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Best Voice Actors in Seattle

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Seattle Voice Actors on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Seattle, WA 98136

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Jim Cissell is a professional voice actor in Seattle and the host of the Emmy-winning PBS series The Latest Procedure. His portfolio includes documentaries, web tutorials, medical and surgical procedure tutorials, voice impersonations, on-camera appearances, and award-winning radio and television commercials. His work has been featured on Oprah, The World’s Funniest Videos, Now a Word from our Sponsor, and the Daily Show. All work is guaranteed, and auditions can be delivered within 24 hours. He also owns a fully equipped, professional audio recording studio which ensures a quick turnaround and easy delivery. Clients can also work alongside him by phone, Source Connect, and ISDN (with prior notice) until the desired results are achieved. With more than ten years of experience and work performed for hundreds of Fortune 500 companies, Jim can provide professional voice acting for any atmosphere, occasion, or environment.

Kirkland, WA 98033

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Dramatic Artists Agency has one of the largest selections of union and non-union talent of all ages and ethnicities in the Seattle area. The agency is franchised by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The agency's work includes on-camera projects for film and television. The agency also represents voice actors capable of lending their voices to commercials, animations, books, and interactive works. Other artists represented include keynote speakers, comedians, hosts, and musicians. Specialists such as stunt and make-up artists, choreographers, and stylists are also available through the agency. Models of all ages are available for commercial print projects. The agency has an office in Kirkland and one in Burbank. Demos for voice talent are available on the agency's website.

Seattle, WA 98122

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5.0 (5)
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4.5 (4)
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5.0 (1)

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Pure Audio is a voice studio in Seattle that has provided a one stop shop for all stages of audio production for almost two decades. The studio has a responsible and accomplished staff that can take care of casting, sound design, dialog direction, original audio production, and payroll services for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. The company's recording studios are equipped with up-to-date software and hardware to create professional results. They also feature rooms built specifically for the recording of voice-over projects. Pure Audio's other services include interactive sound design, Foley work, scoring, and soundtrack mastering. The studio offers one of the largest libraries of sound effects and music in the North West, and it employs a senior team of engineers, casting directors, and administrative support to provide professional results for projects of any size. Past clients include Valve, Amazon, and T-mobile. The studio is dog-friendly and provides secure client parking.

Seattle, WA 98115

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Cathy Faulkner is a voice actress in Seattle and is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Screen Actors Guild, and the National Academy of Recording Arts Sciences. Her past projects include commercials, E-Learning, demos, and in-store marketing. Since 1990, she has worked with clients such as McDonald's, Goodwill, and Pizza Hut on commercial, multimedia, non-broadcast, character, and syndicated projects. Her resume also includes experience as a music and program director for radio, as well as a radio host. She has an in-house recording studio that she uses to record audio in nearly any file format and provides a quick turnaround with easy e-Delivery. Cathy can also use the Integrated Services Digital Network if she is given prior notice. For added convenience, she can also record and send voice tracks through e-mail.

Seattle, WA 98119

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3.5 (3)

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Topo Swope Talent is a full-service casting agency in Seattle that opened in 1994. The agency provides talent for films, television, voice-overs, print, and live events. The agency represents male and female artists in age groups ranging from 18 to over 65 years old. Union and non-union talent is available, and the agency offers quick turnaround and is flexible to clients who are out of the state. Clients can send over a script or artist specifications, and the agency will accommodate by sending over video auditions or voice demos. The agency is currently accepting submissions on a selective basis. Talent must be over 18 years of age, must have experience or training, and cannot reside out of the state. All submissions must be sent to their address by mail and must come from artists that can do both on-camera and voice-over work.

Shoreline, WA 98155

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4.5 (8)

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Mirror Sound Studio is a fully equipped recording studio in Seattle that opened in 1985. The studio consists of five separate recording studio rooms and can deliver professional and high-quality voice recording. Services include video and sound effects, Foley work, original music for movies and jingles, audiobooks, and various sound editing and enhancement services. The studio provides a fast turn around as well as e-Delivery. The staff is made up of musicians, composers, and producers who can provide a professional atmosphere for audio projects of any size. The studio offers an 8-week audio recording course for people interested in learning audio recording. The course covers the fundamental concepts of sound, how to choose microphones, how to use various pieces of studio equipment, digital effects and MIDI, how to mix audio effectively, and how to set up an optimized recording studio at home. The classes are limited to five students per session, ensuring each student can have the proper hands-on training.

FAQs

  • What is a voice-over versus voice acting?

    Voice-over performers assume the role of narrator, announcer, or instructor. Their skills are useful in commercials, radio ads, documentaries, narrative pieces, tutorials, and other learning applications. In video ad spots and films, there's usually no physical representation of the person speaking.

    By contrast, voice acting involves many acting skills, including performing, emoting, and character development. In audiovisual media, these actors voice on-screen characters. 
  • What is vocal presence?

    Vocal presence involves using one’s voice with purpose, passion, power, and strength. Effective content delivery and creating a connection with the audience are key. Some important qualities and features to monitor are tone, timbre, resonance, pacing, rhythm, phrasing, articulation, emotional content, and melody. A good vocal presence projects confidence and elicits an emotional response from the speaker’s listeners.

  • How do I make my voice sound better when recording?

    There are several tools and applications to help enhance the sound of a person’s voice in a recording. However, it’s vital that the performer apply their voice acting abilities and use effective recording methods. Maintain good posture and use a pop filter for proper mic distance. Warm up first and stay hydrated. Be sure to record in a space that's optimized for audio.

  • Do voice actors get royalties?

    Royalties are not a part of an independent voice actor’s compensation, but they are sometimes included in contract renewals for unionized performers. This allows the client to continue broadcasting the actor’s work past the established end date. Commonly called residuals, these payments are based on how often the product airs. Residuals are paid in addition to the actor’s standard fees.

  • Is it possible to develop a deeper voice?

    Developing an authentic, permanent deeper voice isn’t possible without surgery or medication. But equipment, exercises, and various techniques allow actors to mimic a lower pitch for performances. Start by recording yourself and listening objectively to your voice. Then apply these practices to help lower your pitch. Stand straight, relax the muscles in your neck, jaw, and throat. Control your breathing and speak from the chest, not through the nose.

  • How do I choose the right voice-over professional?

    When hiring a voice-over artist, consider the company brand and look for an actor whose voice and techniques reflect the qualities and personality of the business. Look to match the age range and gender of the target audience, when applicable. Review the voice styles of the applicants to ensure they can deliver what you require, be it friendly, casual, formal, humorous, or something else.

  • Are there famous voice actors?

    There are many notable voice actors. One famous example is James Earl Jones, known for his deep timbre and portraying the voices of Darth Vader in Star Wars and Mufasa in Lion King. Seth MacFarlane is well known for his voice acting work as well. Some other big names in this field are Mel Blanc, Nancy Cartwright, Billy West, and Laura Bailey.