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Canadian Voice Over Coaches, Stand Up!

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

March 13, 2007

Comments (20)

Canadian Voice Over CoachesAny Canadian voice over coaches in the house?

From sea to sea to shining sea, this land was made for voice over and the teaching of it!

If you teach the art of voice over in Canada, leave a comment on this post for potential students!

Many of you are now aware of Harlan Hogan's voice over coaches list. That being said, we received a request from Blair Wilson (and others in the past) about where to find Canadian voice over coaches.

In this great country of ours, surely there are dozens of you... there just hasn't ever been a "list" for Canadian coaches as such before until now :)

Get on the Canadian voice over coaches list at Voices.com by introducing yourself at VOX Daily.

Leave a comment with a link to your website, the city you teach in and business contact details.

Looking forward to meeting and working with you,

Stephanie and the Voices.com Team



Comments


    Hey, Stephanie - Remember Adam Behr? Winner of BEST MALE VOICE on Voices.com's Voicey Awards? He lives in Vancouver and did all of his training with me via phoners. Even though he physically resides in Canada and I physically reside here in Hollywood, I produced his demo that has procured him tons of work. As Voices.com proves better than anyone, the Internet allows people to cherry-pick the best of what is out "THERE"... (there is no "there" there any longer!)
    Thanks to the web, physical geography is no longer a barrier to people in other countries getting the most exclusive training available. I maintain sterling relationships with phenomenal agents in Canada; they send everyone from beginners to working pros to me for the best top market training they know they cannot get locally. Adam's win is proof!

    Posted by:

      Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for your comments.

      I agree that people can study with teachers from around the world via phone, however I also think that studying in person is an extremely valuable experience and method of learning for someone as well. I think you could meet me halfway on that one :)

      Being in the same room as a teacher affords a different perspective for both the teacher and the student. For instance, posture, physical demonstrations, technique and immediate identification of any physical tension in a performer would be more apparent in a student visually whereas the phone (unless it's a video phone or web cam) may not be as generous that way.

      I see the value in both teaching methods, particularly with the phoners if a qualified VO Coach is not in the vicinity and it is too costly to travel (time and money).

      The in person method of teaching is very effective and in some cases, a preferred method to start with. When you learn how to use an instrument, it is helpful to be taught in that manner. I speak from first hand experience as a former student of Bel Canto who studied twice a week and rehearsed with my singing teachers for several years, participating in master classes each week.

      I think you have provided a unique perspective and one that potentially had not been considered by some. I thank you for that, Nancy.

      It's true that there are barely any limitations in this new world of technology and of course, voice overs.

      That being said, if you do coach voice over or voice acting in Canada, I welcome your feedback here on this post so that people who want to study in person can achieve those goals through private study at your studio.

      Don't be discouraged :) We want to hear from you.

      Leave a comment!

      Best,

      Stephanie

      Posted by:

        As someone who teaches both phoners as well as in-person privates, I absolutely respect the value of both means of teaching the info.

        When we do phoners, we totally discuss body position, etc.

        A great teacher can hear things without needing to see them - heck - it's Voice Over! Just this morning, I corrected someone I was teaching via phone because I could hear that he wasn't standing correctly!

        But at the end of the day, the value of what works best is judged by RESULTS PROCURED. My phoner students have procured the same $$$ profits (and sometimes more!) than those who've studied with me in person. Never discouraged!

        :)

        Posted by:

          BIG OLE PS...I just remembered: there's a PHENOMENAL woman in Vancouver who directed Adam brilliantly on his Animation Demo - Cathy Weseluck.

          Posted by:

            Hi,

            I am a French Canadian Voice-over artist who coaches actors for commercials and narration.

            I always meet personally with my talents for coaching.

            Actually I never thought about doing it over the phone!

            Pretty good idea. Thanks for the tip.

            Alain Cadieux

            Posted by:

              Hi Stephanie,

              Thanks for remembering us Canadian folk!

              I am always looking for a reputable Voice Coach to help me unleash my true potential, and yes, in-house teachings are a preference of mine.

              I understand there are an enormous amount of talented voice coaches to seek through ACTRA in the Toronto area?

              Cheers!

              BLAIR WILSON

              Posted by:

                Hello Stephanie!

                I was brought to your attention by Adam Behr who's new Animation demo I did indeed prepare and direct through several private coaching sessions up here in beautiful Vancouver BC. (I'm also happy to report that Adam now works beside me in an American Pre-Lay Animation series entitled "Edgar & Ellen"!).

                While I have been and continue to be a full time professional voice-over performer since 1988, I have taught professional Voice-Over Workshops since 1990 (Animation/Commercial and our Narration Intensive) and also offer private coaching sessions by-the-hour.

                As well, I offer the experience of having been a full time casting director/director in all of the voice-over arenas back in the '90's and have spoken frequently at Trade Forums, training facilities and other institutions of higher learning on the voice-over industry.

                Due to always seeming to be very busy with one project or another, I am only now in the process of developing my website (finally!), so if people are interested in contacting me for more information, they may do so for now by e-mail or phone (cwvoice@telus.net/604.687.4033) and we'll e-mail them our flyer which we send out monthly to our regular clients and which outlines everything we offer.

                So! Thank you so much Stephanie, for offering us a platform to offer our wares and many thanks to the many American Animation Directors and Producers who have helped us become the competent and growing centre that we've come to be, here in Vancouver! (...thank you too Nancy, for your kind comment!).

                Thank you again, and all the very best!

                Cathy Weseluck

                Posted by:
                • Cathy Weseluck
                • March 17, 2007 7:43 PM

                  Although Voice Coaches isn't directly based in Canada, we work with many Canadian students in New York. Our Voice Over Training Programs can be seen at www.voicecoaches.com. We also offer advice for voice overs on our website.

                  Posted by:

                    Let me stand up and be seen!

                    Hello Everyone.... I am one of North America's top VO Coaches (so I've been told) and a full time voice talent and I'm based in Canada and actually teach across the country. I seem to be one of the only traveling coaches in Canada, and have a list of workshops and bios etc on my site.

                    Please check it out at www.debsvoice.com

                    I teach in Vancouver, (have a course coming up April 14/15), Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina and soon Winnipeg and Toronto. Even London on the way (England that is)... not to mention I offer a monthly copy workout, (best bargain and good for keeping fresh), and an extensive online workshop for those that can't attend a live workshop.

                    I have also produced and voiced a CD-Rom workshop where you can work at your own pace at home following my powerpoint (full of fabulous visuals and audio) presentation and work from the comfort of home. This is one of the first of it's kind and a great way to test the waters if you're not sure. Good for many levels. Of course Private coaching and demo production/direction as well. Have produced many and can send you samples. I cater to a US market as that's where the majority of work is (I teach about voicing from home studio set ups (something Canada seems to be behind in) as well as local studios.

                    I hope to hear from you all and can't wait to host our next workshop in Toronto through Voices.com upcoming in June.

                    Please sign up for my monthly newsletter by sending me an email.

                    All my best
                    Deb Munro
                    My Voice, Your Way!
                    www.debsvoice.com
                    info@debsvoice.com
                    (780) 718-4394

                    Posted by:

                      Pamela Hammond teaches an awesome class in Burnaby. I have just enrolled in her advanced voice class. I like that this one offers a recording software intro on how to record yourself.

                      Found the first class in the Burnaby ACE guide. I have actually found a bit of work in voice overs after taking her class and private coaching. She points in the right direction for sure.

                      Posted by:
                      • John Birkson
                      • September 18, 2007 10:24 PM

                        Sorry to ask a dumb question, but what is Burnaby ACE guide. I have tried to find it on the i/net, no luck. I would like to book a class with Pamela Hammond.

                        Thank you.

                        Posted by:
                        • Michael Clarke
                        • November 18, 2007 4:12 PM

                          Pamela teaches at Burnaby Central. Adult continuing education. It is in the Burnaby School Board web site or the flyer.

                          She is an amazing teacher!!! She recorded my voice demo for me quite a while ago. I have already booked some work!!! She was teaching an advanced class teaching how to record yourself on pro tools. I wonder if that one is running again???

                          Posted by:
                          • Susan
                          • June 19, 2008 4:53 PM

                            Hello,

                            Read the comments above. All very helpful, but unfortunately no one responded from the Toronto area which I reside. I have been doing voice over for the last 3 years part time and would like to do more. I have taken a number of work shops in Toronto but would like to get personal coaching. Could you direct me to a source? Thanks

                            Pat Sweeney

                            Posted by:
                            • Pat Sweeney
                            • December 11, 2008 5:14 PM

                              Hi Pat,

                              Thanks for commenting :)

                              If you're looking for a voice over coach in Toronto, I suggest you check out Mike Kirby. Listen to his podcast here:

                              http://podcasts.voices.com/voiceoverexperts/mike_kirby/

                              Best wishes,

                              Stephanie

                              Posted by:

                                Hello Stephanie,

                                I actually trained with Mike Kirby and participated in 3-4 workshops that he has run. He produced my demo and it was wonderful working with him. I actually was looking for any other coaches in the area that you could recommend that could offer a diversified opinion.

                                Thanks

                                Pat Sweeney

                                Posted by:
                                • Pat Sweeney
                                • February 18, 2009 11:07 PM

                                  I am interested in learning voice over techniques. Does anyone know if there are any coaches in the Edmonton area?
                                  Thanks a bunch,
                                  Jacquie

                                  Posted by:
                                  • Jacquie Steinwand
                                  • April 15, 2009 11:36 AM

                                    Hi Jacquie,

                                    Thank you for your comment and question. While I don't know of any coaches in Edmonton, Dan Willmot is in Calgary and he might be of assistance to you, either through study or perhaps he can refer someone else in your area:

                                    http://www.premiumvoice.com/Workshops.htm

                                    Best wishes,

                                    Stephanie

                                    Posted by:

                                      Hi everyone. I've been searching for a voice over coach for some time. I reside in Winnipeg Mb and have studied acting and voice over a while back at the Vancouver Film School. Even after the schooling my work tends to be only plays and musical theatre. I am planning on auditioning for a local company by the name of DaCapo productions, but want to meet with a vocal coach first for pointers and tips....Can anyone point me in the direction of someone in Winnipeg?

                                      Posted by:

                                        I am also interested in voiceover workshops in Edmonton, AB.

                                        I see there are workshops in Calgary and BC this upcoming weekend: it seems everyone decided to book theirs on the same basic date.

                                        Anyone thinking of offering one on another date in, say, June or July?

                                        Posted by:
                                        • Amanda White
                                        • May 22, 2012 12:30 AM

                                          I am an International Award winning Actor, Voice Artist and Coach.
                                          I have been working with Actors, Broadcasters and Voice Artists all over the world for more than 30 years (do i have to say how many? ;)
                                          My objective is making you more confident and unique by being yourself.

                                          Amanda's posting inspired me to write that my flagship Voice Over Training Program (VoiceSPOT WCS) is launching in Edmonton begining March 2013!

                                          We also offer coaching in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and the WORLD by phone or Skype.

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