Voice Over Beginners: LevelUp Your Career in San Francisco

Tara Parachuk | March 13, 2017

Pink banner that says LevelUp San Francisco

Set in the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California, the March 18th, 2017, Voices LevelUp event in San Francisco will help voice over actors take a deeper look into everything from workflow capabilities and how to complete two auditions per minute, to work-life balance best practices and how to hustle for a bigger payday.

And in order to ensure that every voice actor at any stage in their career can gain useful insights and tips and tricks, this full-day of interactive sessions is divided into two tracks: Beginner and Advanced.

If you’re just starting out in the industry, you’re going to love our panel of experts, who are not only successful voice over actors, but industry coaches and thought leaders.

Here is a description of who will be delivering their expert insights to Voice Over Beginners

Kabir Singh

Kabir SinghA voice actor, poet, and philosopher, LA-based Kabir Singh is touted as the voice of Millennials. With his cool, urban, college sound, Kabir has been able to lend his voice to projects for the likes of Nike, Intel, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Foot Locker, Google, and Pepsi. Kabir is best known for his University of Nebraska Lincoln commercial, and is T-Mobile’s customer service voice.

SESSION: The Daily Hustle. Beyond The Microphone. Hack the daily grind of being a professional freelance voice actor

In this inspiring presentation, Kabir Singh will cover everything from the best way to work with clients and negotiate your pay, to improving your mental and physical health – all in the name of creating a more efficient, profitable business for yourself. Kabir will share his best tips and tricks to streamline your business flow and will show attendees how best to utilize Voices as a stepping stone to the next level of VO success.

More info on Kabir Singh

Read Kabir Singh’s success story, as featured on Voices.

Listen to Kabir, as he’s featured on Voices’s Voice Over Experts Podcast ‘Finding Your Unique Voice.

Jamie Hill

Jamie HillJamie Hill is a people person, and her natural ease in connecting with others comes through in her voice work. Conversational, sweet and sassy, soothing, or authoritative, Jamie has a fresh, engaging sound. She does voice-over for everything from promos and trailers, to animation and documentaries, and is often able complete a project in 4 to 14 hours, or less. Jamie has been the voice for such brands as Nike, Microsoft, Mastercard, Aveeno, the Hard Rock Cafe, and Toyota.

SESSION: Balancing Life and Business: Becoming a Versatile Voice Actor

Jamie Hill brings her wealth of experience to LevelUp with four foundational concepts to help you build and sustain a dynamic future as a voice artist. This session will include Starting Smart & Savvy, which will explore breaking into voiceover and growing it into a full time career; Getting Conversational, where attendees will learn about developing relatable, appealing qualities in their voice work, while also making room for the preferences and inclinations of clients; Making Your Closet Work for You, a section on resourcefully and affordably pulling together the tools that will help talent deliver professional recordings; and One Stop Shop, which will see everyone in the room learning to create variety in options and services so as to reach to the widest variety of clients.

More info on Jamie Hill

Listen to Jamie on the Voice Over Experts Podcast, where she talks about How to Become a More Versatile Voice Actor.

Read about Jamie’s performance accolades.

Learn more about Jamie’s road to success.

Justin Torres

Justin TorresJustin Torres is one of the most productive non-union VO actors in the country. He is the creator of, where he hosts a regular podcast featuring cool industry guests. Justin’s reviews and tutorials help VO actors at all levels continue their development with confidence.

SESSION: Editing 101: The Audition Toolkit

Recording can be a daunting task for any actor, particularly when you’re just starting out. With Justin, you’ll get Editing 101 skills and the tools you need to create exceptional auditions from day one. From pro tips to better recording habits, learn to streamline your process to start thinking less and auditioning more. Come ready to practice on mic!

Learn more about Justin Torres

Read about Justin’s experience on his profile.

Lisa Foster

Lisa Foster

Lisa Foster has one of the most versatile voices in the industry. With over two decades of experience in voice-over and broadcasting, she has written and voiced commercials for dozens of corporations, including Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Café Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics, and Sleep Train. Foster is also a well-known on-air radio personality in the Seattle broadcast market, and, with her state-of-the-art home recording studio, she is heard all over the world.

SESSION: New to Voice-Over?

Join Lisa for the class that will show how YOU can use your speaking voice professionally for films, videos, narrations, commercials, and more! Most people go about getting started the wrong way. In this class, you will learn about a unique way to cash in on one of the most fulfilling and lucrative work-from-home part-time or full-time jobs out there! This is business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with minimal overhead! Now is the best time to make this happen as the industry continues to grow beyond $15 billion a year, thanks to all the latest technology.

More info on Lisa Foster

Listen to Lisa’s demos and read more about her.

Sample Lisa’s insights by reviewing her commentary on blog posts covering industry topics:

  • What Should Voice Talent Know About Audio Production?
  • Stop Doing that Voice
  • Celebrity Casting is about Publicity

Concluding Talk: Elaine Clark – Voice Coach

Elaine ClarkElaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One. As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.

SESSION: Peak Performance

To stay competitive, you need to perform at a higher level. Elaine Clark, owner/founder of Voice One in San Francisco, author of There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is & creator of the Voice & Diction warm-up app – Activate Your Voice, will share tips and tricks that will improve your reads, please your clients, and increase your bookings.  You’ll practice these techniques as a group and a few selected VO actors will come on stage to read copy and see how Elaine’s direction can transform the read from good to great! You owe it to yourself and your clients to perform at your peak. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and grow as a VO artist.

Learn more about Elaine

Listen to Elaine on the Voice Over Experts Podcast Podcast where she and Deb Munro talk Voice Acting Lessons.

Listen to Elaine on the Voice Over Experts Podcast where she talks about ‘Acting in the White Spaces.

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