Making a living in voiceovers
Private one-on-one voiceover coaching with a seasoned professional will take your career to another level!
The world of voiceovers is constantly growing and changing, and the opportunities are abundant, if you know where to look.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a working actor, Leslie Gray Robbins is the perfect choice as a voiceover coach. She has an inside view of what clients are looking for because of her past work as a talent agent – this valuable perspective is hard to find in a coach!
Drawing from her 20 years of experience as a voiceover talent, Leslie will help you perfect your skills, learn how to analyze copy, and give you newfound confidence in your own abilities.
She also believes in telling it like it is. You can trust that she will always be honest with you, and will offer you positive criticism in the spirit of building your booming voiceover career. Not only will she help you identify what you’re doing wrong (and what you’re doing right), but she offers insights about how to get an agent to actually listen to you, and how to approach the business so you’re taken seriously.
Once you both agree that you are properly prepared to start pounding the pavement to get paying jobs, she will produce and direct your custom voiceover demo in a professional sound studio. Call or email for detailed pricing… and don’t fear that you are now going to be on your own!
As your coach, Leslie will advise you on how to get your demo into the correct hands, provide you a list of agents who MUST receive your demo submission (and you’ll discuss the best and most effective way to get it into their hands!), and she’ll even help you tailor your cover letter to make the best possible first impression.
“LGR is an exceptional coach. I absolutely loved working with her. Leslie taught me the ins and outs of the industry and prepared me for the professional competition I would encounter as a VO artist. She also helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses as an actress so I can continue to hone my craft. On top of her skill and incredible resume, she really cares about her students. I highly suggest working with her if you get the opportunity. Your approach to acting will never again be the same.” Jessica Limardo
“Before I met Leslie, I was feeling lost and I didn’t really have a plan regarding my voice over training. With two little kids at home, Leslie worked with my schedule to develop a plan to reach my goal of creating a demo. Always pleasant and approachable, I looked forward to every script rehearsal session. I appreciated her positive outlook and her ability to provide constructive criticism in the kindest way possible. I’m proud to say that Leslie produced an amazing demo and I’m excited to start looking for representation! Thank you Leslie!!!” Katelyn Andresen
ABOUT Leslie Gray Robbins
For over 20 years, Leslie Gray Robbins has been delivering top-notch performances, both on-stage and in the recording studio, for happy clients all across the United States and Europe.
Her newest national campaign playing on TV and radio is for the pharmaceutical Enbrel, featuring golfer Phil Michelson. She continues to be the voice of Cellcom, along with Coach Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers. She is thrilled to continue her work with Disney on many of their wonderful children’s books, including Mickey Mouse, Frozen, and Beauty & the Beast.
Other projects featuring Leslie include narrating CD instructional programs for Citicorp and JPMorgan Chase, teaching narrations for The Learning Seed, corporate image pieces for Evanston Hospitals, and numerous commercial spots both as an announcer and “real people”.
Her voice has been used by such esteemed clients as Capri Sun, Travelocity, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Philip Morris, DePaul University, Sears, Walgreens, Oberweis Dairy, Hampton Inn, Abbott Labs, Allstate Insurance, Woodfield Mall, American Egg Board, Kaiser Permanente, General Growth Properties, Visual Freedom Center, Ryland Homes, Physician’s Body Sculpting Centers, Adventist Hospitals, and many more!
**Leslie also specializes in coaching children to do voiceover work! Her 6-year old son has booked several union voiceover jobs, starting at the age of 3!
His voice is currently heard on the Barilla Pasta TV commercial for which he receives regular residuals, and his mom is happy to say that he has a healthy college fund started.
If you have a child with a dynamic personality and a clear speaking voice, consider a trial class to see if they have a future in this crazy and fun business!
Chicago is such a wonderful city in which to build a career, and I’m grateful for all of the many people that helped me along the way. Value those relationships – they are everything! I also love how Chicago actors support one another, and in this spirit, I will be sharing some links to colleagues in the business that I know you can trust. Do your own research and find the person with whom you connect. I’d be happy to meet and see if that person is me, but if location or some other factor lead you somewhere else, here are a few suggestions:
Darren Stephens: http://www.voiceoverstudiochicago.com/ Darren and I have worked together on voiceover projects and film projects and he’s just an all-around good guy with enormous talents. Check out his informative website.
Acting Studio Chicago: https://www.actingstudiochicago.com/adult-acting-classes/voiceover/beginning-voiceover Check out classes led by my friends and colleagues here. Norm Boucher, Dave Leffel and Jeff Lupetin are all fantastic guys with mega talent, both as voiceover talent and as coaches. These guys know what they’re doing and have the work to back it up.
Grossman & Jack Talent: http://grossmanjack.com/ Just the best darn Union talent agents a girl could ever ask for! You’d be so lucky to be a part of their family.
Chicago Talent Network: https://www.chicagotalentnetwork.com/ Chicago’s newest Non-Union agency has some of the most talented and kind agents around! This would be a wonderful place for you to start.
Stavins Enterprises: http://www.karenstavins.com/ This is where I started when I moved back to Chicago in 1997, both as a talent and as a talent agent.
Find Your Voice is thrilled to be partnering with ARU (Audio Recording Unlimited) to offer a new voiceover workshop focusing on nailing that vo audition and landing the job! This workshop is open to working actors who would like to take their voiceover career to the next level.
WHEN: NEXT WORKSHOP TBD
This workshop will surely fill up quickly, so grab your spot today! Register by emailing LeslieGrayRobbins@gmail.com or by calling us at 773-213-1555 to hold your spot.
Students will learn techniques for interpreting copy, as well as tricks of the trade that will make it spring to life. Students will spend significant time behind the mic of a Michigan Avenue recording studio that handles some of the biggest clients in vo – an experience not to be missed!
Your coach for this workshop is Leslie Gray Robbins, who has been a working voiceover actor for over 20 years. She can currently be heard as the brand voice for Ghirardelli Chocolates, Enbrel, Cellcom and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Leslie will skillfully guide you in exploring different deliveries, challenging you to step outside of your comfort zone and expand your abilities. Leslie teaches students exactly what it takes to maintain a career in a very competitive field.
Leslie also offers one-on-one coaching for those who might prefer a more intimate learning experience, as well as full demo production services. Click here to learn more: www.lesliegrayrobbins.com
At the controls will be Tom Haigh, a master sound engineer at ARU. Leslie and Tom have been working together for many years, so their flow is easy and relaxed, though their professionalism still shines through.
Register by emailing LeslieGrayRobbins@gmail.com or by calling us at 773-213-1555 to hold your spot.