There are a lot of great things about #voicecting and #voiceovers as an industry. One of the biggest surprises and most exciting parts is the people I have had the privilege of working with in my journey. I would really like to brag about them for the next few blog postings.
My current coach is Marc Cashman of Cashman Commercials. I know, I know...now the "misspelling" of the word in the title is clear. He has been in the radio, video and commercial industry for over 40 years now and has worked on both sides of the mic; both as producer/director and as a voice talent himself. He knows what he is talking about! To give perspective, I was ten years old with a bowl cut hairdo when Marc started. Stranger Things has gone "retro" by setting its TV series around the time Marc was in the early years of his career. And cell phones...well, I think he may begin to feel bad if I keep making the point. Enough said.
Here is a blurb from his website for a bit of explanation:
"Marc was voted one of “The Best Voices of the Year” by AudioFile Magazine—three times—and won an Audie in 2018 for “Best Audiobook of the Year.” Marc has been heard voicing Radio and TV commercials, documentaries, animated series and films, video games, e-Learning modules and over 150 audio books." Click for more...
I was referred to him by another Voice Actor named Nicole Britton. She is an incredible talent herself with over 20 years in the business. We met during a Voiceover webinar with Edge Studios, which she led, when she made the recommendation. Thank you, Nicole, for taking the time with a brand new talent!
Working with Marc can only be described as and intense, precise, articulate, conversational and energetic experience. If you can wrap your head around that, you must be a voice talent yourself. Speaking for myself, I can't imagine being stretched much more without breaking during one of his sessions. He does a great job of assessing where I am in my expertise and coaxing out a few more steps forward from me. He is always completely respectful and enthusiastic; however, my time in Basic Training is top of mind as I recall the experience.
He wrote a book, V-OH, that reads like a conversational guide to Voice Acting; from interpretation to breathing and everything else that happens (or should happen) when in front of a mic set to perform. The reality is, each session is taken from a page in the book. It's just that good. It is the epitome of a guide.
I say all that to say this; Marc is a great guy and I am privileged to be working with him. If you are in the market for guidance in the VO business, you will not regret pursuing the knowledge of either Marc's book or instruction (or both!). He provides a free tip with his Daily V-O Tip, one for each day of the year on Instagram.
Thank you, Marc. I look forward to our next session and your continued success.