Voiceover artist with autism strives to put his talent to work

Man wearing headphones standing in front of a microphone.

Hunter Primmer was just 2 years old when he discovered that he could captivate his family – and himself – by changing his voice. The characters, dialects and scripts have been flowing ever since.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Primmer, 25. “I love it.”

Primmer, who markets himself as ‘Hunter P Voice,’ has autism. He sees it as more catalyst than hurdle, shaping both his talent and focus. Primmer can easily transform his voice to sound like a young child, teen or adult; an earnest hero or endearing nerd; a villain, beast, wizard or even a carnival barker.

“Hunter is a really interesting guy,” said Nicole Nawman, his service coordinator at the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “He’s got his own website, he did a commercial for the Licking County Board of DD, and he has a sound studio that he built in his apartment. It’s a really good studio where he reads and practices.”

Primmer’s mother, Dr. Joette Greenstein, said she’s been trying to help her son find a talent agent. Getting noticed isn’t easy. “It’s a tough field,” she said. “The ultimate dream would be to work for Pixar. But he’d also be phenomenal at reading children’s books. He adds flavor to everything.”

Primmer attended the Ohio State University TOPS (Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings) program and also the Ohio Media School, where he earned a certificate in broadcasting in 2020. He received a scholarship from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation and is now an ambassador for that organization, which helps people and families affected by autism “to live life to the fullest.”

Greenstein said she’s proud of her son’s abilities and is hopeful that he’ll soon be able to go from occasional gigs to making a living with his voice. “Music is his thing, too,” she said. “When he was little, he would orchestrate those Baby Bach videos. He loves to be the conductor.”

For now, Primmer works full-time at a healthcare distribution center and spends much of his spare time on his voice acting. He does quizzes on TikTok, inviting listeners to guess the movie voice he’s performing. “I have talents,” he said with a smile. “My mom’s working on that. She’s my agent.”

To learn more, listen to audio reels or contact Primmer, go to www.hunterprimmer.com