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Keith David.

Keith David.

If you saw The Bible on History Channel or Ken Burns’ The War on PBS, then you’ve heard the voice of 2-time Emmy Award winner Keith David. Keith describes how you too can become a voice actor when he’s honored with the Voice Arts Award on Aug. 17 at That’s Voiceover, a full-day career expo at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. Executive producer Rudy Gaskins says, “Keith’s voice is clearly exceptional, but all voices have a home in the voice-over industry and there are careers to be had.” Executive producer Joan Baker, herself a voice actor and author of Secrets of Voice-over Success, says, “Becoming a voice actor often means deciphering scattered and disjointed information from unproven sources. We remedied that barrier with That’s Voiceover.”

Rudy Gaskins and Joan Baker.

Rudy Gaskins and Joan Baker.

The Baker-Gaskins duo brings together voice-over hopefuls with the agents, casting directors, teachers, and producers who facilitate careers. “That’s what people want when they ask how to break into voice-overs,” Gaskins says. “It’s a job where your passions come to life, whether doing cartoons or narrating a world-class novel, but learning the ropes is key,” Baker adds. Now in its fifth year That’s Voiceover appears to be changing the VO landscape, travelling to a different state annually and soon to London. All experience levels are encouraged to take part. Attendees can win a chance at one of three paying jobs awarded by NBC 4 and the Audiobook Creation Exchange. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Southern California. Tix available at ThatsVoiceover.com.

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