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Animation, Audiobook, Cartoon, Character, Dubbing, Promos, Video Games
Jay Snyder is a classically trained actor who has performed leading roles on and off Broadway, television, and film. His expertise is bringing characters to life. For more than 10 years he has also done nearly every type of voice over work, including commercials (recent clients include Verizon, Coke, Six Flags, Cisco, and Absolut), audio books, documentaries, tours, industrials, video games, animated films and cartoons. Since he is happiest diving into characters and stories, it's no surprise that so much of his work has been in animation and audiobooks. Best known as the voice for the two lead characters of Yu-Gi-Oh!, and central characters in Pokemon, Sonic X, Kirby, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, G.I. Joe, Chaotic, and Huntik, Jay feels fortunate to have worked on well over 100 different movies and series and literally thousands of episodes and hours of entertainment. As a self professed geek, he's also psyched to have worked on the current Batman: the Dark Knight Rises video game as well as the critically acclaimed All Saints Row 2.
Even though not a week goes by without doing something in animation, as an actor his focus has shifted to audiobooks in the last few years. In that time he's performed on over a hundred titles in various genres. Some of his favorites include Kurt Vonnegut's wry Sci-Fi "The Sirens of Titan", "Zoo" and "NYPD Red" two new titles from the prolific New York Times best selling regular James Patterson, and the CIA action/intrigue "The Gray Man" series which is currently in development for a film franchise starring Brad Pitt.
He has also directed VO for years, on many anime series, audio books, and video games. More recently he has become an Audio Producer, working for Marvel on their Marvel Knights Animation line. His first project for them was the “Astonishing X-Men”, a series written by Joss Whedon who also made the record breaking blockbuster film "The Avengers". Next was “Iron Man: Extremis", a story which has been confirmed as the basis of the next Iron Man film. After that came the best reviewed series from Marvel Knights, "Thor vs. Loki: Blood Brothers". But perhaps more relevantly, Jay also audio produced an educational series for Disney/ABC News about World War 2 called “They Spoke Out." Working with comic book legend Neal Adams, Jay helped to tell the tales you never knew about an era you thought you had learned everything about. As Audio Producer, he’s responsible for casting, directing, sound design, scoring, and the final mix. He does the casting and directing personally, and works side by side with a wonderful team of talented professionals who always do an outstanding job, providing clients with the best results.
Jay has also written for hundreds of shows, and is currently developing various animated series and films from adaptations to original concepts. Storytelling is his passion, and he loves every element of it, not just being the performer. Jay's perspective is unique because he has experience with all aspects of capturing a performance. From the acting, to directing, casting, writing, and even the recording of a character.
So why does he teach if he's so busy? Jay comes from a family of educators and says that teaching at Edge is wonderful because he genuinely enjoys providing people with whatever benefit his experience has to offer and he always learns something new from everyone he works with....
Nazia "Naz" Chaudhry
Audition, Commercial, Corporate Industrial, Dubbing, eLearning, Narration, Singing
Nazia offers a very unique perspective to coaching from her diverse background in the world of both acting and music. In addition to working as a private voice and performance coach, she has performed in hundreds of productions as an actor from on-stage to on-camera, as well as behind the mic in voice over and singing. Her voice over career began in 2001 and covers the spectrum including: commercial, narration, IVR/telephony, ADR/dubbing, animation, corporate industrial, PSA, e-learning, audiobooks, politicals, and imaging. Some of Nazia's voice over and on-camera clients include: National Geographic - Discovery Channel - Hewlett-Packard - Chic-Fil-A - Frito Lay - GEICO - Marriott International - JC Penney - Shutterstock - Family Dollar - Michael’s Arts & Crafts Stores - USDA - Shriner's Hospitals for Children - Superpages - McGraw-Hill - Booz Allen Hamilton - FUNimation anime feature films (ADR Principal Voice Actor in Darker than Black I & II, Black Butler I & II, Rosario + Vampire) - Graphic Audio Deathlands Series & Outlanders Series (Audiobooks) - TXU Energy - Georgia Lottery - Duke University - Georgia State University. Nazia enjoys instilling confidence in students and works with all levels of voiceover talent, actors, and singers, as well as speakers and business professionals. She uses a customized approach to suit her students’ needs to effectively free the voice and actor within by introducing acting, music, vocal health, and breath management techniques. These tools can help voice over talent find music and rhythm within the copy, understand vocal placement in order to sustain character voices and accents, build and increase voice and acting range, eliminate strain and vocal fatigue, as well as build vocal stamina for those long and rigorous recording sessions. Since the age of 5, Nazia began developing her musical ear as a concert violinist until the age of 18. She began acting and classical voice training at 10 years old and began her professional performing career during college. As an actor, Nazia has performed throughout the U.S. appearing in TV commercials, industrials, films, and theatrical stage performances. Her theatrical work has garnered reviews in The Washington Post, Potomac Stages, and Talkinbroadway.com. She also worked for several years as a professional actor/role player for many corporations and government agencies in the DC area. As a vocalist, Nazia's extensive experience in jazz, pop, adult contemporary, jingle singing, musical theater, and opera has allowed her to share her passion for singing with audiences from children to dignitaries and from concert halls to intimate jazz clubs and recording studios. She studied vocal pedagogy and contemporary jazz voice at the prestigious University of North Texas School of Music. Nazia also holds a Master's degree in music from Georgia State University and earned her Bachelor’s of Music from University of Miami Frost School of Music, covering both classical and jazz studies in voice. Nazia regularly performs live in the Atlanta area and is currently working on the release of her debut solo jazz album. Nazia's singing and lead stage-acting credits include: International and regional tours with Jubilate, performing in concerts with 10 time Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby McFerrin, Latin Grammy Award-winning flautist Nestor Torres, actor/singers Clifton Davis and Harry Belafonte, and Metropolitan Opera soprano Marvis Martin - The Kennedy Center - Rialto Center for Performing Arts - Atlanta's Symphony Hall at Woodruff Performing Arts Center - RFK Stadium National Anthem singer - St. Joseph’s Concert Series - Good Morning Houston (ABC) - San Antonio Living (NBC) - Hard Rock Café DC - Drive By Big Band - GSU Big Band - GSU Courtyard Series - Florence Kopleff Recital Hall - UNT Jazz Singers - The Wall of Jazz - George Romano & The Euphoria - D-Town Singers - Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau - City Council of Dallas - Chinese Consulate - 2009 Music Director: Septien Entertainment Summer Vocal Camp - The Smithsonian’s Discovery Theater - Studio Theatre - Victorian Lyric Opera Company - Wooly Mammoth Theater - Studio Theater - South Asian Literary & Theatre Arts Festival - Washington Savoyards - Young Playwright’s Theater - Open Theatre - Chesapeake Arts Center - Kensington Arts Theater. ...
While we offer a variety of important classes here at Edge Studio, we also provide private voice over training. Each approach has important benefits. One-to-one voice over coaching -- with an experienced professional coach -- is sometimes the best way to hone your delivery and fine tune your performance.