Your U.V.O.S. Judges

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Elley Ray

An award-winning BON VIVANT, this theatrical alchemist awakens, inspires and delights ALL who witness her unique form of MAGIC!  ELLEY is a true veteran to the industry and has traversed stages, film sets, television and radio studios for over 40 years, delighting audiences World-Wide. Her talent and compassion to share are unparalleled.  Elley voices a multitude of genres including delightful characters on animations such as, My Little Pony, The Becky and Bagel Show, Corn & Peg, Hotel Transylvania, Cyberchase, Arthur and so much more, she also narrates the TV Series, Guilty Rich. National campaigns for companies such as Belair Direct and Subaru, not to mention juror for the Emmy’s . With her need to give back, Elley teaches internationally from conventions around the word, to her Honorary Doctorate of Laws for her contributions to the Arts and Humanities and several universities and the like. If you want to know what true transformation looks like, experience Elley Ray and see inspired creativity and talent at its best, because she gives it to audiences world-wide in the hopes of uplifting humanity and it shows!  Elley is ONE OF A KIND!

www.ElleyRay.com

Deb Munro

Deb is an award winning veteran of the online world working from home for most of her career, with over 30 years experience as a Voice Actor/Director and 20 years as a coach.  While Deb is best known for her roles as ‘Mai’ in the animated series “DragonBall and DragonBall GT”, ‘Carla Carumba’ in the series “Benjamin The Elephant”, “Pirates of the Caribbean” video game for Disney, “NeverWinters Night” with Bioware and more, she is also the voice for “Makeful TV”, “ABC15”, “FLIPP APP”, Imaging Voice for several radio stations, thousands of narrations, national commercials, and more.  Not only is Deb a highly respected and recognized talent, she likes to give back and has been able to do so by teaching voice acting/acting worldwide for the past 20 years.   A voice talent first, she brings in her own personal experience and uniquely honest approach that tells it like it is without sugar coating and false promises, helping thousands of talents succeed this craft quickly and successfully.

Deb is engaging, fun, has enough energy to feed the planet and truly loves what she does and can’t wait to share it with the world.

www.DebsVoice.com

Mr. Mic (Your Host)

You’ve heard him but have you seen him?   Our mystery judge, “Mr. Mic” is a top voice talent and entertainer you know, but we will never reveal his true identity!  Whether it’s the voice of a top Television network or the multitude of voices on prime time cartoons.  From radio and television commercials, promos for TV, movie trailers, radio imaging, narration and animated television shows and features. He has acted in several plays and has written comedy and drama for radio and animation. Recently doing voice replacements in film and tv for top celebrities…You can hear him on famous networks or on any number of animated shows but if you listen hard enough, can you guess who “Mr. Mic” really is?

J. Michael Collins

During his career as a voice actorvoice over coach, and demo producer, J. Michael Collins has mentored some of the industry’s fastest rising stars. He has jump-started the careers of working voice over pros struggling through a lull in bookings and helped to change the lives of his coaching students by teaching them how to build their businesses beyond their expectations.

With a rare ear for nuance, and a prolific career as a top-booking talent, award-winning demo producer, and even casting for a number of his clients, J. Michael can break down and analyze your delivery with uncommon ease and expertise. More importantly, his proven performance-oriented coaching techniques will harness your strengths and help you rise above your weaknesses, learning how to give the right read the first time, every time.

Cliff Zellman

Cliff is an established Producer, Director, Audio Engineer, Editor, and
Director of Talent Development for ACM Talent I Management/Automotive Division. “I’ve been in the production industry for over 40 years and pretty much recorded, produced, directed and edited just about anything & everything audio. My firm foundation in music has been instrumental (pun intended) in my success on the “other side of the glass”.
ACM Talent I Management 1-2020 to Present
Director of Talent Development / Automotive Division.
Recruit, train and prepare professional Voice Talent for submission to advertising agencies and Dealerships Nationwide. ACM Talent is a uniquely positioned management company representing the most accomplished and cutting-edge industry talent, providing the highest level and most diverse opportunities in voiceover.
Owner. A-MAZING DEMOS – Creating custom Demos for the Professional VO Industry.
www.a-mazingdemos.com
RadioVision LP. 1995 to Present. Dallas, TX
Director Audio Production/Client Creative Services for RadioVision, a full-service marketing & advertising agency.
Saban / DIC / Disney 1992-95 Burbank, Ca.
Audio engineering specializing in live dialogue recording for animation. Programs include “The Power Rangers”, “Sonic The Hedgehog”, “Creepy Crawlers”, “Little Mouse on the Prairie”, and “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego”.
Fidelity Recording Studios 1979-93, Studio City, Ca.
Chief Audio Engineer and Head of In-House Production. Performed in recording, production, editing, mixing and all aspects of the professional recording studio.
Davlen Studios, 1977-79, home to such artists as Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oats, Al Stewart, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Alice Cooper and others.
1978 – Graduated from The University of Sound Arts, Los Angeles.
In Taipei, Taiwan, I taught audio engineering and music production while recording mainstream pop artists on 6 separate occasions for various labels including Music

Tara Strong

Tara Strong began her acting career at the age of 13 in Toronto, Canada. She landed several TV, film, and musical theater roles as well as her first lead in an animated series as the title role of “Hello Kitty.” After a short run at Toronto’s Second City theater company, she moved to Los Angeles with an extensive resume that included her own sit-com and well over 20 animated series. Upon arriving in Hollywood, she quickly made her mark in several TV and Film projects, such as “Party of Five,” “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” and more. She has an iconic voice-over career, including roles such as Bubbles in “The Powerpuff Girls,” Timmy Turner in “The Fairly OddParents,” Dil Pickles in “Rugrats,” Raven in “Teen Titans,” “Batgirl,” “Family Guy,” “Drawn Together,” “Ben 10,” Melody in “The Little Mermaid 2,” “Spirited Away,” etc. She is Miss Collins on Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” and the current voice of “Harley Quinn.” She is Emmy nominated, a Shorty Award winner, Twilight Sparkle in “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and currently playing “Unikitty” in the new hit series. She appeared in the Hallmark Christmas movie, “A Very Merry Toy Store.” She has 350,000 twitter followers (@tarastrong) and has used her social media to raise several hundred thousand dollars for kids with cancer and animal rescue groups, as well as using her commanding voices for her anti-bullying platform. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Craig Strong and their two sons.

Liz Atherton

Liz Atherton has over 30 years working in the talent business.Liz is currently the founder and CEO of CastTalent, an online platform for connecting talent to work. She and her team just launched CastVoices, their first vertical that serves the voiceover community. Prior to CastTalent, Liz was the founder of The Atherton Group (TAG) talent agency – a successful boutique tribe of the top talent in the business that consistently landed in the top 1% on IMDB.
Liz is most proud of her 4 grown children who put philanthropy first. She and her 17 year old pup, Fish, call Austin home.

Erik Sheppard

With nearly 30 years of industry experience, internationally recognized voiceover expert Erik Sheppard is the owner and head agent of The Sheppard Agency, a premier talent agency representing an elite roster of union and non-union voice talent from around the globe.  Starting with his first voiceover gig at the age of 17 he has worked in the industry as a talent and a coach and now oversees an agency booking thousands of high profile projects per year.  He is also a founding member The VO Agent Alliance and an active and vocal advocate for voiceover actors and the VO industry as a whole.  His career, appearances and related projects have been profiled on The Learning Channel and countless industry blogs, podcasts, publications, social media outlets and his YouTube channel “The Outspoken”.  If it is happening in the world of voiceover, chances are Erik is involved.

Ellen Dubin

Award Winning Multi-Nominated Ellen Dubin has enjoyed a highly unique and diverse career as an actor. From Ballet dancer, Shakespeare, musical theatre, to becoming a cult figure in the sci fi world. This powerhouse knows how to captivate and inspire her audience in everything she does

Four seasons as four separate characters in the international hit series Lexx – starting with the alien cannibal, Giggerota the Wicked, and culminating with Pope Genevieve, the only female Pope in sci-fi history.

Ellen was nominated for a Gemini Award for her series lead role as Jeri on the Leo Award-winning supernatural drama series The Collector. She has repeatedly excelled as a comedic actor, most notably in her role as the Tupperware loving mom in the iconic Napoleon Dynamite.

In the video game world, Ellen voiced Guild Wars 2, Skyrim, Star Trek Online, Disgaea 6; Defiance Of Destiny, Star Wars Uprising, Fallout 4 with a BVTA WIN, Elder Scrolls Online, Skyforge, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, Defense Grid: 2, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, Eternal, Agents of Mayhem, Murdered: Soul Suspect, Wasteland 2 and 3. She was nominated for a SOVAS award for her lead performance in Skyforge.

She was honored to voice an inspiring spot during the recent TOKYO OLYMPICS as well as narrating all of the highly acclaimed ‘California Adventure Park’s World of Colours’ and is proud to be the current voice of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary as well as The 25th Anniversary Voice of Disneyland Paris and the voice model for Disney Shanghai and Tokyo.

Her animation resume includes: Captain Phasma in the Emmy nominated Star Wars Resistance and the Lego:Star Wars TV specials and new recurring roles on PBS’ Elinor Wonder Why and Cartoon Network’s Bakugan: Armored Alliance. Her role in the animated version of Adam Ruins Everything garnered her a Voice Arts Awards Nomination.

Her guest lead in the number one interactive true crime podcast SOLVE has garnered her another SOVAS nod  for  Outstanding Storytelling.  She loved dubbing lead roles in The Bonfire of Destiny, Dias de Navidad, Rising High and The Crimes that Bind

Ellen loves time meeting her fans – she is a regular guest at San Diego Comic Con as well as judging the Animation Awards – the Annies in Los Angeles and was a judge on the Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay and will be a judge in the upcoming Ms Wheelchair USA.

ellendubin.com

Dave Fennoy

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Dave Fennoy is one of the most in demand voice actors in Los Angeles. He is known for his versatility, providing voices for commercials, narrations, TV promos, award shows, animation and video games.

Dave has voiced of a wide variety of creatures, characters, heroes, warriors, wizard and weirdos on more than 400 games, including some of the industry’s biggest titles, The Award winning, Walking Dead Game, Fortnite: Save The World, Spiderman, Telltale’s Batman and Batman Arkham Knights, World of Warcraft, World of Starcraft, Metal Gear, DOTA 2, Transformers, Mafia 3, Delta Force, Gears Of War 5, Final Fantasy XV,  and Skyrim the Elder Scrolls. IMDB has named Dave Fennoy as “one of the 20 best male game voices of all time”.

He has been a regular in numerous cartoon series including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, OK, K.O. Let’s Be Heroes, Archer, The Lebrons, Kim Possible, Ben 10, Darkwing Duck, New Kids on The Block, Pro Stars, Johnny Quest and Sonic The Hedgehog.

His promo resume includes CBS, ABC, CNN, The WB, Fox, Showtime, Starz, ESPN, MLB Network, The NFL Network, The Disney Channel and TV One.

Commercial voice credits include Lexus, McDonalds, Corona Beer, KFC, Toyota, Chrysler, ATT, Louisiana Sea Food, Time Life Music R&B/Gospel, and Southern Company.

Narration credits include programs for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and Science Channel.

Mr. Fennoy is also a much sought-after VO instructor, conducting workshops in cities across the United States and internationally, as well as coaching privately from his home studio or via Skype. He teaches, commercial, narration, and tv promo, but is best known for his Voice Acting for Video Game workshops.

 

Visit DaveFennoy.com for more information.

David Fennoy

dreadman@mac.com

Check out my 2015 Video Game VO Demo

http://youtu.be/A-rPIDSMwFw

Rachael Naylor

We are incredibly excited to welcome Rachael Naylor to the judges podium.  Creator of The VoiceOver Network;  the #1 place for anyone working in the voiceover industry.   VON is dedicated to helping, supporting and strengthening the voiceover industry by creating a friendly and supportive and environment for voiceover professionals of all levels.  The VoiceOver Network began in July 2013 when Rachael Naylor started organising small meetups with a few other voiceover friends.
a friendly and supportive and environment for voiceover professionals of all levels.

Kim Hurdon

Kim Hurdon is a voice casting/director with thirty years of experience under her belt, has appeared as a voice specialist on TV, radio and in print, and has been dubbed “The Queen Of Voice” by ACTRA.

She is the pre-eminent voice director for video games in Toronto and has worked on many of Ubisoft’s biggest franchises, including: Far Cry, Ghost Recon, Watchdogs, and Assassin’s Creed.

Kim is a judge for the Daytime Emmys for Best Animation VO.  Her own animation credits include: Molly of Denali, Ollie‘s Pack, The Remarkable Mr. King, D.N.Ace, Blues Clues and You, The Magic School Bus Rides Again, PURST: Agent Binky, Rusty Rivets and Max & Ruby.

Her commercial credits are too long to list so let’s just say she’s worked on every single brand you can think of. Any vehicle, any bank, any fast food, any pain med, you get the idea …

Over the past two years Kim’s company; KH Casting, has expanded dramatically and now employs 7 voice casting/directors whom, all told, bring well over a hundred years of experience to the table.  This past summer, Kim became the executive manager of On The Mic Training and successfully opened an east coast branch of this voice over school that has classes for EVERY SINGLE GENRE of VO.  If you need anything voice related, Kim can help you out.

UVOS Commercial Champion - Julie-Ann Dean

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Our Guest Judge – Returning Champion of the Commercial Category U.V.O.S 2020 – Julie-Ann Dean began her career as a voice over artist at the age of 16, dubbing the children’s programme ‘The Little Vampire’ for the BBC. With decades of experience working in children’s TV, Julie-Ann has hundreds of credits to her name. Some highlights include Paw Patrol, Toby’s Travelling Circus and Wakfu. In recent years she has won a SOVAS Voice Arts Award in Los Angeles for her performance in the VR video game – Table of Tales. And is enjoying working on some exciting new upcoming AAA video games and children’s animations.
Liz is most proud of her 4 grown children who put philanthropy first. She and her 17 year old pup, Fish, call Austin home.

UVOS Narration Champion - Alexander Cantrell

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We are thrilled to announce our next Guest Judge – returning Narration category U.V.O.S Champion 2020 – Alexander Cantrell.  New to the voice acting world,  he is now an award winning voice actor, actor and writer.
Alexander began his career path at at home, in front of a television, some epic fantasy playing on the screen. He had always had a passion of re-enacting scenes and becoming characters from his favorite films, such as The Dark Crystal, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Pirates of the Caribbean and his favorite, The Lord of the Rings trilogy among many others.
He began this training at the age of ten, with The Alliance Theater of Atlanta. He would go on to join a small summer time acting camp over the next five years of his life. The Atlanta Street Theater. Throughout his teen years he would take many more classes and learn much about the art of acting but wouldn’t be signed to an agent until he became a young man at the age of twenty three.
Alexander V. Cantrell made his Tv/Film debut with a small speaking role of “Book Clerk” on episode 9 “Estrella y Mar ” of Lodge 49. He would go on to try his hand at voice over work and find success there as well winning First place of “The Ultimate VO Survivor” Narration category.
Look for Alexander V. Cantrell in his Director and Producer debut of “Burnt” coming 2021.

UVOS Animation Champion - Jonathan Sconza

Returning Champion in the Animation/Gaming category – Jonathan Sconza joins the U.V.O.S. stage as one of our Guest Judges

This wild and crazy personality is entertaining, talented and ready to help our future contestants enter the UVOS spotlight.  Jonathan is an animation/character powerhouse and we are graetful to have him join our stage one more time.

Jonathan Sconza is an award winning improviser, voice actor and theatre creator from Toronto, ON. As a voice actor, he’s played characters for Discovery Kids, Nelvana, and CBC Comedy, and lent his voice to a dozen commercials for tv and radio. His improv career began in high school with the Canadian Improv Games where he was awarded a National Gold Medal. Since then, his comedy career has expanded to performing in shows across Toronto and in his improv/sketch comedy duo, Nose Bros. He is a Worlds Biggest Improv Tournament finalist, a writer and performer in Toronto’s 24 hour sketch festival and the creator and co-host of Bad Improv, a bi-monthly improv comedy show. He is also the host and creator of The T.O V.O Podcast, a weekly interview show featuring the very best from Toronto’s voice over community. As a theatre creator, He is the co-founder and associate producer of The Theatre Circuit, which was nominated for best small theatre company by NOW Magazine in 2018. To learn more about Jonathan you can head on over to jonathansconza.com