“That’s Voiceover!” Career Expo Finds Expression

By Jon Konjoyan

The first-ever Voice Arts Award was presented to actor Keith David. Pictured are David and a cartoon alter-ego.

The first-ever Voice Arts Award was presented to actor Keith David. Pictured are David and a cartoon alter-ego.

“Don’t imitate, originate,” “Have an opinion and find your voice,” and “Make every audition a performance,” were just some of the words of wisdom from industry experts for up and coming voice actors at the 5th Annual “That’s Voiceover!” Career Expo in Hollywood last week.

“(To succeed) you have to immerse yourself in the study of voice and acting,” advised actor Pat Fraley. About auditioning he said: “Take your time. Get it right.”

Fraley joined host Phil Morris known for his role as Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld (among others) and son of TV’s Greg Morris (Mission Impossible); co-host Joan Baker, a voice actor and author; and dozens of accomplished speakers including Push Creative CEO Rudy Gaskins, radio host Ellen K, and announcer Beau Weaver for the full day event at the Director’s Guild on Sunset Boulevard.

Hundreds of attendees from around the country took advantage of the expert panel discussions, “Speed Dating” demo reviews, and valuable networking opportunities.

Colin Metzger, a musician and voice actor who relocated to L.A. six months ago from the Midwest, valued access to the pros. “They don’t just give a speech and run to a limo. They’re here and helpful to anyone who wants to talk with them.”

The first-ever Voice Arts Award was presented to Broadway and film actor Keith David, whose resume includes narration, commercials, promos, and cartoon voices. David joked that a friend calls him, “The most famous obscure actor in America.”

Sales from the event benefited the Alzheimer’s Association.

For information on future events go to thatsvoiceover.com.

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