March 18, 2017 | Holiday Inn SFO International Airport
|8:30 - 9:00||Registration|
|9:00 - 9:15||Welcome Address - Beginner + Professional - Stephanie Ciccarelli, Co-Founder of Voices.com|
|9:15 - 10:15||Session 1 - Introduction
Beginner - Lisa Foster, Such a Voice - New to Voice-Over?
Professional - Jennifer Smith, Voices.com - Book More Work with Voices.com
|10:45 - 11:45||Session 2 - Business Skills
Beginner - Kabir Singh - The Daily Hustle, Beyond The Microphone
Professional - Naomi Mercer - Keeping Up The Momentum
|11:45 - 1:00||Break/Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:55||
Panel - Beginner + Professional - Good -vs- Bad Reads: Feedback From Those Who Hire for Voice Over
Micah Baro, Allison & Partners LLC
Erika Lutz, Lumosity
Moderator: Elaine Clark
|2:00 - 3:00||Session 3 - Technical Skills
Beginner - Justin Torres - Editing 101
Professional - Joe Zieja - Workflow Capabilities
|3:00 - 3:15||Break|
|3:15 - 4:15||Session 4 - Artistic Skills
Beginner - Jamie Hill - Balancing Life and Business: Becoming a Versatile Voice Actor
Professional - Lisa Luck - The Game of Voiceover Success: Design an Enlivening Career at Every Stage
|4:15 - 5:00||Closing Address
Elaine Clark - Peak Performance
|5:30 - 6:30||Networking|
Holiday Inn SFO International Airport
275 S Airport Blvd, South San Francisco, California 94080, United States
Stephanie Ciccarelli - Welcome
BIO: Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Chief Brand Officer and one of the founders of Voices.com, the industry-leading website that connects businesses with professional voice talent. A respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie is considered one of the most connected people in the industry, and has been listed on the PROFIT Magazine 2013, 2015, and 2016 W100 lists, a ranking of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs. Stephanie is also the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.
Welcome Address: This introduction to the event, led by Co-Founder, Stephanie Ciccarelli, is the perfect way to set yourself up for success. Open to both Beginner and Professional tracks, Stephanie will give all a big Voices.com welcome and will cover important tips for the day. Grab your coffee, and settle in for the opening of LevelUp!
Lisa Foster - BEGINNER TRACK
BIO: 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.
Jennifer Smith - PRO TRACK
BIO: Jennifer Smith is the Director of Talent Sales at Voices.com, the largest online marketplace for voice-over in the world. Heavily involved in the voice-over community, Jennifer helps both new talent and experienced professionals navigate an ever-evolving industry.
SESSION: Book more work with Voices.com! - Get the inside scoop from Voices.com’s Director of Talent Sales. Learn tips and tricks for editing your profile to get invited to jobs that are best suited for you, find out about audition dos and don’ts so that you don’t fall victim to common pitfalls, and learn what happens behind the scenes at Voices.com so that you know exactly what to do to book that next job!
Kabir Singh - BEGINNER TRACK
BIO: A 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.com as a stepping tool to the next level of VO success.
Naomi Mercer - PRO TRACK
BIO: Naomi Mercer has been a working voice over actor for nearly a decade. Real, hip, and droll - but with high energy - Naomi has voiced projects for Linux, Intel, Virgin, Guess, and ESPN.
SESSION: Keeping Up The Momentum - When most people think of voiceover, they picture a vo talent standing in front of a microphone. But there is so much more to it than that! In order to ensure that those wonderful moments of actually recording voice over keep coming, there are lots of things you can do to keep your momentum going. A voice over talent herself, Naomi Mercer, teaches an online class about the business-side of VO. In this pro session, she stresses the importance of daily workflow, ways to maintain your business, and the marketing that works best for her, every time.
Good -vs- Bad Reads - Are you ready to take your voice acting career to the next level? Get ready to maximize your career performance as the panel of creative producer Micah Baro, , and Creative Director for Lumosity, Erika Lutz, walk you through their tips - from the perspective of active clients who regularly hire voice talent - to getting hired. This discussion of good vs bad reads from a client’s point of view will be moderated by Voice One’s Elaine Clarke. These creative professionals will share their combined personal experiences to give you a better understanding of how and why clients hire certain talents, and will help you take your career to the next level. Packed with experience and opinions specific to the trade, this panel will prepare you to have the voice over career that you’ve always wanted.
Moderator: Elaine Clark: Elaine 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 and founder of Voice One.
Micah Baro, Allison & Partners LLC: As a Creative Producer at a global integrated marketing firm, Micah Baro defines and helps oversee the resources and talent needed to tell emotionally resonant stories and compelling social content. Along with helping ideate around big ideas, he’s produced work for clients such as Charles Schwab, Toyota, Samsung and UCSF. When he’s not doing that, Micah’s either drinking coffee, binge watching Netflix, or growing his list of places to eat in San Francisco.
Erika Lutz, Lumosity: Erika Lutz is an animator, illustrator and designer. She currently serves as the Creative Director of Motion at Lumosity where she is responsible for shaping the company's brand identity through visual storytelling, design, animation, video, and sound design. Since 2011, her creative direction at Lumosity has helped make top-ranking and award-winning mobile apps used by over 85 million people. Erika has also worked in art and animation direction in broadcast television, earning Emmy Award-winning recognition.
Justin Torres - BEGINNER TRACK
BIO: Justin Torres is one of the most productive non-union VO actors in the country. He is the creator of EverythingVoiceover.com, 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!
Joe Zieja - PRO TRACK
BIO: Joe Zieja is a voice actor and author in the Los Angeles area. A military veteran of the US Air Force, Joe's voice has been in thousands of projects that range from animation and video games to corporate elearning and explainer videos. His first book, Mechanical Failure, was released in June 2014 to critical acclaim, and he has two more books scheduled to come out in the next year. He also flies planes, scuba dives, plays 12 instruments, speaks English, Russian, Arabic, and German, and is a parkour enthusiast.
SESSION: Workflow Capabilities - Maximize the way you use a computer, navigate Voices.com quickly and easily, and submit dozens of auditions with a click. With this session, learn how to knock out 2 auditions per minute.
Jamie Hill - BEGINNER TRACK
BIO: Jamie 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 dynamic 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.
Lisa Luck - PRO TRACK
BIO: Lisa Luck is often the voice for projects that require anything from the "girl-next-door" or a "corporate professional” sound, to a uniquely enthusiastic sound requirement for niche industries, such as theme parks, game shows, and toys. Lisa has studied at some of the top acting conservatories in California, including the American Conservatory Theater and American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Clients Lisa has voiced projects for include Popples, The Disney Channel, Yahoo!, Dunkin' Donuts, Nike Women, Amex, Turbo Tax, Red Bull, McDonald's, and SAP.
SESSION: The Game of Voiceover Success: Design an Enlivening Career at Every Stage - With Lisa, discover how you can incorporate elements of an enlivening game to an ordinary day in the booth, and transform how you show up in your business and voiceover performances. Venture alone or choose your team, and prepare for a journey into voiceover success. There are hidden gems in the games we play (think: epic video game!) that can have you "level up" in a new way, breathing in freshness and life to both your spirit and your read!
Elaine Clark - Voice Coach
BIO: Elaine 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.