When it comes to voice-over, Morgan Freeman is the voice of God.
He quite literally, played God in the movies Bruce Almighty (2003), and Evan Almighty (2007). So it's not surprising that with such a legendary vocal sound, he has lent his talents to countless feature films, documentaries, advertisements, and even apps.
Who is Morgan Freeman? Why is his voice so incredible? How much does his narration cost? And are there any sound-a-likes out there?
Let’s answer all of these questions and discover the sound-a-like voices that might just provide something extra.
Who is Morgan Freeman?
Morgan Freeman is an exceptionally successful actor, narrator, and director from Memphis, Tennessee. Freeman is known for two main reasons: His long list of iconic film roles and his indelible voice.
His career took off in 1987 with his part in Street Smart, which gained him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Academy Awards. He was then nominated as Best Actor two years later for Driving Miss Daisy. Since then, he has appeared in many high-profile films such as The Shawshank Redemption, Invictus, Se7en, and The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Freeman also co-founded his own production company, Revelations Entertainment, in 1997 and directed Bopha! In 1993 before also directing three episodes of Madame Secretary between 2015-2017.
Why is his voice sought after?
Ultimately, when you think of Morgan Freeman, you think about his distinctive voice. Deep, reassuring, and authoritative, Freeman is no stranger to voice acting in film. His deep and commanding voice also makes him a regular voice of God narrator in documentaries. This is because he can fully control the audience’s attention whilst leading the viewer through a story with compelling passion.
Interestingly, Morgan Freeman’s voice-over didn’t always sound this way. When studying acting, Freeman discovered in speech class that most people speak too fast and too high. He then decided to create what is now his iconic voice by speaking an octave lower and fully enunciating each word. So, if this iconic voice didn’t come naturally to Morgan Freeman, then maybe anyone can recreate his distinctive style.
Wouldn’t everything be much more interesting if it included a Morgan Freeman voice-over?
Morgan Freeman Voice-Over Cost
Morgan Freeman is worth an estimated $250 million and is one of the most popular voices in Hollywood. But how much does he make per role?
It is important to remember that at this point in his career, attaching Morgan Freeman’s name and experience to a project is worth a lot more than just the voice-over he supplies. It has been estimated that including Freeman in your project is worth $5 to $10 million.
The earnings of Hollywood’s top actors per movie are generally only speculated as this information is rarely given out. What we can break down however is how much Morgan Freeman made in specific years and what films he appeared in at that time to give us a rough idea of how much he makes per role.
In 2012, he is estimated to have made $12 million. In this year he will have been paid for both Dolphin Tale and Conan the Barbarian. Therefore, he likely made around $6 million for each of these roles.
In 2013, Freeman made $30 million and was paid for The Magic of Belle Isle, The Dark Knight Rises, Now You See Me, Olympus Has Fallen, and Oblivion. Probably earning him around $6 million per role again.
However, It is not known how much Freeman was paid for The Shawshank Redemption. On this film’s release, it was met with a modest income of $18 million. Due to the critical acclaim the film later received, it is now in joint first place for the most television re-runs with Scarface. The film was also the most rented movie of 1995, back in the days of Blockbuster.
10 years after the film’s release, the main actors were still making close to six figures in residual payments, and it is expected that Shawshank still generates a considerable income for those involved due to its longevity. So, Morgan Freeman’s performance and voice-over also earn him money over time.
The top Vocal Characteristics associated with Morgan Freeman's voice
These main characteristics which make up the sound of a Morgan Freeman voice-over style can all be found within the nurturing, authoritative, and eloquent tonal groups.
Here are some of the specific vocal characteristics which make up his legendary voice:
Similar Voices to Morgan Freeman
Looking for a similar voice with a lower cost?
As previously stated, Freeman created his voice based on what he learned in speech class and other voice actors have done the same to generate an effective narration voice in a similar style. The main benefit to this is the drastically reduced price tag whilst maintaining the authoritative command and deep soul of a Morgan Freeman voice-over style.
Similar voices may even provide more benefits to your project as they can keep the essential characteristics of Freeman’s voice whilst including others your projects may require. Say you need a Morgan Freeman voice-over style but with a slightly softer tone for persuasive advertisement or more villainous for an animated character role. You may even be looking for a Morgan Freeman voice-over style in another language. A similar voice with added characteristics will then be the perfect fit for your content.
The exceptional talent that works with Voquent are all professional voice actors who have been vetted and approved by the team. Each with their own unique characteristics and experience, our incredible voices are ready to provide a Morgan Freeman voice-over style for a much more affordable rate than the man himself.
So, who are the Morgan Freeman voice-over sound-a-likes?
Here's a list of the Top Morgan Freeman voice-overs on Voquent. Talented sound-a-likes who each bring their own skillset to the table. Listen to their Demos below and favourite them to get an instant quote.
Masterful voice actor with over 29+ years of experience, native to England. Noted for his confident, friendly, trustworthy personas. A versatile performer with 30 demos in a variety of styles. Records from his home studio or on-location in or near Sydney and other connected cities throughout Australia.
Skilled voice actor with over 5+ years of experience, native to America. Noted for his engaging, friendly, natural personas. A versatile performer with 7 demos in a variety of styles. Records from his home studio or on-location in or near Washington DC, United States.
Accomplished voice actor with over 4+ years of experience, native to Canada. Noted for his friendly, deep, persuasive personas. A versatile performer with 21 demos in a variety of styles. Records from his home studio or on-location in or near Toronto and other connected cities throughout Canada.
Expert voice actor with over 14+ years of experience, native to America. Noted for his warm, natural, authentic personas. A versatile performer with 10 demos in a variety of styles. Records from his home studio or on-location in or near Dallas and other connected cities throughout the United States.
Accomplished voice actor with over 4+ years of experience, native to America. Noted for his bold, experienced, mature personas. A versatile performer with 9 demos in a variety of styles. Records from his home studio or on-location in or near Santa Ana and other connected cities throughout the United States.
Female Morgan Freeman voice-over
The idea of the female Morgan Freeman is an exciting topic. There is even a whole Reddit thread about it. However, there doesn’t seem to be a clear understanding of what makes each of the suggestions on this thread the female Morgan Freeman.
On one hand, this voice may convey the same characteristics as Morgan Freeman. But on the other, it may simply be a voice that is as recognisable and unique as his, and therefore it may not sound like him at all.
With the examples on Voquent, we wanted to find the voices which could be deemed genuinely similar in what they portray whilst forgoing the masculine aspects which make up THE Morgan Freeman's voice. This is similar to the female voice of God narration style. We will specifically be looking at examples that convey the same vocal characteristics – nurturing, authoritative and eloquent.
Expert, multi-lingual voice artist with over 16+ years of experience, native to South Africa and speaking English as her primary language. Noted for her deep, bold, engaging personas. A versatile performer with 10 demos in a variety of styles. Records on location in or near Cape Town and other connected cities throughout South Africa.
Accomplished, multi-lingual voice artist with over 4+ years of experience, native to England and speaking English as her primary language. Noted for her authentic, educated, smooth personas. A versatile performer with 26 demos in a variety of styles. Records from her home studio or on-location in or near Valencia and other connected cities throughout the United Kingdom.
Masterful voice actor with over 30+ years of experience, native to Canada. Noted for her engaging, friendly, natural personas. A versatile performer with 3 demos in a variety of styles. Records from her home studio or on-location in or near Toronto and other connected cities throughout Canada.
How to make a Morgan Freeman voice-over
“Try tilting your head down as you’re speaking and really focus on your energy to try and get the noise to come from lower in your throat and almost your chest area”
If you are looking to replicate the Morgan Freeman voice-over style yourself, Charlie Hopkinson has a very helpful video on YouTube. He not only shows you how to achieve this voice but breaks down the physical elements of how to create it.
Morgan Freeman is a legend of narration. His talents have been used in a range of mediums and his captivating voice will always be instantly recognisable. With his unmatched power to tell a story, his narration has now become a style – the Morgan Freeman voice-over style.
Many talents that work with Voquent and beyond have the power and vocal characteristics to provide this style in their own voice-over and create some voice of God magic.