In every logo I've chose from the Design Inspiration, you'll notice there's a logo (artwork) and then the name. I am looking for the same. A memorable artwork piece with Speaking of Mike creatively incorporated in there somehow.
In general, I am a minimalist with basic style (though my wife encourages me to break out of my blue jeans and solid color shirts to add splashes of color). I consider my style pretty boring, lol—but I'm hoping you can help me make this fun and charming... something that conveys just how much fun I have doing voiceover, which I hope you can hear in my work.
In the realm of logo/brand memorability, I'm looking for a quick, memorable read—not something intricate or complicated. Nike, FedEx, UPS, Twitter, at&t all have logos that stand out, are easy reads, and memorable. I like the idea of using negative space just as much as a straightforward logo, but I'm not married to either. I do appreciate the double entendre. (The Crown Paint logo is a great example of this where the splash of paint is in the shape of a king's crown.)
Planning to use the logo and color palette/brand identity on website, social media, email signature and business cards.
My target audience with this is Casting Directors who I meet while at workshops, conventions, etc. or other CDs who I've emailed and I want them to check out my website to consider me for their projects that need a voice--whether that's narrating, commercials, etc. I need to be a trusted brand that they can rely on. Professional, yet young and lively. Clean. Simple. I want them to say "OK, this guy's serious—he's got a cohesive brand that looks established... not like he just stayed up late with Photoshop one night. (Which is what my current brand is, lol!)
The obvious play for a voice actor is a microphone but I'd like to think outside the box—go to any voice actor's web site and 9 out of 10 have a mic thrown in there somewhere. Speaking of Mike lends itself to a speech bubble of some kind, and I don't see too many voice actors using a speech bubble so that could work. Really interested in out-of-the-box thinking on this one since so many of my contemporaries use a microphone. Bringing a story to life with my voice, no matter how long or short, is my job.
It's on my website, but my voiceprint is in the 20s-30s age range, and I'm described best as young, friendly, conversational, approachable, smart, relatable, guy-next-door, natural, cool, fresh, helpful, fun.
"Speaking of Mike" was borne out of the absence of fun and creative names for my voiceover business. I thought that it was a clever pun since my name's Mike and I speak for a living. Also, the double entendre that when someone hears my voice, they say out loud, "Say, speaking of Mike... he's so (insert awesome-sauce here). Did you hear that last spot he did?"
Finally, attached is a waveform audio of me saying my name, "Mike Paul". Not sure if/how that can be incorporated or even whether it should. Just some additional inspiration.