voice coach

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

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.

Barbara Houseman: Tackling Text and Finding Your Voice (books for actors)

Having helped the actor with basic vocal technique in her enormously successful book, Finding Your Voice, Barbara Houseman here shows the actor how to cope with the demands posed by the text [and the subtext] of the play itself. Full of practical exercises developed over many years of working with actors of all ages and experiences, Tackling Text [and subtext] is an indispensable handbook for any actor working with text – from acting students and young professionals, to experienced actors wanting to tackle specific problems and acting coaches wanting to discover new ways of enabling their students.

Barbara Houseman’s career as a voice and acting coach and theatre director spans nearly forty years. She trained as a voice teacher at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and as a theatre director at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.  She won an Arts Council director’s bursary and assisted Mike Alfreds before working professionally as a director and voice coach. 

Having worked alongside Cicely Berry in the Voice Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Tim Supple invited her to become Associate Director at The Young Vic. On leaving she wrote ‘Finding Your Voice’ and ‘Tackling Text’.  

Since then she has worked extensively as a voice and text coach in the West End including shows including The Ferryman, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time and Equus (The Gielgud); Kenneth Branagh Season (The Garrick); the All Female Trilogy, Trelawney of the Wells, Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, St Joan (The Donmar); Dr Faustus (Duke of Yorks); Macbeth and Richard III (Trafalgar Studios); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Sweet Bird of Youth, Duchess of Malfi, Playboy of the Western World (The Old Vic).

She’s been resident voice and text coach at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park since 2009 and was Season Associate Director since 2012.

Individual clients include Jane Asher, Kenneth Branagh, Jessie Buckley, Omid Djalili, Dynamo, Richard Fairbrass, Jerry Hall, Lenny Henry, Nicholas Hoult, Karl Hyde, Patrick Kielty, Jude Law, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Scarlett Strallen, Will Young.

Barbara is visiting professor at the University of Tennessee and the University of Connecticut. She works as a voice over artist and coaches journalists who narrate their own documentaries, as well as coaching non-actors and individuals wishing to improve their communication skills. Barbara is a fully qualified Healing-Shiatsu Practitioner, an NLP Master Practitioner and a certified Clean Language Coach.

James R. Alburger: The Art of Voice Acting

Eleven-time Emmy award winner, James R. Alburger has been actively involved in audio for more than 30 years. He has worked in virtually all areas of audio production and sound recording, including: radio, location sound, recording studios, sound reinforcement, film sound design, and television. His experience on stage and behind the scenes in theater and television has contributed to James becoming a skilled director and acting coach. With a strong background as a both a performer and voice actor, James is one of those rare individuals who truly understands what “works” on both sides of the microphone and camera.

He is also an expert music editor and author of several books, among them: Get Your Act Together – Producing An Effective Magic Act To Music!; The Art Of VoiceActing – The Craft And Business of Performing For Voiceover; and The Voice Actor’s Guide to Professional Home Recording (Ebook). For 25 years, James was a Director and Audio Supervisor for the NBC television station in San Diego, and was responsible for the sound design of major projects for the station, as well as audio production for their on-air promotion. James also teaches a variety of workshops on voice acting for radio commercials and corporate narration projects, and as professional speakers and performance coaches teaching voice and acting techniques for effective business communication. In addition to their voiceover work and coaching schedule, James and Penny are also executive producers of the only convention dedicated to voiceover talent.

Visit his website: www.voiceacting.com

V-OH! Tips, tricks, tools, and techniques to start and sustain your voiceover career

Our special guest is Marc Cashman, author of V-OH!: Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career. Marc is an award-winning Radio and TV commercial producer. He teaches voice acting at California Institute of the Arts, produces V-O demos, coaches one-on-one with voice actors worldwide, and instructs voice-acting at all levels through his classes, The “Cashman Cache” of Voice Acting Techniques in Los Angeles, CA. Marc is also a guest speaker at Ad Clubs, Broadcasters Associations and voiceover conventions, and writes a monthly online column, “Ask the VoiceCat.”

Marc is a veteran voice actor with over 25 years of studio experience. He has been heard locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, voicing thousands of Radio and TV commercials, dubbing foreign films, narrating dozens of audio books, and creating the voices of many CD-Rom, online and videogame characters. Marc was voted one of the Best Voices of 2008 by AudioFile Magazine and has won the “Listen Up!” Award from Publishers Weekly and two “Earphones” awards from AudioFile. Marc is currently represented by the Osbrink Agency in Los Angeles, California, plus many other local talent agencies around the country. He brings a high level of professionalism, humor, energy and creativity to every voice acting session.