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Edge Studio has been part of the Washington DC voice over scene, particularly in the TV industry, for over 10 years now, with a voice over studio in Bethesda, and our Washington D.C. voice over training facility in Kensington ... and phone-patch in both.
We consider D.C. the "hidden jewel" of voice over. You wouldn't think there would be a lot going on here, other than politics, politics, politics. But indeed a lot of voice over work happens right here in the nation's capital!
First of all, Washington D.C. is home to many of the major networks: Discovery Channel (and its many arms such as TLC, Discovery Kids, and the Oprah Winfrey Network.), National Geographic Channel (and its many arms), PBS, TV One, and many other Washington D.C. voice over producers in need of long form narration and promos!
There are also museums (needing museum installation audio and tour narration), corporations, and other organizations in Washington D.C. who need voice overs for e-learning and online training narration work.
D.C. is home to Bethesda Softworks, who describe themselves as "the third largest privately held personal computer entertainment software company in America." This company works on a lot of well known video games, such as Fallout and DOOM. There are also a few audiobook companies in Washington D.C. (such as Graphic Audio). And of course, the political ads that keep this town humming along during political/election seasons!
There are some great casting agencies. Washington D.C. voice over talent don't have individual agents, but rather they have agencies. And a performer doesn't have to be "married" to any particular agency. In fact, it's better to be actively associated with all of them. The big agencies are Carlyn Davis Casting, Central Casting and Taylor Royall. There are also some further out (closer to Baltimore) that include Linda Townsend Mgmt. and Cima Talent.
There are also great industry groups to help producers and talent network, learn, and further improve the world of Washington D.C. voice overs. They include WIFV (Women in Film and Video) and TIVA-DC (Television, Internet and Video Association of D.C.). These two organizations have casting calls, as well as producers looking to hire talent. (Even some of the casting agencies post here for hard-to-fill castings.) They also host many industry events -- where you can market your talents and find producers and other people seeking Washington D.C. voice over talent for hire.
There is a big Theater presence Washington D.C.. Some of the major acting and improv groups are: The Actor's Center, Theater Lab, and The Conservatory, DC Improv (they also have classes) and BIG (Baltimore Improv Group). There are also a few smaller troupes around, and theaters abound!
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