A unique harmony between expressiveness,
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Honorees & Presenters
Jennifer HaleVoice Arts® Icon AwardHonoree Bio
Jennifer HaleVoice Arts® Icon Award
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS HOLDER
THE MOST PROLIFIC VIDEO GAME VOICE ACTOR (FEMALE)
Canadian-American, award-winning voice over actor, Jennifer Hale, has been dubbed “a kind of Meryl Streep of the Form” by New Yorker Magazine and holds the world record for the most female video game voices. She earned this and many other accolades in popular game franchises like Halo, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect, Metroid Prime, Metal Gear Solid, Spider Man, BioShock Infinite, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, to name a few. In addition to her many video game roles, she has been a series regular, recurring and guest performer in hundreds of cartoon episodes.
Jennifer is known for breaking down gender stereotypes and same-sex relationship barriers in video games and animation. In fact, when it comes to casting, she likes “to take the boys’ jobs,” as she said in More Magazine.
Now, she’s busting through the glass ceiling on another taboo topic: money. With her podcast, Beyond Money, Jennifer’s lighting the way to bring everyone up, tackling topics like how much to save, career, advice, and activism when it comes to your dollars..
Charlie AdlerVoice Arts® Lifetime AchievementHonoree Bio
Charlie AdlerVoice Arts® Lifetime Achievement
As an Emmy-winning voice director, casting director, and award-winning actor, Charlie Adler is one of the industry’s most formidable and sought-after talents.
After decades of dedication and passion for his craft, he’s become known for his versatility and his ability to work in a wide variety of genres.
Named “Top 13 All-Time Voice-Over Artists” by Animation Magazine and “Voice of the Decade” by Animation World News, Charlie is undisputedly at the top of the animation world and continues to love every minute!
Currently, voice-directs Blaze and the Monster Machines (Nick Jr.; directed Sherri Shepherd’s 2022 Emmy-nominated performance), Madagascar: A Little Wild (DreamWorks Animation Television; directed Tucker Chandler & Amir O’Neil’s 2022 Emmy-nominated performances), Harriet the Spy (The Jim Henson Company/Apple) starring Beanie Feldstein, Jane Lynch, and Lacey Chabert, as well as Kaley Cuoco’s performance in DC’s animated series Harley Quinn. He’s also thrilled to once again be voice-directing Nickelodeon’s Rugrats reboot — the franchise that earned him his first Emmy for Best Direction.
Previously, Charlie voice-directed Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (DreamWorks Animation Television) for which he earned another Emmy nomination for Best Direction.
He also worked extensively with Klasky Csupo, voice-directing all their franchise series and feature films, including the Emmy-Award winning Rugrats series, The Wild Thornberrys starring Lacey Chabert & Tim Curry, Rugrats Pre School Daze, Rocket Power, All Grown Up!, as well as numerous pilots.
For Disney, Charlie voice-directed The Replacements, The Buzz on Maggie, and Eartha Kitt’s Emmy Award-winning performance in The Emperor’s New School.
Charlie also lent his voice-direction talents to the Emmy-nominated prime-time series The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack (Cartoon Network), the remake of The Nutty Professor starring the legendary Jerry Lewis, and the family film The Blue Elephant starring Carl Reiner and Martin Short.
Charlie voice-directed four seasons of Bubble Guppies (Nick Jr.), as well as their live stage show, Top Cat: The Movie (Warner Bros), Norm of the North (Lionsgate), the longform action-adventure Fire Breather (Cartoon Network), and Monster Beach (Cartoon Network), based on the feature film which he also directed.
He also directed Ashley Tisdale in her 2014 Emmy-nominated performance in Sabrina the Teenage Witch (HUB), Tyler Perry’s first animated Madea feature Madea’s Tough Love, Spike TV’s Stripperella starring Pamela Anderson, and Spawn (Film Roman/HBO).
Often, Charlie has served as both casting director and voice director on projects, like Kulapari: An Army of Frogs (Splash / Amazon) featuring Mark Hamill, Wabbit (Warner Bros), Exchange Student Zero (Cartoon Network), Van Partible’s comedy feature Johnny Bravo Goes to Bollywood (Film Roman) starring Jeff Bennett and Brenda Vacarro, the long-form drama Dante’s Inferno, the horror success Dead Space: Downfall, Eloise at the Plaza (Starz) starring Lynn Redgrave, and Holly Hobbie and Friends: Christmas Wishes with Jane Lynch.
In the adult comedy genre, Charlie produced Hot in Cleveland’s first animated episode, and voice directed and cast numerous prime-time pilots for Fox, MTV, and Adult Swim.
In the world of publishing, Charlie directed Della Reese in an Alicia Keyes production of the audiobook for Lee Lee and Mama Mae’s Blue Moon, and also directed and voiced 14 characters in the children’s audiobook classic Sweet Pickles.
He’s even voice-directed video games, including two Marvel Super Hero Squad games for THQ.
As a voice actor, Charlie has appeared as series regular in over 125 animated series, often playing opposite himself.
Most recently, he voiced three roles in Berkeley Breathed’s forthcoming animated feature Hitpig, alongside Peter Dinklage and Rainn Wilson, directed by David Feiss.
Previously, he was nominated for an Annie Award for his multiple roles as Cow, Chicken, and The Red Guy in the Emmy-nominated series Cow and Chicken, was Baboon in I.M. Weasel (opposite Michael Dorn), played five roles in the G.I. Joe: Resolute series, and reprised the role of Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe Renegades (Hasbro / The Hub).
He also has a long history with the Transformers franchise, from voicing several characters in the animated series in the 80s to voicing Starscream in Michael Bay’s live-action blockbusters and in Universal Studios’ “Transformers: The Ride 3D”.
Other iconic characters that Charlie is known for are: Buster Bunny in Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures, Ickis in Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, and Ed and Bev Bighead in Rocko’s Modern Life.
He also played Mr. Whiskers in Disney’s Brandy & Mr. Whiskers, two roles in Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks for PBS, Modok on Disney’s Avengers Assemble, and Dr. Doom and his mother Coco Von Doom in Marvel’s The Super Hero Squad Show.
Charlie has also been an original Smurf, a Glow Friend, played several roles in the original My Little Pony series and three different villains (Eric Raymond, Zipper, Techrat) in Jem and the Holograms, and was thrilled to be in Ralph Bakshi’s cult classic feature Cool World, playing Brad Pitt’s neurotic sidekick “Nails.”
Apart from his extensive work in animation, Charlie recently appeared on stage in a series of live performances in Palm Beach Symphony’s production of The Shoe Bird, a musical fable based on the only children’s book ever written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty. Charlie played the role of narrator as well as 14 other characters, and was joined by a 30-voice chorus from Young Singers of the Palm Beaches. The ensemble was led by the Symphony’s Music Director and acclaimed American conductor Gerard Schwarz and will be airing on PBS later this year.
Charlie also directed, co-wrote, and starred in the independent live-action short No Prom for Cindy, which screened in over 45 prestigious film festivals worldwide and won numerous awards in Acting and Directing categories. The movie was even incorporated into San Francisco State University’s Film Department curriculum.
Charlie began his acting career in New York in his teens. At age 19, Charlie was a member of Allan Albert’s groundbreaking improv company The Proposition, then was fortunate to co-star with comedy legend Imogene Coca and Rita Rudner in Once Upon a Mattress. Off-Broadway, he starred in the hit Family Business at the Astor Place Theatre for a year.
His breakthrough role was starring on Broadway in Torch Song Trilogy as successor to Harvey Fierstein and toured in the First National Company which earned him a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Actor.
He also toured as Edward Albee’s complex anti-hero psychopath in Zoo Story, and co-starred with Professor Irwin Corey in Neil Simon’s God’s Favorite.
Additionally, he has played Israel Horovitz’s Hero in Dr. Hero (yet another disturbed soul), the Emcee in Cabaret, and in the very distant past, the Artful Dodger in Oliver!
On television, Charlie was a regular on the short-lived The Redd Foxx Show, assumed the roles of three generations of sons in Then and Now (PBS), and played an obsessive photographer in 1st & Ten. He also guest-starred on Hot in Cleveland in the two-part “I Love Lucci” opposite fellow guest star Susan Lucci.
In his youth (when he had brown hair and eyelids), Charlie was a familiar face in dozens television commercials for Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, IBM, GE, Big Red gum, and Safeguard soap.
As a writer, Charlie has co-written episodes of Tiny Toon Adventures, as well as his critically acclaimed one-man show There Used to Be Fireflies, in which he played eleven characters and won two Dramalogue Awards for Best Actor and Best Set Design.
In the early 70s in NYC, Charlie worked as a nude model at The Art Students League to pay for his drawing classes, served drinks at Studio 54, and baked bread and quiche for (ahem) a “house of ill repute”, and was the worst waiter on record… ANYWHERE!
In his twenties, Charlie also proudly worked as a janitor at a huge church complex in Nyack, New York, while living on a houseboat docked on the mighty Hudson River.
Currently, in addition to his ongoing directing and acting work, Charlie is thrilled to continue teaching his sold-out “Acting for Animation” classes, while also making appearances and hosting acting seminars at conventions worldwide.
When he’s not doing any of these things, Charlie paints and obsesses on his dogs in an attempt to calm down and remember just who in the hell he is.
Marcia Hurwitz MHMC Management & Consulting
Jim Stein, Michael Pio
Film / TV / Stage
Oluwaseun ShoboVoice Arts® Influencer AwardHonoree Bio
Oluwaseun ShoboVoice Arts® Influencer Award
SHOBO is an incredibly gifted individual.
Fondly called the BrandMASTER, Shobo is a sought-after brand consultant, premium voice over talent, author and an inspirational speaker.
He began his career as a brand consultant with a passion to build domestic brands from Africa up to global relevance. He has worked with various multinational brands. He is also responsible for the birth of many start-up brands in Nigeria and has successfully managed their brands through their growth and expansion stages.
With over two decades as an active player in the voice-over industry; his passion for its growth and a need to groom African talents for global positioning , inspired him to start the pioneer training hub for voice talents in Africa (The first-ever in Subsaharan Africa), The Voice Over Academy (voiceoveracademyng.com). In addition to this, he established the continent’s largest and most professional pool of voices- The Voice Over Bank (voiceoverbank.com.ng) and Africa’s premier practice and resource hub for voice over talents. ( voiceoverdrill.com) . These various initiatives have birthed many of Africa’s top voice over talents and content creators.
He has also been the voice responsible for some of Nigeria’s widely loved commercials.
Shobo’s projects have attracted global attention which includes a host of local and international media houses. He has also earned numerous awards and accolades from various platforms and higher institutions across Nigeria due to the wealth of experience he has garnered in both the Marketing Communications and Voice Over industry.
His newly authored workbook – VOCAP [Voice Over Career Advancement Plan ] is already giving clarity to several voice talents around the world.
Shobo is a professional member of the World Voices Organization (WOVO) USA and also the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), USA where he sits on the board as the first African and Nigerian board Director. He also sits on the advisory board of several other organizations.
He has immensely enhanced the love for voice overs, branding and vocal awareness among existing and new brands through the timeless teachings and nuggets he shares through his engagements, social media platforms and classes.
Wes StudiMuhammad Ali Voice of Humanity Honoree Bio
Wes StudiMuhammad Ali Voice of Humanity
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.
Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Heat,” as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar,” Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn” and Scott Coopers “Hostiles.” Breaking new ground, he brought fully-developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.
In 2019, Wes received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Award, an honorary Oscar statuette, given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement.
In 2018, Wes, a Vietnam Veteran, was invited to present at the 90th Academy Awards. To a viewership of 26.5 million households, he introduced a video montage of military movies as a tribute to our veterans.
In 2013, he was inducted in to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers. Throughout his 30-year career he’s won numerous awards, including several First Americans in the Arts awards and the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.
Interestingly, acting was never a goal in Wes’ youth. Unlike many actors who dive into performing at an early age, he discovered acting later in life.
The eldest son of a ranch hand, Wes was born in 1947 in Nofire Hollow, in Northeastern Oklahoma. He spoke only his native Cherokee until he was 5, when he was enrolled in the Murrell Home to attend public school. He later attended the Chilocco Indian Boarding School in Northern Oklahoma, where he remained through high school graduation. Yet, unlike many fellow Native American students, he never forgot his language.
Wes joined the U.S. Army and while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, stories from returning Vietnam War veterans set his blood on fire. With only 12 months of his six-year service left, Wes volunteered to go to Vietnam. He served one tour in South Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division in the Mekong Delta, living his own future war stories. At one point his company was pinned down in the Mekong Delta – and nearly killed – by friendly fire.
After an honorable military discharge, Wes returned home with a fire in the belly, and became seriously involved with Native American politics. He joined the American Indian Movement (AIM) and participated in the Trail of Broken Treaties protest march in 1972, where hundreds of Native American activists marched on Washington. He was one of the protesters who briefly occupied the Bureau of Indian Affairs Building there. In 1973, Wes participated in the occupation at Wounded Knee, South Dakota, for which he was arrested.
Wes now sees his political activism as a form of post-Vietnam catharsis. “I began to purge the bad feelings within myself,” he says, adding that he joined the resisters because “I wanted to make myself a viable part of the machinery that affected my people.”
Recognizing his current path could lead to self-destruction, Wes changed course and channeled his feelings toward positive change. Shortly after Wounded Knee, Wes moved to the Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where he worked for the Cherokee Nation, and helped start the Cherokee Phoenix, a bilingual newspaper still in publication today. During that time Wes put his linguistic skills to work and began teaching the Cherokee language in the community. Later attending Northeastern University in Tahlequah, he made further attempts at positive influence in his work with his people.
After college, Wes shifted his attention to running his own horse ranch and became a professional horse trainer. It was during this era that he began acting at The American Indian Theatre Company in Tulsa in 1983, where he found both the adrenaline rush he craved and the cathartic release he needed. “When you’re able to release those feelings in an acting form, it’s healthier than leaving them inside,” he says of discovering acting.
Wes first took the professional stage in 1984 with “Black Elk Speaks” and has never looked back. As his success grew on stage, he expanded to productions for Nebraska Public Television in the summer of 1985. Not long after, he moved to Los Angeles, landing his first film role in “Powwow Highway” and making his TV debut in a small role in the ABC TV-movie “Longarm” in 1988.
In 1990, Wes portrayed a terrifyingly memorable Pawnee warrior in “Dances with Wolves.” Two years later he landed the role of Magua in Michael Mann’s “The Last of the Mohicans,” the performance that put him on the map.
Wes drew on his own combat training, anger and sense of enforced isolation for his riveting depiction of the vengeful Magua. He soon became known for his film roles portraying strong Native American characters as he strove to portray them with poignancy and authenticity.
Wes went on to play the title character in the Walter Hill-directed film “Geronimo: An American Legend” (1993) alongside veteran actors Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall, for which he won a Western Heritage Award. He also made memorable appearances in such films as “Heat” (1995) as Al Pacino’s partner, “Deep Rising” (1998) and “Mystery Men” (1999). In 2002, he brought legendary character Lt. Joe Leaphorn to life for a series of PBS movies produced by Robert Redford and based on Tony Hillerman’s books “Skinwalkers,” “Coyote Waits,” and “A Thief of Time.”
In 2018, Wes was invited to present a tribute to military veterans at the 90thAcademy Awards. During his presentation, he shared the following in his native Cherokee language: “Hello. Appreciation to all veterans & Cherokees who’ve served. Thank you!”
Wes’ other notable film credits include: “The Only Good Indian,” which he also produced, James Cameron’s Academy Award-winning “Avatar,” “The New World,” “Street Fighter,” “Seraphim Falls,” “Three Priests,” and such prestigious television movies as “Crazy Horse,” “Comanche Moon,” “Streets of Laredo,” “Broken Chain,” and “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.” His television credits include Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful,” “The Mentalist,” “Hell on Wheels,” and General Abner in “Kings.”
At home, Wes’ artistic talent extends well beyond acting. He’s a skilled stone carver, working primarily in soapstone and other soft stones. He’s also an accomplished musician. Playing bass and guitar he fronts the band Firecat of Discord with his wife, singer Maura Dhu, primarily performing original music. Firecat released their first self-titled CD in 1998, touring the U.S. in 2000. Their music was also featured in the short film Bonnie Looksaway’s “Iron Art Wagon,” which Wes directed.
Additionally, Wes wrote two children’s books, “The Adventures of Billy Bean” and “More Adventures of Billy Bean” for the Cherokee Bilingual/Cross Cultural Education Center. In 2006, Wes was honored with the Golden Boot Award.
Wes remains a passionate activist and academic. He’s taken a national leadership role in the promotion and preservation of indigenous languages, acting as the spokesperson for the Santa Fe-based Indigenous Language Institute, and working as a language consultant on several films, including “Avatar” and the PBS documentary “We Shall Remain.” He’s also active in encouraging the next generation of filmmakers and performers, providing mentorship and participating in apprenticeship programs.
Wes and Maura live in Santa Fe, N.M. They have one son, Kholan. Wes also has a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Leah, from a previous marriage.
Anjali BhimaniActress/Broadway PerformerIcon Award Presenter Bio
Anjali BhimaniActress/Broadway Performer
Icon Award Presenter
Anjali Bhimani is an award-winning actress whose career spans across stage and screen: from Broadway to feature films, television to video games, animation to original online content, and more. She can currently be seen as Ruby in Ms. Marvel on Disney+ and is also well known in the gaming community as the expert modder Rampart in Apex Legends, Symmetra, the light bending architech in Overwatch, the noble Fy’ra Rai on Exandria Unlimited and the proud and feisty Miriam on UnDeadwood, both by Critical Role Studios, as well as many more games and other TTRPG performances.
In addition to Ms. Marvel, on television she can be seen in dozens of onscreen roles, including Bina on Special on Netflix, Nina Patel on Modern Family and Joya in Alex, Inc., as well as shows and films such as S.W.A.T., Crazy-Ex Girlfriend, Silicon Valley, Modern Family, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Grace and Frankie, All My Life, Evil Eye and many more. Cartoon audiences have also heard her voice in series such as The Legend of Vox Machina, We Baby Bears, The Loud House, It’s Pony, Glitch Techs, and more.
On Broadway she has been seen as Bollywood diva Rani in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and as Myrrha and others in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, as well as many other theatrical productions. She is the creator of the I Am Fun Size series on YouTube and author of I Am Fun Size, and So Are YOU! which debuted in August 2022 at #1 in no less than six categories on Amazon and #5 on the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller list.
Find her at @sweeetanj on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, and at Anjali Bhimani on Facebook. You can also find her walking her adorable dog, Charley (@charleythebestdog on IG) in her rollers on the streets of Los Angeles.
Sidney CliftonSVP, The Jim Henson CompanyLifetime Achievement Presenter Bio
Sidney CliftonSVP, The Jim Henson Company
Lifetime Achievement Presenter
Emmy-nominated producer Sidney Clifton has over twenty years of experience as an executive
producer, director and creative executive overseeing animated, mixed-media and live-action content.
She has produced hundreds of hours of episodic and longform content, a partial list can be found at her
imdb page here .
She currently serves as Senior Vice President of Animation and Mixed Media at The Jim Henson
Company and Senior Consultant with Black Women Animate Studios. In her role as mentor and
recruiter, she has been a featured presenter and guest at colleges and universities across North
America. She was honored to give commencement addresses at Idylwild Arts Academy and Ringling
College of Art and Design.
Ms. Clifton’s passion for developing and supporting the underserved community of writers, artists,
storytellers and creators was the catalyst for her launching The Clifton House (www.thecliftonhouse.co);
a writer’s and artist’s workshop and retreat space centered at her childhood home in Baltimore
Maryland—the home she shared with her five siblings and parents, educator/activist Fred J. Clifton and
National Book Award winning poet and author Lucille Clifton.
Dr Emmanuel OkenyFounder, Child ScholarsInfluencer Award Presenter Bio
Dr Emmanuel OkenyFounder, Child Scholars
Influencer Award Presenter
Emmanuel Okenye, DO received his B.S. in Chemistry from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from LMU and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Kentucky in Bowling Green.
He received recognition as Student Doctor of the year during medical school and was a national student doctor of the year nominee. Dr. Okenye is fluent in multiple languages. He is founder and President of a nonprofit organization that provides education and mentorship to over 100 at risk children in Nigeria.
Rudy GaskinsChairman/CEO SOVASPresenter Bio
Rudy GaskinsChairman/CEO SOVAS
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, Mark Hamill, Lily Tomlin, Muhammad Ali, William Shatner, Michael Buffer, Erin Brockovich, Ken Burns, Nancy Cartwright, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Howard Fraley, Ving Rhames, Lake Bell and Keith David.
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 a producer with ABC News advertising and promotion. At ABC News, Rudy oversaw the creative direction of the 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 the successful re-brand 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’s final relaunch as Tru TV. He resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with his wife and business partner, Joan Baker.
Wael HabbalVoice Actor/EducatorPresenter Bio
Wael HabbalVoice Actor/Educator
HI, This is Wael Habbal,
Voice over talent/Actor and coach, Honouree Award winner of Voice Arts Awards 2021
The Arabic voice of Google Maps
located in the one and only DUBAI United Arab Emirates, Started my professional career in 2003 with CNBC Arabia as the channel main voice, Then to MBC Group as senior Engineer and Al-Arabiya news channel’s Voice till present,
Emirtaes on board TV system,
Mercedes Benz middle east …
As a voice over I’m a versed in Classical and Modern Arabic language and some Arabian local accents like Syrian, Lebanese, And English with some Arabic accent which is required for much kind of projects,
I have my own studio, Have Audio/Video editing facilities offering synchronization for audio to video or to another audio file with a high quality output and fast delivery!
Finally, I’ll be so glad to be your voice in your next project .
Vicky TessioLocutora/DirectoraPresenter Bio
When I was 8 I started to study Music and Piano in Madrid, the city where I was born…
I loved singing, reading and acting in plays at school.
I also loved to write, and years later I decided that I wanted to be a Journalist and work for a prestigious newspaper.
One day, when studying at University, I met a girl who told me about the possibility of doing an internship at a radio station…
That decision changed my life.
From the very first minute, I was caught up in the magic of radio. And I felt that my voice was the most powerful instrument I could use.
I started my vocal and dubbing training then, but Radio was my main love for many years. I was fortunate to work in some of the most important radio stations in Spain: Cadena SER, Radio Nacional de España RNE, y Canal Sur, where I was the corporate voice of Canal Sur Uno, the Music channel and also directed and presented Boca a Boca, a radio music program on the air for more than seven years.
In 2004, I started my career as a freelance voiceover and voice actor.
I have lived in 4 different cities in Spain, and thanks to the internet, I’ve helped clients all over the world.
Nowadays I live and work in London. I own and operate a professional home studio, and I’m also happy to travel to a studio of your choice.
I am passionate about voice over work, dubbing and acting with my voice.
I train regularly with some of the best coaches to push my boundaries and always learn more about my craft…
I was honoured with a Voice Arts Award in 2017 for Outstanding Animation Demo, Best Spanish Voiceover, and in 2020 for Outstanding Spoken Word or Storytelling, Best Spanish Performance, as a VO talent and as a Director.
I was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2018 and 2019, as well as for a One Voice Award in the UK in 2020.
Besides my work as a voice talent, I am also the Co-founder and Director of VivaVoice.UK, an audio production company based in London that focuses on Spanish Culture and Literature
Valentina LatynaLocutora/ActrizPresenter Bio
Colombian-American Award-Winning Actress/VoiceOver; based in Los Angeles,CA. Two-time Award winner by SOVAS and Best Actress in several Short Film Festivals. Tuca & Bertie Star in Spanish dubbing Valentina Latyna is also part of the cast for new Netflix series “Griselda” with Sofia Vergara.
Galardonada Actriz y Locutora; radicada en Los Ángeles, CA. Ganadora de dos premios SOVAS y Mejor Actriz en varios Festivales de Cortometrajes. La protagonista de Tuca & Bertie doblada al español Valentina Latyna tambien es parte del elenco de la nueva serie de Netflix “Griselda” junto a Sofia Vergara.
DC GlennVoice Actor/RapperPresenter Bio
DC GlennVoice Actor/Rapper
DC Glenn made musical history as DC The Brain Supreme of Tag Team with his multi platinum hit single and album “ Whoomp… There Is! “. This multi-talented musician, producer, DJ, marketer and all around business man has his own digital marketing company called CLG Investments Inc. In combination with excelling in voice acting booking as one of the top urban voices for Apple’s ITunes Radio. In addition, he is one of the most well-known DJ’s in Atlanta, performing at legendary clubs such as Magic City, Atlanta Live, Colbalt Lounge, and Strokers just to mention a few.
D.C. has worked from the ground up to develop a rewarding business, and nowadays is on the verge of strengthening his enterprise to a level seen by few. An entrepreneur at heart, he has a passion for empowering, educating, and leaving a legacy of inspiration behind for his fellow artists, or anyone who hopes to succeed in the music industry or any endeavor their heart desires.
Tiffany GoldenDirector, Wieden+KennedyPresenter Bio
Tiffany GoldenDirector, Wieden+Kennedy
Finding her way from Seaside, California to Portland and now Atlanta, Tiffany Golden has graced and shaped the halls of Wieden+Kennedy with her compassion and skills since 2013. Formerly a seasoned Integrated Producer working on Coca-Cola and other flagship brands, she is now the Director of Community Partnerships for the Global Communications Team. Introduced to the creative industry through Streetlights, a nonprofit creating ethnic diversity in the entertainment industry, Tiffany has truly made it her mission to continue to rise up and reach back, bringing everyone she can along with her. She partners within the community and the industry, producing internal/external initiatives, experiences, activations, and events. Collaboration, culture and craft is what comes with the Tiffany “Golden” Experience.
Norman SchulmanManaging Partner, Shulman Lobel, LLPVoice Arts Accountant Bio
Norman SchulmanManaging Partner, Shulman Lobel, LLP
Voice Arts Accountant
Norm Schulman is the managing partner of Schulman Lobel LLP. He carries over 30 years of diverse accounting, tax and business experience including over 20 years in the public accounting field and 11 years in private industry as a CEO and CFO. Norm also worked with the investment banking firm of Morgan Lewis Githens and Ahn and was the president of Target Access Media, an advertising company whose 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 extends to litigation support engagements as an expert witness in partnerships, shareholder and matrimonial disputes. In addition, his clients include high net worth individuals, real estate concerns and professional practices, among others.
Ron MyersManaging Partner, Shulman Lobel, LLPVoice Arts Accountant Bio
Ron MyersManaging Partner, Shulman Lobel, LLP
Voice Arts Accountant
Ron Myers is the California managing partner at Schulman Lobel LLP. He is a CPA with over thirty years’ experience in tax and auditing, business management and post-production accounting. Before merging with Schulman Lobel, Ron was the sole proprietor of Myers & Associates, Inc.
He specializes in serving high-profile clients, primarily in the entertainment industry, providing them with business management for their personal and professional lives, tax compliance, as well as post-production accounting.
Suzanne FreemanNarrator/Podcast HostPresenter Bio
Suzanne FreemanNarrator/Podcast Host
Suzanne is a Minnesotan and a sci-fi fan – either of which can take precedence depending on the day and whether there’s lefse in the room or a new Star Wars movie coming out. She is not ashamed to admit that she enjoys 70s music. Just try to argue against Elton John or the BeeGees. You can’t.
Suzanne is also an audiobook narrator with over 350 credits from major publishers including Penguin Random House, Harper, Scholastic, Tantor, Blackstone and Brilliance.
Suzanne is passionate about audiobooks – as both a narrator and a fan. Her narrating origin story involves a figurative lightbulb and a literal couch. While listening to an audiobook she realized that her entire career – as a television reporter, writer, actor and reading-as-procrastination expert – had led to an astonishingly obvious conclusion. To Suzanne, narrating is the quintessential mix of performance and literary artistry. A union of her father’s life-long dedication to theater and her mother’s love of reading. In short, the perfect occupation for an introverted extrovert.
Read more random yet potentially fascinating (I don’t know you well enough to know for sure) details at suzannefreeman.com/bio.
Scott BrickNarrator/EducatorPresenter Bio
The poorest-kept secret in the entertainment industry is that actors write their own bios. It’s true, and they’re almost always self-serving, and every time I’ve written one myself it’s always made me embarrassed. I solved that problem by getting someone else to write this one for me!
Actor, writer and award-winning audiobook narrator Scott Brick certainly knows how to tell a story, in a way that keeps publishers, best-selling and award-winning authors, critics and the public at large begging for more. Hailed by Audible in 2012 as their most prolific narrator, Brick has narrated almost 900 audiobooks including titles such as: Jurassic Park, the Jack Reacher series, Alexander Hamilton, the Hunt For Red October, The Passage trilogy, In Cold Blood, the Bourne trilogy, Atlas Shrugged, Helter Skelter, Fahrenheit 451 and the Dune series.
Born on January 30, 1966 in Santa Barbara, California, Brick studied both acting and writing at UCLA, and joined the ranks of working professionals upon leaving school in 1989. Lauded by critics for his stage work, Brick spent ten years with the LA-based traveling Shakespeare troupe, Will & Company, appearing in productions of Cyrano, Hamlet, Macbeth and many others, and went on to appear in films such as Hit Parade, written and directed by comic book writer and co-Ben 10 creator, Joe Casey.
During this time, Brick continued writing. Having written hundreds of articles in a variety of genre publications such as WIZARD MAGAZINE, TOYFARE, COMICS BUYER’S GUIDE and CREATIVE SCREENWRITING, Brick was then hired by Morgan Freeman and Revelations Entertainment in 2000 to write the screen adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama, with David Fincher attached to direct. In 2005, he collaborated with author Orsen Scott Card to adapt a collection of the author’s short stories for the stage in a production titled (and printed in hardcover as) Posing as People.
Having just celebrated his 20th Audioversary, Brick’s venture into audiobooks is now considered legendary. To date he’s won over 60 Earphones Awards for his narrating skills, as well as five Audie Awards, five SOVAS Awards for voiceover, and a Grammy nomination for the multi-cast recording of The Mark of Zorro (2011). After recording 250 titles in his first five years, AUDIOFILE MAGAZINE named Brick “one of the fastest-rising stars in the audiobook galaxy,” and proclaimed him a Golden Voice, but it was the WALL STREET JOURNAL that sealed the moniker with a front-page article in November, 2004. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY then honored Brick as Narrator of the Year in both 2007 and 2011. That honor was followed up with another feature in the WSJ in 2019 and a recent appearance on the CBS Sunday Morning news show. And the ultimate distinction – being inducted into the Audible Narrator’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Having now recorded over 900 audiobooks, Brick has no intention of slowing down. He obviously won’t be happy until he’s recorded every book ever published.
Born to make a killer first impression, Brick’s newly completed debut novel, INSIGHT, is bound to leave people gasping for more from this innovative writer who is finally telling his own story. No news on who will narrate the audiobook.
Natalia RosminatiLocutora/ActrizPresenter Bio
A unique harmony between expressiveness,
SOVAS MULTI NOMINEE
give charm to your projects,
whether in a Neutral Spanish,
Argentinian Spanish or English
with Latin flow, from her studio.
Since I was little I was always involved with art. I studied ballet, piano and guitar, and I really liked reading. Over time I also added singing and theater classes. All this knowledge laid the foundation for my future to be linked to the world of creativity. At the University I studied Communication Sciences and later I specialized in voiceover and voice acting.
My first participations in the world of entertainment were in children’s content due to my abilities in characterization of animation, interpretation and singing. Giving the voice to “Dc McStuffins” and “Plim Plim” for Disney Channel fills me with satisfaction.
Later, I approached the world of commercial voice over; initially for Argentina, then for Latin America and finally for the US. Some of the brands that trust my work: Johnsons Baby, Uber, Natura, Always, State Farm US, Skechers US, Koleston, Protex, among others.
And being the only official female voice for On-Air Promos for National Geographic is a source of great pride. I am the type of woman who enjoys what I do to the fullest and I feel happy and free to do what I like.
Tim FriedlanderVoice Actor/President, NavaPresenter Bio
Tim FriedlanderVoice Actor/President, Nava
In 2016, Tim voiced the new History Channel series Evil Genius, an 8 episode series about the most ingenious crimes of the last 100 years.
In 2015 Tim was the winner of the That’s VoiceOver/CBS2 Audition Spotlight. Since 2016 Tim has been nominated for 12 SOVAS voice arts awards, including in the Best Political Voice Over, Best Promo, Best Narration, and Demo Production Categories.
Located in the Hollywood area, Tim works out of soundBOX:LA, his custom-built voice over studio equipped with ISDN, ipDTL, SourceConnect and broadcast quality equipment.
Joel SnyderAudio Describer/AuthorPresenter Bio
Joel SnyderAudio Describer/Author
Dr. Joel Snyder is known internationally as one of the world’s first “audio describers,” a pioneer in the field of Audio Description, a translation of visual images to vivid language for the benefit, primarily, of people who are blind or have a vision impairment: the visual is made verbal—and aural, and oral. Since 1981, he has introduced audio description techniques in over 40 states and 63 countries and has made hundreds of live events, media projects and museums accessible. In 2014, the American Council of the Blind published Dr. Snyder’s book, The Visual Made Verbal – A Comprehensive Training Manual and Guide to the History and Applications of Audio Description, now available as an audio book voiced by Dr. Snyder, in screen reader accessible formats, in Braille, and in English, Polish, Russian and Portuguese—a Spanish edition will be released in 2021; versions in Italian and Chinese are planned for 2022. His PhD is from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona with a focus on audiovisual translation/audio description. Dr. Snyder is the President of Audio Description Associates, LLC (www.audiodescribe.com) and he serves as the Founder/Senior Consultant of the Audio Description Project of the American Council of the Blind (www.acb.org/adp).
Thembisa MshakaVoice Actor/ Producer/ WriterPresenter Bio
Thembisa MshakaVoice Actor/ Producer/ Writer
Creative executive, author, producer, filmmaker, voice actor, activist, and entertainment branding specialist Thembisa S. Mshaka has been in love with words, music and media for as long as she can remember. She founded Mshaka Media to house all her creative endeavors. A contributor for POISED, ShineYourCrown.com, Okayplayer.com and the Huffington Post, her newest work is featured in the acclaimed anthology UnCommon Bonds: Women Reflect on Race and Friendship (Peter Lang).
Thembisa’s writings have been published in print and online, and in textbooks (25 Hip-Hop Icons, Edited by Mickey Hess, Greenwood Press). In 2021 she was selected as part of the inaugural Black Muslim TV Screenwriters cohort by the Hollywood Bureau, Muslim Public Affairs Council and The Blackhouse Foundation. She served as lead screenwriter for docuseries Running While Black, directed by Jenn Shaw and executive produced by Spike Lee for VICE TV. Her first feature screenplay, Islamic Speed Dating, is complete and adapted for series. She has pilots in development for multiple TV projects, including a docuseries with veteran makeup mogul Ashunta Sheriff (Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Ciara).
As Senior Advertising Copywriter for Sony Music, Thembisa created the award-winning global ad campaign for Lauryn Hill’s solo debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (now RIAA certified Diamond) along with multiple campaigns for Will Smith, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce’, Wyclef Jean, NAS, Jill Scott, Wu-Tang Clan, Maxwell and others, contributing to the sale of over 170 million units worldwide in just 5 years. Prior to joining Sony Music, Thembisa was the first Black person and first woman to hold the position of Rap Editor at GAVINmagazine, where she coined the phrase ‘Generation NeXt’ and broke many of today’s world-class hip-hop and soul artists (The Roots, Busta Rhymes, D’Angelo, Common, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Lady of Rage, Timbaland). Her campaign work led her to voiceover, where the 7-time Voice Arts Award nominee has acted in commercials for Ford, Xfinity, Publix, SunTrust Bank, Aussie Shampoo and as the voice of The NY Liberty 20th Season, The WNBA, the Muhammad Ali Center’s Legacy video, and the Women of Team USA during the 2021 Olympics for NBC.
A skilled talent director, she has been blessed to work with a broad array of greats, from the late Don LaFontaine (King of Movie Trailers) to Janelle Monae, and Academy Award® winners Mo’Nique and Jamie Foxx. Her editorial and creative direction on the BET Black Canvas Project earned the network multiple 2022 Promax BDA awards.
A frequent on-air guest, Thembisa is asked to share her insights across all platforms, including local television news across the United States, Water Walker Wednesdayswith Brely Evans, TK in the AM, Hot 97-NY’s Street Soldiers, Sway In The Morning, and TV One’s Celebrity Crime Files. She has presented or delivered the keynote address at Bethune Cookman University, University of Maryland, Howard University, Delaware State University, and UC Berkeley, in addition to many high schools. She is an advisory board member of the Universal Hip Hop Museum.
A Los Angeles native, Thembisa is a proud alumna and donor of Westridge School’s Class of 1988. holds a degree in International Relations and Ethnic Studies from historically women’s institution Mills College in Oakland, California. A graduate of the film producing program at New York Film Academy, Thembisa is a multiple festival selected writer-director and producer of three short films.
Lori AlanActor/VO CoachPresenter Bio
Lori AlanActor/VO Coach
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 Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO Max. 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.
Kim EstesActor/ProducerPresenter Bio
Kim is a born and raised native of Los Angeles, California near the Crenshaw district and a graduate of Mount Carmel High School, near Hoover and Florence Blvds. Kim has starred in many films and on many stages, however television captured his heart early since his screen debut at 6 years old with Art Linkletter’s House Party.
He has been an active participant of the Performer’s Peer Group Executive Committee focusing on being one of the pair of eyes and ears for the Governors.
Kim is a graduate of CSU California Maritime Academy and received his Engineering degree and his commission in the US Naval Reserves upon graduation. He earned certification from the US Coast Guard/Dept. of Transportation as a Chief Engineer allowing him to spend over 13 years sailing on cargo/commercial ships of any variety, any horsepower. He earned his MBA at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a Crisis Management/Emergency Response expert and has responded to catastrophes, events, and training exercises around the globe.
Kim received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series in 2017.
Kim is grateful to be of service to his peers in the Television Academy.
His television credits include American Auto, 9-1-1, The Resident, This Is Us, How To Get Away With Murder, Brooklyn 99, Hot Wet American Summer 10 Years Later, Pitch, The Real O’Neals, Secrets and Lies, Fresh off the Boat, Stalker, State of Affairs, Pretty Little Liars, The Matador, Rake, The Fosters, The Bridge, NCIS, How I Met Your Mother, Private Practice, Law & Order: LA, House,Dexter, The Closer, Hawthorne, Body of Proof, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, Numb3rs, and others.
Juana PlataLocutora/SOVAS Board DirectorPresenter Bio
Juana PlataLocutora/SOVAS Board Director
Juana is a sought after LA Spanish voice artist with a clear & true neutral accent.
Born in Colombia, South America – she has over 20 years of experience as a presenter and voice-over artist.
She has a deep understanding of Hispanic / Latino culture and knows how the significance of words varies from country to country. This allows her to effectively communicate with her target audience in a neutral, simple, clear, inclusive and respectful way.
Clients include worldwide multi-national and international companies seeking an efficacious Spanish language talent with neutral accent to transmit their message.
Mabel CezarVoice Actor/Voice DirectorPresenter Bio
Mabel CezarVoice Actor/Voice Director
Mabel Cezar is a renowned Brazilian Voiceover Actor, Voice Director, Director for Dubbing and Original Voice and Public Speaker. She is also the only female announcer for Rede Globo, the largest broadcaster in Latin America.
As a Dubbing Actor, Mabel is the Brazilian voice for Minnie Mouse, Jessie in Toy Story, Princess Leia in Star Wars, amongst countless other much loved characters. She is the official “Brazilian voice” for Actors ranging from Sarah Paulson to Julie Andrews, and has dubbed more than 5000 titles throughout her career.
A true entrepreneur, Mabel is a Personal and Business Communications Consultant and Mentor, and has also founded Sociedade Brasileira de Dublagem alongside her wife, Rayani Immediato. SBD is the largest school of Dubbing and Translation for Dubbing in Brazil.
Joe CiprianoVoice Announcer/ProducerPresenter Bio
Joe CiprianoVoice Announcer/Producer
Joe Cipriano: Ultra Professional, Not Ultra Pricey
I can’t afford Joe Cipriano!
Truthfully, I do hear that all the time from people who find me on the web or know of me from my work. It’s usually the first thing they say to my agent or write in an email to me, “I know I can’t afford you, but…”
If you would like me to be a part of your project, there is always a way to work out a price that is within your budget. We work very hard to dispel the rumor. Give us a try; we CAN work together and hopefully give you exactly what you hope for, both performance-wise and budget-wise.
You’re too busy for my project.
THAT’S THE SECOND THING I usually hear.
It’s funny, that may have been true back in the days before IP connectivity (Source Connect, ipDTL) and ISDN… back when we needed to drive from studio to studio all over Los Angeles. Back then we really could run out of time in the day to work on a specific project. Now that we can connect with anyone, anywhere or simply record on our side and FTP or email the audio file, trust me, I’ve got plenty of time to work with you.
Joan BakerHost/Author/VP, SOVASPresenter Bio
Joan BakerHost/Author/VP, SOVAS
Joan is an American author, actor, voiceover artist, on-camera host and juror for the Emmy® Awards at the National Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences. She is the Co-founder, and Vice President 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, Mark Hamill, Lily Tomlin, Muhammad Ali, William Shatner, Laraine Newman, Michael Buffer, Erin Brockovich, Ken Burns, Nancy Cartwright, Ving Rhames, Sigourney Weaver, Patrick Howard Fraley, and Keith David.
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 three (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 VP 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 two (3) years and also teaches for New York University and Western Kentucky University, Actors Institute (NYC), New York’s Professional Performing Arts School, and in 2022, holds a position as adjunct professor (Voice Acting) at the renowned Hartts Theater Division at The University Of Hartford.
As a voice actor and producer, Joan has won a combined six (6) TellyAwards and two (2) PromaxBDA 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, and The Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences. She’s the on-camera host for A&E’s Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet Interviews, and Backstage Magazine’s, Set The Scene.
Joan has 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, PromaxBDA Conference, The Red Dress Awards, and Matrix Awards, Joan’s career has always been coupled with her passion for philanthropic giving – spotlighted with feature articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, Vulture.com, NBC News, Spotify.com, Black Enterprise, New York Post, Hollywood Reporter, New York Daily News, Backstage, Media Week, ADWEEK and Broadcasting & Cable and Crain’s USA.
Joan currently resides in Weehawken, New Jersey with her husband and business partner, Rudy Gaskins.
Bob BergenVoice Actor/VO CoachPresenter Bio
Bob BergenVoice Actor/VO Coach
“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 two-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 2022 Bob began his 35th 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.
Dave WalshVoice Actor/VO CoachPresenter Bio
Dave WalshVoice Actor/VO Coach
ABOUT DAVE WALSH
TrueTell™ founder Dave Walsh has enjoyed a truly multi-faceted career on both sides of the Hollywood glass, as successful artist, coach and director as well as studio executive.
Walsh has been a key national and international voiceover talent for almost 20 years, fronting signature campaigns for commercial and television icons including AT&T, HBO, Honda, Entertainment Tonight (ET), Modern Marvels, Shell, NBC’s
The Biggest Loser, Wells Fargo, The E! True Hollywood Story, CBS’ Big Brother
Dave has also spent the better part of the last decade coaching and cultivating the voiceover careers of some of the most established artists in the United States, Canada and Latin America.
As executive at CBS/Paramount Television and owner of his own research consulting firm, Walsh Media, Dave was a marketing force behind some of the most established franchises in television history including ET, Frasier, Cheers and the entire Star Trek series library.
The TrueTell™ is the merging of these diverse yet powerfully synchronistic career paths. Walsh has dovetailed his offbeat, quirky passion for identifying and branding the true value of voices with his recognition of the business culture’s general apathy yet hunger for authenticity in both communication and behavior.
He believes this true “tell” is the key to building greater fluidity and trust in business practices as well as individual confidence, better performance
and overall success.
Jasmine SandersCo-host, The DL Hughley ShowPresenter Bio
Jasmine SandersCo-host, The DL Hughley Show
Jasmine Sanders is a rare find. In an entertainment world of superficiality and inflated egos, this beautiful diva with a mega watt smile is as down to earth as they come with talent that is simply undeniable. Once seen on a network that reached over 20 million households as Co-Host of Centric TV’s lifestyle show, “Culture List”, her voice now graces the airwaves in over 50 markets across the country with one of the Original Kings of Comedy and TV Superstar, D.L. Hughley. As Co-Host of the top ranked and Nationally Syndicated “The D.L Hughley Show”, Jasmine is a force to be reckoned with.
With over 15 years of media experience, including a highly rated Midday show at New York’s legendary WBLS, JASMINE has been consistently making a name for herself. This award-winning broadcast talent was Co-host of the formally nationally syndicated “Skip Murphy In The Afternoon” and “Afternoon Jam Session with Brian McKnight” as well as a staple on radio stations in major cities. Known for her infectious personality and her delightful candor to make even the most private celebrities feel comfortable, JASMINE has interviewed countless A-listers including Beyonce, John Legend, Shaquille O’Neal, Jamie Foxx, Laurence Fishburne, LeBron James and Steve Harvey just to name a few.
In her hometown of Nashville, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism & Political Science. JASMINE has been featured as a music expert and pop-culture pundit for Billboard Magazine, WTFV/CBS News Channel 5 and WTVC/ABC News Channel 9.
JASMINE has been featured in Black Radio Exclusive, Urban Radio Nation, AOL’s Black Voices, BV Black Spin, Sister 2 Sister, Black America Web, The Urban Buzz, Fitness Professionals and various other internet/ print publications. She has been the recipient of various career achievement awards including being named at the top of Girl’s Incorporated’s “Most Influential Women” list; recognized by NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music & Entertainment) and Black Professionals of New York.
In her free time, Jasmine enjoys speaking to and working with young women in an effort to give hope to those who have lost it and to encourage the belief that life truly is what you make it!
Dave FennoyVoice Actor/VO CoachPresenter Bio
Dave FennoyVoice Actor/VO Coach
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for Commercials, Narrations, TV Promos, Award Shows, Animation and Games.
His promo clients over the years include HULU.COM, ABC, The WB, Fox, CBS, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, The Disney Channel and TV One. His campaign spokesvoice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, and ATT, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel and Southern Company. Gamers enjoy his work on STARCRAFT II, Metal Gear, That’s So Raven, Ultimate Spiderman, Delta Force, Star Wars, Laura Croft Tomb Raider, and many others. Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and Science Channel’s popular series, “When Earth Erupts”. His various film voices include “Ghost Rider”, “Happy Feet”,and “King’s Ransom”, and he has proved a cartoon favorite in such series as The LeBrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on the Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest and Sonic the Hedgehog. Dave has been the show voice for several TV and Award shows, among them Late Night with Gregg Kinnear, The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and for the past 15 years The NAACP Image Awards.
Dave KozlowskiAttorney/SOVAS Board DirectorPresenter Bio
Dave KozlowskiAttorney/SOVAS Board Director
David Kozlowski is senior counsel in Morrison Cohen’s Business Solutions, Restructuring & Governance Practice, where he assists companies in navigating business and insolvency concerns, and litigates related issues in major markets throughout the country. Dave’s experience extends to representing debtors-in-possession, official committees of unsecured creditors, lenders, and other parties in interest in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in the country.
Dave also has represented start-ups and small/closely-held businesses in preparing formative documents and initial agreements, negotiating contractual issues, and reviewing or preparing privacy policies and terms of service for internal use or external websites.
Prior to joining Morrison Cohen, Dave worked in the Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring Practice Group at Arent Fox LLP. Dave began his career as law clerk for the Hon. John. C. Ninfo, II, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.) for the Western District of New York. In law school, Dave interned for the Hon. Kevin Thomas Duffy, U.S. District Judge (Ret.) for the Southern District of New York, and the Hon. Jerome Feller, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.) for the Eastern District of New York.
American Bankruptcy Institute, Member
Morrison Cohen Diversity Committee, Member
The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York (LeGal), Member and Legal Clinic Volunteer
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, New York Metro list for Bankruptcy, Closely Held Business, Creditor Debtor Rights, and Business/Corporate (2018-2020)
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, New York Metro Rising Star (2015–2017)
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, Connecticut Rising Star (2016)
Legal Elite – Best for Strategic Litigation, New York (2015)
Susie ValerioVoice Actor/ Casting DirectorPresenter Bio
Susie ValerioVoice Actor/ Casting Director
Susie Valerio – Bio
Born in Brazil and raised bilingual, Susie Valerio is a Brazilian Producer, Voice Actor and Casting Director based in the UK. Working globally across the entertainment industry for over 20 years, Susie trained as an Actor in London and is a regular guest speaker on webinars, podcasts and live panels about International Markets, along other topics.
Susie is often attached to high profile projects as “Foreign Voices Expert”, working regularly with companies such as Voicefox, Hamster Ball Studios, Imagineear and multi-award winning Soundcuts Audio. She is truly passionate about Ethical Casting and thrives on maximizing work opportunities for underrepresented Talent of all nationalities.
As a Voice Actor, Susie records daily in unplaceable International English and Native Brazilian Portuguese. Her warm delivery combined with her soft hybrid accent can be heard across the globe, adding a unique cosmopolitan flavour to some of the world’s most recognisable brands.
Amber FriendlyActress/AdvocatePresenter Bio
Amber Friendly has a growing resume that boasts work with some of the finest in the business. Her credits include the role of ‘Layla Bell’ in Apple TV’s “The Morning Show,” where she is nominated for a 2022 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Friendly also plays the recurring role of ‘Dr. Helen Green’ on Fox’s “9-1-1.” Her additional appearances include Showtime’s “Shameless,” ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.”
Recently, Amber played ‘Eden Greyson,’ the smart, competent, and friendly, longtime partner to a senior Department of Defense special agent on “NCIS.” Her episode aired on October 24th. Next for Amber is the recurring role of ‘Pearl’ in the much-anticipated return of HBO’s “Perry Mason.” The second season is slated to air in 2023.
An advocate for arts education and LGBTQIA rights, Amber she believes in mental health awareness and self-care.
LA Based/Chicago Raised.
Alfonso LugoLocutor/CantantePresenter Bio
Alfonso Lugo is a multifaceted artist, singer, music producer, audio engineer, broadcaster, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He produces original music for TV commercials, movies, radio and advertising campaigns, as well as producing and developing new talent in the Latin American and Latino markets and self-producing his own music.
With an entire infrastructure and knowledge to develop a comprehensive audio campaign, from copying, sound effects and engineering, to composition, arrangement, recording, mixing and mastering of music and sound design in any project, its recognition Global has grown to such a level of renown that it has been awarded various international awards such as El Ojo de Iberoamérica, Wave, El Círculo Creativo and the prestigious Cannes, with a Bronze Lion for having made the music and voiceover for a campaign Advertising.
He has participated in various international festivals, such as Formula 1 and the Anapolis Latino Festival, and has performed in prestigious venues in Mexico and the United States, generating great acceptance with his music and obtaining international recognition.
His broadcasting career has brought him acclaim and cemented him as one of the best in his field, which has been instrumental in launching his singing talent.
Alfonso’s entry into the world of entertainment began when he was growing up in Mexico. He produced his own voice shows for a local radio station while in high school and college.
He studied Advertising and Marketing in Sao Paulo, Brazil and music production in Mexico and the United States.
As his career flourished, the student, now a renowned producer, caused interest on Televisa Radio, who hired him under the direction of the famous Mexican presenter Charo Fernández, meeting her and producing her again years later in “La Hora Nacional”, the cultural program of the Mexican Government that broadcasts nationwide every week.
Lugo has a solid award-winning career in the world of advertising as the voice of international brands such as Mercedes Benz, Uber, McDonald’s, DirecTV, United Airlines, Burger King, Cinemex, Banamex, Cloralex, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexican Red Cross, Harmon Hall , Bacardi, Spring Air and California State, among many more.
With four solo albums and one as a duet with Blue Detox – Homónimo (2003), Sol Naciente (2005) and Sometimes (All I want is you) (2009) and Beautiful Soul (2012), the soft and soulful voice of Alfonso and his brilliant lyrical compositions can be experienced on his latest releases, available on all streaming platforms, distributed by the renowned Circulate Music label.
Alfonso has collaborated with various renowned artists and producers, such as Mario Marchetti (Demi Lovato, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Carter, Black Eyed Peas), Rich Skillz (Robin Thicke, Ludacris, Chris Brown), Sean Phelan (CeeLo Green, Marshmello, Migos ), Trevor Holmes, Russell Ali, Francisco Rodriguez, Cassy London, Goldi, Vincela, Vince Miranda, Calista Queen, Sydney Franklin and Regina Blandón, with whom he recorded the duet song “Gravedad”, soundtrack of the successful Mexican film “Mirreyes vs Godínez”, which generated millions at the box office.
He is currently an active business partner at Pulpo Escafandra (audiovisual and animation production company) and Pulp Music Co (music production company).
Frankie DiVitaVoice Actor/On-Air PersonalityVAA Live Announcer Bio
Frankie DiVitaVoice Actor/On-Air Personality
VAA Live Announcer
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?