Thursday At A Glance
THU DEC. 1510 AM PT
WE TALK FUNNY - MASTERING COMEDY AND IMPROVE TO ELEVATE YOUR PERFORMANCES.
Moderated by Ken Pringle - Voice of "Medjed" Cleopatra In Space, DreamWorks
Learn while you laugh. The highly incorrigible Ken Pringle gathers with comic geniuses of the voiceover industry to teach you how to find the funny. They’ll demonstrate through live cold reads and audience Q&A. Good luck getting a straight answer without being offended. In fact, we’re not sure they know jack about the friggin’ craft of making sh*t funny, but here they are, ready to waste as much of your time as you’ll allow. After all, they’re not getting paid and they want you to suffer for it. Ken Pringle is the voice of "Medjed" from Cleopatra In Space, DreamWorks. He's joined by Bill Farmer (legendary Disney voice of "Goofy" and "Pluto"), Candi Milo (voice of "Dexter" - Dexter's Laboratory, Cartoon Network), Carlos Alazraqui (voice of "Rocko" - Rocko's Modern Life, Nickelodeon), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (voice of "Tails" - Sonic the Hedgehog) and Eric Bauza (voice of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, Waner Bros.) This is just one of many incredible seminars on full display at That's Voiceover!™ Career Expo.
THU DEC. 1511 AM PT
AI TECHNOLOGY: VOICE ACTORS AND THE FUTURE OF SYNTHETIC VOICE
Moderated by Anne Ganguzza, Voice Talent/Coach/Producer
Synthetic speech technology is here, and voice actors and producers are seeking guidance and solutions as this vast new landscape. Clearly, a collaboration between developers and voice talent can be a major component of advancing and creating effective communication strategies for good. This panel will take a deep dive into what's new in the world of synthetic voice technologies, and how it may impact your career. And we'll answer the question, "What does it mean for the livelihood of voice actors the world over?" Can professional voice actors incorporate AI as an asset? Can voice actors and developers work together to help build a profitable, ethical, and fair synthetic voice culture of the future? Anne Ganguzza has curated a panel to take on this controversial topic head-on, and she brought together experts from California to Brooklyn to Ukraine to help bring the full picture to life. Meet Abran Maldonado (Co-founder of Creat Labs to create new opportunities for underserved youth), Alex Serdiuk (CEO and Co-founder of Respeecher - specializing in voice cloning), Lauren Cowles (Sr. Director of Program Management at Veritone - using synthetic voice to build new applications and personalized consumer experiences), Rob Sciglimpaglia (actor, voice artist, and attorney who has been deeply involved in advocating for the legal rights as it pertains to the use of the human voice for synthetic speech.) and Jon Stine (Executive Director of the Open Voice Network - an open-source community dedicated to the development of technical standards and usage guidelines for the emerging world of AI-enabled voice assistance.) And, introducing C.L.Ai.R.A the world's 1st Autonomous AI Woman of Color!
THU DEC. 1512:05 PM PT
ARE U GAME? THE BUSINESS AND ART OF VIDEO GAME VOICE ACTING
Two of the most successful director/producers in Gaming Show You How to Build A Lasting Career in Video Game Performance.
Is it your dream to succeed in Video Game Voice Acting? It’s the highest-grossing media industry in the world, and few people can help you make your dream a reality like the incomparable duo of Keith and Valerie Arem of PCB Productions. They’ve been dubbed “the secret formula” as producers and directors of some of the most iconic video games ever. And they're here to unleash your inner game spirit. Through live motion capture demonstrations, tough-love insights, and audience Q&A, they’ll help you step up your game to work in this exciting field. It doesn't matter if you're a beginner or a voiceover icon, Keith and Valerie cover it all in this custom-tailored seminar. Just one of the many extraordinary events taking place at That’s Voiceover Career Expo. Get Tickets here: https://bit.ly/3bFrH09
THU DEC. 151:05 PM PT
MARKETING AND PR FOR THE VOICE ACTOR: LEVERAGING YOUR ASSETS
Presented by Angely Báez
Angely Báez is going to show you how to master your PR and marketing strategy by using what you have. Angely is a 2-time Voice Arts® Award winner and a 5-time Voice Arts® Award nominee. Winning awards is an extraordinary boon to one’s sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, and recognition by peers. But, Angely turned her success into international recognition among peers, casting directors, talent agents, and prospective clients. In the process, she demonstrated to her clients that she is an essential part of their creative process. So, how do you trigger all this magic, once you pick up your award and step off the stage? Angely Báez is here to tell you.
Stella Adler ScholarshipTHU DEC. 15
1:45 PM PT
Stella Adler Scholarship Presentation
The Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre & John Jack Rogers (Executive Director) are back with a transformational gift for voice actors. Traditional acting is an enormous underpinning for great voice acting. It elevates your skills and deepens your understanding of the craft. It also diversifies the voice actors' viability for work, since on-camera work become a viable option. The best part of all is that learning the art of acting is an absolute joy. SOVAS™ and Stella Adler are offering 2 very special Actor Training Scholarships, valued at $5300 dollars. The winner is named in a special ceremon during the TVO EXPO. Anyone with a ticket to That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo 2021 is eligible to apply. WINNERS will receive a certificate for three semesters, encompassing Adler Technique Levels I, II, and III. Each semester is 6 to 8 weeks long with three, 3-hour classes per week. For details on each class, go to https://stellaadler.la/courses/ and view Adler Technique Levels I, II, and III. TO ENTER, copy and paste this link: www.sovas.org/stella
THU DEC. 152:05 PM PT
THE NEW GENERATION OF DUBBING - IMPROVING PERFORMANCES IN MOTION CAPTURE AND FACIAL ADR
Presented by Faceware and PCB Productions
What voice actor doesn't want a shot at adding their voice to the very cool, high-tech world of motion capture (MOCAP) and Facial ADR? It's some of the most fun, exciting, and rewarding work you may ever do. But the biggest challenge for the producer is not just finding a great voice with an extraordinary instrument, but finding a voice actor who understands how to work with a technology that's changing as we speak. Meet Max Murray (Head of Games, Faceware), who is one of the mental giants behind Faceware and PCB Productions. These are the changemakers, who will be driving film animation and video gaming for years to come. They're here at That's Voiceover Career Expo with a presentation that will set you up for the fierce new world. Wanna know where it's all going and how you can be ready for the call? Join Keith Arem (Producer/Director, PCB Productions) and Max Murray (Head of Games, Faceware Technologies) and expect to expand your horizons.
THU DEC. 153:00 PM PT
JOIN US IN THE EXHIBITORS HALL
--- Connect with our amazing sponsors on the exhibitor floor while enjoying lunch and catching up with friends new and old. Remember, exhibitors are experts in their respective professions, hence a great resource for questions about products and services. Exhibitors are part of the voiceover tribe! ((( If you are scheduled for the CBS2 Audition Spotlight Callback, please refer to the letter you received via email, or visit the check-in desk for the location of the audition. ))) BE AMAZING!
THU DEC. 155:00 PM PT
PANDORA: Mastering The Listening Experience
Moderated by Steve Pogatch and David Cuetter
Pandora is a leading music and podcast platform, reaching 70 million users and producing 1500 voiceover promo spots monthly - an oasis of opportunity for voice actors! But what is that Pandora brand, and how does a voice actor learn to master it? Get the answers directly from the Pandora decision-makers: Steve Pogatch (Sr. Manager, Voiceover Operations), and David Cuetter (Sr. Bilingual Audio Producer). They'll tell you exactly what they're looking for; they'll also be conducting live audition training and taking your questions. Plus, Pandora is offering That's Voiceover!™ attendees an exclusive audition that could earn you a spot on the Pandora voiceover roster! Both the live training and audition are available to Spanish and English-speaking voice actors.
THU DEC. 156:00 PM PT
Voice Arts Legacy Award
Her Majesty, Tara Strong is awarded the Voice Arts Legacy Award
Tara Strong is a Canadian-American actress. She is known for her voice work in some of the most iconic animation and video games ever produced. Strong's voice roles include animated series such as The New Batman Adventures, Teen Titans & Teen Titans Go!, Rugrats, The Powerpuff Girls, The Fairly Odd Parents, Xiaolin Showdown, Ben 10, Chowder, and Wow! Wow! Her career is a standout in animation and she continues to break new ground as one of the most exciting and dynamic voice actors performing today. The Voice Arts Legacy Award will be presented by Tara's childhood bestie, the audacious, uber-talented Cree Summer. Cree is the voice of long-running characters such as Susie Carmichael in Rugrats, Elmyra Duff in Tiny Toon Adventures, and nearly 500 other fan favorites. That's just the tip of the iceberg with Cree, but perhaps we'll examine that matter at this time next year. For now, our hearts and minds are trained on this dynamic duo of legendary accomplishments as they take the stage as friends, colleagues, and unmatched insight on what you can do to make your career dreams a reality.
Friday At A Glance
FRI DEC 1610:00 AM PT
A PODCAST REVOLUTION IS AFOOT AND VOICE ACTING HAS A STARRING ROLE
Miya Kanzaki, Associate Creative Director, SXM Media
Understanding podcasts and their various entrepreneurial inroads to creativity, marketing, and influence, is to deeply understand experiential audio, the human voice, and the advantages of a medium that elevates listening. People the world over are demanding the variety and customization of the podcast experience. And the world is catching on. As a result, podcasts are finding larger, more diverse audiences, and have become an exciting platform for a unique brand of "sonic visibility." What that means is that the possibilities are endless for voice actors, both as actors who voice much of what appears on podcasts, but as creators who design podcasts to amplify their voiceover brands. This conversation will give a fresh new insight into the power you can wield through your own creativity. Miya Kanzaki leads the conversation with Octavia Bray, podcast creator and story editor for Disney Channel's Raven's Home, and Briggon Snow, podcast creator, actor, and producer.
FRI DEC 1611 AM PT
AUDIO DESCRIPTION: THE VOICEOVER GIG YOU DIDN'T SEE COMING
Hosted Joel Snyder, PhD - Producer/Author/Voice Actor
Opportunities abound in Audio Description and it covers almost every conceivable voiceover genre in the marketplace: animation, narration, dubbing, live performances, tours of museums and cultural sites, and on and on. Beyond that, it serves a population of blind and low vision people who number 300 million worldwide. It's a very challenging and unique kind of work - work that will inspire you every time you step behind the microphone.
FRI DEC 1612:05 PM PT
ARE YOU IN A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR MICROPHONE? CHOOSING FOR KEEPS.
Jonathan Ruest, Head of Sales and Business Development for the Americas, Neumann
The microphone is the voice actor's most intimate tool – capturing the nuances of their innermost emotional life in exquisite detail. Neumann’s Jonathan Ruest is here to show you not how to choose the perfect mic, but how to choose the mic that's perfect for you. He’ll cover voice types, mic types, polar patterns, live vs studio, diaphragm size, accessories, mic techniques, and more. This is the seminar where you put it all together and walk away empowered to make the right choice for a romantic career in voice acting.
FRI DEC 161:05 PM PT
DREAMWORKS PRESENTS THE DIVERSE WORLD OF TV VOICEOVER CASTING: WHERE ARE THE OPEN DOORS?
Moderated by Ania O'Hare, Senior VP, Casting and Talent Relations, DreamWorks Animation TV
The world of voiceover is diverse and full of opportunity. We've got a team from DreamWorks Animation including the studio's SVP, TV Casting and Talent Relations Ania O'Hare, in a revealing conversation with VP, TV Development Jason Caparaz, writer Kyel White, and casting manager Katie Galvan as they discuss the current animation landscape and the diverse opportunities offered by a career in voiceover.
FRI DEC 162:10 PM PT
BACKSTAGE VANGUARD AWARD FOR ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Marcus Scribner selected as the Backstage Vanguard Award for Arts and Humanities
All eyes are on Marcus Scribner who will be receiving the Backstage Vanguard Awards for Arts and Humanities from the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS) and Backstage Magazine. Marcus is blazing a trail that encourages other young artists to run, not walk, to create their wildest dreams with heart and purpose. Not even out of college, his resume includes a starring role in the multi-award-winning series, Black-ish, performing voice acting roles for major animated films and TV series, and creating his own production company with a view toward Black representation. He’s a passionate humanitarian, who travels the world as an ambassador for Defend Our Future, a project of the Environmental Defense Fund that is dedicated to empowering young people interested in advancing clean energy. The award will be presented by Emmy-nominated, DreamWorks voice director Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and includes a one-on-one interview with the brilliant, Emmy-winning journalist Suzanne Marques from CBS 2 This Morning.
FRI DEC 163:00 - 5:00 PM PT
Connect with our amazing sponsors on the exhibitor floor while enjoying lunch and catching up with friends new and old. Remember, exhibitors are experts in their respective professions, hence a great resource for questions about products and services. Exhibitors are part of the voiceover tribe! ((( If you are scheduled for SPEED DATING WITH YOUR DEMO REEL or AUDITION SPOTLIGHT CALLBACKS, please refer to the letter you received via email or visit the check-in desk for the event room. ))) BE AMAZING!
FRI DEC 165:00 PM PT
WOMEN POWER IN VOICEOVER
Hosted by Joan Baker, VP, SOVAS, Voice Actor, Author
Stories of triumph reveal quantum leaps in achieving personal success. Imagine a time when women can succeed, and expect to succeed, at the highest levels of voice acting. You can stop imagining – IT’S HERE! These powerhouse women are at the vanguard of the art and business of the industry - powerfully accessing opportunity and delivering on the promise of incredible talent. Get ready to strap in and win, when That's Voiceover Career Expo presents WOMEN POWER IN VOICEOVER. Hosted by Joan Baker (VP SOVAS/Voice Actor/Author), featuring AFi Ekulona (Announcer, Oscars 2021), Debbe Hirata (Voice of ABC News' Fatal Flaw and 5-time Voice Arts Winner), Halley Kim (Announcer, Squid Game), Issa Lopez (voice of KHKS on KISS FM, Voice Arts Award Winner), Janora McDuffie (Live announcer, Oscars 2022), and Marie Westbrook (voice of Hanami, Jujutsu Kaisen, and 3-time Voice Arts Award Winner)
FRI DEC 165:50 PM PT
SOCIETY OF VOICE ARTS AND SCIENCES J. MICHAEL COLLINS ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
Let’s reveal the winner! SOVAS understands that becoming a working voice actor and building upon one’s career requires a substantial financial investment. And while attending That’s Voiceover! Career Expo is one of smartest and most meaningful ways to start, many may not have the financial means to cultivate their talents through continuing education for the long term. Furthermore, we recognize that working with the most reputable acting schools, voiceover coaches, producers, and audio engineers is a necessity. As such, we honor the personal investment of those who attend That’s Voiceover! Career Expo, by offering an opportunity to win the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Academic Scholarship, sponsored in part, by J. Michael Collins. The current value of the scholarship is $10,000. On this day, we reveal and celebrate the winner, who will learn of their newfound status as they sit in the live audience. For a chance to win the scholarship copy and paste this link FOR DETAILS: https://www.sovas.org/sovas-scholarships/ You can also nominate someone else by filling out the application on their behalf. The applicant must be a TVO ticketholder to be considered. Featured in the photos below are J. Michael Collins and several previous winners of the scholarship.)
FRI DEC 166:15 PM PT
AUDITION SPOTLIGHT FINALS
Hosted by Joan Baker, VP, SOVAS, Voice Actor, Author
THIS IS THE NIGHT! An electrifying voice acting competition that rivals America's Got Talent will unfold before your very eyes. After hundreds of submissions from around the world, 2 rounds of intense auditions, and select coaching from some of the top voice actors in the world, everything is on the line as we see which of the six Audition Spotlight Finalists will take home the coveted grand prize. - A PAID union voiceover booking with CBS Los Angeles - 3-month trial representation with SBV Talent Agency - A TLM 103 Neumann Microphone and Shock Mount - NDH 20 Neumann Studio Headsets - 2 Tickets to the 10th Anniversary Voice Arts Awards Gala in 2023 - Kaotica Eyeball. Joan Baker is your host. The esteemed judges are Lisa Farmer-Lane (On-air Promotion Manager, CBS2/KCAL9), Mike Maas (Executive Producer, CBS2/KCAL9), and Jessica Bulavsky (Talent Agent, SBV Talent). Witness a voiceover event that changes lives and launches careers. There is simply nothing else like it. TO ENTER the audition, copy and paste this link_ https://www.sovas.org/audition-spotlight/ You may still have time to make your dreams come true. No purchase is necessary. GOOD LUCK! Sponsors: CBS2/KCAL, Sennheiser, Neumann, SBV Talent, Kaotica Eyeball, and the Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences
FRI DEC 1610:30 PM PT
LATE NIGHT WITH MARC GUSS
Hosted by Marc Guss
After years of learning and applying the trade, absorbing the tough lessons, and closing the big deals, improvisation becomes second nature. Marc Guss goes off script when he joins you on a late-night rendezvous at That's Voiceover Career Expo. Grab a drink, pull up a chair, and ask him anything you ever wanted to know about the talent representation business. It's all happening. Oh, and bring your book for signing or purchase one when you're there.
Saturday At A Glance
SAT DEC 17 - 12pm PT
ATOMIC VO COACHING
Casting Directors, Talent Agents and Managers hold the keys to the relationships that can ignite your career in voice acting. Are you craving next-level knowledge from the pros? Well, here they are. You are guaranteed to walk away with a fresh new outlook, and practical steps you can take to further expand your opportunities as a voice actor.
Marc Preston (Voice Actor/Coach), Dave Fennoy (Voice Actor/Coach), and Vicky Tessio (Voice Actor, English and Spanish) are your award winning, expert insiders who will guide these extraordinary conversations.
Performing Commercial Copy
Marc Preston, Moderator, VO Coach / Voice Actor
Robin Armstrong, Voice Director / Teacher / Coach
Marc Cashman, Coach / Producer
Bill (VO Doctor) Holmes, Voice Actor / Coach / Director
Perfecting the Demo Reel (Commercial, Animation, and Promo)
Marc Preston, Moderator, VO Coach / Voice Actor
Donna Grillo, Casting Director / Coach / Demo Producer
Mary Lynn Wissner, Casting Director / Demo Producer
Joe Cipriano, Voice Actor / VO Coach / Producer / Author
Jodi Gottlieb, VO Coach / Demo Producer
"¿Qué quieren los Producers? Tendencias en la Actuación de Voz"
Vicky Tessio, Moderator, Voice Actor
David Cuetter, Sr. Bilingual Audio Producer, Studio Resonate
Laura Sampedro, Executive Creative Director at MullenLowe
Vero López Treviño, Voice actor/Dubbing Actor, Coach
Orlette Ruiz, Casting Director at Mambocasting
Trailers for Movies and Video Games
Dave Fennoy, Moderator / Voice Actor / Coach
Brent Allen Hagel, Voice Actor, Founder of TVA Agency
Brian Stivale, Voice Actor/ Actor
Narration for Film and Television
Dave Fennoy, Moderator / Voice Actor / Coach
Tish Hicks, Voice Actor / Creator, VO Dojo
Debbe Hirata, Voice Actor / 5-time Voice Arts Winner
SAT DEC 17
SPEED DATING WITH YOUR DEMO REEL
Casting Directors, Talent Agents, Managers, and producers hold the keys to the opportunities that can ignite your career in voice acting. Don't miss this opportunity to present your demo reel to the pros and let your voice be heard! (Speed Dating is by special application only. Only those who apply are eligible for consideration. Apply on our website at: https://www.sovas.org/speed-dating/ )
Tom Antonellis (English) + Vicky Tessio (Español)