I am an American who has been living in The Netherlands for over 30 years. I’ve directed and produced documentary and factual TV as well as corporate film. I do lots of voice-overs, and present and act from time to time.
Most of my film work these days is for organizations. I don’t see corporate communication as a side-job any more: we all work, and reflecting on how we do that is important to having a fulfilling life. I approach these productions the same way I approach documentary television: honest, well-filmed and character-driven. I work with good crews and editors because I think it shows.
The older I get, the more voice work I do. I’m the friendly, wise man: trust me; I know what I’m talking about.
My speciality is what they like to call mid-Atlantic: I’m a native speaker, but you’re not quite sure where I’m from. I do work for companies like Heineken, Sage, Phillips, ING, Mammoet, Qatar Airlines, About You, Tommy Hilfiger, Adidas and Nissan, as well as case films for Ogilvy and TBWA – and a few documentaries for television and radio.
At one point I hoped to be a famous actor. Never happened. But it makes a nice addition to my day job. As an American sometimes-actor in Holland, you usually play… the American. I’ve appeared as Bobby Kennedy, a Lockheed official, the Undersecretary of State during World War II, Bill Clinton and Frank Sinatra in the story of Freddy Heineken. I was the villain in the first season of Nickelodeon’s Hinter Street, which is apparently broadcast in 100 countries.