Finding your voice in the world is never an easy task.
It’s even more daunting if you’re Kay Bess, having had a severe stutter as a child. Her perseverance in overcoming that obstacle not only allowed her to find her voice, but also an expansive career as a voice actor. For nearly three decades since attending the BFA program in Acting at USC, Kay has worked non-stop and isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
Most recently, Kay can be heard giving voice to Persephone Brimstone, the captivating, no-nonsense leader of MAYHEM, in the highly acclaimed action adventure video game Agents of MAYHEM. Utilizing her penchant for accents and dialects, she nails a cool Euro-French flare that personifies Persephone’s biting wit and self-possession.
From early in her career, Kay has consistently booked loads of vo gigs in commercial, promo, and narration, including, Motel 6, Hidden Valley Ranch, Kaiser Permanente, Apple, Jergen’s, Toyota, Hyundai, Big O Tires, Oster, Curves, Sears Optical, and Southern California Edison. She’s done promos for CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBX, STARZ, Comedy Central, SYFY, Disney Channel, and CTV News Canada. She’s narrated documentaries for Discovery, E! Entertainment, WE Women’s Entertainment, and The Learning Channel, among others. Just 3 years ago, to keep the creative wheels turning, she chose to venture into the world of gaming and animation. To cement the determination with which she approached this brave new world, she took the proverbial bull by the horns and enrolled in a rigorous two-year acting program in Meisner Technique at The Ruskin School in Santa Monica. Just three months into the program, Kay booked her first major character in a AAA game, voicing the juicy and complex role of Ana in Lara Croft: Rise of the Tomb Raider, opposite Camilla Luddington’s Lara. She hasn’t stopped booking games since, voicing roles in renowned franchises such as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Agents of MAYHEM, Skylanders: Super Chargers, the upcoming State of Decay 2, and several more set for release in 2018. Kay also happens to narrate the insanely popular show The Property Brothers – seasons 1-4 – on HGTV.
In her spare time, Kay is an active member of the celebrated Actor’s Co-Op Theater Company in Hollywood. She also relishes hosting an emerging podcast called The B-Hive: Women in Voiceover available on iTunes. Given the outspoken nature of her work, you’d never guess Kay was an introvert. But her nature is as relational as it is cloistered, and is well suited to the podcast format. She loves the one-on-one interviews, talking with and bringing attention to others, and bringing to light the stories of some amazing women whose work is heard everywhere, but largely goes unsung.
In a world… of many voices, Kay’s speaks volumes above the rest.
Bio courtesy of Persona PR.