Kay Bess

Wit. Wisdom. Depth. Daring.
Exceptional Voice Acting

Voiceover Coaching

All great voice acting is rooted in authenticity, in revelation rather than external character creation. We don’t “put on” voices, like a queen dons her cape. The characters and voice campaigns we create are born of the magical confluence of a copywriter’s words, a visual artist’s images, and an actor’s grasp of the human condition as expressed in her voice. The best voice actors know they are team players, not stars – even when their voices are attached to legendary characters or projects. Whether we work in commercial, narration, video gaming, or animation, we work in concert with other creatives to make a piece of vocal, visual, and musical art.

I approach each actor as the unique human being s/he is. Together we toss off commonplace misunderstandings of what makes a great voice actor. The sound of one’s voice is only a small piece of the puzzle.  Human beings never speak just because our voices sound interesting. We speak in response to others. Responding implies having listened, and listening is first in any great acting method. It’s primary to the approach in which I’ve been trained – Meisner Technique. How do you listen when you’re alone in the booth and your job is to speak? Let’s unravel that mystery, shall we?

The foundation of my coaching is encouragement.  I aspire to find what is unique to the person I’m coaching and bring it to light. I aspire to allay the fears and anxieties that often come with jumping into a career in voiceover or revitalizing one that has gone quiet. Too often we think there is only one road to success, or that success happens in only one region of the country. This is entirely untrue. I seek to help students understand they can and most often will do best by blooming right where they are planted.  There are no hard and fast rules about what makes a successful voiceover career. Ideally, yours will be as unique as you are. 

One-on-One Online Coaching

I love teaching a willing student the finer points of voiceover in one-on-one sessions. I particularly enjoy guiding someone with inherent talent to a higher and more competitive level of skill. I enjoy teaching most anyone who has a genuine desire to learn the craft – as opposed to those who are quick to want to make a demo, take the lowest rate, and “make some fast money.” If a student comes to me with such a goal, I do my best to steer him or her onto a new path, one that respects the craft and those who seek excellence in it.

One-On-One VO Career Guidance Booked as needed, one session at a time. We’ll create a career roadmap specific to you – who you are, where you are now, and where you want to be in the future. Session topics include branding and imaging, demos, websites, agent relationships, and pay-to-play, And, of course, plenty of encouragement.

Rate: $200 per one-hour session

One-On-One Commercial Technique  Book one session at a time, or a package of 4 at a reduced rate. In these sessions, we’ll unlock the mystery of National Brand and Imaging reads, and make clear the distinctions between Image spots and National/Regional Sales spots. We’ll make sure you know what market you’re reading for, and find all the clues… and your confidence… right in the copy itself.

Rate: $200 per one-hour session

4 Classes: $650 paid at first session.

20 Minute Audition Coaching Need some quick help deciphering an audition? Book 20 minutes and we’ll get you squared away so you can turn in your best performance!

20 minutes: $50. Two pieces of copy maximum.

Workshops

Weekend Workshops in commercial and/or promo technique for between 8 and 12 students.

Workshops provide a lively atmosphere where students can learn from one another, and allow a greater opportunity for more varied and detailed question and answer time. They make for more in-depth training in a shorter amount of time. Two day workshops are ideal. One evening, and one full day.

Do you have a group of voice actors in your area who’d like a weekend workshop? I travel and teach all over the country and various parts of the world.

Online group coaching is an affordable alternative as well.

Keynote and Conference Speaking

Keynote Speaking at voiceover and related conventions and seminars, highlighting, in particular, my experience as a 3-decade-and-still-going-strong female voice actor, as well as the highs, the lows, the hurdles, the road blocks and, most importantly, the gifts of re-creation and re-focusing in cultivating a lifelong career.

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