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David Tolar has been a live musician, a studio musician, and a
recording artist for the past three decades.
He is a multi-instrumentalist and records, engineers, and produces
his own music from Chez Nous, his digital recording studio.
He has recorded with a series of different artists including Agona
Hardison, the Big Blue Daddys (yes, Daddys is spelled that way!), and
Lisa Meri, and since 2010, he has released three albums independently:
LOOK! A PONY!‘s 2010 release, “…the rest of the world is wrong…“,
their 2012 followup, “Has Your Mother Heard This?“, and David’s début
solo album, “The Path Of Least Resistance“, released in late 2012.
David’s second solo album, “Sandbox Etiquette”, will be released this summer.
Some of the bands he has worked with include:
It is exciting to see another artistic side to Dave. It’s obvious that his skills as a musician make him that much stronger as a VO talent and coach. We look forward to hearing more of his music!
Our Career Consultant Faith Coons is using her voice-over skills on her new radio show: Let’s Talk Health Radio!
What I have learned is that it’s not all about a diet but about changing from within and addressing the core issues that keep us where we are. Then and only then can we change the outside but it has to start with what’s deep inside of us and not by just treating the symptoms. We all have a story and I hope my story inspires and encourages you to start and never give up on your journey to total health and wellness. Or if you have already started to keep going!
Our Career Consultant Faith Coons is using her voice-over skills on her new radio show! You can read all about it on her blog. Her internet radio show, Let’s Talk Health Radio, launches tonight, January 22nd at 8:30PM Eastern.
Join Faith as she shares her story to total health & wellness. You can listen to her show here: Listen Live or click for the replay.
Faith is using her voice-over skills on Let’s Talk Health Radio and has been successful in obtaining sponsors for her show & as a result is booking more voice-over work! It’s a win-win business all around. We wish Faith the very best in her new endeavor and look forward to listening to her show each week.
Michael has had a busy couple of weeks. He shot a recurring role for a Disney XD pilot called Kirby Banks. He also completed recording sessions for an audiobook (The Iron Gates by Margaret Millar) and started sessions on a new Skylanders video game in which he played the character of Hugo.
Congratulations Michael- best wishes for a successful 2013, you inspire us all!
What are the perks of being a voice-over talent? You get to set your own hours, hang out at home in your pajamas, have crazy bedhead and it doesn’t matter, spend time with your kids whenever you want, deduct a portion of your home for taxes and make a wonderful living doing what you love! The downside–you spend most of the time you’re working–by youself with a mic in your face. Personally, I think it’s definitely worth the trade off, but that’s all the more reason to get out and meet up with other voice-over talent every chance you get!
Networking is incredibly powerful. It’s not just about meeting potential clients and agents, it’s also about becoming known in the voice-over industry. It’s about making friends and building a support system. It’s more than just handing out business cards or sending emails with a link to your website, it’s about nurturing those relationships. A good friend of mine, Tom Dheere, said it beautifully “it’s not about who you know, it’s about how you treat who you know.”
Social networking is a great way to start those relationships. It’s the “water cooler” in the virtual office that we all share. When an opportunity arises where you have a chance to meet these people face to face, whether you’re a brand new talent or a seasoned professional, you will want to take advantage of that.
There are many different networking/educational events within the voice-over community such as Faffcon and VOICE and other events that are focused purely on networking like the NYC VO Mixer which I was fortunate enough to attend this past weekend. With an RSVP list of over 500 people that included voice talent, agents and other industry pros–it was a night I’ll never forget. I decided to finally take my own advice and attend a networking event to meet all of these wonderful voice-over friends I’ve known for years! Exchanging hugs and business cards, voice-over stories and connections–it was incredible. I can’t wait to attend the next event- somewhere- with all my voice-over friends and still have the opportunity to make new ones.
I really do love being a voice-over talent- there is nothing quite like it- it is one of the best jobs in the world. Just remember to get out of your PJs and leave your studio every once in a while :)
By Heather Costa
Such A Voice Director of Operations
Congratulations to Such A Voice Coach Lisa Foster on landing a role in an animated film!
“I was delighted to get one of the last audition spots for this film, and even more delighted that they hired me for the role of “Eve” on the spot! Doing a feature length animation film has been on my bucket list for a long time, and this opportunity presented itself at just the right time. I am really looking forward to the production of this film, and cannot wait to bring Eve to life!”
To find out more about Eve, click here.
We’re looking forward to seeing the film Lisa, congratulations!
We are more than honored to have Jon St. John as one of our instructors. His impressive resume speaks for itself!
Over his 30 year broadcast and union voice-acting career Jon St. John has provided voice-overs for countless commercial, multi-media, and video game projects. Best known as the voice of videogame super hero DUKE NUKEM, Jon is also heard on games such as: World of Warcraft, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Sonic Adventure, Heroes of Newerth, Call of Cthulu, Rochard, Gears of War, Guild Wars 2 and Counter-Strike. You have probably heard Jon on national advertising campaigns for Toshiba Printers, Old Spice deodorant, and TV promos on Nickelodeon. Jon has also provided various character voices for attractions at theme parks such as Legoland California, and Dollywood in Tennessee.
His most recent accomplishment is landing the role of the national tour voice for Cirque Du Soleil’s “Totem” show. Please click here to see the spot! He is also the national touring voice for Engelbert Humperdink. (Yes, he’s still alive and crooning!) In addition, right now you can also hear Jon as the voice of an auto group in Oklahoma City – Seth Wadley Ford, Lincoln, Volvo & Subaru and he provides VO’s for each of those dealerships on an ongoing basis.
For his San Diego TV affiliate – San Diego 6 The CW, he is currently preparing for the sweeps ratings period which begins next week! He voices and produces all of their radio spots during sweeps which air on 12 radio stations in Southern California.
That’s what’s new in his VO world….
Such A Voice Instructor Charlie Nardozzi is well-known for his weekly radio broadcasts for the Vermont Garden Journal
In addition to being a successful voice-over talent & instructor, Charlie Nardozzi is the go-to guy for any gardening questions!
Such A Voice instructor Charlie Nardozzi has a friendly, natural, positive sounding voice with a great genuine quality- a sound that certainly matches his personality! Charlie has been involved in radio and television for the past 15 years hosting his own shows and appearing as a guest on numerous other shows. He hosts a call-in radio show on WJOY-AM in Vermont and is a frequent commentator on public radio and often is a guest on their daily magazine show, Vermont Edition. Charlie writes and records his own segments for the Vermont Garden Journal on public radio from his home studio. He also is a frequent guest on nationally-syndicated shows such as Martha Stewart Living Radio and has recorded podcasts, promotions, and commercials for all his shows and events.
Charlie also appears regularly on regional and national television. He has hosted his own nationally broadcast PBS television show called GardenSmart. He’s been a frequent guest on other nationally syndicated shows on networks such as HGTV, Discovery Channel, and DIY. He currently does weekly tips on the local CBS-TV affiliate in the Burlington, Vermont area and has also has written and starred in how-to, web-based videos. He also recently recorded a VO for a video for this product. Certainly right up his alley!
You can check out some of Charlie’s work below:
Here are his weekly broadcasts of the Vermont Garden Journal on public radio.
Here’s a link to his TV segments on the CBS affiliate in Vermont (WCAX). He’s the guy in the straw hat.
Here’s a recording from his weekly AM talk radio show on WJOY.
Charlie, you have certainly found your niche! Congratulations on all of your success!
Tom tells us about his experience and adds a little advice for us all as well, “The audition called for a talent with a Ken Nordine-style of read for a series of beat poetry spots. The client is a well known restaurant in Portland, Oregon called Sayler’s Old Country Kitchen. The specs on the job called for a VO talent that has ISDN access. I don’t, but I knew my friends at Ron Rose-Milagro Post in Southfield, MI did, so I did the audition and forgot about it. Four days later my phone rang with the news that I had the job. We did 3 spots and all went really well. This was a lesson in flexibility. Many of my friends who used to do a lot of ISDN work don’t spend the money maintaining the lines anymore. It’s easier and cheaper to send the business to a local studio who can accommodate the job at a reasonable rate. Now you’re one of their clients which is a great way to stay on the top of their minds and even better with a studio that does lots of VO work. Make sure the studio has a copy of your demos for future reference with their clients. It’s the circle of life in the VO biz kids!”
SAV Coach Ben Marney has an Audition Ranking of 362.50 on Voice123.com… higher than 100% of all Premium Subscribers!
Now that doesn’t mean that Ben booked 100% of the jobs he auditioned for, but we are very impressed with the high approval ratings he received back from prospective clients! Voice123.com is one of many pay2play sites, but is the only one that offers this particular ranking tool.
On most sites, the only feedback you receive is whether or not your audition has been reviewed by the client. However, Voice123.com‘s ranking tool breaks it down into several categories: Finalist, Considering, Maybe, Not Likely, Will Not Be Considered and Never Again! They can also show where you rank among the competition within each category, for example 1st out of 30 or 5th out of 30, etc. Voice123 then calculates your ranking percentage based on this information. You can also see on the same page how many auditions you have done compared with other VO talents in your category.
There are a couple of catches that prevent this from being entirely accurate… or something to focus all of your attention on! Only one out of three or four clients actually do the rankings, most do not give feedback at all. It is still a very helpful tool for talent to use though, because from the ones that do provide feedback, you can see how well you are doing with your auditions! The other point to consider is that sometimes you may still not end up with the job, even with a perfect ranking. As Ben says of his experience, “More times than I can count, I’ve been ranked ‘Finalist 1st out of 20’ and still did not get the job… but it’s a great and instant feedback on how you are competing out there. What’s important to understand is… Many times I have not landed the job I was auditioning for, even if I was ranked very high; however later, (weeks, even months later,) I’ll get a call and they hire me for another job… and then they turn into regular long term client!”
Simply put, the more that people hear your voice and like it, the greater your chance is of building a paying client list!
We are pleased to announce that Such A Voice is now offering audiobook narration and animation demos! We are honored to have coach Michael Yurchak, a highly successful animation talent and audiobook narrator, join the SAV team!
We invite you to join us for a complimentary teleconference with Michael, Wednesday August 29th, from 8:00 – 9:00 PM EST to find out all about these exciting genres! Click here to join us!
In this live session you will:
- Observe as Michael coaches Jillian Nielsen on audiobook narration technique and Nick Kaiser on animation technique.
- Learn about these specialty niches and how Michael has found so much success with them!
- Ask questions and get answers from Michael on any topic related to animation and audiobook narration work.
Could animation or audiobook narration be a potential VO niche for you? Come and see what it’s all about! After all… it’s FREE!
You must RSVP for this complimentary event in order to receive the information to attend. Please click here to join us!
Michael Yurchak is an award winning actor, voice over artist and educator from Los Angeles, CA. As a voice artist, Michael currently holds recurring roles on the hit animated shows Avatar: The Legend of Korra (Nickelodeon) and Naruto (Disney Channel). He has also voiced roles on Pokemon (Cartoon Network), Stitch! (Disney), Spang, Ho! (Cartoon Network), and many others. He has voiced dozens of video games (including the Saints Row Series, The Darkness, Spyro, Spec Ops, Ratchet & Clank, Sonic the Hedgehog, Dino-Crisis, Grand Theft Auto, etc.); commercials (including Coors Light, Coke, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Bud Light, Ford, Levi’s, Toys R’ Us, Volkswagen, etc.); and promos (including Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, PBS, ESPN 2, Spike, A&E, and NY1, for which he was nominated for a New York News Emmy Award and given the Silver Promax Award for best news promo two years in a row). Michael has also recorded over fifty audiobooks, including The Iron Duke & Where Angels Dare (Audiofile Magazine’s Golden Earphone Award Winners) and Orders is Orders (Audiofile’s top 10 audiobooks of 2010).
On-camera, Michael appears in multiple films (including You Are Here, The Babymakers, I Heart Shakey, Beerfest, Watching the Detectives, The Lather Effect, Club Dread, The Slammin’ Salmon, etc.); and television programs (including Modern Family, Mad Men, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Farrelly Brothers’ Unhitched, etc.) Michael also has extensive stage credits in both LA and New York, (including Death of A Salesman, The Country Girl, Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc.).
Michael has taught voice over and acting seminars and workshops around the country to all levels of students. Having received a BA in theater from Colgate University and an MA in Educational Theater from NYU, Michael serves as a Lead Teaching Artist and Project Faculty Member for The Center Theater Group and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum in LA and worked with the Roundabout Theater Company and The New Victory Theater in New York.
Bill was awarded the voice-overs for a new Learn2Learn video series with 20 videos, which is being produced by his current client, AFX Animation. In this past month he also voiced another 4 modules in a STAM Interactive eLearning course for the drilling industry. We are excited to see Bill keeping so busy outside of coaching his many students! Congratulations on all the new bookings Bill, we are proud to have you representing SAV!
Train with accent reduction specialist Talia Gonzalez to reduce your accent or regionalism. Developing a neutral accent can open up many more possibilities for VO artists with a strong accent or regionalism. As a Boston native, Talia has neutralized her own accent and now works as a highly successful VO artist based out of New York. She has also trained students from all corners of the US and beyond to neutralize their accents. Click here for more information.
Such A Voice Technique Coach/Instructor Bill Brooks has been a Voice Artist for over 30 years and now specializes in International Media and Entertainment. Recently Bill was hired as the English Speaking Voice Talent on an International TV Network based in South Korea. However, it was his most recent trip to El Salvador in Central America that caught our attention.
He has just returned stateside, but now boasts having produced and played a leading role in a stage musical at the Presidential Theater in San Salvador. There were 9 performances with a total of 20,000 attending… but there was something just a little more special than usual about these 20,000 attendees.
The stage musical was a part of the 4-14 Global Initiative, a faith-based initiative dedicated to the educational, nutritional and spiritual enhancement of children between the ages of 4 and 14. In addition to seeing the musical, each of the 20,000 children received a medical examination by a team of U.S. and Korean doctors as well as educational supplies and food.
Earlier this year, Brooks spent one month in the African Countries of Ethiopia and Tanzania where this program was presented to over 100,000 children! Making its way around the world, the next project of this kind is scheduled for September to the children of Harlem. The musical will be presented in the famed Apollo Theater in New York City.
In addition to being a Voice Artist, Bill is a music-recording artist who has just released his 30th CD. He is also an actor, public speaker, producer, and live MC. Bill resides in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX when he isn’t traveling the world, helping to make it a better place. Thank you Bill for all of the hard work you do, we are very proud to have you as a part of our team!
Such A Voice Coach Alan Schwartz has had a very exciting couple of weeks landing jobs for McDonald’s, GE, ExxonMobil, Sam’s Club and Cisco!
Alan Schwartz, a NYC based VO talent, with over eleven years of diversified experience as a voice-over artist, recently landed four exciting jobs with some pretty high profile companies. He was hired to record radio spots for McDonald’s and GE, orientation/employee training videos for Exxon Mobil and Sam’s Club and several branding videos for Cisco!
He secured these jobs from producers who were existing clients of his. Alan reminds us that “establishing ongoing relationships with producers is a wonderful way to not only get reoccurring work, but to receive opportunities to voice some big time projects!”
All of these jobs were recorded in Alan’s home studio, some with the producer directing him over the phone, the others autonomously, a skill that every professional voice talent, even a talent in major market NYC should master.
Congratulations Alan, these clients are lucky to have you!
SAV Director of Operations Heather Costa, Records Hundreds of Radio & TV Spots for Carrier and Cub Cadet Quarterly!
I have been very fortunate that each quarter, for the past two years, I have been hired to record hundreds of radio and TV spots for Carrier AC & Heating and Cub Cadet, a lawn and garden manufacturer. These spots air all throughout the United States. Back in May 2010 I was approached by a Florida based production company who had found my website while doing an online search. The relationship started out with just a few commercials here and there. Then within a month, they sent me the first large project requesting 44 radio spots and 133 commercial spots for Carrier AC & Heating! I knew I had my work cut out for me, but I was very excited for the opportunity and provided my best work possible with a quick turnaround. With each project since, the number of spots have increased.
I record commercials with this production company on a regular basis (ranging from 5 second tags to 60 second spots,) however, I can always count on receiving those big bulk projects for both Carrier & Cub Cadet once a quarter as the seasons change and it’s time to revamp their marketing!
Carrier uses this production company to create commercials for many of their distributors, such as Mike Morello, Air Pro Services, Baxter Oil Company and more! Cub Cadet does the same, so the projects I record are again for distributors such as Hoyt’s AG Supply, Clermont County Equipment and Gossett Farm Equipment, among others.
I’ve also had the opportunity to record numerous car dealership commercials for them and believe it or not, motorcycles too! I never would have pegged this as a niche for myself, but the client apparently did! It’s wonderful having outstanding relationships with production companies that rely on you and you on them as well. It’s also a great opportunity to share the jobs with other VO talents. I’ll occasionally be asked for referral recommendations for different types of voices that I obviously can’t provide, such as male, Spanish, etc. After all, VO success doesn’t just include booking jobs, it’s also about building relationships.
Click here for some Carrier & Cub Cadet spots that Heather recently voiced: