Tim Morgan ’04 gets paid to talk. What does it take to build a voice acting career? Patience and perseverance.
In his senior year at Messiah, the communication major studied at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center in Los Angeles, California. He graduated and then married Deborah (Schultz) ’05. The couple moved to California in 2007 and spent the next decade on the West Coast.
Upon arrival, Morgan pursued a career in acting and comedy. After working as a substitute teacher and appearing on an episode of “Wipeout,” he found his niche, which combined his love for comedy, theatre and communication: voice acting.
Providing his voice to various projects, Morgan has played the role of an animated watermelon for Snapple and recorded more than 17,000 words for a text-to-speech system. Currently, he’s writing a pilot for a TV series he hopes to pitch later this year.
“What I do lends itself to fun regardless. I’m getting paid to talk, and that never gets old,” he said.
Voice acting is versatile, flexible and, if you have the right sound equipment, you can do it from anywhere in the world. So, after 10 years in L.A., the couple returned to their hometown in Camp Hill, near the Messiah campus, to raise their two children. They converted their basement into a home studio.
“Los Angeles will always be a part of my heart and my career, but we entered a season of life where family was most important,” said Morgan. “I give my wife so much credit for being the consistent income as a nurse. She provided our stability.”
In Pennsylvania, he’s now involved with the Harrisburg Improv Theatre and does on-camera work for Webpage FX, an internet-marketing service.
“I don’t think I’ll ever retire from voice acting,” said Morgan, “since I’m doing something I fundamentally love that will last.”
—Jake Miaczynski ’20