By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 24, 2010
The voice over community is grieved to learn of Cynthia SongÃ©'s passing at the age of 58.
Cynthia died on Wednesday, May 19 of a brief illness in Arroyo Grande, California.
At this time of sorrow, I thought it would be fitting to remember and celebrate Cynthia's life by sharing her insight and wonderful contribution to the Voice Over Experts podcast with you, entitled "Debating The Signature Voice."
Cyn used to say that your personality is a passport to individuality -- the individuality that is at the very core of your performance and the energy that people will respond to. You will have different emotional responses for every project, but you have to know who you are and trust yourself to break free from the limitations that may be imposed by having only one "signature" voice.
Cynthia SongÃ© grew up in Southern California and graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Theater Arts. She was an accomplished actor, voice actor, voice-over teacher, casting director, and demo producer who loved teaching, her students, the sound of the ocean, watching her "kids" grow up, and her four-legged furry creatures. She called the Central Coast of California home.
Cynthia voiced numerous animation characters as well as commercials including such nationals as Mercury Sable, Sizzler, and Nationwide Insurance Campaigns. She also appeared on television and in feature film roles as an on-camera actress as well as theatrical roles. She was a long standing member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and a recipient of the Hugh O'Brian Acting Award. Cynthia worked with Susan Blu at Blupka Productions as a voice over instructor and casting director. Together, Susan and Cynthia co-authored "Word of Mouth, A Guide to VoiceOver Excellence, Vol. 3.â€³
If you have any thoughts or remembrances you'd to share about Cynthia, you are welcome share them here.
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