Female Voice Talent
Melanie Haynes - Biography
Melanie Haynes has been a professional female voice talent and actress for 25 years. She’s a seasoned, skilled actress and female voice talent - A veteran of film, television, and theatre who brings acting talents, versatility, intelligence, and a great voice to every session - truly a voice actor. She’s voiced literally thousands of radio and television commercials, corporate narrations, web narrations, pod casts, tutorials, on hold and voice mail messages. Her vocal styles include: professional and authoritative, warm and caring, bright and upbeat, quirky and fun, sensual and sexy. Character voices and dialects are also in her repertoire.
Some of her national clients include : Humana, Minute Maid, Coca Cola, Halliburton, United Way, Microsoft, Conoco Philips, Hardee’s, Sonic, Subway, Ford, MD Anderson, US Fish and Wildlife, Embraer, Solvay, Texaco, Xerox, Reliant Energy, Veritas Software, Schlumberger, ST. Luke’s Hospital and the Texas Heart Institute, HP, Earth Tech (Tyco), The Welch Award in Science, Butternut Coffee, Entex, Baylor College of Medicine, Shell Oil, Rockwell International, Boeing, Weather King, Mary Kay, Kirby Paint, Beauty Control, Exxon, American Temporary Services, Neiman Marcus, SMU, Cycle Vision, Memorial Hospital System, and others
Becoming a female voice talent and actress began when, at age two, she started performing by reciting nursery rhymes while standing on the kitchen table. "It's in my blood. The only profession I ever really wanted. I feel fortunate to have been a working professional actress and female voice over performer for all these years." During her school years, she performed every chance she got. She was a cheerleader, a twirler, on the debate team, participated in drama, band, choir, etc. She also played the piano and organ for several churches and organizations.
After receiving a bachelor's degree and teaching certificate in Theatre and English in Houston, she pursued a dancing career for several years with the Houston Jazz Ballet Company under the direction of Patsy Swayze (yes, mom of Patrick Swayze). After that, she decided it was time to get an agent and pursue her first love - acting. Having been blessed with a good voice in addition to acting ability, she decided to look into voiceover work to multiply her chances of keeping busy and avoiding having to get a "real job". As it turned out, there were many more professional voice over jobs than on camera acting jobs available in Houston, and so voice work became her bread and butter. The market was booming in the early 80's for a female voice talent, which kept her busy with radio and television commercial voice over work as well as voice on camera commercials, industrial Films, theatre, and feature film. She also became a member of Actor’s Equity and AFTRA/SAG serving on the board of AFTRA/SAG for 15 years and as the President of the Houston Local for two terms.
In addition to professional voice over and acting assignments, she’s taught many professional voice over classes and workshops. Teaching has always been a very personally rewarding experience for her, although these days, her busy schedule rarely permits her time to teach.