My name is Cyrus Nemati, and I love doing ridiculous voices. It all started in 1987, when my family had a contractor working on the house. He had a very strong accent that my father tried to imitate, and indignantly, I corrected his accent by doing it the right way. I had a natural aptitude for voices, much to the annoyance of my family. I would recite lines from movies in outrageous accent hundreds of times a day, giggling at their exasperation.
When I wasn’t doing that, I was playing with my favorite toy: a tape recorder. I would come up with characters for classmates I didn’t like, talking in their silly voices about how stupid they were, or simply read books into the recorder – I was nuts enough to even listen to my books-on-tape later.
I am sorry to say that I “grew up” for a while after that, with only a brief stint in theatre and film in the early 2000s. I’ve been working as a web developer for non-profits for the past several years, but recently, I faced some health problems that put my hearing at risk. I consider my voice 90% of who I am, so the idea of losing my vocal ability put me into action. Now I’m voice acting for all sorts of projects, from narration to cartoons to video games (but mostly video games – that’s the industry I know).
If you haven’t yet, check out my Soundcloud to hear my demos. And thanks for listening!