Mantra Plonsey's voice is experienced, young, mature, sexy, deep, honest, cultured, rich, velvety, and believable. Mantra is MANTRA PLONSEY: genuine, young, energetic, pure, true, a real person, intelligent, warm, witty, versatile, comforting. She's sincere, wry, humorous, funny, maternal, motherly, clean, clear, professional. Mantra Plonsey is also dramatic, wicked, witchy, can do tween and teen, elderly, old-fashioned, and sassy; sarcastic, ironic, boomer, Gen X and Gen Y with a strong range of improvisational skills. Mantra is fast and fun to work with. Come in under budget with Mantra Plonsey! Mantra is based in the magical creative oasis of the San Francisco Bay Area, just around the corner from Pixar, and across the Golden Gate from Skywalker. She's just a quick two hours from Los Angeles!
English (North American), English (British), Japanese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American)
British, Japanese, Jewish, Native American (Indian), North American, Russian, Spanish, US General American (GenAm), US Midwest (Chicago, Great Lakes), US New York (New Jersey, Bronx, Brooklyn), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta), US South West (Texas), Yiddish
Child (5-12), Middle Aged (35-54), Senior (55+), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-35)
Animation, Audiobooks, Business, Documentaries, Educational, Movie Trailers, Radio, Television, Videogames
Celebrated for her expertise with unique extended vocal techniques, Mantra Plonsey is a contributor to many sound scores for the film industry. Mantra was specifically invited to design, direct and perform special creature sound effects for Jerry Garcia's film "Pocoloco", produced by Deborah Koons. Mantra appears on the soundtrack for Adrian Lyne's feature film "Jacob's Ladder", score by Maurice Jarre, recorded at Columbia Studios, Los Angeles; on three films of Rob Nilsson's "Nine at Night" series, produced by Al Nelson at Skywalker Sound, and the feature film "I love You, I Love You Not", with Claire Danes and Jeanne Moreau. She has written the libretti for 3 fully produced operas, one of which (“LEAVE ME ALONE!”) was a collaboration between herself and comic-book artists Harvey Pekar and R. Crumb at Oberlin. She was a touring and recording artist while a member of award-winning Kitka Eastern European Women's Ensemble, and is a current member of Temple of Light (a Georgian vocal group), New Zombies (Dan Plonsey's Afrobeat big band), Goggleplex (a saxophone quartet), and Sugarglass Consort, her own performance lab.
Additionally, Mantra Plonsey is featured on a national promo on PBS radio for City Arts and Lectures, which has run daily for over 20 years. (While the synthesizer score was written and performed by Pat Gleeson, the vocal performance is Mantra’s). For THX/Onkyo Integra Theater Systems-- corporate presentation recorded at MarcoCo. Mantra Plonsey has performed multiple character voices for the Electronic Arts Playstation Game "Psychic Detective", and with Pixar/Lucasfilm/Dreamworks sound designer Al Nelson for the independent series “Nine at Night" at Skywalker. Mantra's years in performance include 5 years as an ensemble member on Twit Wit Radio, a weekly scripted comedy show in syndication through the Pacifica Radio Network, heard coast-to-coast and originating from KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley. She can be heard on Twit Wit on the Internet Archive and KPFA's website, sometimes voicing up to 5 male and female characters per script. Skills: improvisation, comedy, dance, on-camera, stage, composer, copywriter, text editor.
OTHER RELEVANT TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE: She was editor-in-chief and lead writer at the creation of the SF Weekly for its first 3 years. Mantra Plonsey was the personal assistant to documentary filmmaker Les Blank and manager of his film company Flower Films in the 90's.
Singing: Included in Mantra's experience are Balkan (Georgian, Bulgarian, 6 more) choral and solo singing, punk, hard rock, opera, American and British folk, characters and impressions, experimental, ambient, lounge, bubble-gum pop, bebop and torch jazz.
Mantra trained in voiceover and film acting at Voice One; acting for film and stage with David B. Jacobson of Studio 69, London; singing, Cheryl Keller. Dance: Anna Halprin, Frank Shawl, Eric Kupers, and Annelise Reusswig in Cunningham technique.
Computer & Software
access to outside professional studio with extensive music and sound effetcs library
mp3, wav or inquire
negotiable depending on project
Mantra Plonsey has access to an extensive music and sound library, and is expert in scriptwriting. Mantra is available to travel to your studio, record at her in-house studio, and record at Voice One's fully-equipped studio in San Francisco.
Says Josh Kornbluth, actor, producer and writer and MarcoCo associate, "Mantra turned in a smoking read for MarcoCo for the THX/Onkyo spot. She was terrific. Quite impressed."MarcoCo
"Just based on her demo read for my spec for Carmex, she was so good I cancelled someone I had already booked! The best..."Hunter Hayden, Academy of Art San Francisco:
Voice Over Clients
MarcoCo: THX/Onkyo for Integra, Jerry Garcia, Maurice Jarre/Columbia, Playstation, NPR radio, Carmex, Rob Nilsson, filmmaker; George Coates, theatre director; Eric Kupers and Kimiko Guthrie, Dandelion Dancetheater, Oberlin School of Music, EnChroma Inc.
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