Join Mike as he interviews producer, audio engineer, author, and voice talent Dan Friedman. Dan is a man of many talents. With over a decade in the voice-over industry, he has produced, directed, or provided his voice to thousands of audio productions.
In 2010 he published a book, SOUND ADVICE - Voiceover From An Audio Engineer's Perspective. A first of its kind in the industry, the book covers audio engineering and studio session etiquette as it relates directly to voiceover talent.
Dan continues to write a popular blog at his website, SOUND4VO.com.
Dan was chosen to be among the top 10 "Most Influential Voice-Over Writers in 2011" in a Voice123 online survey. He is a home studio coach with Voicebank and Edge Studios and is also a voiceover teacher and coach for the Screen Artists Co-op in Asheville, NC.
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Mike interviews full-time professional voice actor Lauren McCullough in this episode of Mike Lenz Voice - A Journey Into Voice Acting.
Lauren grew up with the Pocono Mountains in her back yard, among the quiet of nature and the magic of the stars. There, Lauren enjoyed performing, whether she had an audience of people or just the mountains.
In her first role, Lauren played the Black Crayon, in the locally acclaimed first grade performance of the Crayola Factory, narrating the transformation of primary colors into secondary colors. On that stage, Lauren knew acting was her art.
Packing up her box of crayons and dreams, Lauren moved to New York City to study acting at Pace University, at the foothills of the Brooklyn bridge in downtown Manhattan. She worked in NYC as a theatre, film and voiceover actor, while also directing and producing along the way.
After seven years in the shadow of skyscrapers, she began to miss the companionship of the mountains. She found a home in the artist community of Asheville, NC nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountain range.
Back in the embrace of mountains, she colors her world with hiking and vegan cooking adventures, while working as a full time voiceover actor.
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Karen Souer is a virtual assistant. What does that mean? Well, it means a lot of things!
Mike has a great conversation with Karen Souer about her journey into the voice-over industry and the way she developed her niche as a virtual assistant.
Karen can help voice actors with everything from editing and proofing, to connecting via skype and listening as the voice actor records, to help check for any mistakes in real time.
Karen also specializes in doing research, helping with data entry, social media posting, and social media content writing.
This is a great interview for aspiring voice actors as well as anyone interested in learning about other interesting ways to get involved in the voice-over industry.
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Join Mike as he interviews voice actor and talent agent Toni Silveri. Toni has worked as an actor, voice actor and singer, performing nationally and regionally in film, television and commercials, for over 30 years. She has been a working member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1980 and has screened and voted every year on the SAG Awards during her membership. At present, Toni’s talent agency, All Coast Talent Management, represents over a hundred actors across the country and abroad These talents can be heard nationally for Chevrolet, Hundai, Budweiser, Hunter Douglas, Capital One, PBS Kids, Disney, A &E, Discovery Channel, Worlds of Warcraft video game, and Promos for Eat Pray Love and Harry Potter, Seinfeld’s original production, “Colin Quinn, Long Story Short”, the Broadway return of “Les Miz”, and recently, the new ABC television series, Once Upon a Time, to mention a few. Her most recent booking was for The World Cup, 2014,Brazilvs.Mexico. She is the founder of the Western New York Voice Actor Workshop, which has gained national recognition as one of the best training grounds for voice actors in the country. Top professionals in the industry are invited regularly to share their expertise and experiences with her students. One of Toni’s favorite guest lecturers and luminaries is Pat Fraley, who has created voices for over 4000 characters, making him one of the top ten performers of all time to be cast in Animated Film and Television shows. Toni is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers of America.
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Join Mike Lenz as he interviews actor and entrepreneur Evan Farmer. Evan is best known as the host of the home improvement show "While You Were Out" that aired on TLC and more recently Evan was the host of CMT (Country Music Televisio) Top 20 Countdown where he appeared every weekend counting down the top videos in country music. In addition to his acting credentials, Evan is an entrepreneur, an author of the book "Breaking In: The Formula For Success In Entertainment," a pilot, a philanthropist, and a husband and father. His passion for life and for the world of professional acting (and voice acting) is inspiring.
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Join Mike Lenz as he interviews professional voice actor Bob Souer. Bob is a full-time professional story-teller and narrator. He is the Audie and Golden Earphone Award winning narrator of numerous audiobooks; as well as broadcast and non-broadcast projects for corporations and ministries world-wide. You’ve heard Bob’s voice on CBS, NBC, PBS, the History Channel, the Military Channel, Audible.com, iTunes and many other networks and sites. Bob shares his journey into the voice acting profession and provides great insight into staying determined and not quitting in the face of obstacles.
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Rodney Saulsberry is the voice of choice for behind-the scenes narration. This Detroit native and University of Michigan Graduate, is one of the premier voice-over talents in the country. He is also a published author with two bestselling books, You Can Bank on Your Voice and Step Up to the Mic.
Saulsberry’s distinctive announcer voice is literally everywhere. He has announced promos for the ABC hit Dancing With The Stars and the ABC critically acclaimed Charlie Brown Christmas Special. He announced the 34th NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards specials on FOX Television and voiced promos for the Grammy Awards and Country Music Awards for CBS.
As one of the top trailer voices in the business, Rodney’s voice has promoted many favorites: Red Tails, Tupac Resurrection, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Friday After Next, Drumline, Undercover Brother, The Best Man, Dumb & Dumberer, Finding Forrester, Soul Food, Crooklyn, and many more. Black Enterprise Magazine called Saulsberry “The voice of choice for behind-the-scenes-narration.”
What do Zatarain's, Instant Tax Service, Twix, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Verizon, White Castle, 7UP, Burger King, SBC, and Nestle Crunch all have in common? Saulsberry has been a voice-over commercial pitchman for all of these products and many others on television and radio. He can also be heard reading audio books, as well as narrating E! Entertainments, True Hollywood Story, about Motown R&B singer, Marvin Gaye. His imaging voice has represented NFL Films and several NBA Basketball teams that include the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and the New Orleans Pelicans. For the past eight years Rodney has been the voice of the stock trading website Interactive Brokers TWS Tours.
Animation is another strong suit for this versatile voice actor. Saulsberry is the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the hit cartoon series Spider-Man and James Rhodey Rhodes in the animated feature film, The Invincible Iron Man.
Rodney's acting credits include guest star appearances on Monk, Without a Trace, Law & Order: LA and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. He currently stars as Anthony a street musician and former homeless man on the Daytime Drama The Bold and the Beautiful.
In 2013 and 2011, Saulsberry received an NAACP Image Award nomination in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series for his role on The Bold and the Beautiful.
Saulsberry is also a gifted singer who has lent his melodious baritone singing voice to a jubilant ensemble of background singers on a spirited recording of “Hakuna Matata” on The Lion King movie soundtrack. He continued his animation musical journey by singing When You Believe and Playing With the Big Boys on The Prince of Egypt soundtrack. As a soloist, he has recorded two Rhythm and Blues albums that have resulted in two Billboard charting singles, I Wonder and Look Whatcha Done Now.
Recently, Saulsberry wrote and composed the song Miracles, which aired on The Bold and the Beautiful on January 13, 2011 and is available for purchase on iTunes. He continues to get his musical compositions featured in television and movie soundtracks. To hear more and learn more about his song placements, visit his music placement website at: Tomdor Music.com
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Mike interviews Voice Actor and Voice-Over Strategist Tom Dheere. As a voice talentwith over eighteen years of experience, Tom has narrated thousands of projects for clients in a dozen countries for just about every type of project you can think of.
He narrates other stuff, too. Stuff like Audiobooks, Commercials, Medical Narrations, E-Learning projects, Industrials, Video Games, Animation, Apps, and much, much more.His specialty is narrating ‘Explainer Videos’ a.k.a. ‘Whiteboard Videos.'
Tom is also a voiceover business consultant. He helps you figure out what’s preventing you from getting to the next level as a voice talent “behind the scenes”. He's worked with voice talents of all experience levels to develop their business plans, time management skills, and much more.
Tom shares the story of his journey into the world of voice acting and also discusses the business side of voice-overs and offers concrete advice for aspiring voice actors.
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Join Mike as he interviews voice-over legend Harlan Hogan. As Harlan's website says, over the years some very famous slogans have entered your ears via Harlan Hogan's voice.
From Raids' "Kills bugs fast, Kills bugs dead" and Head & Shoulders' "That little itch should be telling you something" to the iconic, "It's the cereal even Mikey Likes".
Today, Harlan's voice is still bringing us memorable slogans like, "How's that for trendy?" for Ford 150 trucks, "It's not home - but it's close" for Cracker Barrel and reminding PBS viewers day in and day out that, "This program was made possible by viewers like you. Thank you"
Mike Lenz is an entrepreneur, professional voice actor, audiobook narrator, author, podcast host, husband and father. Join Mike each week as he shares stories from some of the most amazing and inspiring people from all areas of the voice-over industry, as well as other incredible entrepreneurs, to help you achieve your dream of becoming a professional voice actor. For more information on this and other episodes, head on over to the web at mikelenzvoice.com