Cynthia SongéThe voice over community is grieved to learn of Cynthia Songes passing at the age of 58.

Cynthia died on Wednesday, May 19 of a brief illness in Arroyo Grande, California.
At this time of sorrow, I thought it would be fitting to remember and celebrate Cynthia’s life by sharing her insight and wonderful contribution to the Voice Over Experts podcast with you, entitled “Debating The Signature Voice.”

Debating The Signature Voice

Cyn used to say that your personality is a passport to individuality — the individuality that is at the very core of your performance and the energy that people will respond to. You will have different emotional responses for every project, but you have to know who you are and trust yourself to break free from the limitations that may be imposed by having only one “signature” voice.

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Voice Over Expert Cynthia Songe

Cynthia Songe grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Theater Arts. She was an accomplished actor, voice actor, voice-over teacher, casting director, and demo producer who loved teaching, her students, the sound of the ocean, watching her “kids” grow up, and her four-legged furry creatures. She called the Central Coast of California home.

Cynthia voiced numerous animation characters as well as commercials including such nationals as Mercury Sable, Sizzler, and Nationwide Insurance Campaigns. She also appeared on television and in feature film roles as an on-camera actress as well as theatrical roles. She was a long standing member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and a recipient of the Hugh O’Brian Acting Award. Cynthia worked with Susan Blu at Blupka Productions as a voice over instructor and casting director. Together, Susan and Cynthia co-authored “Word of Mouth, A Guide to VoiceOver Excellence, Vol. 3

Farewell, Cyn

If you have any thoughts or remembrances you’d to share about Cynthia, you are welcome share them here.
Warm regards,

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  1. Cynthia was my first Voice Over Instructor and produced my first demo (which helped me book some great jobs that first year). She was a great instructor and a lovely person. I really enjoyed working with her. This is a definite loss to the VO community. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

  2. That is so sad! And at such a young age. 🙁 I just listened to her podcast on She sounded very authentic and very talented. My sympathies to her family.

  3. I am heartbroken! Cynthia and Sue were like mentors to me. They were abundant with their praise and honest in their criticism. I was both honored and lucky to work with them on Curious George 2. My heart goes out to Sue and their family!

  4. Wow, I’m shocked. Cynthia was a wonderful and generous woman. She taught me a lot in the time I studied with her and has left us far, far too early. Rest in peace, Cynthia.

  5. I took voice-over classes from Cynthia and she was a great teacher. Always made the classes interesting and informative. She won’t be forgotten.

  6. Wow! I had no idea. This is the first I heard of Cynthia’s passing. She was an amazing woman!
    Some of my fondest memories are with her in classes! I’m so sad right now. Do you have any other information of how she died?
    Thank you for this info.
    We will miss you always Cynthia…
    Julie O’Dell

  7. I am so heartbroken about this. Not too long ago we were getting ready to put my 3rd demo together, and even with her busy schedule she always made time for her past and present students ready and eager to help with invaluable tips and sound advice. Such an incredible and kind person. We’ll miss you Cyn. And I’ll get my demo done as I promised – I’ve got all of your notes here :). Thank you and rest in peace. x