In A World Where One Teen's Voice Is An Internet Hit | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

In A World Where One Teen's Voice Is An Internet Hit

Play associated audio

Jake Foushee had a cold.

He was 13 at the time, at his home outside Chapel Hill, N.C.

"I woke up the next day and my voice went from way up here" — he pitches his voice high — "to how it is right now," he tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. Jake's voice had sunk into a bass that somehow seemed familiar.

By 14, he realized he had a knack for impersonating the voice-over artist Don LaFontaine, known for beginning movie trailers with the phrase, "In a world ..." He hoped to make the same career for himself someday.

"I'd have my friends during the day just give me ideas for different types of movie trailers," he says. "And I'd go home and come up with scripts for them."

Jake recorded himself voicing a trailer he wrote for the movie Apocalypse, and it went viral. Soon, Good Morning America was knocking on his door. Ellen DeGeneres wasn't far behind, and that's where she gave Jake a big surprise.

"We called the Abrams Artists Agency in New York City — one of the most highly regarded voice-over, talent and literary agencies in the industry, and they would like to officially sign you," Degeneres told him in front of her audience.

"I was really excited about that," Jake says, "and insanely surprised. I couldn't even believe it."

Back home in North Carolina, his overnight success led to some extra attention at school.

"They're all excited because it's pretty cool that they know someone who came from such a small town and went this big in so little time," Jake says. He's enjoyed the support of his girlfriend, who he's had "since before all this started. She's really happy for me, and she's with me through it all."

As for voice-over work, Jake hasn't signed a deal yet, but says he could be voicing a movie trailer as early as the next few months.

"My mom and my dad are having conferences and getting everything worked out, so hopefully we'll get a lot of the big stuff going this summer," he says.

First he has to make it to summer vacation. School's out in about a week.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit


Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC's forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.

California Cracks Down On Farmers' Market Cheaters

Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it's sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets is really local.

Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Companies including PayPal and Apple are competing to convince merchants and consumers to use their swipe-and-go mobile payment systems. Credit card breaches may speed up the use of digital wallets.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.