Once upon a time, Pete Gustin dreamed of becoming a voiceover artist. But at age 8, he was diagnosed with macular degeneration, a medical condition that results in loss of vision, turning him legally blind. At 21, a New York-based agent told him he’d never make it in the business; his blindness prevented him from reading lines.
Fast-forward 15 years. Gustin has done voiceovers for the Super Bowl, an international ad campaign for Sony PlayStation and even daytime TV.
Although Gustin can’t exactly see the copy, he taught himself to “read” scripts with the help of a computerized voice. The technology orates text to Gustin through his headphones, which he then speaks back to record voiceovers. It took him two years to master this technique.