Mar 19, 2015 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
I WORK IN THE VOICE OVER INDUSTRY AS A(N)
Voice Actor, Copy Writer, Studio Engineer, Voiceover Coach, Vocal Coach, Dialect Coach
HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE
My first "claim to fame" as a vo talent (one of many nationals) was the famous Chiffon Margerine spot "It's not NICE to FOOL Mother Nature." I'm still introduced as "Mother Nature'" I am a professional singer with a long performance history, major credits including RCA and opening act for the great Tony Bennett, TV, supper clubs, resort headliner, more. Then, I began singing studio work...jingles, record backgrounds, shows. After that came voice overs. I was on staff at PAMS and TM Communications and sang for movie producers in LA, top producers in NYC, Disney film scores, and so many more. Voiceovers have continued to be a staple in my career. They are always a wonderful income source and I love doing them. I own my recording studio in Dallas and am audio engineer and audio producer. I love editing and post-production. It's so creative and fun. I've been Creative Director of worldwide production creative houses three times which gave the training I now use in my own company, VOICESVOICES LLC. I've taught at several universities including Univ. of Texas, SMU, but my career was too busy and I resigned my last university position in 2004. However, over the years, my career job has been my work in the recording studios as a voice. I also love narrating audio books. I am a published writer and audio book author too. My audio book "Speaking Effective English" is a Simon and Schuster two CD set with Foreword by Edward Asner.My audio book "Commercial$peak" was recognized with an Audie nomination in the "best educational" field. I have written and published fifteen audio titles to date. This is the greatest job in the whole world. I adore teaching and present workshops worldwide. Hope you can enroll with me sometime. And invite me to your city. I love travel. I also phone coach and coach privately in my Dallas studio. All best wishes to you all. You can hear me on The Weather Channel, NBC, BRAVO, in the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, Smithsonian Museum American History Museum, and so much more. Keep on keepin' on.
RECENTLY BOOKED PROJECTS
Mattel Toys, Lionel Trains, Simon and Schuster audio, government and corporate training projects, video games, commercials for Burger King, Banquet Foods, Sally Beauty Supply, Bonanza Restaurants, Pepsi, PSA's, Air Force, Microsoft, National Public Radio, Bravo TV Channel, BBC America, many many hundreds more!
English, German, Italian, French (Read scripts, no improv or translations)
Specializing in voice acting---characters, dialects, also known for my narrations. I am a trained actor using my voice to portray various attitudes and types of people. I tell my students that "voice acting is the most pure form of acting...no costumes or makeup or visual cues...only the voice!" and I believe all actors and singers would be well-served to become skilled as a voice actor! As a singer, my specialty is jazz. I was a studio singer about twenty five years before voiceover work kind of "took over." I've performed worldwide including a stint as opening act for Tony Bennett and with Lionel Hampton and many other greats. I've been a studio singer more than two decades and my voice is heard on zillions of projects from backgrounds on Willie Nelson Albums to the pre-recorded tracks for Ice Capades and Disney on Ice. We studio singers are "anonymous" so you hear me all the time but never know it's me singing! I still love performing, but only in concerts, not in nightclubs, and no longer want to do the "every night" thing singers must do. My days are too busy!
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
New York, Jewish Mother, French, German, Russian, Asian, Swedish, Spanish, British, and many "voice attitudes" from 'real people' to you name it!
VOICES I AM ABLE TO PERFORM
Senior Female, Middle Age Female, Baby
AUDIO DELIVERY METHOD
ISDN, Audio TX, FTP, AIF, MP3, WAV
Sweetwater Creation Station in my home studio ( a wonderful room in my home), MOTU 828, four mics, so much more. My portable on the road studio is built around my Laptop made for me with superior audio capability and 2 gigs memory My fav programs are Sound Forge, Vegas I also have USB Audio Interfaces, MBOX, PowerPlay Pro-XL, M-Audio Speakers, Composer Pro Audio Interactive Dynamic Processor, Rode and Audio Technica Mics, Sennhauser Mics, Mic Stands of all types, earphones including JBG, Sennhauser, Sony, Noise Cancelling phones, more, fully soundproofed large studio space in my home with triple-pane Pella windows, studio 2 inch thick glass, Relacore Board panels, and I had special noise proof windows put all over my home to triple the quiet. It's amazing and wonderful.I love it and so do my clients.
Yep...I was just considering changing the color of my profile text...Done!
So...I'm guessing that this is in response to my post in the VO-Coaches Corner ...
Tell me...what do you have in mind???
btw... I remember your voice, Mother Nature .... the cadence and inflection... I remember it vividly!
" A demo only lasts as long as you're not better!"
What a brilliant statement!!!
Thanks for "friending" me today. It's an honor to make your acquaintance.
I hope you have a splendid day!
I am a South African voice artists who recently joined VU.
I saw your posting on the audio book group regarding your 3 -part webinar. I was wondering where I could buy the podcasts? You mention a John, but I am unaware which John you are referring to :)?
Thank you for your help. Your posting down below for reference.
"Comment by Bettye Zoller on August 5, 2010 at 11:54am
Excellent turn out for my Audio Books Part III Webinar sponsored by John Florian and VoiceoverXtra Mon night Aug 2. Thanks everybody for tuning in. And John's got a $99 special going where you get all three podcasts emailed to you. Check it out on his site."
Yeah, I've been a tad 'incommunicado' of late. Had a bit of a financial setback and it's hard to recoup when living on a fixed income. We're trying to sell our house here and if we're successful, we're headed back to Missouri to take care of family. The plus side of that is it's only a short 6 hour drive or so to Dallas and the possibility of taking some lessons from you ;o)
I had to stop my pay2play subscription for a while too. Honestly though I wasn't getting any work from it anyway. I'm afraid I even reduced myself to being a bottom feeder in my bids for the projects and I still didn't land any.
My only employer of late has been a small recording studio in Rhode Island who pays me a whopping $1.25 per finished minute. I've been one of several voices they use to compile audio anthologies and such. It's been good practice, but it doesn't even keep me in cheap wine ... much less the kind of cigars fit for a man of my caliber ;o)
I won't lose heart though. I'll keep recording, even if it's just for my grand kids and maybe at some point in the not too distant future I'll be able to step up and start competing again.
I have a few local prospects, but so far they've failed to launch (both are new companies in the Tampa area).
I've only been able to land one agent also, and I've gotten two auditions from him the past 6 months .. and didn't land either one of those gigs.
Anyway dear lady ... this isn't a 'woe is me' epistle, I've been down a lot darker alleys than this. I'll keep on keeping on, watch and listen to the greats like you and someday ...................................
'Don't Just Get Voice Over ... Get Ran Over'