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Pat Fraley – Animation VO Legend and Voice Teacher

As a performer, Pat is well known for creating and performing the evil, bodiless “Krang” on the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated TV series. Pat has created voices for over 4,000 characters; placing him in the top ten of all time to be cast in animated TV shows. His performances and projects across all entertainment mediums have garnered him awards and nominations for Emmys, Annies, Cleos, and Audies.

As a teacher, Patrick is the architect of voice over instruction. Over the past 45 years, he has guided more performers into meaningful voice over careers than anyone in the history of VO Instruction.

Patrick began his career in Australia in 1974.  After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Cornell University, Patrick moved “down under” where he performed the classics as a member of The South Australian Theatre Company, appeared in Peter Weir’s movie, “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” and toured the outback with his own theatre company.

While living in Australia he learned the skill of creating, performing, and teaching voice over. His first job teaching was at Flinders University as a Vocal Dynamics Tutor. It is during that time that Patrick broke down the character voice to its elements, making him the first in the world to deconstruct the character voice, making it teachable to all. When he returned to the U.S., he began his long career creating characters for animation at Hanna Barbara in Los Angeles.

Meet Stephanie Ciccarelli – Co-Founder of Voices.com

Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Voices.com. As the top champion of the brand, she oversees the creation and review of content, and leads the industry in conversation.

For over 25 years, Stephanie has used her voice to communicate what is most important to her through the spoken word, written word, and song. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, Stephanie has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, Backstage Magazine, and the Voices.com blog, which has a readership of over 30,000. She is also a popular public speaker and mentor, as well as the host of Sound Stories, a podcast series for creative professionals.

With a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at Western University (2006), Stephanie has special skills in vocal education and performance. Having studied music intensively at the conservatory and at the university level, Stephanie has won awards for academic achievement and vocal performance.

When she’s not spending time with her husband David and their four children, Stephanie volunteers her time consulting local organizations on social media, singing and connecting with her community.

Stephanie is the author of Voice Acting For Dummies (Wiley Publishing, 2013), The Podcasting Ebook: Your Complete Guide to Podcasting (2005), and The Definitive Guide To Voice-Over Success (2005).

David Ciccarelli

David is the co-founder and CEO of Voices.com.  The unique blending of his audio engineering background with self-taught business savvy and website development afforded David the creative freedom to pursue his passion for innovation during the first dot com boom, the result of which catapulted him onto the scene as a pioneer in his field in the early 2000s. 

David is an honours graduate of the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology and an alumni of the Entrepreneurship program hosted by the Ivey School of Business.  When he’s not spending time with his wife and four children, David serves as a volunteer for a number of local organizations.

Gabrielle Nistico – The Gift of Gab for Voice Overs

Gabrielle Nistico has been a voiceover actor for 20 years. She’s behind the mic every day recording for voiceover clients. She reports from the front-lines and teaches you how to survive and stay current in the voiceover industry. If you’re new and looking to learn more about a career in voiceovers, start here. Gabrielle Nistico is the author of VO101: Everything you need to know to start a voice over career and How to Set Up and Maintain a BETTER Voiceover Business: A complete VO business guide to help you stay organized, focused and goal oriented.

She offers voiceover training & lessons in her Charlotte, NC studio as well as remote training for those outside of the area. Gabrielle shares her collective knowledge in my weekly podcast VOBoss with her amazing co-host and bestie Anne Ganguzza.

Even if you’ve never heard of her…you’ve probably heard her. Boston Market, Invisalign, Office Depot, Harley Davidson, Whole Foods and Food Network are just some of Gabrielle’s credits.

She is an honest coach that prepares people for the often brutal acting industry. She’ll turn you into the business owner/entrepreneur you need to be in order to thrive as a voiceover actor.  Wanna know how to find voiceover work? How to meet a voice client’s expectations? And how give the best voiceover performance? Let’s get started!

A Tough Coach for a Tough Industry

My philosophy for successful voiceover training is business FIRST. A well run voiceover business that includes networking, branding & marketing know-how will succeed. A great voiceover actor who lacks these skills may fail because no one knows who they are or how to hire them. I teach you how to out-business your competition.

You Cant Spell Voiceover without CEO

Some coaches hold your hand & ‘mommy’ you in the voiceover booth. That’s not me. You are not paying a coach to tell you how great you already are. I will challenge you vocally so that you achieve your full performance potential. It’s not in my interest, nor in your best interest, for me to tell you that you’re ready for something (like a demo) when you aren’t.

I put a strong emphasis on sales, promotions, and marketing because I want to help you become a better business owner. I will inspire you with intentional planning that will ignite your voiceover career and your entrepreneurial spirit.

Got 15 Minutes?

If you’re already working in the voiceover industry, I’ll make recommendations that fit YOU, even if it means referring you to another coach. Bring a thick-skin & your questions, and in 15 minutes, I will help you improve your voiceover demo, website, marketing, and performance.

If you are brand new to voiceovers, first, – start with my 12 Steps To Voiceover Success. 

Visit Gabrielle Nistico’s website: www.gabriellenistico.com

Harlan Hogan: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor

Over the years some very famous slogans have entered your ears via Harlan Hogan ‘s voice:

From Raids ‘ “Kills bugs fast, Kills bugs dead” and Head & Shoulders ‘ “That little itch should be telling you something” to the iconic, “It ‘s the cereal even Mikey Likes”.

Today, Harlan ‘s voice is still bringing us memorable phrases like, “How ‘s that for trendy?” for Ford 150 trucks, “It ‘s not home – but it ‘s close” for Cracker Barrel and reminding PBS viewers day in and day out that, “This program was made possible by viewers like you. Thank you.” His legendary political work includes commercials for candidates from Coroners to Congressmen.

Gamers recognize that the triumphant roar of the mighty Minotaur Alistar in League of Legends is voiced by Harlan. And in a rare on-camera appearance Harlan is the Father discovering the breakthrough cancer drug, Opdivo.

Based in Chicago, Harlan sends his voice world-wide from his state of the art studio, via ISDN, Source Connect, Phone Patch and the Internet.

Not only does veteran actor Harlan Hogan offer a fascinating personal account of the crazed clients, practical jokes, and amazing coincidences encountered during his twenty-five year career, he also provides a wealth of tested tips for surviving and thriving as a voice-over actor.

This indispensable guide features dozens of techniques to help readers train their voices, gain experience, make a demo, join unions, get an agent, and more. It also includes strategies for finding work in venues outside film and television, including games, automated telephone systems, and even Web sites. Actors, broadcasters, and anyone else who longs to make money speaking into a microphone will cherish this informative, insightful, and often hilarious glimpse at the business.

Visit Harlan Hogan’s webiste: www.harlanhogan.com

Elaine Clark: There’s money where your mouth is

Elaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One. As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.

There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is, an Allworth Press publication, is the ultimate voice-over training book on the market. Along with expert advice and script analysis, there are numerous practice commercials, industrials and multimedia scripts. Many colleges and high schools across the country have adopted it as a textbook for learning voice-over skills. Elaine Clark, the author of There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is, teaches a Voice-Overs By The Book class several times a year to help people fully understand and utilize the information.

Now expanded to include new insider’s tips on making a demo CD, vocal modulation and breath techniques, advanced copy-reading techniques, and a section on how copywriters see the job of the voice artists they write for, this book is an indispensable guide for anyone interested in a career in voice-overs.

Voice-overs represent a potentially lucrative enterprise for anyone with vocal talent. A well-connected voice actor can make as much in an hour as a stage actor can make in six weeks, and that’s before the “residuals” are earned. The lucrative voice-over field is one of the best ways to pay the bills while exploring stage and screen work, or it can become a fascinating career in itself.

Whether you’re a seasoned actor or a non-actor with vocal presence, this outstanding handbook offers an expert’s insight into launching a career and finding work in voice-overs. Author Elaine Clark, a prominent voice-over expert, begins by explaining the basics of the industry and demonstrating how prospective voice-over performers can best market themselves through the use of agents, mailings, and demo tapes. Subsequent chapters cover such essential topics as vocal preparation, the basics of reading copy, the distinction between an announcer, a spokesperson, and a character, how to “hide the sell”, how to branch out from commercials to industrial narrations and talking books, and how to work in a recording studio and use a microphone to best effect.

Visit Elaine Clark’s website: www.voiceoneonline.com and www.elaineclark.com


The VoiceActor’s guide to professional home recording

Our special guest is James R. Alburger, author of the book The VoiceActor’s Guide to Professional Home Recording. If you’re just getting started in voiceover, you know that sooner or later you must be able to record auditions and projects at home or on your computer. It’s simply the way the voiceover business works today. A relatively new computer or laptop gets you half way there, but you still need a few things before you can record and deliver professional-quality auditions and paid projects. And if you’re like most voice talent just starting out, you probably don’t have the budget for a lot of expensive equipment, or the knowledge to put everything together.

The Voice Actor’s Guide to Professional Home Recording is different from every other book, eBook, or DVD on home studio recording. It’s packed with hundreds of links to other websites and additional resources including FREE recording software and more. Plus, every key point in the eBook is cross-linked within the book itself. Finding what you need to know has never been easier, and this is something you’ll never find in a printed book!

to buy the book, visit James R. Alburger’s website at www.voiceacting.com/home-studio-ebook/


Konrad Zukowski: The inventor of the Kaotica Eyeball

Our special guest is Konrad Zukowski, the inventor of the Kaotica Eyeball, a groundbreaking invention that allows everyone to have studio quality in a beautifully designed mobile acoustic solution. It’s the evolution of vocal recording. Traditionally, you’d rig up foam on the walls or soundproof the room with blankets. Whether you rent or own, you don’t necessarily want to be putting holes in the walls. Even if you are committed to foaming everything up, it may not enhance the acoustics, unless you’re an acoustician. Kaotica firmly believes that you shouldn’t have to think about the room you’re recording in. Instead, you should concentrate on your performance.

Visit their website at www.kaoticaeyeball.com

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

Marc Cashman: Jingles, commercials, and VO

Marc Cashman waited until he was nine years old before he broke into show business. “Over a weekend, I read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk,” he recalls. “Something posessed me to make it into a musical play. I wrote the dialogue and a couple of songs, and I handed it to my third grade teacher. She liked it and asked me to produce it. After she explained what that meant, I produced it and even played the lead role of Jack. It was a big success. I think that’s where I go the bug.” When he was 12, his parents moved from Port Jervis, N.Y., right in the middle of the Catskill Mountains, to White Plains, N.Y., close to the big city. “When I was 15 I saved money from my paper route and bought my first guitar. I just picked up where I had left off in the third grade and started writing songs. All through high school I wrote songs and performed with folk groups. I continued playing guitar and performing through my four years at the University of Buffalo. I majored in political science, thinking I wanted to be a lawyer, but soon I realized it wasn’t for me. Music was what I wanted.”

When Marc graduated, he and a partner headed for Toronto, only 90 minutes away. “It was the land of Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot and The Riverboat, all those coffee houses in Yorkville and lots of colleges. I figured that was a pretty neat little place to start out. Steve Raiken, my partner, was also a guitarist. He was a six-string lead and I played 12-string rhythm. I wrote the songs, and Cashman & Raiken sung them, although I did most of the soloing.”
They played the circuit in Toronto for about a year before moving on to Philadelphia because of the incredible number of colleges in the area. “For the next two years, we played the college concert circuit from Philadelphia to Boston. Then I started to get uncomfortable on the road all the time and always being in the spotlight. It was a very transient lifestyle, and I wanted to settle down.”

Marc decided to retire for a while. In college he had taught guitar to help support himself, and he realized that he had a knack for teaching. To enhance his ability in that field he registered for a two-year Masters in Education at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. “When I graduated I taught for five years in elementary and junior high. But I continuted to write music. One of my pop pieces was picked up to be recorded by a minor Capitol recording artist in Canada. I went to the recording session and hated what they had done with my music. I decided then and there that never again would someone put their imprimatur on my music.” He was teaching in Cincinnati at the time. He made up his mind that the best way to keep control was to write and produce commercial music. “I started with the recording of that one song. I took it around to agencies and literally begged for an assignment. Finally, I was asked to do a 30-second piece for a Huffy Bicycle TV spot. I thought it was great to write a piece one day, record it the next, and have it on the air the following week. And I had total control.”

Marc soon realized that Cincinnati didn’t offer too much potential, and he decided to head west to Los Angeles. “I was a complete stranger in town, but I had five little ditties, which had been aired in the Midwest, and I made the rounds. I pounded the pavements for three months before I ran out of money and had to take on a series of part-time jobs. Then one day I got a call from Norm Lenzer and Brad Ball at DJMC (now DBC). The client was Knott’s Berry Farm, and they needed help immediately. They wanted a 60-second talking blues type of spot to be written, recorded and finished by noon the following day. When I heard it on the air it was a big thrill. My first spot in L.A.” Marc struggled during the first few years, mixing part-time jobs with his music to survive. “I got together with John Sarley, who had been a writer for Dick & Bert and left to form his own company. We did some things together and soon formed Sarley/Cashman Creative Services. What really launched us was when we were hired to do the music for the primary and general election spots for Deukmejian’s run for governor of California.

Over the next seven years we handled everything imaginable, including restaurants, food, clothing, hotels and TV stations. Our clients were agencies and advertisers from Maine, Hawaii, Washington, Florida and everywhere in between. Then we split. Sarley just decided to go off and do his own thing.” Since that time, Marc has been a one-man show. He went back to writing and producing copy as well as the music. “Right now, I’ve got my hands full. My tools are still just a legal pad and a pencil, but I don’t have my own studio, so I’m running around to a lot of different studios for my various projects. I’m at the point now of havng to staff up.” Over the past decade Marc’s work has not gone unrecognized. “I’ve won well over 150 awards from various competitions around the globe. But the thing in advertising that is most important to me is in the area of public service. About three years ago I was watching TV when I saw a little promo for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which tries to fulfill wishes of terminally ill children. It got to me. I called and offered to write a song for them. They accepted, and the music that came out of my heart is called Make a Wish Come True. Three years later that song continues to be used in the commercials.”

Marc married Lola 2-1/2 years ago, and both are looking forward to a family someday in the not-too-distant future. He has two hobbies. One is a collection of over 1,000 pieces of three-dimensional figures of ad characters such as the Pillsbury Doughboy, Speedy Alka Seltzer and the Jolly Green Giant. The other is teaching, which he continues to do wherever and whenever possible. As for the future, Marc hopes one day to produce entire TV commercials, not just the music. “I know I can meet the challenge creatively when the opportunity comes,” he says.


More than just a voice: The real secret to voiceover success

Our special guest is Dave Courvoisier, author of More Than Just a Voice – The Real Secret to Voiceover Success. More Than Just a Voice: The REAL Secret to Voiceover Success is like getting continuing education credits in voice-acting. A practicing journalist of 30+ years, Dave Courvoisier began researching the voice-over profession for his own enlightenment early in the last decade. Then he began blogging — sharing his findings with anyone who was interested. Apparently a lot of people were. Voted as one of the top VO Bloggers in 2011, Dave started getting a following of interested readers in the freelance business of voiceovers. After 2,500 blog articles, friends began urging Dave to publish a collection of his best blogs. More Than Just a Voice is that book. For those seeking answers about getting into the business, to others who needed a refresher on the latest techniques and trends, More Than Just a Voice is the perfect answer. It’s also some common sense advice in the face of rumors to the effect that voice-acting is a license to print money. After all, it’s just talking, right?

Voice-acting is a lot more than “just talking”, and this book proves that the VO hopeful needs to develop some good freelance business practices, get some coaching, and start practicing. In other words, one must do their homework. More Than Just a Voice is your first assignment.

Dave Courvoisier is the former nightly news anchor at the CBS-affiliated TV station in Las Vegas, NV: KLAS-TV. Before that, he anchored at the NBC station, bringing to 25 years his total time on the air in Las Vegas. He has garnered numerous local, state, regional and national awards for work with disadvantaged children through his weekly profile of adoptable children on the “Wednesday’s Child” program. Dave has also won several Television Arts and Academy awards (Emmys), and serves on the board of BoysTown NV. In the last decade, Dave has also become a freelance entrepreneur in the area of voice-acting; launching his own voice-acting business, recording for global clients in his private, professionally-equipped studio, and blogging for the voiceover community on “Voice-Acting in Vegas”. Dave has narrated over 40 audiobook titles, and is experience in medical/technical narrations, explainer videos, radio and TV commercials, as well as documentaries and corporate training videos. Dave quickly gravitated to the promise of Social Media for his marketing needs, and hosts a number of online VO community groups and forums on most popular social media networks. He has given numerous presentations on the subject of social media and voice-acting at several Voice Over conferences and unconferences, as well as webinars, seminars, and industry panels. Dave serves as the Exec. Vice President of World-Voices Organization, a voice talent industry trade organization, is a social media coach for Edge Studio, and was named one of the most influential VO bloggers of 2011.

Visit Dave Courvoisier’s website and blog at www.courvo.com