoon characters and more. His distinctive voice is literally everywhere.
Rodney may have entered your home with the familiar movie trailer, "Starts Friday at a Theater Near You." His is the voice you have heard promoting some of your favorite movies including "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," "Friday," "Soul Food," "Nothing to Lose," "Hav Plenty," "White Man's Burden" and "Original Gangsters."
You may have heard his voice in radio or television commercials for ALPO, Honda Accord, Colgate, Greyhound, 7UP, Burger King and Nestle Crunch. It could have been his voice that prompted you to watch, as he promoted sitcoms and dramatic series on NBC, FOX, ABC, BET, UPN, CBS and the WB networks.
"It's a good living," Saulsberry says. "It is a very important part of the industry."
Living in Los Angeles has offered him the opportunity to work in various areas of entertainment. "There's so much to do out here," he says.
He is also the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the hit cartoon series "Spider Man." In the new cartoon, "Xyber 9," that debuts this fall on FOX, he will provide the voice for the character Willy. "Animation is the most taxing because the characters require altering the voice," he says. "I'm careful with my voice."
A variety of talents have kept him working since his part in "Your Arms Are Too Short To Box with God" brought him to the West Coast. Prior to going into voice-over exclusively, Saulsberry even used his baritone voice for singing. Acting is also a part of his impressive resume. His television credits include "Taxi," "MASH," "Gimmie A Break," "Hill Street Blues" and "Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman." He also enjoyed series regular status on the soap opera's "Capitol" and "The Young and the Restless." O Like many African-Americans in Hollywood, he admits that race is a factor. "You would think that race wouldn't matter with the voice, but it still does. I fight the same battles that any African-American in the workplace does," he shares.
Despite any challenges, Saulsberry is a success story in his field. He credits his wife of 18 years, Helen, and his 11-year-old daughter, Traci, with providing an excellent support system.
He wants young people to know that "it is not just in front of the camera that you can achieve success in show business!"