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Me and my big mouth!

The Voice Factory, 2003-5

I received training from Taylor Korobow and various experienced actors and professionals in the industry at her school, the Voice Factory (including CW Wolfe and Joan Spangler). Taylor is an amazing woman I was lucky to be mentored by, and it was her amazing force of personality and intelligence and guidance that led me to being a voiceover actor. She arrested me from the get-go with a frank and creative seminar that reduced the entire world of voiceover into a 90 minute spiel. She did it all dressed to the nines sitting on a stool in a random auditorium in San Francisco.

You can check out a bio I found on Taylor below:

Taylor has been active in the advertising/casting industry for over fifteen years. Before founding The Voice Factory, she was the owner of the voiceover division of Casting Works (one of San Francisco’s largest full service casting companies). Taylor’s earlier career includes the positions of broadcast director and producer, advertising director for several major national retail chains, as well as creative director for several advertising agencies. As a reputed expert in the voiceover industry, Taylor appears regularly on radio and television talk shows, and is often invited to appear as a guest panelist at industry seminars and lectures. As a director and coach, Taylor has been instrumental in promoting the careers of many working voice actors. Taylor is engaged as coach and consultant by Bay Area personalities and sports figures such as Ronnie Lott and Roger Craig. — Spoke.com Bio

Stage Acting, 2009 – current

I continue to work on improving my skills behind the mic, and in person for live performances. I’ve taken training at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, as well as the Stanford University Drama Department, with Kay Kostopoulos.
Here’s a little bio on Kay:

Kay Kostopoulos directs and teaches acting, musical theatre, acting pedagogy, voice, speech, and Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre and Continuing Studies Program at Stanford University. She also teaches “Acting with Power” at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Kay has created and directed training programs for Stanford’s School of Medicine and co-teaches a program for their Symbolic Systems Department in the development of facial recognition for the treatment of autism. She has taught seminars for Stanford’s Executive Program for Women and Women in Entrepreneurship Program, Stanford’s Global Management Project, Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Studies, Lippencott Brand Strategy, Fripp and Associates, Genetech, Cisco Systems, Stand and Deliver Consulting, The National Association of Speakers, Capital City Young Writers Conference, and eBay’s Global Women’s Conference.  Her work has been featured in “O” (Oprah) Magazine. —  Stanford Department of Theater & Performance Studies