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Voice Acting Education Matters

Stephanie Ciccarelli
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Stephanie Ciccarelli
Stephanie Ciccarelli is a Co-Founder of Voices. Classically trained in voice 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. For over 25 years, Stephanie has used her voice to communicate what is most important to her through the spoken and written word. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, Stephanie has been a contributor to The Huffington Post, Backstage magazine, Stage 32 and the Voices.com blog. 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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  • Alex Wiersum
    February 7, 2008, 12:47 pm

    I just wanted to say that as a current broadcasting student what you are saying really hit home for me. Everybody tells me that my voice is good, but compared to who. When I try to measure myself against different voice talents I can see the sing-song quality that comes through sometimes. When I am doing character voices it is easier not to be sing songy, because I have an acting background also, so I try and sound conversational when I am not doing a character voice.
    Also your tips on education and rates make a lot of sense to me, are you planning on doing any seminars yourself in the Milwaukee/Chicago area?

  • Deb Munro
    February 26, 2008, 12:07 am

    Hello Alex,
    So happy to have ready your response. I apologize for the tardy response… it’s been a very busy month.
    Thank you so much for all your comments. How much film training have you had? Perhaps a one on one with me (I record your sessions and all you need is a phone, but if you have your own studio we can work with that as well and you could work on a current audition posted during our session, record it, then upload for the opportunity to get the job).
    I would love to come to any of the US states, but it takes someone to help host it. Post advertisements and brag all day long to fill it up. I think after the VOICE 2008 Convention in Aug, it will be easier to fill up US workshops, but unless I have a host, (they would earn the workshop for free and other fringe benefits) it’s hard to fill a workshop in a city I’ve never been without some good help.
    So if you’re willing to host, I’m happy to book a date and give it a shot.
    Love to get you on the newsletter list so send me an email and we can talk directly.
    Thanks for listening… It took me a while to break those broadcast habits, but now I know how to turn it on and turn it off… I’m happy to teach you the same. In fact that has now convinced me to create a course just for Broadcasters. How to Break the Sing Song. So you’ve inspired me as well.
    I’ll put something together for that. Perhaps we’ll try an online course first or something.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    All my best,
    Deb Munro

  • Trevor Smith
    December 4, 2008, 3:35 am

    Just wanted to comment on your very practical professional approach to the Voice Over Industry. I have been prompted, not to mention relly have a genuine interest in the biz. Now I have a place to start.
    One quick question, is age a inhibiting factor (to old/young) to determine how far you can set your sights?
    Thank you,
    Trevor Smith