Setting Yourself Apart With Amanda Sellers & Mike Schurko

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    Success in voice acting is all about setting yourself apart—whether it’s your audition standing out from other submissions, or your masterful delivery that billboards the name of a brand to distinguish it from the rest of the copy in a script. To produce more winning auditions, you have to learn how to juggle the client’s creative direction while taking some risks in your read. 

    In this week’s episode, Stephanie has the pleasure of chatting with Mike Schurko and Amanda Sellers, a husband and wife duo who have collectively lent their voices to brands as ubiquitous as Apple, Twitter, Pepsi, Avon, Verizon, and Nike. As they listen to the reads for a fictitious voice-activated blender, Mike and Amanda offer actionable advice about making your first line powerful, why good mic technique is a must, and why adding music to your auditions is risky business that may detract from your read depending on the end client. 

    About Amanda Sellers 

    Amanda Sellers is a voice actor with over 12 years behind the mic. After a long career as a touring musician and radio DJ, she discovered her passion for voice over and never looked back! She has been nominated for 3 Voice Arts Award and is co-founder of The VoiceOver School, an immersive online digital course that teaches others exactly how she garnered a long, successful career working from her home studio. Amanda has been hired by big brands like Expedia, Facebook, Axe Body Spray, Blistex, Toyota, Walmart, Apple, Victoria’s Secret, Scotia Bank, American Airlines, Avon, and many more. She is based in Vancouver, married to her husband, Mike (business partner, fellow voice actor, and father to her children) and cherishes her biggest accomplishment yet, which are her 2 young boys, Beck (7) and Trace (4). 

    About Mike Schurko

    Mike has been a full-time professional voice actor for over eight years (having been in the industry for over 12) and has worked for numerous companies such as Facebook, Twitter, GoPro, Verizon, Burger King, Chevron, Nordstrom, Home Depot, Enterprise, and Macy’s, to name a few. His niche is a relatable ‘guy next door’ sound that can be fun, friendly, or emotional, but on the flip side, also informational and professional in a more formal setting. He has worked in a wide range of VO genres. He is also an experienced audio engineer with a huge gamut of post-production abilities. He has been teaching students about voice over for over 2 years, and really enjoys the interaction and challenges that come from helping others succeed in their own VO careers!  

    Hosts: Stephanie Ciccarelli, with special guests Amanda Sellers and Mike Schurko.

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    Connect with Amanda Sellers and Mike Schurko on their website and Instagram. Hear Amanda’s voice and hear Mike’s voice on Voices.com.

    About Mission Audition: Mission Audition is presented by Voices.com. Produced and engineered by Randy Rektor. Script written by Oliver Skinner.

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    Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.

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