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.”
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.