Our Next Program is on May 12, 2021
Speaker: Samantha Paris, founder of Voicetrax in Sausalito
Program: Finding your Authentic Voice: You Can't Fake it to Make it!
: Acclaimed voice actor, educator, entrepreneur and author Samantha Paris will offer a fascinating peek behind the curtain on the intriguing yet little-understood world of voice acting--which can be considered America's most influential and invisible art. In this interactive and lively program, Samantha will discuss lessons learned through her colorful and rich career as a voice actor and trainer/mentor of 15,000 aspiring and working voice actors. She will share insights into the transformative nature of voice-over studies in terms of finding your own, authentic voice. And as a special treat, attendees will have the chance to read real commercial scripts and receive direction/feedback from Samantha to get a taste of the voice acting experience.
Samantha Paris is a multiple award-winning voice actor, acclaimed educator, entrepreneur and author of “Finding the Bunny: The secrets of America’s most influential and invisible art revealed through the struggles of one woman’s journey” (Voice Haven Productions, 2018). Her memoir was optioned in 2019 by Warner Brothers for development into a television series.
Since establishing Voicetrax San Francisco in 1988--which actually is based in Sausalito-- Samantha has trained more than 15,000 aspiring and working voice actors in the Bay Area, Southern California, and from around the world now, thanks to video conferencing. Voicetrax is the nation's largest, most comprehensive and respected voice-over academy. Students come from all walks of life, backgrounds and interests--from realtors, accountants, and lawyers to soccer moms, belly dancers, police officers and more--many of whom book voice-over jobs regularly to augment their incomes, and many others make voice-over their living full-time (and lucratively so). In addition to the outstanding training that students get at Voicetrax, they also experience an extraordinary sense of community, camaraderie and support in this unique haven for voice actors.
Samantha's own single-minded dream of becoming an actress began as a little girl growing up in Southern California, under her given name, Bobbi Block. She began performing at the age of five, and took her first voice-over class at age fifteen. One year later, she landed an agent and saw her fervent dreams take flight. Over the next twelve years, Samantha enjoyed a career that included over 1,000 national and regional commercials, roles in nearly 200 half-hour animated television cartoon shows, including the mega-hit cult series, Jem and the Holograms. She landed several leading appearances in episodic television and a starring role in the ABC After School Special, I Think I’m Having A Baby. She also had the distinct honor of starring with Michael Landon in a two-episode story line on Highway To Heaven.
To this day, Samantha lives by a fierce commitment to the philosophy that talent can be taught. Through Voicetrax, Samantha has helped transform the lives of thousands through her one-of-a-kind approach to teaching and mentoring. Through this gratifying process, Samantha has ultimately realized her own deepest dreams and the ultimate satisfaction as an artist. www.voicetraxsf.com and www.findingthebunny.com