By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 19, 2006
A 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Garland Thompsonâ€™s calendar is filled with theatrical roles, podcasting, and voice over work.
Garland Thompsonâ€™s journey to voice artistry began in the world of theatre.
As a teenager in New York City, Garland worked for his father's theatre company, the Frank Silvera Writersâ€™ Workshop, as a sound designer and engineer.
Following his time at the writersâ€™ workshop, Garland worked for a series of professional theatres in NYC as a sound engineer, including The Public Theatre, The Manhattan Theatre Club, the American Place Theatre, and the New Federal Theatre.
Garland discovered his passion for voice acting during his days working in college radio. Garland worked for KUT-FM, the local public radio station on the University of Texas campus. He also worked at the UT Performing Arts Center as a stagehand for a couple of years.
While working at the theatre, a fellow colleague who happened to be a vocal coach inspired him to start taking voice-over lessons, a natural progression considering his experience in broadcast radio. As it turns out, broadcast radio is quite complementary to podcasting, a medium Garland has embraced to the full.
Today, Garland hosts his own podcast called â€œSunday Go To Meetinâ€™, the podcast thatâ€™s never on Sundayâ€. Garland shares vignettes from his career, explores Podsafe music, comedy, and poetry. His eclectic podcast format also gives him the opportunity to conduct interviews with poets, journalists, actors, and writers, including a wonderful interview with jazz singer Robin Stine. The podcast is available on Blubrry.com.
Garlandâ€™s voice is fun, experienced, and persuasive. When you are listening to his work, one often forgets that he is selling something, which is an incredible feat for an advertising messenger.
Garland Thompson also is a big fan of voice acting for podcasts, currently starring in a sci-fi podcast entitled, â€œChildren of the Godsâ€ recording for two voice character roles, Commander Yelton Marshall and Gunnery Sgt. Sergei Petrov. Garland relates that the podcast is an exciting serial podcast that is created entirely though collaboration with other artists, an endeavor that brings him great satisfaction.
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