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Who We Are

Spoken Portraits are created by a dedicated team of highly experienced audio professionals with extensive experience in radio, film, and print journalism. We have interviewed people in every walk of life, and know what it takes to bring out the best in you. 

We bring the same depth of knowledge and experience to creating your Spoken Portrait as we have to producing programming that has aired internationally on National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the BBC, among others.

It is very important that you feel comfortable with the process.  That way you will be at your best when we interview you.  We will help you prepare and organize your thoughts, and we keep our questions simple. We use our production skills to bring all the elements together to create an engaging Spoken Portrait of who you are; something you, your family and friends will be listening to for years to come.

MARK WARD (Principal Producer) is a writer, producer and director with many years experience in radio, journalism and film. He has produced drama, features and music programming that has been heard all over the world, and is the recipient of broadcasting’s top honors, including the prestigious Peabody Award. He has collaborated with leading actors and musicians, including Sir Ian McKellen, Ed Asner, Jason Robards, Paul Giamatti, Marsha Mason, Jill Clayburgh, Christopher Hogwood, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Sting.

He has also interviewed Soccer mums, teachers, a Zen gardener, athletes, Shakespeare-loving kids, atomic scientists, Oscar-winners, and dinosaur puppeteers. Like you, they all had a great story to tell.

MARK HOLDEN (Supervising Producer) is owner and supervising engineer of The Invisible Studios in West Hollywood. For more than a decade, Mark has designed, produced, recorded and mixed projects in the studio, on sets and on live stages. He has extensive experience in both the production and post production stages of film, television and radio. His productions have featured prominently on National Public Radio and BBC Radio, and he has regularly collaborated with top American and British actors and directors. For the past 5 years, Mark's projects have greatly benefited from his world-class facilities in the heart of West Hollywood, which can also be made available to our clients. www.theinvisiblestudios.com

DENNIS RAMIREZ (Graphic Artist, Web Designer) has designed numerous projects for the entertainment industry, including award-winning films and a variety of media publications.  He is responsible for every design aspect of L.A. Theatre Works, America's pre-eminent source for recorded plays over the last 30 years, which are performed live, broadcast on public radio and sold as audiobooks.  He has designed projects that showcase some of the industry's top talent, including Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo, Calista Flockhart, Jon Hamm, Kathleen Turner, and Ed Asner.  He collaborates closely with producers and directors to ensure that the visual dimension is always organic to the work it is representing across all media platforms.  Contact: dennis@gphix.com