Voice Talent

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.

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.

 

Paul Strikwerda: Making Money In Your PJs – Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs

Making Money In Your PJs is the new book by author and veteran voice actor Paul Strikwerda. Subtitled Freelancing for voice-overs and other solopreneurs, it offers a unique look at what it takes to be and stay in business as a voice actor or other type of creative freelancer.

Voice acting is hot at the moment, and year after year, thousands of hopefuls are led to believe that they can build a lucrative career as a narrator using a cheap microphone, a computer, and an internet connection. Others invest a hefty sum in expensive studio equipment, coaching, and demos, only to get nowhere. Making Money In Your PJs takes a revealing look into this booming industry where many are invited and very few are chosen.

Strikwerda:

“Every day, I see aspiring voice-overs treat their new dream job as a hobby and fail miserably. It’s not as easy as it seems. People need more than pleasant pipes to make a living as a voice actor. They have to have business acumen in order to succeed. It’s the stuff nobody teaches you in voice-over school that can make or break a career. That’s precisely the focus of this book.”

“Making Money In Your PJs” covers topics such as:

– Transforming a hobby into a profession

– Successfully promoting a business online and offline

– Turning potential customers into clients

– Pricing services for profit

– Getting paid on time, every time

– What to do when business is slow

– How to stand out from the competition

These are topics that not only voice actors need to address. They apply to practically anyone who is self-employed. Although this book is written from the perspective of a voice-over, any solopreneur will benefit from chapters on freelancing, marketing, handling clients, and money management.

Making Money In Your PJs is neither a get-rich-quick by doing voice-overs guide, nor a step-by-step course that will take the reader from voice-over novice to top talent in three days. Rather, it is a practical, personal, and often humorous account of what life is like behind the mic. It’s written with insight, intelligence, and a healthy dose of realism.

The sheer depth, breadth, and quality of the information on the pages of Making Money in Your PJs makes this book an obligatory resource in your library of voice-over and freelance success-building. More info and free sample chapters at:

http://MakingMoneyIn YourPJs.

Born and educated in The Netherlands, writer, coach and voice-over professional Paul Strikwerda started working the mic for Dutch national  public radio at the age of 17.

After a career in international broadcast journalism (BBC, Radio Netherlands), he became a sought-after media coach. In 1999, Strikwerda moved to the United States where he founded Nethervoice, providing voice-over services in his native Dutch, neutral English, and sometimes even in German.

In his studio in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, Paul records audio books, videos, virtual tours, commercials and documentaries for major clients on all continents. His weekly blog deals with issues facing voice-overs and other solopreneurs, and is read by thousands of people every month.

Previous books include “Building a Vocal Booth on a Budget,” and “Boosting your Business with a Blog.”

For Paul’s blog, audio samples and more, please visit nethervoice.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

 

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

The Voice Over Actor’s Handbook: How to analyze, interpret, and deliver scripts.

Our special guest is John Burr, author of The Voice Over Actor’s Handbook: How to Analyze, Interpret, and Deliver Scripts. John Burr is a voiceover performer, recording engineer/producer, video producer/director, and a professional trainer/coach. He has written and produced scripts in all media, and has directed many well-known national performers including Fritz Weaver, Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, William Conrad and Martin Landau. His many years of working in his various media roles have given him an in-depth understanding of every stage of the production process. Many of his former students have narrated for Discovery and Learning Channels, History Channel, National Geographic, and national audiobook producers, as well as many of America’s well-known corporations, such as Marriott, Xerox, IBM, Danaher, Carey International, and Lockheed-Martin.

The uniqueness in his approach to training comes from many years of applied language dynamics and musical characteristics to the process of teaching how to understand and interpret scripts and how to communicate with others in a natural, believable, purposeful, and convincing manner. John received his musical training at the Eastman School of Music, academic education at the University of Maine, and post-graduate work at American University. As a singer and assistant conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band Singing Sergeants and as a performer and musical director for the American Educational Theater Association and USO, he toured nationally and internationally for several years. As an actor and singer, he performed in many professional stock company productions, and performed in over forty operas with the Washington Opera.

Visit John Burr’s website at www.johnburrvoice.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.

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