Hi all my fellow voicers! I recently had the opportunity to speak with our fellow student and coach, Shelley Avellino. Shelley has many talents including singing and performing in musical theater in Asia and the United Kingdom. She also plays several instruments including piano, violin, saxophone and guitar which Shelley feels helps her immensely in rhythm when performing voice over jobs. Shelley has been a full-time voice over actor for 6 years. She began her voice over career in 2012 when she started coaching sessions with Melissa, our Mama VO. [Read more…]
Fellow Voicers – I had a super awesome time chatting with our fellow student, Denise Thistlewaite. Wow! Denise is one multi-talented lady. She had always a love of reading starting in her childhood. It grew into a serious curiosity that perhaps someday she could be that voice on audiobooks. She has lent her voice to many pro bono projects for her employer, the Clark County School District, where she has voiced several tutorials. [Read more…]
Hello fellow voicers! I am thrilled to introduce you to a sweet and warm lady, Melodie Maynor! Melodie feels her background in Theater Club and Choir in high school helped lay the foundation for her voice over journey. Her military career of over 14 years gives Melodie a vast amount of customer service experience that she brings to the table. Although she had difficulty finding classes on becoming a voice over artist back in 2012/2013 Melodie didn’t let it squash her desire or her motivation. [Read more…]
Allow me to introduce Iris Fields, a fascinating and multi-faceted lady. Her first contact with the voice over world happened when Iris went to Los Angeles to make a promotional CD for her real estate business in the 1990’s. During the taping, the engineer was so impressed with her voice, he encouraged her to investigate Voiceover. That was the first time she became aware of the Voiceover potential and, although still immersed in her 38-year-long real estate career, Iris never forgot about his suggestion. [Read more…]
This episode of Joy’s Talent Spotlight will feature the handsome and talented Jesse Estrada. We all know Jesse as our TVAS coach and engineering savior! Jesse fell in love with all things “voice” as a young man listening to the raw emotions coming from the radio, and found it all to be very intriguing. He got into radio just out of high school, but sadly realized that the income potential was too low. In 2002, Jesse temporarily left the world of radio. [Read more…]
Hi my fellow voicers! In this issue I want to tell you about the amazing conversation I had with our talented coach, Dustin Ebaugh. Dustin hails from Kansas and in Kansas is where he began his voiceover career. For 14 years Dustin was a radio DJ and station program manager. Dustin began booking voiceover jobs on the side for an ad agency. His first VO job was voicing a Block Buster Video commercial. In addition, he began his eLearning company, TVandRadioVoices.com. In the early days Dustin cast himself and his friends to voice the jobs. [Read more…]
Hello, my awesomely amazing fellow voicers!! Yes, I may seem to be extra happy this episode and I have good reason to be so…. I just feel very fortunate to have found TVAS. Knowing Mama VO, all our coaches and all of you has brought such joy to my life! And now I’m about to bring an adorable bundle of delight into your lives. It is my pleasure to introduce you to McKenna Roberts – model, voice over talent, star of television and movies, future executive producer. She is one of our youngest class mates to attend TVAS. McKenna attended TVAS when she was 8 years old and took courses for two summers. Her favorite classes were commercial and animation. She enjoys anything that has do with drama. Doing commercials are fun for McKenna and she loved voicing the national TV Fitbit commercial. [Read more…]
Hello voicers! I had the pleasure of sitting down with our very own TVAS Newsletter interviewer, Joy Kingston! When Joy retired from a rewarding accounting career; she knew she wanted to do something artistic. She had been a painter and songwriter years ago, so when her neighbor said “hey, you have a great voice!”, and told her about Melissa Moats at the Voice Actors Studio, she thought it would be a great experience. She remembers the exact date she started: February 25th, 2017. Once on the mic, she was hooked. Her favorite class at TVAS? The Ongoing Workshops. Joy says the Ongoing classes allow her to practice at her own pace. She always learns a lot from other students and gains new insights in every class from the coaches. Her favorite genres are Narration, Commercial and Audiobooks. In early March of this year (almost a year to the date of her first class!), Joy recorded her first commercial demo. In just a few short weeks since then, she is auditioning for leading brands. Her goals? Well, her super-sweet voice is a natural for children’s toys, animation and cartoons, and she’d ultimately love to do children’s audiobooks. She’d also like to travel extensively. As mentioned earlier, what you may not know about Joy is that she is an accomplished painter; her oil paintings were on CNN’s website for a feature titled “Unknown American Artists”, and she sold a few pieces! She also writes songs, (some with copywrites!). And as you all know, she lends her writing and interview talents to the TVAS newsletter every month. Thank you Joy, for sharing some facets of your amazing life. You may contact Joy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello fellow voicers! In this segment, I am thrilled to introduce you to one classy lady and voice talent, Sandra Segrest. Sandra had been working for over twelve years at the Chicago Tribune in advertising sales when the 2008 recession hit her hard along with so many others. This began her path to becoming a voice over actor. Sandra refused to give in to despair and invested in acting classes and performed in a few community theater productions. She found she didn’t enjoy all the auditions required for acting parts nor live theater. Sandra decided to use her skills and talent by starting her voice over journey. One of her very first voice over spots was voicing an industrial film. Her favorite genre is elearning but she also excels in radio commercials and PSAs. Her portfolio includes PSAs on Childhood Obesity and Hypertension in African Americans for the health district. She has done several TV commercials including her favorite: a credit union commercial that ran in California. In 2012, after moving to Las Vegas, Sandra found our TVAS through the Las Vegas “Meet Up” organization. She enjoys our specialty classes and finds that attending the on-going workshops at least twice a month helps her grow professionally. Please click on the link to enjoy hearing Sandra in a spot she did for the YMCA . While still living in Chicago, Sandra helped her community serving in the ministry. We appreciate Sandra sharing how she became this amazing voice over talent. Sandra can be contacted at her website: www.s2voiceovers.com and email: email@example.com.
Hello fellow voicers! In this segment we are going to meet the suave and handsome John Pitacciato. John has an extensive background in live theater all around the world. He has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii and England. In addition to his live performance repertoire, John has appeared in many feature films and episodic television playing both the good guy and the bad guy. He has received several awards for his acting chops including for Best Actor in Plays and Musicals from the Hawaii State Theater Council.