You might not have heard of Pete Gustin, but you’ve definitely heard him. He’s been in your living room; he’s been in your headphones. He’s been at the movie theater with you, and he’s been inside your car. Creeped out? Don’t be. Pete Gustin is a voice actor, and a very successful one at that. As he told me, “it’s hard to be an American without having heard my voice.” Pete Gustin is also blind. And Pete Gustin also surfs. He surfs so much and in such a unique way that he’s started a web series about it called Blind Surfer. It’s not just a show about surfing, though—Pete is trying to show people that if you want to do something, you can. If you can’t do it one way, you simply have to find another. And listening to Pete tell me about his life story, it became clear that he’s been doing that, in one way or another, with just about every endeavor he chooses.
Gustin has been the voice of Super Bowl ads and countless network TV promos. He’s voiced commercials for The Walking Dead, for Archer, Family Guy, and SpongeBob. He’s that dripping baritone you’ve heard a million times thundering through a movie theater before the main feature comes on. Listen to his reel: