DON LAFONTAINE
Voice-over Artist
Los Angeles, California

Movie trailers are an art form and an extremely persuasive one. Every day, I look up to God and say, “This is the best job in the world.” It really is an amazing gig. I get to work with creative people, be part of the whole process of entertainment, and remain somewhat anonymous.

The first voice-over that I ever did was for a picture called Gunfighters at Casa Grande. The film is so obscure that it doesn’t even appear in Leonard Maltin’s book of 40,000 movie titles. At the time, I was writing and producing radio spots, and I had something like six different campaigns to produce in one night. I did the voice-over myself to save time and put my name on the pres-entation. The studio bought it, and I was on my way. That was 1965. At last count, I’ve done the voice-overs on something like 3,200 trailers. [Yes, he’s that voice.]
These days, I can do much of my work right from home. A normal session lasts about five minutes, and I often get it done in two or three takes.