Voice Actor

Katie Leigh – Connie From Adventures In Odyssey

Katie Leigh is a multi-faceted voiceover veteran. She is beloved as Connie Kendall in the world’s longest running international radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. Other roles she’s played include Baby Rowlf in the Emmy Award-Winning Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies cartoon series, Honker Muddlefoot in Darkwing Duck, Sheila the Thief in Dungeons and Dragons, Richie in Richie Rich, Sunni Gummi of Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Alex in Totally Spies and young Han Solo for Lego Star Wars: Padawan Menace, and many others.

She also has decades of experience in every form of Voiceover from toys, to games to radio, to e learning, specializing in boys and girls voices and many foreign accents. With a state-of-the-art studio, she is ready to connect via every form of patching to yours usually with as little as 12 hours notice.

Visit Katie’s website at: www.katieleigh.com

Celia Siegel – Brand Your VO Career. Change Your Life

Celia Siegel Management is known for creating strong personal brands for voice talent and marketing those brands to the max-in a way that’s authentic to each voice actor.

No matter where you are in your voiceover career, my team and I can help you make sound business choices and strategize for success. Before founding & building CSM, I was a top West Coast talent agent (CESD). The fact that I am also a certified business and life coach comes in handy in many ways for my clients’ emotional and financial well-being.

I help talent identify when taking classes and auditioning has become a full time job instead of the actual paying work, and how they can fix that by turning activity into a powerful career. My multi-leveled expertise and extensive knowledge of the ever-changing voiceover industry helps voice actors across the globe grow their VO business and take their careers to the next level.

Celia is a voiceover industry insider renowned for championing and growing voiceover talent careers. She is the mastermind behind scores of successful brands. Now she wants to share her branding wisdom with you.

You too can master the Celia Siegel approach. Twenty years of branding experience and expertise is packed into Celia’s popular book, Voiceover Achiever, and now her new online masterclass. This means you can now follow her tried & true roadmap to generate your unstoppable brand story and produce a brand strategy that will catapult your career.

Learn more about Celia Siegel at www.celiasiegel.com

How to Read Copy with Voice Coach James Alburger

The Art of Voice Acting covers all aspects of the craft and business of performing voiceover.

This sixth edition is reorganized and completely updated to include the latest information on how to get started in voiceover, performing techniques, setting up a personal recording space, voiceover demos, the basics of running a voiceover business, working with agents, unions, and much more. Dozens of URL’s are included with additional resources and several chapters include all new scripts written specifically for this edition. Two new chapters include contributions from some of the voiceover world’s top professionals. Additional content can be found on the Voice Acting Academy website at AOVA.VoiceActing.com.

This is the perfect tool for aspiring voice performers, radio announcers, and stage and screen actors.

Voice123 Co-Founder Tania Zapata and CEO Rolf Veldman

Our special guests are Voice123 Co-Founder Tania Zapata and CEO Rolf Veldman. In his spare time he volunteers as a political advisor for Neocratia, where they use technology to shape the future of democracy!

Back in 2002, Alexander Torrenegra and Tania Zapata were recently married and had just moved to New York. He was freelancing as a webmaster and online marketing consultant for several clients; she was a radio hopeful who wanted to break into television, advertisements, as well as video games, and was working as a sales associate at Banana Republic. They often joked that their 35-square-meter studio apartment was so small they had to leave to let the sunlight in.

Tania’s voice acting aspirations got repeatedly mauled in the maze of casting directors, managers, recording studios, paymasters, and agents in the city. In fact, one so-called ‘talent agent’ charged her a thousand dollars for a photo shoot. To be a professional voice actor apparently, being beautiful was also a prerequisite. The agent never delivered—and disappeared with the deposit.

Tania was devastated and her frustration palpable. There seemed to be no way to advance her career in the voice-over business without pandering to the whims and abuses of the middlemen, but she was determined to find one.

Alex decided to help her. Together they started researching the processes involved. They realized that the advent of broadband Internet would allow them to create a website with simple algorithms—algorithms that could automate and replace what middlemen were doing. The idea of a global marketplace that could quickly connect established voice actors with potential buyers while also offering aspiring voice actors the opportunity to grow their professional careers, was such an obvious one. Well, wasn’t it?

They found nothing on the ’Net.

In January 2003, they started working on the idea. While Alex coded, Tania collated and compiled lists of email addresses—actors they would invite to join the marketplace as soon as the website was ready.

Alex diligently hammered his nights and weekends away on a keyboard. Tania worked whenever her crazy shifts at Banana Republic allowed some free time. To speed up the process, they employed a friend in Bogotá, Colombia to help code part-time.

On June 13, 2003—five months into the project—the website launched: Voice123. Because booking a voice actor was going to be as easy as 1-2-3.

Tania had collected over ten thousand email addresses. She started sending them out. They were hoping for a 10% conversion rate. To their surprise, the conversion rate was twice that. Voice actors loved the idea. Before long, they had thousands of voice actors ready to be matched with clients. On June 16th, they started running pay-per-click ads. A few hours later, a client posted the very first job on Voice123. Alex and Tania laughed and hugged and wept. The journey had begun and barely three months later, they had a functional marketplace.

To cover hosting, salaries, and marketing costs, they developed a subscription model and began providing Premium memberships in early September. By the end of the month, they had over $3,000 in revenue. The following month, Tania quit Banana Republic to become full-time CEO of Voice123. The appointment of subsequent team members started in January 2004.

Today, over 200,000 voice actors are registered in Voice123’s database, and millions of auditions have been processed. Thousands of actors now have flourishing careers in over 100 countries. Voice123’s client list includes companies like Pixar, the History Channel, Electronic Arts, and Pandora, to mention only a few.

Tania is the CEO of Akily, a free adaptive child development app for modern parenting that wants to democratize children’s development. She also co-founded Torre, a group of brands that are making work fulfilling for everyone; among them is Voice123 and VoiceBunny.

Besides their own ventures Alex Torrenegra and Tania have invested in other companies like VivaReal, the largest real estate marketplace in Brazil, Cornershop a grocery delivery app in Latam and the Endeavor Catalyst among others.

 

Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad – VO Buzz Weekly

Chuck Duran is the Owner and Head Producer at Demos That Rock Studios in Los Angeles, California. He has a varied and extensive background in the entertainment business, with hundreds of impressive credits to his name.

From producing thousands of commercials for companies such as Nike, Chevrolet, Budweiser and so many others, to having two hit rock albums in the Japanese & European markets, to writing and performing songs in award winning movies like “My Cousin Vinny” for TV and film companies such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures and Disney. And you can hear Chuck’s voice as the singer in Disney XD’s sitcom, “I’m In The Band”. Watch episodes on YouTube!

Chuck is one of the most capable studio talents in LA, taking immense pride not only in consistently turning out the absolute best product in the business, but having a great time doing it as well and making sure that his clients do too. That’s one of the many reasons that Chuck Duran has become the city’s most sought-after voiceover demo producer.

And after one meeting with him you’ll understand why.

Stacey, known to her friends as “small and mighty” is a versatile voice actor in commercials, promos, narration, animation and video games heard recently in projects for The Ellen Show, Netflix, Food Network, Toyota, AT&T, Nescafe, McDonald’s and Subway. She’s a captivating on-camera actress and award-winning host, producer and scriptwriter, pro dancer/choreographer and spokesperson who grew up between Upstate New York and Manhattan. Since 2005, millions of people love her as the effervescent Host of Walt Disney’s World “Top 7 Must Sees” and “Must Do Disney” TV shows. Stacey and Chuck Duran are the producers and hosts of the Voice Arts Award winning web show VO Buzz Weekly.

As the youngest of five daughters, this petite powerhouse earned her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School and is a 5-time national champion in artistic rollerskating. Stacey always “Blooms where she plants herself” and is a gourmet chef & baker, animal advocate, fitness buff, renovation junkie, crafting wizard, diehard fashionista and trusted confidante who adores throwing posh dinner parties where pajama attire is always encouraged… if not required.

VO Buzz Weekly is the global web sensation that is inspiring, educating and entertaining viewers in over 80 countries around the world.

Aspiring voice actors, established VO pros and curious fans alike can finally put a “face to the voice” of the mega-talented voice actors from cartoons, animated films, movie trailers, video games, TV promos and commercials, to getting the inside scoop from the best voice over agents, directors and others, in a way that has never been done before.

Every week, hosts Chuck Duran and Stacey J. Aswad get up close and personal with their special guest as they share fun and poignant personal stories, insights on how they became so successful, reveal tips, techniques, products and equipment they use to maintain their voice, create characters and continue to stay at the top of their craft.

Subscribe now at www.VOBuzzWeekly.com, because you won’t want to miss a single episode! And the best part, it’s totally FREE!!!

Debi Derryberry – Voice-Over 101: How to succeed as a voice actor

Debi was born and raised in the quiet desert community of Indio, California, reaping the benefits of a close and loving family who encouraged her to pursue her dreams.

As one of Hollywood’s most active voiceover artists AND multi-talented kids’ entertainer, Debi Derryberry is probably best known as the voice of Jimmy Neutron.

Debi’s voiceover work includes the voice of Jimmy Neutron in the Academy Award-nominated Paramount/Nickelodeon film, Jimmy Neutron-Boy Genius“, Maureen, Phillip and Ken in the new animated Netflix hit show, “F is for Family”,  Spin Master’s “LuvaBella” DollDiana in “Sailor Moon”Maya and Candy in “Glitter Force” Draculaura on Mattel’s “Monster High“, Taimi in “Guild Wars 2”, and voiceover roles in “Toy Story, “Zootopia“, “Trolls” “Smurfs Lost Village” and Boss Baby“. Other voice work includes: Doc McStuffins, Scooby Doo,  Wednesday from “The Addams Family“,  Gnocchi from “Curious George“, Clay on “Playhouse Disney“, Weenie from “Oswald the Octopus“, Zatch Bell and Ryo Ohki from “Tenchi Muyo“, Jackie from “Bobby’s World“, Jeannie from the Emmy-Nominated “Life with Louie“, and Nergal Jr. on “Billy and Mandy” for Cartoon Network.

Also an on-camera actress, Debi’s credits include many commercials, “iCarly” and “True Beauty“, and she can be seen in the features “Ghostworld“, “Comic Book the Movie” and “Free Willy“. In that film, Debi was the stunt double who actually rode the whale!

When she was only nine years old, she got her first guitar and wrote “My Dog’s My Buddy” which is featured on her first CD, “What A Way to Play”.

Debi has toured the country performing her preschool music from all three preschool CD’s; “What a Way To Play“, “Very Derryberry“, and “Baby Banana!“.  Baby Banana“, the title song from her third CD went to number one on the charts for SiriusXM Radio! Debi Derryberry is also an author of, “Baby Banana and The Licorice Tree“, written to accompany the CD of the same name. All her products can be found online through AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

Debi excelled in high school, serving as captain of the gymnastics team and on the student council, graduated from UCLA as a pre-med candidate, and ultimately, seeking to explore her creative side, moved to Nashville, Tennessee. After three years in Music City, she returned to Los Angeles to launch her voiceover career, and she has garnered feature roles in numerous high-profile films and TV shows.

Click Here to send Debi and email.

Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt: Voice-Over Voice Actor

Our special guests are Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt, co-authors of Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind the Mic. (The Extended Edition).

Yuri Lowenthal, in addition to being a giant nerd, is an award-winning actor of stage, screen and voice-over. He has worked on over 200 video game titles, but may be best known for his work in the popular Prince of Persia video game series, in which he plays the titular prince in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, and Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones. He’s voiced Superman and Superman X on the Saturday morning animated Kid’s WB show Legion of Superheroes as well as Jinno/Kuma on Afro Samurai. Catch him currently as Ben Tennyson on Cartoon Network’s Ben Ten: Alien Force and as Bobby Drake, “Iceman,” on NickToons in the animated series, Wolverine and the X-Men. Anime fans may also know him from such series as Naruto, RaveMaster, Kyo Kara Maoh, Gurren Lagann, Bleach, Code Geass, and the film, Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

Tara Platt is not a nerd but is proudly married to one. She has performed internationally from London to New York to Los Angeles in film, TV, animation and theatre. In the VO world, she is best known for her work on the series and video games Naruto as Temari, DC vs. MK as Wonder Woman, and Legion of Superheroes as Dream Girl. Anime fans may also recognize her from animated series and features: Digimon: Island of Lost Digimon, Buso Renkin, RaveMaster, FateStayNight, Rozenmaiden, Tokko; Blue Dragon, Bleach, DearS, Boys Be; and in video games: Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, Eternal Sonata, Soul Calibur, Final Fantasy, Desperate Housewives, Halo 2 (ilovebees), Tales of Symphonia, Tales of the Abyss, Persona, and Valkyrie Profile: Silmeria. Tara and Yuri’s production company Monkey Kingdom Productions recently finished their first feature film Tumbling After.

Voice-Over Voice Actor will cover the following information:

Anecdotes

Anecdotes from VO professionals that run the gamut from actors to directors, agents to engineers. Entertaining stories and valuable insider knowledge on topics like: what makes a good demo reel, what it’s like in the booth, how to work effectively with a director, and what an agent likes to hear. Contributions from Wil Wheaton, Phil Morris, Dee Bradley Baker, Vic Mignogna, Liam O’Brien, Stephanie Sheh, Ginny McSwain, Jonathan Clements and many more!

Exercises

In addition to sample scripts and audition copy, you’ll find exercises to create characters, help narrow down your voice type, strengthen your pipes, increase breath control, improve diction and much more!

Audition Techniques

A peek into where you’ll be auditioning, who you’ll be auditioning for and things you can do to  set yourself apart from your competition. From script analysis and character breakdown to relaxation techniques, you’ll discover a multitude of ways to get prepared, stay levelheaded and put your best foot forward.

Marketing

Being the best actor isn’t enough! You’ll have to treat your VO career as a business, find out how to market yourself to agents, managers and potential clients. From promotional mailings to networking, these are the skills that can turn one job into a career!

Creating a demo

Making a good first impression is important and your demo is what you’ll send out into the world to give people a reason to hire you. You want it to be the best it can be, and here you’ll find out how to produce your demo to make it stand out!

Finding your voice

There are a lot of people out there competing for VO work. And key to being competitive is knowing your own voice. What qualities does your voice have? What kinds of products is your type of voice selling these days? And how can you use this knowledge to focus your energy and promote yourself? We’ll tell you!

Different types of VO

What kinds of jobs are out there? Where does VO fit in with the rest of the world of entertainment? From animation (dubbed and original) to video games, loop groups to commercials, let us be your guide through the wonderful world of VO.

Booth/Studio

We’ll give you a peek into the place where voice actors go to work and play. Who’ll be in there with you, how to get comfortable behind the mic and an introduction to all the strange and wonderful equipment you’ll be working with.

Home studio

Technology has brought the power to you, the voice actor, and we walk you through how to use your computer to record quality auditions at home and how to create your own home studio without spending an arm and a leg!

Getting Started

No matter how old you are, where you live, or what your experience, we give you the tools to begin your career in voice over. Whether you’re just curious, starting small or shooting for the stars, you’ll find what you need in this book!

Agents & Unions

Where are they, do you need them, how they can help you, and how to use them to get what you want in your VO career. We make them less mysterious, less intimidating and a lot more accessible.

Vocal Health

If you’re a race car driver, keeping your car tuned up and ready to go is key. In VO, it’s all about keeping your voice healthy and ready to rock, because if you don’t have your voice, you’re dead in the water. We give you tips on how  to stock your pantry and strengthen your voice.

The Warm-Up: CD or mp3 Download

The Warm-Up (your choice of CD or mp3 download) includes in-depth tracks to get you fully warmed-up and ready to go: * The Full Body Warm-Up * The Facial Warm-Up * The Breathing Warm-Up *The Vocal Warm-Up * The Condensed Complete Warm-Up *Additional Vocal Practice with Tongue Twisters.

Visit www.voiceovervoiceactor.com