Katee SackhoffActor/ProducerVoice Arts® Backstage Vanguard Award Honoree Bio
Voice Arts® Backstage Vanguard Award Honoree
In July 2019, Netflix will release an original series, Another Life, starring Katee
Sackhoff. Katee is also the producer of the much-anticipated science fiction
original series also starring Selma Blair.
Kathryn Ann “Katee” Sackhoff best known for her role as Lieutenant Kara
“Starbuck” Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel’s hit series Battlestar Galactica
(2004-2009). Katee was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on
Battlestar, taking home the award in 2005 for Best Supporting Actress on
Following her success on Battlestar, Katee continued her career on the small
screen with roles in, The Fearing Mind (2000-2001), The Education of Max
Bickford (2001-2002), Bionic Woman (2007), Nip/Tuck (2009), CSI: Crime
Scene Investigation (2010-2011), and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2012-2013).
Katee voices several animated characters, including Bitch Pudding on Adult
Swim’s Robot Chicken.
In 2010, for the final season of 24, Katee portrayed the lead role of Dana
Walsh. From 2012-2017 Katee starred on the A&E/Netflix drama series
Longmire, as Deputy Sheri Victoria “Vic” Moretti. In 2017, Katee joined The CW
series The Flash in the recurring role of villainess Amunet (Blacksmith), for which
she is billed as a special guest star.
Katee’s film credits include leads in: Halloween: Resurrection (2002); White Noise: The Light (2007); Batman: Year
One (2011); The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, Sexy Evil Genius, Riddick, and Oculus (2013).
Katee Sackhoff is an Oregon native, born in Portland. She graduated from Sunset High School in Beaverton in
1998, just outside of Portland. As a child, she was an avid swimmer with plans to continue with a career in
athletics. A knee injury changed her career path and led her to yoga. Katee is a yoga enthusiast and continues to
In her first acting role, Katee played a teenager with a baby in Lifetime’s Fifteen and Pregnant alongside Kristen
Dunst. Katee fell in love with acting and made the decision to move to Hollywood after graduating. Her first
recurring role was in MTV’s Undressed as Annie, followed by a supporting role as Nell Bickford in The Education of
In August 2012, Katee became the co-host of the Schmoes Know Movies podcast on the Toad Hop Network. One
of her first shows was with guest Sean Astin. In April 2015, Katee announced a new TV-series project, Rain, which
she wrote and executive-produced through her Fly Free Productions. She has also made an appearance in the
video game Call of Duty: Black Ops III, performing voice over and motion capture as Sarah Hall. She portrayed
Pink Ranger Kimberly in Power Rangers, a short, depicting a dystopian future in the Power Rangers universe.
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*Photo credits Dennys Ilic//Netflix
ERIC BENÉTSinger/Songwriter4 Time Grammy Nominee Bio
4 Time Grammy Nominee
R&B singer and actor Eric Benét was born on October 15, 1966 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School. In 1990, Benét formed a group with his sister, Lisa Jordan, called Benét. After a hiatus, Benét signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records in 1994 and released his first studio album, True to Myself, in 1996. In 1999, Benét released his sophomore album, A Day in the Life, with the single “Spend My Life with You,” featuring the Canadian artist Tamia. During this time, Benét also began his career in film when he guest starred on the sitcom For Your Love in 1999 and appeared in the film Glitter in 2001. Benét then signed a new record deal with Reprise Records and released his third studio album, Hurricane in 2001. In 2005, he portrayed Reece Wilcox on the series Half & Half. In 2007, he had a recurring role on the MTV scripted show Kaya. In 2008, he released the album Love & Life. Two years later, Benét released Lost in Time, which included the single “Sometimes I Cry.” In 2011, his second feature film role in Trinity Goodheart premiered at the American Black Film Festival. Benét released his 2012 album The One and his 2016 album Eric Benét under his newly-formed independent record label, Jordan House Records. He also signed the artists Goapele and Calvin Richardson to his label, and helped produce their records. In 2016, Benét guest starred in the show, Real Husbands of Hollywood.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Benét performed the song “Heart of America” with Wynonna Judd, Terry Dexter, and Michael McDonald to raise money for the hurricane victims. He also co-founded Mission Save Her, a non -profit dedicated to fighting against human trafficking, slavery, and sexual abuse of women and girls around the world.
Benét received three Grammy Award nominations in the R&B category for singles released on his albums. In 2000, he was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song for his performance of “Spend My Life with You.” Benét was also nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Actor in T.V. movie/cable for his role in the film Trinity Goodheart.
Benét and his wife, Manuela Testolini, have two children, Lucia Bella and Amoura Luna.
Jim CummingsVoice Actor/Singer Voice Arts® Legacy Award Honorary Bio
Jim CummingsVoice Actor/Singer
Voice Arts® Legacy Award Honorary
2019 Voice Arts® Legacy Award
Jim Cummings is an American voice actor and singer, who has appeared in almost 400 roles. He is known for voicing the title character from Darkwing Duck, Doctor Eggman from Sonic the Hedgehog, Pete, Winnie the Pooh (since 1988), Tigger, Bonkers D. Bobcat and the Tasmanian Devil. He has performed in numerous Disney animated films including Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Hercules and The Princess and the Frog, and others from studios such as Universal/DreamWorks, MGM and Nickelodeon including Balto, All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Shrek and Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. He has also provided voice-over work for video games, such as Icewind Dale, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect 2, Star Wars: The Old Republic, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, World of Warcraft: Legion, and Splatterhouse.
Some of Cummings’ earliest vocal work was at Disney, where he replaced Hal Smith as the voice of Winnie the Pooh in 1988. He began replacing partially Paul Winchell as Tigger, before fully replacing him as the character in 2000’s The Tigger Movie. In 1991, he ventured to Warner Bros. Animation and began voicing Tasmanian Devil on the animated series Taz-Mania (he would voice the character on other Warner Brothers shows, such as Animaniacs, and reprise the voice in 2006 in Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas).
LORI ALANVoice Actor/ ActressVoice Arts® Award Winner Bio
LORI ALANVoice Actor/ Actress
Voice Arts® Award Winner
Lori Alan, actor/writer/producer, started talking as soon as she fell out of the womb, and hasn’t stopped since. A native of the Washington, DC area, her passion for entertaining led the five-year-old actress to make her television debut as the star of a Shakey’s Pizza commercial. She went on to graduate with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and set off cutting her teeth on the comedy circuit, as a longtime member of New York’s Gotham City Improv (Groundlings East).
Lori is perhaps best known for her award-winning voice-over work. At the First Annual Voice Arts Awards (the Academy Awards for Voice-Overs) Lori took first-place prizes for Outstanding Body Of Work and Outstanding National Television Commercial. She stars on the Emmy Award winning, SpongeBob: Squarepants as Pearl Krabs, Diane Simmons on Family Guy, Sue Richards, The Invisible Woman, on Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four, and The Boss in the Metal Gear Solid video game trilogy. She’s proud to be a part of the Academy Award Winning Pixar Family. Voicing characters in Wall-e, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Monster’s University, as Mother’s Sadness in Inside Out, and Bonnie’s Mom in Pixar’s extraordinary, global franchise, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.
Lori has firm roots in theatre, where she’s thrived for over three decades. She mounted a smash solo show, Lori Alan: The Musical, She had the honor of working with Paul Reubens in The Pee-wee Herman Show at Club Nokia. She originated the role of Mae in the award-winning musical Reefer Madness, the cult musical which celebrated its 18th year reunion concert at 54 Below in Manhattan. Backstage West proclaimed, “Lori Alan might give Carol Burnett pause!” Luckily, that talent brought Lori right to the small screen. From recurring roles on the gripping Showtime dramas, Ray Donovan and Shameless, to the hilarious Comedy Central gem Workaholics and NBC’s A.P.Bio. She delves deeply into her material, emerging with the power to make the audience laugh and cry in the same moment. Her television career has flourished with appearances on Bones, Southland, CSI, 90210, Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order (both LA and the original.)
She now has a thriving voice over/on camera coaching practice to give back, as so many mentors did for her. She also produces and directs voice over demos. Lori lives in Los Angeles with Sir Philip Bumble Pickle Pants, her 4-legged, “soulmate” Bichon-Lhasas Apso mix, who was covered in gasoline when she rescued him at a mobile station. In the true spirit of activism, one of Lori’s sole purposes is to fight for the end of the dog meat trade in the U.S. and Asia by raising awareness of the brutal and illegal trafficking of dogs.
Lori also sits on the board of Pickle Pants Dog Rescue in Los Angeles, which focuses on rescuing, rehabing, and re-homing animals otherwise set for death row from high kill shelters. Lori, a proud Vegan, is a celebrity supporter of the Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) a national nonprofit organization working to end the use of animals for food through public education and grassroots activism, and the Our Planet Theirs Too/annual National Animal Rights Day movement. Her other hobbies include singing in the shower- or anywhere for that matter-, discovering new gluten-free, vegan cookies, and trying to switch to decaf.
Duncan Crabtree-IrelandChief Operating Officer & General CounselSAG-AFTRA Bio
Duncan Crabtree-IrelandChief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Duncan Crabtree-Ireland is chief operating officer and general counsel of SAG-AFTRA, responsible for broad operational oversight and organizational accountability. Crabtree-Ireland oversees the legal aspects of collective bargaining and contract enforcement for all SAG-AFTRA collective bargaining agreements, as well as SAG-AFTRA’s legal, government affairs, professional representatives, international affairs, governance and diversity operations.
He is a co-chair of the board of trustees of the AFM & SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, a member of the boards of SoundExchange and the SAG-AFTRA & Industry Sound Recordings Distribution Fund, a delegate to the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and teaches international law as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law School. He is a past treasurer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a past Co-President of the LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles, and serves by appointment as a judge pro tem of the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Previously, Crabtree-Ireland served as Screen Actors Guild’s deputy national executive director and general counsel and as a deputy district attorney for the County of Los Angeles.
Crabtree-Ireland received his Bachelor of Science in foreign service with a concentration in international relations, law, and organization from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of Barristers.
LINDA ESCALANTELegislative Director Natural Resources Defense Council Bio
LINDA ESCALANTELegislative Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
Linda Escalante is the Southern California legislative director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC is a 50 year old international environmental advocacy that combines the power of more than three million members and online activists with the expertise of some 600 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild. Linda works with public policy partners and decisionmakers to protect public health and the environment in areas such as climate change, oceans, toxic chemicals, endangered species, among many others. She considers it her mission to empower and mobilize Latinos to engage in advocacy and activism around environmental and health issues and is a renowned environmental expert in the U.S-based Spanish language. Latina Magazine awarded her the New Generation Award and she was also named among PODER Magazine’s 100 U.S. Green Latino Leaders. Linda is not just an environmental advocate. Linda is also a California State Legislature appointee to the California Coastal Commission, where she’s one of 12 Commissioners with the mandate to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.
Tomy MackeyVoice Actor2x Voice Arts® Nominated Bio
Tomy MackeyVoice Actor
2x Voice Arts® Nominated
Tomy Mackey works from his hometown in Argentina for clients all over the world
Right now you can listen to his voice on ESPN Deportes, NBC Universo and on T-Mobile’s radio and TV commercials.
SYLVIA VILLAGRANVoice Actor/ Live Announcer2x Voice Arts® Winner Bio
SYLVIA VILLAGRANVoice Actor/ Live Announcer
2x Voice Arts® Winner
One of the most versatile and prolific voice actors working today, Sylvia Villagran is one of the top female voices for TV network promos, live award shows, national commercial campaigns and narration.
Sylvia has broken the glass ceiling for women in promos for decades and currently lends her promo voice to NBC, CBS, TCM, the CW and the Disney Channel.
Sylvia is the voice for some of the most iconic award shows, including the Critics Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, Teen Choice Awards, AFI tributes, Writer’s Guild Awards and the historic 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Sylvia has also narrated Emmy Award winning and critically acclaimed shows on ABC TBS, TNT, AMC and E!
Her national commercial campaigns include Samsung, Colgate and Payless.
Sylvia also does all this in Spanish.
John GroveVoice ActorVoice Arts® Award Winner Bio
John GroveVoice Actor
Voice Arts® Award Winner
V.O. Training with my V.O. coach (David Alden) in prime time promos and trailers TV workshop In Los Angeles! Personal training with (Marc Cashman) in commercials and styles (Vanessa Hart) audiobook’s Voice seminar with the Legendary (Marc Graue Studios) In Burbank Ca. Working with World Digital Studios In LA, (Demos That Rock) Recorded commercial and promo demos with the Legendary Demo Producer Himself CHUCK DURAN:
Voice over work shops Nakamoto Productions In Intro commercial actors vocal styles and movie trailer workshop specialized training with the legendary voice of Bill Wittman at the Weston House Recording Studio. Voice direction with Charlie Holiday Of Mosaic Acting Academy accredited actor, and casting director. Voice animation workshop with Larry Scholl of Disney, and Stan Lemkuil voice Impressionist. continued education countless on-line VO Webinars through a 16 year career.
Cedering FoxVoice Actor / DIrectorWordTheatre® Bio
Cedering FoxVoice Actor / DIrector
Cedering Fox is one of a few internationally recognized voices. You have heard her announcing live awards shows such as The Oscars, The People’s Choice Awards, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and The Democratic National Convention. She is also the go-to announcer for many non-broadcast events such as The Producers Guild Awards, The Academy’s Governors Awards, The Oscar Nominees Luncheons, Women in Film, GLAAD Awards, The Advanced Imaging Society’s Entertainment & Technology Awards, and the Lumiere Awards. Ms. Fox has voiced hundreds of promotional spots for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and cable networks including BBC, CNN, HGTV, EPSN, LIFETIME, REELZ, etc. The voice of award winning documentaries, countless national commercials and her beloved Democratic spots, she is also the female voice for numerous local affiliate stations. Cedering regularly donates her talents to valued non-profit organizations and is featured in Secrets of Voice-over Success: Top Actors Reveal How They Did It.
Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit WordTheatre®: Giving Voice to Great Writing, Cedering has been casting and directing renowned actors in Los Angeles, New York and London for her original productions featuring works by the world’s finest contemporary authors. Frequent participants include Brian Cox, Julianna Margulies, Sterling K Brown, Amanda Seyfried, Jason Butler Harner, JK Simmons, Sarah Paulson, Jason George, Jeff Goldblum, Lesley Manville, Bellamy Young, Finn Whitrock, Colman Domingo, Darren Criss, Dana Delany, Alfred Molina, CCH Pounder, Zachary Quinto and many more.
Scott JacobiMarketing ManagerACX Bio
Scott JacobiMarketing Manager
ACX Marketing & Communications Manager Scott Jacobi has over ten years experience in the audiobook industry, having started as an engineer/director/editor with Talking Book Productions in New York City in 2009. He joined Audible as a member of their in-house studio team in 2011, and now spends his days attracting the best authors and actors to ACX and educating the audiobook community via ACX University and The ACX Blog.
EMILY CURRANMarketer/ProducerACX Bio
Emily Curran joined the ACX Marketing Team in 2018, following years working in radio and podcasting as a host, reporter, producer, editor, and engineer. A lifelong voracious book worm, she’s most frequently found devouring volumes of literary fiction, narrative journalism, and cultural criticism, but her favorite audiobooks are memoirs and essays read by the author. She’s excited to help independent authors and narrators bring their passion projects to life with ACX.
PJ OchlanNarrator/ProducerVoice Arts® Nominee Bio
Voice Arts® Nominee
A working actor for more than 30 years, P.J. Ochlan has enjoyed a diverse career
which has included Broadway, the NY Shakespeare Festival under Joseph Papp,
critically acclaimed feature films and television series regular roles. Along the way
he’s worked with countless icons including Jodie Foster, Clint Eastwood, Robin
Williams, Al Pacino and Garry Marshall.
Behind the microphone, P.J. has lent his talents to virtually every voiceover genre.
He is most notably a multiple Audie Award-winning, multiple Earphones Award-winning,
and multiple Voice Arts Award-nominated narrator of more than 350
audiobooks. P.J.’s voice work is enhanced by his mastery of accents, distinctive
characters and versatility, as well as his proficiency with numerous languages.
As an instructor, P.J. is the founder of www.DrDialect.com and works as a dialect
and performance coach for film, television, stage and VO; he is also the co-founder
of the Deyan Institute for Voice Artistry in Los Angeles and teaches from coast to
coast at conferences and universities.
Michael ScottVoice Actor/ Soldier Bio
Michael ScottVoice Actor/ Soldier
Michael Scott is a SAG-AFTRA Actor, Voiceover Artist, Musician, Educator, Entrepreneur, and U.S. Army Veteran. As a voiceover artist, Michael began his career recording commercials for the military and was later signed by VOX, Inc. Michael’s VO specialty areas include video games, commercials, promos, and animation projects with clients such as Netflix, CBS, Syfy, Heineken, McDonalds, Formosa Interactive, iHeartRadio, POW! Entertainment Inc., Investor.gov, Big A Entertainment, Chicken Republic, California Community Colleges, the National Guard, and the U.S. Army, to name a few. He recently completed work as a Principal performer on a feature film directed by Robert Zemeckis, which is scheduled for release in 2020. As an actor, Michael has performed on a variety of on-camera commercials and is currently in production of his own international travel/adventure TV show called Weapons of Fortune.
Katie FlammanBritish Voiceover Artist / Voice ActorVoice Arts® Nominated Bio
Katie FlammanBritish Voiceover Artist / Voice Actor
Voice Arts® Nominated
Katie Flamman is an award-winning, British Voiceover Artist and Voice Actor, based in the UK.
She won the 2018 One Voice Award in London for ‘Outstanding Event Announcer’ and has twice been a finalist in the category of ‘Female Voiceover Artist of the Year’.
She’s also been a Voice Arts Award nominee four years in a row: for outstanding Storytelling, Gaming Demo, E-learning and Website.
Katie is a Storyteller. She has a background in TV News and a Masters Degree in English Literature from Cambridge University.
She’s a unique, versatile and sought-after talent, who knows exactly what producers want, and how to give it to them.
Katie offers bountiful service and boundless talent. Katie Flamman is fabulous from the ground up.
Kevin MotleyPresident/Talent AgentTGMD Talent Agency Bio
Kevin MotleyPresident/Talent Agent
TGMD Talent Agency
Kevin Motley is the President/Owner of TGMD Talent Agency. TGMD was formed in 2005 when Kevin and his two former business partners purchased the legendary voice over agency, the Tisherman Agency. Carrying the iconic mantle of the Tisherman Agency, TGMD remains one of the leading boutique talent agencies representing prominent Voice Over and Commercial talent. Many decades later, in addition to servicing the traditional needs of the marketplace, TGMD works strenuously and successfully to anticipate and accommodate the rapidly changing landscape in the industry. Over the course of his years in this industry, Kevin has worked in the Voice Over and Commercial Divisions at many of the leading talent agencies in New York and Los Angeles.
Frankie DivitaLive AnnouncerVoice Arts® Awards Gala Bio
Frankie DivitaLive Announcer
Voice Arts® Awards Gala
If you’re looking for a voice that will Bring Your Script to Life, look no further than international voice over artist, Frankie DiVita! Bucca di Beppo restaurants recognized that Frankie’s bright, conversational style would bring customers to their doors. The team at Christie Brinkley Authentic Skin Care knew that Frankie had the talent and experience to introduce women to this amazing product with a friendly, relatable delivery. Bissell and Little Passports needed an engaging voice to connect with moms everywhere. Frankie’s ability to translate copy allowed her to convey their messages perfectly. Amazon Cloud chose Frankie for her fresh approach that appeals to consumers on a global level in the ever-changing world of technology. Frankie’s energetic and motivational technique sealed the deal for Pound Rockout Workout and earned Frankie a Voice Arts Award nomination in the process. So, the question is… how can Frankie Bring YOUR Script to Life?
Jet WalkerVoice ActorVoice Arts® Award Bio
Jet WalkerVoice Actor
Voice Arts® Award
* JET WALKER VOICEOVER ARTIST BIO *
“Jet has a raspy voice texture that is distinct, has that IT, that THING, that UNDENIABLE voice quality that’s
natural and rich…she’s born with it, she doesn’t make it up!”
Jet Walker’s first flights in the voiceover industry began when she started professional voiceover training at
nine; within a year she was reading for top film companies and television networks including Nickelodeon,
Warner Brothers, DreamWorks Animation and Cartoon Network. The writing was on the wall. Jet is known
for her unique texture and captivating delivery, her direct-ability, and her versatile acting range spanning the
gamut – a fiery boy, a take-charge tomboy, an elegant princess, a friendly dragon, and of course Network
Voiceover. Jet has the pipes, the imagination, and the flexibility to embody a wide range of characters for
animation, promos, and commercials. Her directors, without exception, love the extra ‘it factor’ she brings
to the mic as much as they love her ability to respond precisely to their explicit direction.
At the age of fourteen Jet soared into the VO universe as one of the youngest in recent times to win for the
Society of Voice Arts and Science (SOVAS) Voice Arts Award, for Outstanding Promo – Best Voiceover. The
journey began when NBC Universal Television announced its Universal Kids TV channel in association with
PBS and DreamWorks Television. When Universal Kids set out to cast for the voice of the network, a
nationwide search was in the works for the network’s launch. After hundreds of auditions from around the
country from New York to LA, Jet Walker was chosen as the voice of the network. Only thirteen at the time,
Jet voiced the launch of the new network, voicing all the ID’S, Promos, In Show Voices, Bumpers, Sponsor
tags and Billboards, Airline-In- Channel programming and the Universal Kids YouTube channel.
Jet’s voice-acting abilities run deep in her roots. She’s the daughter of legendary on-air and voiceover artist,
Radio Programming Guru and record producer, Robert W. Walker and has grown up in the studio
alongside her dad. Jet’s agency VOX INC. (LOS ANGELES) signed her to join a vast group of A-level VO
Artists represented by the agency. Agency head Tom Lawless has watched Jet grow into her talent since
she was a little kid. They believed in Jet and have been guiding and nurturing her career over the years. Tom
stated, “Jet’s voice texture is so unique, and that’s what initially drew us to her. She has the voice tone and
the talent chops to read for non-binary characters; anything from girls to boys, to dragons to frogs, to
princes and princesses. It doesn’t matter what type of role we send to Jet, she always accepts the
challenge and delivers competitive reads.”
When Jet landed the network role they thought she was a boy. On her first day of work with the producers
at NBC Rockefeller Center in New York, all the executives were in the room, listening in and directing the
session with Jet in her West Coast studio. Jet was shining bright behind the mic! The NBC Universal Kids
Creative Executive In-charge was so impressed with her tone and ability to take direction and deliver on cue.
It was a big surprise when they found out she was a girl since they thought she was a boy during the casting
process. Her dad, Robert W. Walker, reminisced about their initial reaction, although one of the producers
figured it out… “Wait a minute: is ‘Jet’ your real name or a nickname?” She responded… “Actually my full first
name is Bridjet… I’m a girl!” They applauded her, it was a touching moment, a young girl becoming
empowered with great confidence and the affirmation of long-time talent-savvy professionals. All the gender
bias went out the door…JET WALKER can read boy parts and yet still deliver the client a softer side of a
girl’s voice of feminine quality.
That moment was the beginning of a remarkable relationship with the network execs. For the next eight
months, three days a week, Jet would have 5:30 am call times, she rehearsed and recorded over 100
hours of studio time and received a contract renewal for another year with Universal Kids! Jet Walker
solidified her talent and her ability to be mature and professional at a very young age to deliver as a top VO
Artist for network television as the voice of network launch.
Currently, Jet was recently cast and chosen to voice leading roles in two pilot animated series, the first as a
ten-year-old boy- big brother who guides his little brother as he becomes a big-boy with good advice and life
lessons and the other, a girl who’s twelve with magic powers who is adventurous and take charge. Jet is
also an accomplished musician and plays Electric guitar and the Alto Saxophone. She is a dedicated Jazz
musician and artist and is active in her school’s Eagle Regiment Marching Band and plays both instruments
one in the pit and the other in the field during the high school football games. Besides these remarkable
talents, she is also in Honors 3 Spanish and can speak the language fluently. Her favorite subjects are
creative writing and music theory.
Jet’s ultimate goal is to continue to fulfill her dreams in the voiceover business and in music, as she
continues to train with the biggest in the business and to become an accomplished and talented
entertainer. Jet’s mentor and coach, Debi Derryberry (the voice of Jimmy Neutron and dozens of other
animated roles); is quoted “When you combine strong, rich pipes with great acting abilities, you get Jet
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Contact: Agent- Micaela Hicks VOX INC firstname.lastname@example.org – Office 323-655-8699
For Interview requests – email email@example.com Cell- 818-297-0063
Frank WassonPresident and CEOFirst Entertainment Credit Union Bio
Frank WassonPresident and CEO
First Entertainment Credit Union
Frank Wasson is the leader of one of the largest financial services organizations solely owned by the creators and supporters of the entertainment industry. He is a transformational leader with over 35 years of professional experience in financial services, entertainment and retail merchandise and currently serves as the President and CEO of First Entertainment Credit Union.
As CEO, Frank provides strategic vision and leadership to a cooperative serving the greater entertainment industry in Southern California. Notables in their field of membership include Warner Brothers, Sony, Netflix, Amazon, and Paramount studios, as well as entertainment entities such as the Grammy Foundation and Activation/Blizzard gaming.
Prior to working in the credit union industry, Frank held strategic leadership roles with the Walt Disney Company, General Mills, Talbots, and Eddie Bauer.
Frank holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the
University of Florida, and an MBA from the University of Central Florida.
Frank and his wife Meg live Toluca Lake, CA.
JOAN BAKERVoice Actor/Teacher/AuthorExecutive Producer SOVAS™ Bio
JOAN BAKERVoice Actor/Teacher/Author
Executive Producer SOVAS™
Joan is an American author, actor, voiceover artist and on-camera host. She is the Co-founder, CCO and Secretary of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™), an international nonprofit corporation that oversees That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, the Voice Arts® Awards and multiple programs providing training, education, academic/financial aid scholarships and career counseling for voice actors. SOVAS™ is the longest running voiceover conference in the world and has honored legendary talents, such as James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin, Muhammad Ali, William Shatner, Michael Buffer, Erin Brockovich, Ken Burns, Nancy Cartwright, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Howard Fraley, Phil Lamarr, Katee Sackhoff, Jim Cummings and Malcom-Jamal Warner.
Joan is the author of “Secrets of Voice-Over Success”, the first book to chronicle multiple career journeys of some of the top voice actors in America. The book remains the most prolific book on the subject after 3 editions over more than 10 years. In addition, Joan has written a variety of trade articles, and co-written more than 50 columns for Backstage Magazine with her husband, Rudy Gaskins. Alongside her duties as CCO for SOVAS™, Joan is among a very select group of professionals who are widely known and sought after, for teaching the craft of voice acting. She has taught the Columbia University Graduate Drama Class for the past 2 years and also teaches for New York University and Kentucky University, Actors Institute (NYC), New York’s Professional Performing Arts School and SCAD University.
As a voice actors and producer, Joan has won a combined 6 Telly Awards and 2 Promax/BDA Awards. Her Voice acting work includes commercials, promos and narration for ESPN, ABC’s, The View, HLN, TBS, HBO, Grand Theft Auto, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Chase Bank, American Express, NICK at NITE, ABC News, CBS Sports, Lifetime, Lexus, SPIKE TV.She’s the on-camera host for A&E’s Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet Interviews.
And, Joan is got it going on live. Having announced Bravo’s Moving Image Salute to Will Smith, the Red Dress Awards, Muse Awards for Woman in Television & Film, Promax/BDA Conference and Matrix Awards and, Joan’s career has always been coupled with her passion for philanthropic giving – spotlighted with feature articles in The New York Times, Black Enterprise, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, New York Daily News, Backstage, Media Week, ADWEEK and Broadcasting & Cable and Crain’s USA.
Honors & Awards
- PREMIOS DE LA ACADEMIA A VOZ Award
- Butterfly Donor Wall at the Muhammad Ali Center
- Outstanding Innovation In Support Of Narrators and Spoken Word Arts, in creation of the Voice Arts Award Platform
- VOICE 2014 Community Award for Outstanding Service
- Short Documentary- “The Power Of Saying Yes”
- Short Documentary“Living a Life of Consequence”
- Short Documentary “Causing The Miraculous”
- Excellence in Multicultural Award for Marketing (1st place) for Black History Month
- PROMAX Gold & Silver, TV Promos Martin Luther King Campaign
Joan currently resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with her husband and business partner, Rudy Gaskins.
Archie ElamGulf War VeteranWest Point Graduate Bio
Archie ElamGulf War Veteran
West Point Graduate
Archie was born the 3rd of five kids in inner city Philadelphia. His father was a career Infantryman of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. His father served in the same segregated unit at the end of World War II as a Sergeant that Archie would command more than 150 soldiers in as a Captain at the height of the Cold War in Germany. His mother was in college at 16 in South Carolina to be a teacher when she met and later married his father. He has many military veterans in his family (2 uncles (Army and Navy); 8 Marine cousins; a brother, sister and brother-in-law in the Army and many more).
As a kid growing up, he dealt daily with the issues of gang/gun violence; crime and drug users; racial prejudice and other dangerous challenges that beset the community he grew up in. Despite the challenges of his community, Archie became an excellent student. His great academic performance though elementary and junior high school gained him admission to Philadelphia’s top two academic high schools. He selected the Aerospace Magnet Program at Northeast High School, one of the oldest high schools in the country. He went on to graduate in the top 10% of a class of more than 1,300 students. He was also a class president, member of the National Honor Society, an athlete in fencing, track and basketball, a Boy Scout and a Civil Air Patrol cadet squadron commander.
After receiving both Congressional and Vice-Presidential nominations, Archie entered West Point with the Class of 1976. There he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics (named an Outstanding Graduate in Electrical Engineering in 2017), became a top-ranked member of the Army Fencing Team and the Cadet Brigade Command Sergeant Major as a senior. He was also selected for West Point’s Cadet Public Relations Program and sent to speak to kids in Philadelphia schools. Upon graduation, Archie was commissioned in the US Army’s Armor and Cavalry branch.
His Army career took him to a wide variety of troop, command and staff assignments at the US Army’s Armor School, West Point Admissions, US Army Europe, and the US 18th Airborne Corps. After completing graduate study advanced mathematics and systems analysis, Archie was assigned to the Office of the Secretary of the Army and later, the US Army General Staff in the Pentagon.
After his tour in the Pentagon, he was assigned to 18th Airborne Corps and the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized) and deployed to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as the head of current operations for an organization of 36,000 troops. (On his arrival in Saudi Arabia, he was selected for an interview on the Today Show!) The division made the deepest attack behind enemy lines in Army history (over 250 miles) to cut off the Iraqi Army escaping Kuwait and help destroy the Republican Guard.
After a very severe back injury on a joint operation (requiring multiple surgeries), Archie retired from the Army at Fort Bragg NC and moved to Stamford CT. He went on to get an MBA from Duke University (where he was elected class president and later given their Alumni Leadership Award) and pursue a second career as an operations and technology executive with GE Capital and then United Technologies and later a management consultant in strategy and operations with the George Group and Accenture.
He has served on a many community organization boards (raising hundreds of thousands of dollars) and as the president of several organizations. These include: election to the Stamford Board of Education (where he as its representative to the state board of education), the 100 Black Men of Stamford (Past President), The Westchester Black MBA Association (Past President), Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Life Member and Past President of 2 chapters) and The Boule’ (Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity). He is also the Chair of the CT Ballet. While at GE Capital, he was selected by the CEO to lead GE’s 20,000-member volunteer service organization. In that role, he was awarded a citation from the CT General Assembly and Keys to the City of Danbury for his work in leading a state environmental restoration project.
He is very active in veterans’ affairs. He sits on the CT State Veterans Leadership Council, both the Veterans Council and Service Academy Selection Committee for CT’s 4th District Member of Congress and the Veterans Council for CT’s senior Senator. After Sept 11th, he was selected as a military affairs analyst for a CT local TV station. He is a life member and State Officer with the CT Veterans of Foreign Wars. He most recently Commander for the Fairfield County 1st District, overseeing 20 VFW posts and 2,500 members. Prior to that, he was responsible for the management of visitation programs with wounded and disabled veterans across the state of CT.
Archie holds numerous US and foreign military decorations for his service. He was also awarded a commission as a Colonel from the Governor of KY. He was also elected to the CT Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Archie is a member of the West Point Association of Graduates Board of Directors.
He is the proud single father of two daughters who were nationally competitive figure skaters and varsity lacrosse goalies. Katherine is in the fashion industry in NY City and does photography and painting. Alexandra is a senior at Tulane University with a 4.0 GPA and majoring in English and Digital Communications.
Thembisa S. MshakaVoice Actor/Producer/Author3x Voice Arts® Nominated Bio
Thembisa S. MshakaVoice Actor/Producer/Author
3x Voice Arts® Nominated
With over two decades of experience in marketing and advertising as a multiple Promax BDA and Telly Award winning creative copywriter for Sony Music, BET Networks, and brands as varied as spirits (Johnnie Walker, Alize’), fashion (RocaWear Clothing) and finance (Dfree), veteran voice actor Thembisa S. Mshaka came into the game as talent with a competitive advantage. By the time she became a voice actor, she had already been writing TV and radio scripts for everyone from Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé’ to Will Smith and Wu-Tang Clan. She knew how to take direction from producers, because she had given it to some of the greats in the business, including Rodd Houston and the late Don LaFontaine. Counting them both as mentors, Thembisa truly learned from the best.
Thembisa’s break as an actor came as a result of performing a scratch read on a script for Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious” commercial in 2001. From that point on, she realized her voice was a gift, so she sought to sharpen her craft with world-renowned coach Joan Baker. Thembisa then created a demo reel with Johnna Gottlieb, and landed a contract with Paradigm, her agency home for her entire 18-year career.
With a voice that is as versatile as it is memorable, Thembisa has become a formidable player in the voiceover space, appearing in commercials for McDonald’s and Burger King, SunTrust Bank, Home Depot and Xfinity; performing as an IAMS pet food silver tabby cat, and a relatable mom for Stop & Shop. A huge lover of sports, she realized a dream by becoming the voice of the New York Liberty for their 20th anniversary season—which led to voicing the radio campaign for all of the WNBA. Her entry into sports voicing prepared her for the most prestigious honor of her career to date: voicing the Muhammad Ali Center Legacy vide, which plays at the museum that honors the life and philanthropy of “The Greatest” in Louisville, Kentucky.
A member of SAG-AFTRA, Thembisa also has served as the network promo voice for Lifetime TV, The Smithsonian Channel, and Oxygen. She has been nominated by the Society for Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS) for five Voice Arts Awards for her work with the WNBA, Publix, and the Alzheimer’s Association, among others.
An established authority on urban and youth culture and the music industry, her book, Put Your Dreams First: Handle Your [entertainment] Business was released by Grand Central Publishing in 2009. The book was named among the Top 15 Must-Have Hip-Hop Lit Books by AOL and is hailed by Public Enemy founder Chuck D as “the new entertainment industry Bible”. She has appeared as a contributor in anthologies and textbooks on hip-hop, relationships, and the intersections of race and gender.
A Los Angeles native, Thembisa holds a Film Producing certification from The NY Film Academy, a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Ethnic Studies from Mills College in Oakland, and is an alumna of Westridge School for Girls in Pasadena
Blog/book site: http://www.thembisamshaka.com
Robin ArmstrongDirector/ProducerArmstrongVO.com Bio
Robin Armstrong is an internationally award-winning film director, voiceover coach, producer, acting teacher, and performer. He has directed, taught and cast voice actors for over 25 years and has produced hundreds of film, television and audio projects and directed more than 1500 VO sessions. As a feature film director, he is winner of the Sundance Film Festival, and has been honored in both BOARDS (Canada) and SHOTS (London) for his artistry in television commercial direction for clients such as Budweiser, Porsche, Sony, AT&T and Chevrolet.
From The Hideout, his recording/teaching studio in Los Angeles, and at sold out teaching events across the US, Robin is sought after for his private coaching, weekend intensives, weekly VO Essentials sessions for emerging talent, and Master Classes for working pros. He also coaches artists worldwide via phone and Skype, and directs the LA VO Pro Workout Groups – the most comprehensive family of pro voiceover workout groups in the nation.
Isabel JuncaVoice Actor/DirectorViva Voz Festival Bio
Isabel JuncaVoice Actor/Director
Viva Voz Festival
With 13 years of experience in the field of speech, teaching, communication in Colombia.
Director of the Viva Voz Festival. Director of A Voz Academia, a school for broadcasters and voice actors in Colombia. Voice of the USA channel for Latinos HITN. Dubbing actress in Latin Spanish.
From a young age she trained in the field of performing arts and theater in Valle del Cauca, with the company Esquina Latina de Cali. Then, upon arrival in Bogotá, Isabel combined her training in theater with oratory and speech. As a teenager, she had the opportunity to practice as a teacher at the ACCI Academia de locución y oratoria. She entered the world of radio in Todelar and Colmundo broadcasting. She made professional studies in communication and journalism.
Thanks to a scholarship, she lived in Mexico and had the opportunity to give greater depth to hers knowledge specialized in performing arts and dubbing in Latin Spanish.
Since her return to Colombia, in 2012, Isabel has not stopped working as a voice over. She has doubled actresses like Jennifer Lawrence (Serena, 2015); Nicole Kidman (Grace of Monaco, 2016), and multiple voices for actresses and characters from channels such as History, HBO, Sony, Syfy, TNT and Netflix.
In recent years, Isabel has built a pedagogical method that has allowed her to create the Academy of expression and dubbing, AVoz; to be a speaker at Voice Over Atlanta (2017), Santo Domingo (2017 and 2018); and participate in Voice Masters México 2017 and 2018.
RUDY GASKINSChairman & CEOSOVAS™ Bio
RUDY GASKINSChairman & CEO
Rudy is the Co-founder, Chairman & CEO of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™), and international nonprofit corporation that oversees That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo, the Voice Arts® Awards and multiple programs providing training, education, academic/financial aid scholarships and career counseling for voice actors. SOVAS™ is the longest running voiceover conference in the world and has honored legendary talents, such as James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin, Muhammad Ali, William Shatner, Michael Buffer, Erin Brockovich, Ken Burns, Nancy Cartwright, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Howard Fraley, Phil Lamarr and Malcolm-Jamal Warner.
Rudy is an Emmy-winning producer who began his professional career after graduating from New York University’s Film and Television program. He directed and produced several award-winning short films before signing on as an apprentice film editor on Francis Coppola’s The Cotton Club. From there he went on to work with some of the most influential filmmakers of our time, including Jonathan Demme, Brian DePalma, Milos Forman, Spike Lee, and Alan Pakula. He then joined PBS as a director, where he produced 12 hours of documentary programming.
The PBS journalistic tradition was an ideal training ground for his next challenge as aproducer with ABC News advertising and promotion. At ABC News, Rudy oversaw the creative direction ofthe advertising and promotional branding for World News Tonight, featuring the legendary Peter Jennings, 20/20 with Barbara Walters and Primetime Live with Diane Sawyer.
He then joined Court TV as vice president of creative services, developing the on-air branding strategy and network identity during the infamous trials of the Menendez Brothers, OJ Simpson and Aileen Wuornos (later portrayed by Charlize Theron in Monster) Rudy played a central role in thesuccessful rebrand and re-launch of Court TV from a news network to a news and entertainment venue – overseeing an award-winning re-branding campaign, that foreshadowed it final relaunch as Tru TV. He resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with his wife and business partner, Joan Baker
PAT FRALEYLegend Voice Actor/ Master TeacherVoice Arts® Backstage Vanguard Award Winner Bio
PAT FRALEYLegend Voice Actor/ Master Teacher
Voice Arts® Backstage Vanguard Award Winner
As a performer, Pat is well known for creating and performing the evil, bodiless “Krang” on the original “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” animated TV series. Pat has created voices for over 5,000 characters; placing him in the top ten of all time to be cast in animated TV shows. His performances and projects across all entertainment mediums have garnered him awards and nominations for Emmies, Annies, Cleos, and Audies.
As a teacher, Patrick is the architect of voice over instruction. Over the past 48 years, he has guided more performers into meaningful voice over careers than anyone in the history of VO Instruction. He has taught Audiobook Narration for 20 years, and for the past ten with his teaching comrade and friend, Narrator, Scott Brick. He continues to teach hundreds a student in the U.S. and abroad with his 30+ home study courses.
Patrick began his career in Australia in 1974. After receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Cornell University, Patrick moved “down under” where he performed the classics as a member of The South Australian Theatre Company, appeared in Peter Weir’s movie, “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” and toured the outback with his own theatre company.
While living in Australia he learned the skill of creating, performing, and teaching voice over. His first job teaching was at Flinders University as a Vocal Dynamics Tutor. It is during that time that Patrick broke down the character voice to its elements, making him the first in the world to deconstruct the character voice, making it teachable to all. When he returned from Australia, he began his long career creating characters for animation at Hanna Barbara in Los Angeles.
Here are some comments from his students and colleagues on his teaching and performing:
Ed Asner “If you’re ready for an audio version of Cirque du Soleil, look no further than Pat Fraley.”
Mark Hamill “One of the most talented actors I’ve ever worked with.”
Joe Mantegna “In the world of teaching voice over and vocal performance, Patrick Fraley is simply the best.”
RACHAEL NAYLORVoice Actor/ DirectorThe Voiceover Network Bio
RACHAEL NAYLORVoice Actor/ Director
The Voiceover Network
VOICEOVER ARTIST AND ACTOR BASED IN LONDON
I’m a well known voiceover artist and have been working in this brilliant industry for quite a few years now and I love my job.
I enjoy working with producers and directors on exciting campaigns whether they are commercials, animations, video games, promos etc. It’s wonderful to be a part of the creative process.
Those I work with know me as a friendly, smiley voiceover artist who is fun to work with.
I’ve had a fantastic career and the pleasure of working with brilliant clients over the years, recent ones include Sure, Persil, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Channel 4, Channel 5, TLC, Nestle, Zara and many more. I’m based in West London and I feel very lucky to live in this beautiful part of the world. In my home studio I can record to an excellent standard but it’s also easy for me to jump on a train and head into a studio in Central London too.
I’m also an actor working in films, TV, theater and radio dramas. I’ve had a wonderful and fun career and I love how I never know where my acting career will take me next.
I am also the founder of The VoiceOver Network which is an organisation for voiceover artist. It’s a company that is about helping, supporting and strengthening the voiceover industry. A membership organization that run events, workshops, webinars, a magazine and more. It’s an incredible community of supportive voiceover professionals. Members include voiceover artists, agents, producers and casting directors.
SCOTT BRICKNarratorVoice Arts® & Audie Winner Bio
Voice Arts® & Audie Winner
Scott Brick has recorded bestsellers and Pulitzer-Prize winners in every conceivable category, over 900 titles, including JURASSIC PARK, HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, IN COLD BLOOD and HELTER SKELTER, since his debut in 1999. A Grammy nominee, Scott has won over 50 Earphones Awards, six Audie Awards, and has twice been named Publishers Weekly’s Narrator of the Year. After AudioFile Magazine proclaimed him a Golden Voice, his work was thereafter profiled in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. In 2015 Scott began teaching the nation’s first fully-accredited university course devoted solely to audiobook narration at UCLA, and in 2017 Scott became an inaugural member of Audible’s Hall of Fame.
VICKY TESSIOSpanish speaking Voice ActorVoice Arts® Winner Bio
VICKY TESSIOSpanish speaking Voice Actor
Voice Arts® Winner
VICKY TESSIO BIO
EU Spanish voice actor, Producer and Director of VivaVoice.UK , Vicky began her professional career in the late 80’s as a journalist, producer and radio host. She has presented and directed programmes on some of Spain´s most prestigious radio stations, such as Radio Nacional, Cadena Ser and Canal Sur.
Since 2004 she has worked as a full-time voiceover artist from her home studio for clients all over the world. Vicky works usually on different genres: from dubbing , audiobooks, video games or audio drama, to corporate projects: explainer videos, phone systems, e-learning …
She is also the Director of VivaVoice.UK, a bilingual audio production company based in London. Viva Voice creates audio and transmedia bilingual sound experiences with educational and cultural goals. Their aspiration is to provide high quality content, through both sound design and vocal performance. Working mainly in Spanish, they experiment with how the human ear perceives sound and explore the full potential of the auditory experience.
Winner of a Voice Arts Award 2017 for Outstanding Animation Demo Reel, Best Spanish Voiceover.
Nominated for a Voice Arts Award 2018 for Outstanding Spoken Word or Storytelling, Best Spanish Performance.
Nominated for a Voice Arts Award 2019 for Audiobook Narration- Fiction, Best Spanish Voiceover.
EU Spanish VO and Voice Actor. VivaVoice.UK Director
2017 Voice Arts Awards Winner. 2018-2019 Voice Arts Awards Nominee.
MARC GRAUEVoice Actor/Legendary producer/ Studio OwnerVoice Arts® Winner Bio
MARC GRAUEVoice Actor/Legendary producer/ Studio Owner
Voice Arts® Winner
Marc Graue can be heard daily on Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean Ride, as the narrator of National Geographic’s Alaska State Troopers, as a Zombie in Colombia Pictures Zombieland 2:Double Tap, Orc’s in WarCraft The Movie, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time With Bill Maher, Promos for CBS , CNN, Cartoon Network & Nickelodeon plus the cartoon series Motown, Ever After High, Judge Dredd:Superfiend, Avatar:The Last Airbender, Codename: Kids Next Door, Veggie Tales, , Arthur and more.
Marc’s Video Game credits include Spyro: Reignited, Blizzard’s World Of Warcraft , Heroes Of The Storm & StarCraft 2:Legacy Of The Void plus Ratchet & Clank, Mafia 3, Skylanders: Superchargers, , Grand Theft Auto 5 Gods Of Rome, Shadowverse, Hearthstone, Spiderman, Wasteland 2 and Night AT The Museum.
As a producer Marc has worked with a virtual whose who of Celebrity Talent
Marc is Repped by the Atlas Talent Agency in Los Angeles & New York
SCOTT PARKINVoice Actor/ America's Commercial Actor/Teacher Bio
SCOTT PARKINVoice Actor/ America's Commercial Actor/Teacher
Scott Parkin is a master “The conversational real read & improv for VO”. This is a huge category of scripts advertising agencies are currently producing and its actually growing so you must have a version of this type of read to compete for these jobs. Scott has been improvising in VO, on TV and on stage for 25 years. He’s performed voiceover in over 1,000 radio commercial and appeared on camera in 100’s and 100’s of TV commercials , some TV shows , a couple of movies and one soft core porn movie . He’s also written ad copy for multiple large agencies for years and written for Network Television shows. Scott has been a working Voice Over Actor for over 25 years , during that time he’s learned many ways to approach the conversational read and improvisation for Voice Over. As a coach Scott has taught 100’s of veteran and new VO talent all over the US and the world including London & Spain with upcoming trips abroad on the books.
DEBBE HIRATAVoice Actor5x Voice Arts® Awards Winner Bio
DEBBE HIRATAVoice Actor
5x Voice Arts® Awards Winner
Debbe Hirata is an award-winning voice actor of national distinction.
Her fresh, contemporary range gives voice to Fortune 500 ads with
as much verve as it delivers for arts & entertainment content. Her
acute awareness of storytelling enhances the creative process as
she follows the lead of the director to create dynamic voiceover
performances that bring words and images to life. The same is true
for her narration for TV and film. Debbe is honored to be a 5-time Voice Arts Award recipient.
DAVE FENNOYVoice Actor/ Master TeacherVoice Arts® Award Winner Bio
DAVE FENNOYVoice Actor/ Master Teacher
Voice Arts® Award Winner
Dave Fennoy is one of the most in demand voice actors in Los Angeles. He is known for his versatility, providing voices for commercials, narrations, TV promos, award shows, animation and video games.Gamers enjoy his work on numerous games, especially his portrayal of Lee Everett, the playable character on 2013’s Game of The Year, The Walking Dead Game, for which he earned 5 nominations and 2 trophies for best performance in a video game.
Mr. Fennoy is also a much sought-after VO instructor, conducting workshops in cities across the United States and internationally, as well as coaching privately from his home studio or via Skype. He is also the subject of a chapter in the VO bible “Secrets of Voice Over Success” by Joan Baker.
Visit DaveFennoy.com for more information.
BOB BERGENVoice Actor/ Master Teacher3x Emmy® Nominee Bio
BOB BERGENVoice Actor/ Master Teacher
3x Emmy® Nominee
When I was 5 years old I told my parents when I grow up I want to be Porky Pig. My Mother told me Honey, you can’t be Porky Pig. You’re Jewish”
–Opening line of the one man show, Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal!
Three-time Emmy nominated Bob Bergen moved to Los Angeles from Cincinnati when he was 14. Actually, he had no choice. His Dad took a job in LA and relocated the family. But LA is where he wanted to be. As a kid, Bob spent endless hours watching and taping cartoons, imitating voices as well as creating characters of his own. His dream was to voice The Looney Tunes, and in particular Porky Pig. Bob’s idol was Mel Blanc, and he worked day and night trying to perfect eh-puh-peh-eh Porky’s famous voice. To his parents dismay, he spent more time working on voices than he did at his school work, though I think they’ve forgiven him by now.
Soon after arriving in LA, Bob began investigating how to get into the world of doing voices for cartoons. He spent hours thumbing through the yellow pages, calling every animation studio in town, gathering information on how to break into the voice-over field. Hanna Barbara referred him to Bob Lloyd, who at the time had the only voice casting office in Los Angeles called The Voicecaster. Lloyd referred him to Daws Butler, a legend in animation and well known as the man behind the voice of Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Elroy Jetson, and Snagglepuss, to name a few. Daws taught a weekly voice-over workshop, and invited Bob to join the class. Bob also studied voice-over with anyone and everyone in LA offering a workshop, including Louise Chamis, Michael Bell, Brian Cummings, and Dave Madden. For the next several years Bob was never out of a class, studying voice-over, as well as improv and acting. He even got the chance to watch his idol, Mel Blanc record a project for Warner Bros.
When he was 18, a good friend of the family had Casey Kasem send Bob an autograph picture for his high school graduation. Bob sent Casey a thank you note, stating he wanted to do voices for cartoons and included his phone number. To his shock Casey phoned Bob and offered his assistance. Casey requested Bob make a home made demo of as many voices as he could. Bob sent Casey a tape of 85 voices which Casey, in turn, gave to Don Pitts, a voice-over agent and one of the nicest guys in the biz. Don signed Bob, and at 18 he was set up with his first agent. Not long after, Bob booked his first cartoon, Spiderman, and His Amazing Friends. He continued his studies with Daws Butler, and for the next 5 years slowly built up his voice-over resume with a variety of cartoons and commercials. To make ends meet, he worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios.
At the age of 23, Bob was able to leave Universal and work full time as an actor. His resume consists of 100s of cartoons, commercials, promos, radio imaging, live award show announcing, and interactive games. In 1990, Bob’s dream came true when he joined a handful of actors who share the job of voicing The Looney Tunes. Over the years, Bob has voiced Porky, Tweety, Marvin the Martian, Henry Hawk, Sylvester Jr., and Speedy Gonzales in a variety of feature films, albums, toys, games, and television series’, including the 3 time Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers, in which Bob received an Annie Award nomination as best voice performer in a television series. In 1991 Bob was asked to play Sylvester Jr., for a radio program called Mrs. Bush’s Story Time, hosted by First Lady Barbara Bush. Soon after, he was thrilled to be invited to a reception at the White House in appreciation for his participation in Mrs. Bush’s literacy program.
Bob added game show host to his resume after landing the job of emcee on Jep!, the kid’s version of the classic game show Jeopardy!. For ten years, Bob worked as the grandstand host at the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. His job consisted of spending two hours prior to the parade warming up an audience of literally hundreds lined up and down Sunset Boulevard, entertaining, schmoozing and getting everyone in the Christmas spirit. Throughout the parade, he had the privilege of interviewing some of Tinseltown’s biggest stars as they traveled down the streets of Hollywood in floats and vintage cars. The Grand Marshall in Bob’s first parade was James Stewart, and Bob was honored to have the opportunity to meet and interview this legendary actor. Over his years with the parade Bob got the chance to interview some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Halle Berry, Sammy Davis Jr., Ed McMahann, Steve Allen and Mickey Rooney to name a few.
Bob was invited to teach his animation voice-over workshop at Judy Carter’s California Comedy Conference in Palm Springs. This whirlwind weekend consisted of up and coming comics showcasing to various show biz movers and shakers. Through connections he made at this conference, Bob put together a one man show. After a one time “trial” performance in Burbank, he was asked by Ken Kragen, who managed Kenny Rogers, to be the opening act for Rogers’ summer tour throughout California and Oregon. Upon returning from the tour, Bob showcased his one man show at the Ice House in Pasadena and The Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks. Producer Ed Gaynes offered to produce the show commercially at the Whitmore-Lindley Theater in NOHO. Bob Bergen, Not Just Another Pretty Voice opened to great reviews and ran for 3 months. It was revived again in 2007, playing on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico, as well as Las Vegas, and a 6 week run at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood. A new version entitled Bob Bergen: So, Here’s The Deal! has toured in NYC, Atlanta, and Chicago. It’s currently taking bookings in theaters throughout the country. In 2017 Bob began his 30th year teaching his animation voice-over workshop workshop in Los Angeles as well as weekend intensives throughout the US and Canada.
Bob’s voice has been heard in hundreds of commercials, including McDonald’s, Mitsubishi, Geico, Petsmart, Publix, Albertsons. His promo resume includes Disney Channel, NBC, FOXKids. He’s the imaging branding voice for radio stations throughout the US. Animated features include Tangled, TinkerBell, Spirited Away, A Bug’s Life, Iron Giant, Cars, The Emperor’s New Groove, Up, Wall-E, to name a few. He voices Luke Skywalker for LucasArts interactive games, as well as all 3 Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials. He’s supplied special vocal effects for dozens of films, including Gremlins, Army of Darkness, Dunsten Checks In, Fright Night 2, Honey, I Blew up the Kid, Santa Clause 2 & 3, He’s an Annie Award nominee for Porky Pig/Cadet in the Emmy nominated series Duck Dodgers. In 2011 he stars as Porky Pig in Cartoon Network’s new series The Looney Tunes Show.
Bob has been an active member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 1994, He’s a 2 time volunteer Big Brother, and was honored as the 2007 Jewish Big Brother of the Year.
VALENTINA LATYNAVoice Actor/ActressVoice Arts® Nominee Bio
VALENTINA LATYNAVoice Actor/Actress
Voice Arts® Nominee
A Colombian Actress known for her Voiceover and Theatrical work for over
20 years. After earning her BFA in Colombia, she goes to NYFA and UCLA.
She’s been part of many different Plays, Tv shows for Telemundo, and Films in Hollywood, such as Rampage, Catalyst, and A-N-D-R-E-A. Her VO career started when she was 8 years old. For years she’s been the official voice in Spanish of big celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Giada De Laurentiis, and Tiffany Haddish. Nominated four years in a row by The Voice Arts Awards SOVAS as Best Spanish Voiceover in the US.
JOE CIPRIANOVoice Actor/AuthorVoice Arts® Award Winner Bio
JOE CIPRIANOVoice Actor/Author
Voice Arts® Award Winner
Joe Cipriano began his career as a broadcaster in Waterbury, Connecticut, while still in high school. Since then Joe has worked on the air for the Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS TV and Radio networks, achieving success on and off camera.
For over 25 years now Joe is known as the Original and best known “Voice” of FOX.
For the last 16 years Joe has held a similar position as one of the Signature Voices at CBS.
He also spent two years as the voice of NBC Dramas from 2005 to 2007. Wow, this guy gets around!
In the past several years Joe Cipriano has also been the “live” announcer for many of television’s biggest events such as the prestigious Grammy Awards which is broadcast live from Los Angeles to 195 countries reaching an estimated 1.7 Billion viewers.
Joe has also been the live voice of the 57th, 59th and 60th Annual Emmy Awards broadcasts. Other highlights include “The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards”, “The VH1 Honors”, “GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year Awards”, “Elton John Live” and many other live Television events.
In 1988, the Fox Television Network chose Joe Cipriano to be their “Image Voice”, as the fledgling company attempted to become a bonafide fourth network. With the help of Joe Cipriano as their youthful-sounding voice, Fox was able to establish itself as a winner and today Fox is the Number 1 Television Network in America with adults 18-49.
In 1997 the CBS Television Network looked to Joe to assist in changing its image to attract a younger audience. His voice is closely associated with some of CBS Television’s brightest comedies such as “Everybody Loves Raymond”, “The King of Queens” and today continues to voice promos for “Two and a Half Men”, “Rules of Engagement” and “Mike and Molly.”
In 2005 Joe headed to Burbank for a two-year stint as the Signature voice for NBC dramas including, Heroes, ER, and Law and Order.
Joe continues to voice promos for outlets such as ABC, Blockbuster Ticket, Disney and for years was the signature voice of The Food Network.
He is also heard as the image voice of radio and TV stations all over the country including CW50 Detroit, MY24 Baltimore, Fresh 102.7 New York, WCFS Chicago, Boom 973 Toronto and Star 94-1 San Diego to name just a few.
From 1993 to 2003 Joe served as co-host on the very successful, internationally syndicated radio program, “The World Chart Show.” This weekly two-hour count down show featured the planet’s hottest hits on 250 Radio Stations Worldwide with stories about and interviews with international music stars and celebrities. Talk about good Karma, “The World Chart Show” dedicated itself to generating international support for preservation of the planet’s reefs and rain forests, by joining in a global effort with The Nature Conservancy, a private non-profit organization.
Joe has also filled-in for Casey Kasem on American Top 40 which is heard on top radio stations all across America and Worldwide.
Joe has achieved success on-camera in Hollywood , in commercials with several national spots, and in acting for TV and movies. In 1990, Joe was a co-star in the NBC sitcom, “Knight and Daye” starring Jack Warden, Mason Adams and Hope Lange, produced by Babaloo Mandel and Lowel Ganz.
From 1987 to 1992, Joe produced and hosted two popular shows that aired in Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Kobe, Japan . The “LA Express” and “Toyota California Classics” scored record ratings in their time slots and enjoyed a long, successful run on the air in Japan.
Today, Joe and his wife Ann along with their two children live in Bel Air, CA. Joe is an avid tennis player and supporter of the game who lends his time to hosting and MCing benefit tennis events throughout Los Angeles. He is also the Founding Member of the Don LaFontaine Voice Over Lab at the SAG Actors Center. The Lab is a tribute to Joe’s good friend Don LaFontaine, who passed away in September of 2008.
In 2010 Joe was awarded the very first Don LaFontaine Legacy Award which recognizes a voice of impact as determined by a specialized industry committee. Through the criteria of character, longevity, talent, professionalism and the passion for giving back, the voting committee agreed that Joe embodies much of Don’s defining legacy.
Norm SchulmanManaging Partner/CPAShulman Lobel Accountants Bio
Norm SchulmanManaging Partner/CPA
Shulman Lobel Accountants
Norm Schulman is the managing partner of Schulman Lobel Zand Katzen Williams & Blackman LLP. He has over 30 years of diverse accounting, tax and business experience.In addition to over 20 years in the public accounting field, Mr. Schulman spent 11 years in private industry as a CEO, CFO as well as working with the investment banking firm of Morgan Lewis Githens and Ahn. He was the president of Target Access Media, an advertising company with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Its clients included McDonalds, Proctor and Gamble and Bristol Myers Squibb. Prior to that, he was the Chief Financial Officer of an international wholesaler of food, health and beauty care products. His Public accounting background includes over a dozen years of experience with litigation support engagements as an expert in partnerships, shareholder and matrimonial disputes. Mr. Schulman’s clients include high net worth individuals, real estate concerns and professional practices among others.
Norm has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Boston University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York and New Jersey. He is also an alumnus of Stuyvesant High School in New York City.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants
New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants
Current or Former Member of the following:
Real Estate Committee – NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants
Business Valuation Committee – NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants
Entertainment & Sports Committee – NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants
Litigation Services Committee – NYS Society of Certified Public Accountants
Certified Public Accountant, New York and New Jersey
Insurance Agent, Life Accident & Health, New Jersey
Served 18 years as the Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of NJ
Former Member of the Board of Directors and chairman of the audit committee of Herald Bank, NA
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton GirlChoir
Member of the Advisory Committee of the Princeton Regional Scholarship Fund
Member of the Advisory Board of Unison, LLC
Member of the Board of Directors of Fairytales, Inc.
Former Trustee and Member of the Board of Directors of CVCC
Jennifer prosperinoCPASchulman Lobel Accountants Bio
Schulman Lobel Accountants
JENNIFER PROSPERINO, CPA
Schulman Lobel Accountants
For nearly 20 years, I’ve been advising high net-worth clients—executives, entrepreneurs, attorneys, athletes, divorcees, and others—on all aspects of their financial lives. Where I really make a difference is helping them better understand their financial choices, in nontechnical terms, and the current and future impact on themselves and their families. Acting as a financial quarterback with my clients’ other advisors, I see that tax, estate, investment, insurance, and cash flow planning strategies are integrated within an overall plan. As a principal in Schulman Lobel’s Business and Personal Management Group, my close client relationships extend to managing the details of their daily lives.
Schulman Lobel is a full-service accounting and consulting firm: offering a full range of business and personal management services with the expertise of a large firm, but the personalized attention that only a smaller, dedicated team can provide. The firm provides its clients with a broad range of needs – both locally and internationally, including personal business management, tax preparation and planning, budgeting, financial and retirement planning, estate planning and taxes, luxury purchases, real estate and general business advice.