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Audition, Business & Money, Demo Evaluation, eLearning, Marketing
A leading authority on voice-over and Chief Edge Officer of Edge Studio, David Goldberg has cast and directed thousands of voice-over productions. He has also coached innumerable voice actors, from beginners to top working pros and celebrities. David says, “Although I don’t have a golden voice, I guess my ears work pretty well.” Indeed. David's ears are considered the best in the industry. He's known for an uncanny ability to provide super-quick yet precise direction. Because he sees things from all industry perspectives, many veteran voice actors rely on him as their mentor. David is also one of the most active directors and speakers, frequently illustrating his practical answers with fun anecdotes from his many years of experience. Soon after founding Edge Studio as a music-recording facility in 1988, David added spoken voice recording to its repertoire. In response to many clients asking him for voice over guidance, David wrote the first edition of the "Voice Over Technique Guidebook" in 1992. Since 2000, Edge Studio has focused exclusively on spoken voice, and is now one of the world's premiere voice over production, casting, and training facilities. Clients and agents rely on David's ability to pinpoint the right voice actor for their production. Voice actors rely on his ability to help them find their full potential, benefiting from his perception, straight-forwardness, production savvy, and those acute ears. People and companies that David has worked with at Edge Studio include: Nickelodeon, Disney, Pixar, DaimlerChrysler, The US Postal Service, Scholastic, IBM, The United Nations, countless radio stations, National Public Radio, ESPN, Discovery, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Eartha Kitt, Tom Brokaw, John Ratzenberger, Denise Austin, Mark Linn-Baker, and scores of leading Broadway and TV performers. Edge Studio remains one of the country's most acclaimed voice over facilities, offering voice over production, casting, and education....
Originally from Illinois, Joey came to New York to get her MFA in acting from the New School for Drama. She was soon working as an actor in both theater and film in the city, and became smitten with the world of voice over. Joey was Edge Studio’s Education Department Director for nearly five years, and she continues to guide new talent by teaching the Investigate Voice Over Workshop in our New York studio. One of her favorite things to do is getting people excited about life and their experience as she is. Joey’s professional life these days is extremely varied. She voices commercials, corporate narration, e-learning, explainer videos, audio books and other genres. Clients include Chili's, Macy’s, Wells Trade, McCormick Spices, Duke Energy, Sephora, E*Trade, Realtor.com, and MasterCard. Joey has been an on-camera host for Day’s Inn, Designer People (Ovation Network), Fashion Institute of Technology, and she’s also a live event emcee, announcer. She has been seen (and heard) as the On Field Host for the Staten Island Yankees Minor League Baseball team (although she also roots for the Cardinals), as an announcer for the New York Road Runners (NYC Marathon), Cycle for Survival in partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 9/11 Memorial 5K, Race for the Cure, More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Health and Wellness Expo, and Pratt Institute. As for her personal activities, she’ll never turn down barbeque, hiking, or a pedicure, and she adore nerds of the science- business-history-improv comedy variety. At the core, she’s a creative professional who loves to tell stories and be a positive instrument in people’s lives. She’s obviously a positive force in her own....
Acting, Commercial, Corporate Industrial, Documentary, eLearning, Narration, Telephony
Award winning voice actor Danielle Quisenberry has contributed her talents to radio and television commericals, web and software narrations, corporate campaigns, industrial and documentary films, English as a second language tutorials, and telephone systems. She is an experienced live industrial narrator and works each season at The Brooklyn Academy of Music' Kids Film Festival in live interactive animation. Her client list includes, Aetna Insurance, America Online, Fiat, McAfee, McDonalds, People PC, Timex, Tyco Toys, Mrs. Meyers Clean Day, Oldsmobile, Panasonic and Verizon. Here at Edge Studio, she is a private instructor, as well as the instructor for Technique 101 workshops, How To Supplement Your Income With VO workshops, and our popular Acting of Voice Acting class. She really enjoys introducing cross over acting techinques to new voice performers and working with trained actors to help them transfer their existing skills to the microphone. Her academic interests include acting methodologies, movement and the physical process of vocal production. She is personally interested in how advances in neuroscience affect teaching and adult learning in the arts. In addition to being an awesome voice talent and coach Danielle Quisenberry has worked on more than 100 model art projects in cooperation with the New York City Department of Education. She contributed to the core methodology of the renowned Literature to Life Program at the renowned American Place Theatre, where she taught young people, trained public school teachers and teaching artists as well as presented workshops in interdisciplinary arts methodologies nationwide. Currently, on the faculty of Edge Studio, The Actors Studio Drama School and The School at Alvin Ailey, her previous arts in education collaborations include, The American Place Theater , The American Ballroom Theatre, The TADA! Youth Theatre, The Public Theatre, Classic Stage Company and Steps on Broadway. In addition, she has been a regular guest artist at LaGuardia High School for Music, Arts and the Performing Arts, often known as the Fame school. She holds a degree in acting performance from The University of Michigan and a certificate in Radio and Television Production and Performance from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Her faculty positions now include, The Actors Studio MFA program at Pace University, The School at Alvin Ailey and The New York Film Academy. When out of the booth, she is still in the studio ... the dance studio that is -- teaching and performing as an International Standard Ballroom Dancer. This year, she will combine her favorite art forms by joining the team which does the live announcing for The Manhattan Amateur Classic, a top NYC DanceSport Competition....
Accent and Dialect Acquisition, Accent and Dialect Elimination, Acting, eLearning, Narration, Telephony
Linda Jones plays with her words—and will get you playing too! A mimic from a long line of mimics, she started doing 'voices' at the dinner table in childhood, and hasn't been quiet since. With an impressive voice over client list that includes Clairol, American Express, Hewlett Packard and Dow Chemical, she brings her students real-world experience in commercial work, corporate narration, documentary, education, telephony and audio books. With over 20 years of coaching experience, Linda takes great joy in helping her students cut loose - learning to find not only their own relaxed, authentic voice, but also building on that to discover and expand their natural range and variety. She focuses on strength, precision, ease, and flexibility, allowing her students a base from which to vocally fly. And that feeds her more technical work with vocal production, diction and articulation, accent acquisition and reduction. An award-winning actor in her own right, she also homes in on interpretive techniques, helping her students find their way into a text to deliver excellent interpretive reads with superior technical skill. Born and bred Concord, Massachusetts (she learned to swim in Walden Pond!), she has coached and performed across the country, from Chicago to San Francisco to New York City. She holds a BFA in Acting from Ithaca College, has run three NYC Marathons (more to come!)....
Acting, Commercial, eLearning, Kids, Narration, Telephony
As a voice coach, you will never hear me say the words “you’re not getting it”. I consider it my mission to try different approaches, techniques, and exercises until something clicks. My coaching style involves a lot of dialogue between teacher and student, and I like to use my sense of humor to keep things light and fun, even as I challenge you to go further than you thought possible. When it comes to animation, cartoons, children's e-learning, and video games, I am very grateful to have had experience on both sides of the window. On the production side, I served as voice director and talent supervisor for the Emmy Award-winning PBS cartoon, "WordWorld". I’ve also voice directed various games and toys for The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go!, Dora the Explorer, as well as numerous children’s audio books for Scholastic. As Head of the VO Department at Animation Collective, I oversaw the records and casting of nine shows produced for Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, and AOL kids. My TV production career started on the show "Blue's Clues", where I won my very first VO role—that of a talking mailbox! As talent, I have narrated projects for Blackberry, Cincinnati Bell, Harrah’s, Hilton, Taximagic, Petflow, WatchDox, Twilio, Green Nissan, Slendertone and Howcast.com among others. For more than three years, I have been the main voice of the award-winning Kognito Interactive, which creates web-based e-learning simulations for various clients including Starwood Hotels, Rutgers, CUNY, Baruch, Fuji Film and the Veteran’s Association of NY/NJ. I graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, and also trained in improv through Second City. As a live performer, I have four years of stand-up, and eight years of sketch comedy under my belt. I moved to the City of Angels in 2010, and have had a great time heading up Edge Studio’s LA studio! ...
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....
Acting, Audiobook, Audition, Commercial, Documentary, Narration, Promos
Carol is an actor, voiceover talent and Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has read for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, Audible.Com, Hachette, HighBridge, Clipper Audio, Edge Studio, Books on Tape, Academic Merit, and Redwood Audio's listentogenius.com. She has been a featured narrator in Audiofile magazine, Voiceover Xtra, and the Recorded Books Catalog. In addition to narrating several documentaries, Carol has been "the voice" of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival since 2010 and has voiced tributes to such luminaries as Jean Paul Belmondo, the Houstons, Luise Rainer, and Eli Wallach. Her commercial voiceover clients have included HSBC, USDA, Seton Hall, AFL-CIO, Bell Atlantic, Sag-Aftra, Amazon and McDonald's, among others. She regularly voices promos for TCM & TNT. In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, she is an adjunct professor of narration and commercial voiceover at NYU's Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She has led classes for over 20 years in voice, acting, scene study, and auditioning at such schools as Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Belvoir Terrace. Carol has also worked as a theatre director and voice and acting teacher at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School. At Edge, Carol focuses on students' goals and explores the nuances of oral interpretation, vocal technique, point of view and text analysis. She aims to cultivate in each of her students the most effective and evocative delivery possible....
Podcasts, Self-Guided Tours
Sotheby's Institute of Art, Director - San Diego Museum of Art, Director - Pageant of the Masters - Laguna Beach, Ca., Director of Media - United Exhibits Group, Denmark, Consultant - Jim Henson Company, Consultant - National Center for Children and Creativity, Washington, DC, Director of Education - Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, National Education Committee - American Association of Museums, President - California Association of Museums
Audio Tour Narration, Script Production, and selected Orientation Video Production:
Audio Tour Narration, Script Production and selected Orientation Video Production: Star Wars: The Magic of Myth, The Art of the Muppets, Dr. Seuss from Then to Now, The Gold of Peru, Between Continents, Between Seas: Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica, The Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovak State Collections, Siqueiros, Dutch and Flemish Masters: Paintings from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, American Masters: The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Ansel Adams: Classic Images, Chinese Export Silver: A Legacy of Luxury, Photographers of the Weimar Republic, Songs of My People: African American Photographers, Oskar Schlemmer, Perspectives: Angles on African Art, Black Sun: The Eyes of Four - Contemporary Japanese Photography, American Women Artists: 1830-1930, Toulouse-Lautrec: The Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection, The Painter Joaquin Sorolla, California Sculpture, Cecil Beaton: A Retrospective, Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas, Faberge Imperial Eggs: From the Forbes Collection and the Kremlin Museums, Gold of Greece: Jewelry and Ornaments from the Benaki Museum, Latin American Drawings Today, California Cityscapes, Pacific Parallels: Artists and the Landscape in New Zealand, 1840-1990, The Great Age of Sail: Treasures of the National Maritime Museum, London, The William S. Paley Collection, Helen Frankenthaler, Gold and Grandeur: The Age of the Baroque in Portugal, Egon Schiele, Gauguin and the School of Pont Aven, Discovering Ellis Ruley, Andrew Wyeth - The Helga Paintings, Monet from the Collection of the Marmottan Museum, Achilles Rizzoli: Heavenly Hallucinations, Lost Treasures of the Romanovs from the Kremlin Museums, George Bellows, Ringing Thunder: Tomb Treasures of Ancient China, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People...
Acting, Commercial, Corporate Industrial, eLearning, Medical, Narration, Telephony
Randye Kaye began her voice-over career as a way to keep acting while pregnant with her first child - and has been working behind the microphone ever since. Her credits include commercials - Kyocera printers, Betteridge Jewelers, Big Lots, Dove - Narrations - Continental Airlines, Medicare, Burger King, MISTO, Verizon - audiobooks, phone systems - Priceline.com, Executone, Elizabeth Arden - websites, video games, medical narrations - CVS, , Medicare, fibromyalgia management - and live announce events - Effie Awards, Echo Awards. Randye has also voiced many medical scripts, websites and telephony for major clients including hospitals (St, Raphael's in New Haven, Tanner Health systems in Atlanta), pharmaceuticals (Seroquel, Savella), patient care (The Newborn Channel, CVS, caremark.com, Medicare, fibromyalgia management) and e-learning sites (migraine prophylaxis, NAMI). She has also worked as a radio morning personality, and has acted on stage, in improv groups, and in TV/film. And – oh, yeah – she also writes. Her book and audiobook (guess who narrated?), Ben Behind His Voices, were published this fall. She lives with her husband in Trumbull, CT where her son, daughter and son-in-law visit often to raid the fridge and use the washer and dryer. ...
Business & Money, Marketing
The H is silent, but Tom is not! He’s been a voice talent for more than fifteen years, and loves what he does. He spans quite a range, having narrated audiobooks about 30 Rock, Battlestar Galactica, and Glenn Beck, for example. In addition, he has lent his voice to video games like Red Dead Redemption, and he has voiced hundreds of e-learning projects for students all over the world, who are learning English as a second language. When Tom isn’t talking (or talking about talking), he occasionally acts, directs, and is even the writer and co-producer of a comic book. He writes a voiceover blog called the Good Karma Network, as well. In describing his voice-over journey, Tom uses words like “adventure,” “a thrill,” and “fulfilling.” As an Edge Studio coach, he likes giving back to the voice-over community, and enjoys being able to share his experience, insights and perspective so that aspiring talent will feel the same way. ...
Born in Stamford, Connecticut and one of three brothers, Robert graduated in 1988 from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Robert then graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law in 1991. He is currently an accomplished actor, voice over artist and practicing attorney who has been chosen by Connecticut magazine as a New England Region and Connecticut “Super Lawyer” for the years 2009 through 2012. Robert hosted a local radio program back in the mid 1990's called "The Law Show", and more recently, hosted a radio show called "Ask the Lawyer" on WICC in Bridgeport. Robert has appeared on National Television numerous times including leading roles as Czar Nicholas II on the History Channel’s “Engineering an Empire: Russia”, “Al Capone” in History Channel’s “MysteryQuest”, 2 episodes of Discovery Channel’s “Most Evil” (Manson and Gangs), a recurring role on A&E’s “Watching the Detectives”, an episode of "Rescue Me", “Maury Povich” and twice in “30 Rock”, an episode of Explorer on the National Geographic Channel where he plays Iran-Contra scandal hostage Tom Sutherland, and most recently on the new ABC series Pan Am. Besides television, he has done numerous film projects in leading or supporting roles, including a film called "The Maltese Murder Mystery" where he played the supporting role of "Tony Figlia", “A Fine Layer of Darkness” which premiered at the HFC Film Festival, where he played the lead role of “Samuel Halford”, independent films called “E:8 Think Tank” and ATT’s “The Hacking Chronicles” where he played the “Lawyer”, “Mind Morgue” and “Demon of Lataran” produced by Legion Films, and a short film called “Il Portiere (The Janitor)” which won the San Marcos Film Festival, where he played the lead role of “The Janitor.” Most recently he performed in a leading role on the films “Home/Sick”, “Destroy” and “Noir Bar”. He has also worked on big name films like “Music and Lyrics”, “Enchanted”, “American Gangster”, “Julie and Julia”, Oscar winning “Man on Wire“ and “Life Before Her Eyes”. Robert has also appeared, or done voice over work, for countless commercials and industrial films. Robert is a member of AFTRA and accredited by SAVOA, (Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists), and serves on the SaVoa Advisory Board. He also had the honor of writing a chapter in the current Fourth Edition of the book, The Art of Voice Acting, written by James Alburger, which is considered by many to be the bible of the voice over industry. He has also written an ebook about Voice Overs and the Law scheduled to be released in 2012. ...
Dave Courvoisier is a voice actor, blogger, TV news anchor, renaissance man, perspicacious, itinerant prospector of social media, father and husband. For the last 30 years, Dave has risen in the ranks of local TV, earning Emmy’s for various aspects of reporting, producing, and anchoring. He currently anchors the 5, 6, and 11 o’clock weekday newscasts at the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, NV: KLAS-TV. Dave is a graduate of the prestigious Poynter Institute’s curriculum on “Digital Media Strategies for Today’s Newsroom Managers.” For the better part of the last 10 years Dave has also applied himself to the challenges of a career in voice acting. Early on, Dave chose Social Networks as his primary means of marketing his VO business. That commitment has also led to a new career vector helping others lean the ins and outs of New Media. Dave was a keynote speaker at VOICE2010 on “Making Social Media Work for your VO Business; and is scheduled again in 2012 to speak on “Social Media Secrets”. Dave has also led similar discussions at VO’s “unconference” – FaffCon -- in 2010 and 2011. In addition, Dave has held numerous webinars and teleconferences on the subject of Social Media on VoiceOverXtra, The Voice Acting Academy, and the VoiceOverDirectory. Dave was recently named the most influential VO blogger of 2011, and is the webauthor of SocialMediaVO.com, and VOAToday.com, as well as the administrator for numerous LinkedIn, FaceBook, and Twitter groups aggregating voice actors into online communities. Dave is also the marketing director for E-Learningvoices.com, and serves as the Executive Vice President for World-Voices Organization, an Industry Trade Association. ...
Agents, Business & Money, Casting, Unions
Elena Berger — former Voice-Over agent at ICM, current instructor at Juilliard & NYU-Tisch of the “Business of Acting,” Voice-Over, and On-Camera Commercial technique — has just about seen and heard it all. There’s almost no aspect of the business side of the Industry with which she doesn’t have some experience. Acting, she says, is best left to others, thank God. She’s held positions in theatrical representation (including Tony Award-winners), personal management (including Academy Award-winners), casting (HBO, FOX, Comedy Central, and independent film), and production (independent film). Currently, she is a partner at JLC Entertainment Group, managing a select group of clients in all aspects of their careers. She also runs a successful actors’ career consulting business. Since 2002, Elena’s instructed at The Juilliard School and CAP21, and has offered her workshop at NYU’s StoneStreet Studios, One-On-One Productions, Camp Broadway and SUNY-Purchase. She has also been an invited lecturer at Backstage’s annual ActorFest. Elena lives in Brooklyn with her husband, writer Peter Charles Melman, and their sons, Charlie and Hank. ...
Editing, Engineering, Home Studio, Mixing, Pro Tools
Dan lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC and is a husband and father of two boys. He attended five universities and had three majors before being introduced to audio engineering in 1994. Realizing his career dream, he ended his educational journey at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio finishing among the top 5 in his class. After years in recording studios and in radio he began work at ProComm Voices in 2001,where worked as an engineer, producer and voiceover talent. With 13 years at ProComm Voices, he has produced, directed or provided his voice to thousands of audio productions. In 2010 he published SOUND ADVICE- Voiceover From An Audio Engineer's Perspective. A first of its kind in the industry, the book covers audio engineering and studio session etiquette as it relates directly to voiceover talent. He continues to write a popular blog at his website: SOUND4VO.com. His ability to simplify often complex recording and audio concepts is unmatched in the voiceover industry. In 2011, Dan began working with Edge Studio, providing editing, recording, and home studio classes as well as consultations to help new voice talent along with established professionals improve their business. He is highly regarded in the voice over community and his vast knowledge continues to educate our Edge Studio students every day. He has been a featured guest on webinars for Voice Artists United with Chris Kendall, The Voice Over Club with Terry Daniel, Voice Over Training.org with Bill DeWees and East West Audio Body Shop (EWABS) with George Whittam and Dan Lenard. He has also lead several sessions at Faffcon 2 and Faffcon 3. Dan Friedman is an accomplished engineer, producer, director and author. He is also a successful voiceover talent and has been heard on hundreds of local and regional television and radio campaigns as well as many corporate narrations. His list of clients, credits and commercial campaigns continues to grow. He is currently the national voice for Moe's Southwest Grill, Crowne Plaza Hotels and The RKS Kettle Bell exercise program. ...
Audition, Casting, Commercial
Lesley Bailey is an award-winning Casting Director, Voice Over Coach, Demo Producer, and Consultant. She spent the last fifteen years as the head of Casting at a major production company in NYC as well as coaching and producing demos. She has consulted at a major ad agency and has also done freelance vo and on-camera casting at some of the top casting companies in the nation. Lesley has been a guest teacher at many events and educational institutions including MindGlo, Backstage, and the Learning Annex. She has also taught classes at the Oregon Children's Theatre and recently judged the Oregon Thespian's Competition. Among the thousands of spots she has cast are AT&T, Pepsi, Mercedes, Heineken, Doritos, and Poland Springs. She includes among her many high-level clients BBDO, Ogilvy and Mather, Wieden and Kennedy, Publicis, and Saatchi & Saatchi. Lesley brings out absolute magic in people, teaching them to express themselves naturally and honestly while fostering a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Her style focuses on script-analysis and those little "tricks" of the trade that she has gathered up over almost two decades of working with the best producers, directors, writers, agents, and actors in the business. Lesley loves nurturing voice over stars all across the universe and is delighted that her students get the results they want in their careers. ...
Animation, Cartoon, Character, Impressions, Kids, Singing
Carolee has earned a living singing and speaking for over 30 years! She has been called “the girl Robin Williams” because of her versatility and humor. She has recorded Jingles, Records, Song Parodies, Industrial Shows, Children’s Books, Anime, Audiobooks, Toys, Video Games, Workout Tapes, TV Themes, Cruise Ships, Theme Parks, Musicals and anything else one can sing or speak on! Some of her clients include: Cheerios, IBM, Cingular, Dentyne, Verizon, Jello, Downy, American Express, Merill Lynch, Napier and many more. She has sung with Carly Simon, Larry Gatlin, Rosie O’ Donnell, The Chieftains, Keely Smith and more. She has also written, performed, musically directed, and directed many corporate shows. Her anime credits include: Runner Kuromi, Photon: The Idiot Adventures, and RG Veda. ...
Johnny Heller is praised for his adult, personal development, history, comedy and children's book narrations. He is a 2008, 2009, and 2011 "Best Audio Book" winner, a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award winner from 2008-2013, a 2005 and 2009 "Audie Award" winner, a double Audie nominee in 2012, selected as one of the Top 50 Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, and a multiple Audiophile Earphone Award winner. In 2014, Johnny was awarded two Listen Up Awards for his work on Polly Shulman’s "The Wells Bequest” for Penguin Audio and “In a Glass Grimmly” by Adam Gidwitz. A cum laude honors graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, Johnny worked as a reporter for the Chicago SunTimes before pursuing a career in acting. Heller studied theater in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles and appeared for a number of years in the long running hit Shear Madness. He also worked at the Northlight Repertory and the Goodman Theater. Heller’s plays have been performed in New York and Chicago theaters and he is currently writing a book for young adults. After studying comedy improvisation and performing in a traveling company, Heller found success as a stand up comic working at clubs across the country. He still does stand up on occasion but his major focus continues to be in the world of voice-over and narration. Heller’s distinctive voice has always kept him in demand in the commercial voice over industry and audio book narration. He has recorded nearly 500 titles touching on almost every genre. The Library Journal says Heller has “the voice of a master storyteller.” AudioFile Magazine calls him "the best narrator for children's books around”. His narration skills led the School Library Journal to say, "Listening to Heller is so much fun it's difficult to imagine simply reading the book.” And AudioFile says “Heller makes nonfiction as thrilling as any action-adventure.” ...
Lara Marie Hirner has unique skills that help voice-actors please more casting agents, impress more engineers, and book more jobs -- especially long-form narration -- by reducing abusive behaviors and techniques that contribute to vocal fatigue and throat discomfort, training proper coordination of breathing and speaking, decreasing mouth clicks and pops (which save editing time), and maintaining a healthier voice for a more lucrative and sustainable career.
There are definitely compromises voice actors are asked to make - long sessions that are demanding on the voice, certain affects (breathy, gritty, raspy...) that can, long term, damage your voice. Lara helps new and pro voice actors stay in business for longer and/or handle more work per day, by balancing good vocal health with the specific demands of voice over clients.
How? Combining her degrees as a Speech Language Pathologist, her experience as a professional voice actor (credits below), and her breathing techniques as a performance singer (credits below), she is happy to share her experience in the fields of performance, vocal pedagogy and therapeutic treatment with the Edge family to help foster a better understanding of the voice and how to best care for it when your career depends on it!
Lara is currently maintaining practice in Boston, MA. She graduated from Harvard University in June of 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as a participant in the Music Department’s Five Year Performance Program for voice. Theater credits include Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Cunegonde in Candide.
In concert work, she performs as a frequent soloist with the Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York City Ballet, the Juilliard Choral Union at Lincoln Center, the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and was featured at the Bernstein Festival Gala Concert at Sanders Theater. She was a 4 year member of the Marble Collegiate Sanctuary choir and continues to perform with her vocal jazz quintet, West Side 5. In workshops, masterclasses, and concert performances, Lara has worked with Jason Robert Brown, Steven Schwartz, Mandy Patinkin, Joel Cohen and the Boston Camerata, Christopher Hogwood, Robert Levin, and Judith Clurman.
In addition to her singing career, Lara has also appeared in several independent films and an animated feature which are currently in production. She maintains an active career as a voice over artist and has recorded three children’s audiobook series for Disney and the Smithsonian institute, and two audiobooks for Random House. She is also the voice of the online dating site, howaboutwe.com and regularly records teleprompts, children educational media and industrials for companies including WebSense, Chase, and EduJoy. She will also greet you on the Edge Studio voicemail system if you are ever calling after hours! She manages her voice over career with the help of Linda Weaver at Access Talent.
Lara currently holds Masters Degree Speech and Language Pathology from Columbia Teachers College and now practices as a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital inpatient team in Boston. During her training, she treated clients with a range of voice disorders and now provides vocal care consultations for professional voice users such as teachers, voice over artists, and singers....
Ernesto De Villa-Bejjani
Commercial, Narration, Spanish
During the last thirty years Ernesto has worked without stopping as a theatre, film, TV and voice actor for TV and radio commercials and multiple audio books. He was awarded by the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (H.O.L.A.) as “Outstanding Performing” and “Best Actor 2008”. He was awarded by the Association of Cronistas de Espectáculos of New York (ACE) as “Revelation Masculine” in 2004 and nominated for “Best Dramatic Actor” in 2008 and 2010. Living in New York City since 2003, he has been directing his theatrical company, "88 Performing Arts", produced several theatrical shows, and has conducted many acting and voice over workshops. Ernesto has twenty years of experience teaching acting and voiceover classes. As a bilingual talent and coach, diction and accent reduction are one of his major assets. Besides coaching and acting, Ernesto casts and directs TV and radio commercial in Spanish for the United States market. In his own words, "The act of forming voiceover actors and professionals is my passion". Ernesto was born in Mexico City and started his career in 1984. He finished his professional studies at the National School of Theatre at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. ...
Accent and Dialect Acquisition, Accent and Dialect Elimination, Acting, Animation, Audition, Cartoon, Corporate Industrial, Telephony
Marjorie Kouns is a Voice Actor and Public Artist known for her character voices on Dora the Explorer and the voices of political pundit Ann Coulter, and Sarah Palin. For over seven years she’s voiced numerous radio and television commercials, PSAs, telephony (on-hold messaging), and just recently became one of the go-to voices for select Fox-affiliate TV stations in the Midwest. Her clients include: MiamiBeach411.com, Dun & Bradstreet-Power Profiles, Children’s Hospital Boston, Spanish dubbing for Centerpoint Energy, as well as the voices of both Olive Oyl (Popeye) and Lois Lane (Superman) in the Fleischer Cartoon digital remix series. She’s also the Voice of God (live announcer) for: Radio Ink Hispanic Radio Conference Awards – the Medallas de Cortez, MarketAmerica and Shop.com conferences, Cinco de Mayo Festivals, and the New York City Marathon. Marjorie has recently been featured in a number of films including ‘The Iceman’ directed by Ariel Vromen. Marjorie came to the Voice Over field after establishing her reputation as an international artist, best known for imaginative and whimsical public space creations. Many of her projects involved public participation. This open, inviting style is carried over to her approach to the teaching of the voice actor’s craft. Marjorie specializes in Web Narration, Characters, English with Spanish dialects, Telephony (on-hold messaging), and Copy reading! Marjorie’s ear for music started out when she was young. She studied flute for ten years and found that the elements of music were similar to the tones of her numerous languages that she speaks today. While fluent in Spanish, she also speaks Mandarin, French, Italian, and even a little Greek in her unique “American Tourist Dialect”. She is a member of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Her worldwide public art projects include Shades of Shreveport, and Body As Canvas. She practices Qi Gong, T'ai Chi Chuan, and Argentine Tango. On a personal note: Marjorie grew up with two older brothers in Melrose Park, IL along with her mother of Greek heritage and love of languages, and social dancing, partnered with a father who exemplified service through his love of parks and recreation. ...
Acting, Commercial, Corporate Industrial, Documentary, Narration
Naomi is an award winning stage and film/TV actress who brings her skills for personalizing language and owning the text to her voice over work. Naomi has narrated documentaries for PBS, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian, WGBH Frontline, as well as being the voice of Mary Cassatt and Georgia O’Keefe for NPR. Her Industrial film narrations include Nasa, Bell Atlantic, Marriott, State Farm, Redken, the IRS, USDA, Cellular One, and the FBI (shh) among others, her commercials include Ford and she was the voice of Ryan Homes for 4 years. Naomi started narrating books a few years ago and her clients include Blackstone Audio, Redwood Audio, and Audio Scholar. “I love being in the booth, you create a whole world with just your voice!” Naomi’s taught for over 20 years; acting, improvisation, voice and speech, at University of Maryland, George Washington University, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, The Actors Center, & Theater Lab in Washington D.C. She’s been a guest lecturer at the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles, Cal State Northridge, and the Performing Arts Conservatory, and she coaches Public Speaking to lawyers, preachers and corporate types. “It’s all about making the listener believe that there is no script, that you are speaking your experience, your truth from your heart, and that the two of you (speaker & listener) are personally connected.” Naomi’s received 2 Helen Hayes Awards and 12 nominations for her acting work, a prestigious Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, and an Individual Artist Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts. ...
Veronica Taylor is a classically trained actor who has performed in NYC and around the U.S. in contemporary and classical theatre. Her voice has been a part of Saturday morning cartoons for some time now. She is probably best known for playing the roles of Ash and May on “Pokemon”, April on “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and Abby on “Cubix”, among others. Currently, she can be heard as Max on “Dinosaur King”, Carly on “Yu-Gi-Oh!5D’s”, many characters with accents on “Huntik”, and as Tori in “Tai Chi Chasers”. She can be heard on PBS kids’ Word World (Sheep), Lunch Lab (Mixiebot), and the recently launched “Chuck Vanderchuck’s ‘something something’ Explosion!” (Ramona). Some anime favorites include Yukino on “His and Hers Circumstances, Amelia on “Slayers”, all 7 Nana’s on “Nana Seven of Seven”, and Narue on “World of Narue”, as well as many others. She has done numerous voices for animation, video games, audiobooks, commercials, and documentaries....
Business & Money, Marketing
Graeme brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the Edge management team. He has spent over 25 years in executive management and strategic planning positions in many marketing, retail and technology firms; and teaches strategy and business management at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Graeme is also a working voice actor, so brings an actor's perspective on the need of educational content and other types of support to the voiceover community. He works with the Edge team on building awesome products and services that enable Edge Studio to even better serve voice actors and production clients around the world. He is responsible for building partnerships and developing new business strategies for both Edge Studio and our clients. A father of two daughters (one an aspiring voice actor), he lives in Toronto and geeks out on audio recording equipment and practices yoga in his spare time. One of these pastimes is far more acceptable to his wife than the other....
J. Michael Collins
With almost twenty years as a professional voiceover artist, J Michael Collins has worked with some of the biggest companies, brands, sports leagues, and organizations on the planet. In addition to his work in the classic, agency-based world of VO, J. Michael has established himself as the leading authority and top-grossing talent in the online marketplace. His voice can be heard daily on television, radio, the internet, in movie theaters, and corporate boardrooms across the globe. ...
Editing, Home Studio, Mixing
George Whittam is globally considered a top authority in voice over recording technology. He has invested thousands of hours researching studio design, recording equipment, and creating training materials for voice actors. In so doing, he has also become an industry innovator by developing specialized services that cater exclusively to voice over professionals. George was introduced to the world of voice over through a producer at the radio station where he worked, who asked the station’s engineer to help him build a home studio in New York City. George came along to assist. George later moved to Los Angeles and furthered his already diverse experience by working on over 15 film projects in 3 years as a sound mixer and boom operator. From a handful of satisfied clients, George built a business that works solely with voice over studios and clients. His extensive knowledge of computers, software and equipment, as well as his expert troubleshooting abilities make him an indispensable on-call technician. ...
Darren has been voice directing and casting animated series in NY and L.A. for over a decade. Credits include Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Chaotic, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dinosaur King, Pokémon, Pat and Stan, Cubix, Fighting Foodons and Rick and Steve. His directing projects have been featured on the CW, Cartoon Network, Jetix, Fox, KidsWB and Teletoon Canada. Darren has also directed feature-length animated films for the Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchises. He has been a videogame director for Nintendo, Konami and Activision. Darren has been a voice actor on numerous animated series, most notably on Yu-Gi-Oh! as Maximillion Pegasus, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Master Splinter and Chaotic as Kaz. He teaches animation v/o classes to both kids and adults in the NY area. ...
Nazia "Naz" Chaudhry
Acting, 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. ...
Imaging, Podcasts, Promos
When he was very young, Mike would perform for anyone that would watch or listen, which led to acting stints in school, and later, as an adult in Chicago, training at Second City and Improv Olympic. At the University of Texas, Mike had discovered that he was also interested in sound … DJ’ing whenever possible. He interned in production at a radio station, and found that writing, producing, and voicing spots and imaging came easily. He turned these skills into a long career in Radio Imaging, in Austin, Houston, and Phoenix, and eventually Chicago, where he stayed for ten years. In that time, Mike started doing more and more voiceover, mostly promo work for radio and TV stations. Eventually, the side business outperformed his day job, so Mike jumped into voiceover full time. He’s been going at it full speed for the last seven years (five of them in New York City), working for some of the entertainment business’s leading companies. Clients past and present include promos for NBC, ABC, Fox Sports, Jimmy Kimmel, Nickelodeon, TeenNick, MTV, and NickToons … also trailers for Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, The To Do List, My Week With Marilyn,Disneynature’s Bears, and many others films. Plus ongoing work as the signature voice for the Fox Business Network and for various radio and TV stations. In addition, Mike has done commercial and corporate narration for Vonage, McDonald’s, Univision, Nissan, and Dollar Bank, and he is the in-show narrator for Syfy’s “Heroes of Cosplay” and Fuse Network’s “Warped Roadies.” As busy as this leaves Mike, he still finds plenty of time to help new and established voice over talent reach their next level of success. He also finds time for cycling and for local cuisine. At the most local level, he’s the “chef de la maison” (that is, the Bratton household), and he does a podcast called “Car Con Carne,” wherein he rates BBQ eateries and talks with guest aficionados about food ... and anything else for that matter. Whether local or farther afield, the show is always on the road – because he records the whole thing in the car! ...
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Simone is nowadays the most successful voice that her country of origin ever exported, being one of the top Spanish female voice over talents in the United States. She has built a rich, successful career over the past two decades, which began while studying Mass & Social Communications at Universidad Católica del Uruguay, a highly prestigious private University in Montevideo. After 13 years at Océano FM (the #1 Station of Uruguay) as a radio personality and DJ, main female corporate/commercial voice talent, audio imaging director and creative copywriter, in 2004 Simone decided to go global. The impact came sooner than expected. Still living in Montevideo, within a month she was serving several major US companies. Those clients are still with her today. She currently lives in Tampa Bay, Florida, and works from her home studio on a daily basis. These days, Simone is fully booked by the best national and international voice banks and independent agencies, not only for her voice over skills, but also for her English-to-Spanish translation & proofreading services, creative copywriting and audio imaging productions. Through the years, Simone has built an enviable list of clients with whom she maintains a fluid, long-term, even personal relationship. They include: American Airlines, American Express, United Healthcare, Walmart, Tag Heuer, Cirque Du Soleil, Target, Harley Davidson, FedEx, Kimberly Clark, ASPCA, Novartis, Microsoft, Nintendo, The Walt Disney Company, Bic, Intercontinental Hotels, Princess Cruises, Sony, Univisión, Gillette, Maybelline, Revlon, McDonald’s, Home Depot, Levi’s, and many other important brands. For her voice over work in Radio & TV campaigns, Simone has received major awards globally, with prizes bestowed multiple times by the Clio Awards, the New York Festival and Cannes. In Uruguay the Woman of the Year Awards named her that country’s Best Radio Personality. With all this intense activity, somehow Simone finds time for robust personal interests. She has played piano by ear since she was 4. (Maybe she’s such a good VO coach because she found piano lessons so boring?) Having written her first love song (long since forgotten) at age 10, she was playing and singing in local pubs at age 20. That led to writing, recording and producing her own commercial jingles, which led to her broadcasting career. Ever a music lover, Simone taught herself to mix music, and loves to play with that in her spare time. She’s also especially fond of the history of Rock and Roll, and its own role in cultural history. (At Océano FM, she didn’t just play hit oldies, but also put them in historical context.) Most of her favorite bands and artists are from the UK, but she also enjoys American R&B and ‘60s and ‘70s soul music. She might even be something of a flower child in her openness to all spiritual influences, saying, “the real manifestation of God is the Energy of Love we share.” ...
Business & Money, Marketing
Anne Ganguzza is a full time voice over artist, coach and producer. Coming from a career in IT and business web development for an Internet Service Provider, she has more 20 years of experience in teaching. Since 2008, she’s been teaching voice over, currently including workshops and voice over classes in Orange County, CA. Her passion for voice over and knowledge-sharing inspired her to form the local meet-up group for voice over artists, calling it VO Peeps. While still meeting locally, VO Peeps has achieved international reach, accepting membership from people around the world and each monthly meet-up streamed live to a global audience. Anne sees her mission not only to network voice over artists and industry professionals, but also to provide continuing education initiatives focused on growing member’s voice over skills and their voice over business. Each meet-up features educational segments with leading industry professionals, covering a wide variety of topics relevant to helping members succeed in the business. In January 2012, Anne created the VO Peeps Career Education Scholarship Fund -- a fund dedicated to need and merit based scholarships to qualified members of the voice over community. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $21,000 in cash and scholarships. Anne is a member of the Media Communications Association-international (MCA-I), as well as Board Member at Large of the LA/Orange County chapter of Media Communications Association-international. She also belongs to the World Voices Organization, and is a member of the Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists. She served as President of the Board of Directors for the Media Alliance of Orange County from 2011-2013. As a voice over talent she offers a wide range of services, ranging from voicemail and IVR/on-hold recordings to corporate narration and e-learning, commercial promos, and audio books. When not focused on these endeavors, Anne’s interests range from spinning and scrapbooking to wending her way through all sorts of technology....
Audition, Casting, Commercial, Demo Evaluation, Narration
A seasoned audio producer, Kristen has been specializing in Voice Over Production and Casting for over 13 years. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before spending eight years managing all aspects of audio and video production at 4Kids Productions. This included voice directing, producing audio for video games, scriptwriting, and casting for animated series such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Yu-Gi-Oh! This versatility has made her a flexible coach with a flexible approach. As Edge Studio's Director of Production and Casting, she's savvy in every voice over genre, and helps each talent develop stronger deliveries. Kristen aims to give beginners a solid foundation based on technique, and helps to bring working actors’ reads to their next level. When Kristen isn’t in the recording studio, you'll find her in a photo studio – she’s an avid photographer of people, products and places. She is also a thoughtful recycler, singer, dancer, kite flier, plant wrangler, coffee fanatic, and beach bum. ...
Animation, Cartoon, Dubbing, Video Games
Chris has spent years as one of the most prominent voices actors in video games and animation. Gamers know him as Joker in Lego Batman, Molag Bal in Skyrim, Razum-dar in Elder Scrolls Online, Malganis in World of Warcraft, the Emperor in Final Fantasy, Superman in Mortal Kombat vs DC, Rufus in Street Fighter, Agent Smith in The Matrix: Path of Neo, Memphis in Happy Feet, and a couple hundred more. Plus, he'll soon be heard as Batman, and as Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And that’s just the games. Chris’s experience in animation is extensive as well. He’s the voice of Luke Skywalker in Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars. He is also heard on Scooby Doo: Mystery Inc., Monsuno, Digimon Fusion, Fullmetal Alchemist, Naruto, One Piece,Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, Swat Katz, and about a hundred other titles. To all this, Chris brings his ability as a classically trained actor, having graduated from the prestigious American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He founded and ran his own Shakespeare theater company in Los Angeles and played some of the Bard's most iconic roles. But through it all, he maintained his love for cartoons and his childhood desire to be a voice actor. When he goes to work, his inner 6-year old is very happy. On camera, Chris toured the world portraying Hank Johnson, intrepid leader of the Enlightened for Google's massive augmented-reality game, Ingress. Whether for commercials, cartoons or video games, Chris finds tremendous fun in the process of creating a character and finding those distinctive nuggets that make the performance “pop.” Chris is living the dream in Los Angeles, where he raises his son. Although Chris’s vocation is also his avocation, when away from the booth he enjoys traveling, and playing video games with his son. Especially games he has lent his voice to....
When it comes to contributing industry perspective, L.A.-based Arthur G. Insana has that covered. He’s participated in and led (and literally covered) just about every part of the audio business. Arthur (his nieces and nephew call him “Uncle Artie”) is a multi-award-winning pioneer in the resurgence of audio theatre, having produced and directed some of the highest-grossing and most elaborate sound-design-intensive audiodramas ever – including the full-cast, full-production Star Wars: Dark Empire series for Time Warner/Lucasfilm, and The Historian, a multi-cast bestseller for Time Warner. Of audiodrama, he notes what voice actors add to the storytelling process: “One of the true joys about coaching aspiring narrators is witnessing how they come to embrace Theatre of the Mind… using the power of voice to bring a writer’s words to life.” All in all (and counting), Arthur is credited with ... • 1,000+ audio productions for most of the major publishing companies • 40+ best-selling audiodramas, audiobooks, and audio documentaries (N.Y. Times, Publishers Weekly) • 10 Audie nominations • 3 Audie wins • 9 audio productions named “Best of Year” Wait, wait, there’s more ... Arthur has extensive experience in reporting, editing and managing a wide variety of magazine and editorial operations on a national level, including the managing editor position at On Location Magazine and Shape (a women's health and fitness publication), and U.S. features/film editor for Media Press International. In addition, he has covered business, advertising, media, entertainment and technology for Film & Video Magazine, Screen Magazine, Millimeter Magazine, Post Magazine, Location Update, Advertising Age, TVIndustry.com, Kabang.com, iMediaConnection.com, and others. Insana has edited 10 books on screen and television writing and film/digital movie production, as well as two college-level science textbooks for California Sate University, Long Beach. He is also widely experienced as a graphic designer and is developing original content for TV, Internet TV, film and the Web. This includes documentary, informational, live-action and animation projects. In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, Arthur is president of InsanaMedia.com, a full-service creative media company providing audio/video production, writing/editing services, Web/print graphic design, corporate communications, and radio/TV advertising. He recently launched TheMillenniusGroup, a creative networking group for writers, producers, directors, actors, artists and entrepreneurial thinkers. He’s also in the process of re-launching www.the-future.com, aiming to make it the premier portal for chronicling new achievements in all areas of human endeavor. Speaking of bringing things to life, he also brings a number of other activities into his own life, including creating digital art, writing fiction, blues guitar, and tennis. ...
Acting, Animation, Cartoon, Character, Commercial, Dubbing, Impressions, Narration
The voices living inside Rachel come out so often that people always ask her, “Who are you today?” Born with a sharp ear for mimicry, Rachel began imitating a wide range of voices from the time she could speak. In 2014 it paid off when she wowed the crowd and judges of America’s Got Talent with her dead-on impressions of Rosie O’Donnell, Wanda Sykes, Cyndi Lauper, and many others. Today, Rachel’s characters and impressions can be heard regularly on the Howard Stern Show, in feature films and cartoons, and throughout social media. But who is Rachel, really? Well, for one thing, she’s an alumna of Edge Studio! We produced her first commercial and animation demos, which she credits with giving her confidence that she could make a living with her voice. Therefore, Rachel considers herself first and foremost a voiceover artist. Maybe you’ve heard her as the parrot in Disney’s Dog With A Blog. Or on the Fox ADHD cartoon, Golan The Insatiable, or as various characters in Trip Tank on Comedy Central, King Star King on Adult Swim, or in dozens of other animated series like Yu-gi-oh and Pokemon. She’s also narrated dozens of audiobooks for Audible.com, and voiced radio and TV commercials for McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, Charter Communications, the Style Network and others. Rachel is also a live performer. As a stand-up comedian, she has opened for Carlos Mencia and Kevin Pollak, and worked rooms in The Comedy Store, the Ice House, the Improv and Flappers. She performs sketch comedy with the cast of TMI Hollywood at Second City, and has trained in improv and sketch writing at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Rachel is also the host of her own podcast (Rachel Profiling), and co-hosted a podcast with Andy Dick. As an actor, she will be seen in episodes of The Impressions Guys and the Josh Robert Thompson Show, and her voice can be heard in the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film and the upcoming Terminator Genisys. From all this, Rachel became a teacher, as well. Fascinated by the range of mimicry inherent in the human voice, she wondered, “Can everyone do this?” She believes they can, and she loves to prove it. “Because the voice box can be fine-tuned and manipulated to create infinite sounds, people can train their ear and learn to bend their vocal chords at will,” she says. Whether the student’s aim is to learn voice-matching, create brilliant animation characters, shine in promos or rock the commercials field, Rachel helps them find their voice ... and maybe other voices hidden inside. ...
Audiobook, Character, Commercial, eLearning, Kids, Marketing, Narration
Joe is the award-winning author and producer of dozens of audiobooks. He has produced and engineered more than thirty-thousand soundtracks for radio and TV commercials, and is often the talent for many of these productions. Also, Joe is the award-winning author of more than twenty children’s books for home-schooling. In his high school and college years, he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, coached by Agnes Moorehead. Later he was an audio engineer for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall and Air Supply in his Denver recording studio. (Denver was his home base in the ‘70s.) Recording Robert Redford for a documentary about mountain climbing led Joe to pursue voice acting. Joe has taught voice over since the late ‘80s. A 15-year-old Reese Witherspoon was his first student. By now, with 25+ years in VO, Joe has voiced national ads, cartoons, numerous audiobooks and eLearning projects. He has performed character voices for Disney Channel and PBS KIDS. Joe performs all character voices and storytelling for Dave Ramsey’s Junior’s Adventures. His award-winning audiobooks can be found on Amazon.com, Audible.com, Findaway World, Oasis Audio, Topics Entertainment and NewWayToRead.com. With Edge Studio, Joe is a private coach, as well as the instructor for our traveling Voice Over Booth Camp. Hardly the stereotypical order-barking drill sergeant, Joe provides gentle guidance for tomorrow's voice-actors. He carved out a fun, fruitful industry niche for himself, and loves to show people how they can do the same. Joe adds humor and understanding to make the process pleasant and fun for the client. He greets each new actor as he would an old friend, to put them at ease and get them into a learning mindset quickly. But his musical roots are not forgotten. Being based in Nashville, Joe still enjoys singing and playing with his band, The Road Crew, aka “America’s Route 66 Band.” The Road Crew regularly takes its rockabilly beat on tours across America. ...
His first audiobook project, Scifi Motherlode by Robert Jeschonek, was a collection of 18 short stories, which required Bill to create more than 100 unique characters. To meet this challenge, Bill drew from his wealth of experiences and the people he met while living in Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Virginia Beach, Washington, D.C., and on Cape Cod, MA. This ambitious beginning quickly established Bill's abilities as a narrator. He has gone on to provide the voice for Stephen Besecker’s The Samaritan, Ken Morris’ The Deadly Trade, and two more books for Jeschonek. He also narrates audiobooks for Deyan Audio and Learning Ally. Bill is married to his high school sweetheart, Joya, whom he has known since third grade. And there’s yet another “character” in their life – the amazing orange wonder-cat, Thomas J. “Tigger” Schmiggens....
Acting, Commercial, eLearning, Kids, Narration, Telephony
Christian's 30-year entertainment career spans stage, screen, and sound booth, as she has been talent, producer, director, casting director, and coach. She loves people and takes great joy in helping them stretch and reach their goals. In fact, she taught acting and PE to grades K-12 for 10 years. Christian came to Chicago's performance scene from Mississippi by a circuitous route. After cutting her acting teeth in the Theatrical Arts Society of Stony Brook, NY, and further honing her skills in the Drama program at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., she worked in radio and TV on Capitol Hill, and toured with The National Players in Much Ado About Nothing and Animal Farm. Her recent activity also ranges widely. She’s the signature voice of Kaleida Health, and has also voiced commercials, corporate narration, e-learning, apps, video games, explainer videos, audiobooks, children’s games, and documentaries, for clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Automatch USA, Whirlpool, Proctor & Gamble, Clorox, Service Master, L’Oreal, Hoover, Bank of America, McDonald’s, Daedalic Entertainment, Creative Baby, Publix, General Motors, Harley Davidson and Cigna. In addition, Christian is a live emcee announcer and seen on-camera for Khol’s, Contrave, Nabisco and Walgreens. Ever the teacher, Christian has been a talent coach for more than a decade, also teaching many improv workshops over the years. In all this, she enjoys the support of her husband, four fantastic (and, she says, sometimes slightly insane) kids, and her adorable doggie, Brooke. She’s also a Cubs fan, keeping busy with improv, horses, and her own sports and Chicago activities while waiting “till next year.”...