What You Can Expect at The Next Euro VO Retreat
J. Michael Collins
With over twenty years as a professional voiceover artist, J Michael Collins has worked with some of the biggest companies, brands, sports leagues, and organizations on the planet. In addition to his work in the classic, agency-based world of VO, J. Michael has established himself as the leading authority in the online marketplace and has become recognized as an industry leading talent coach and demo producer as well.
J. Michael is a 10-time Voice Arts Award winner as a voice actor, demo producer, script writer, and casting director.
Mary Lynn Wissener
Since, 1990 Mary Lynn and her award winning company, Voices Voicecasting, has cast thousands and thousands of voice talent in thousands and thousands of voiceover productions. From the Clio winning CHEVRON TALKING CARS to the 13 part HISTORY, THE COLOR OF WAR to CHRYSLER, RADIO SHACK, CHIQUITA, FIAT, TACO BELL, COCA-COLA, TOYOTA, LEGOS, WALGREENS, KLEENEX, US ARMY, SONY, 7-11, TECATE, CLOROX, JEEP, MATTEL, LEAP PAD (just to name a few)… to several feature films, animation series and video games, audio books and narrations. Also, casting voices for E-Learning, Promos and IVR…whatever voice request is needed, Mary Lynn has found the voice for it! In addition to her successful casting career, Mary Lynn has continued to direct workshops, coach, consult and direct talent all across the world.
Her popular MEET THE AGENT and MEET THE PRO events introduce talent to leaders in our industry. In 2014, Mary Lynn created the THE VOICE OVER SELF DIRECTION APP. The app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices guides talent to the perfect read, right at their fingertips and right in their home booth!
Talent, producers, ad execs and creatives all know that when you work with Mary Lynn, you work with someone who loves what she does and brings that love and expertise to any production, studio or workshop!
As the owner of the Legendary Marc Graue Voice Over Studios in Burbank Ca. and a highly sought after voice over talent Marc has over forty years of experience in the Voice Over business.
He can be heard daily as the narrator of National Geographic’s Alaska State Troopers, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Real Time With Bill Maher, Promos for CBS , CNN, Cartoon Network & Nickelodeon plus the cartoon series Ever After High, Judge Dredd:Superfiend, Avatar:The Last Airbender, Codename: Kids Next Door, Veggie Tales, , Motown, Arthur and more.
Marc’s Video Game credits include Ratchet & Clank, Mafia 3 Skylanders: Superchargers, World Of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto 5 Gods Of Rome, StarCraft 2:Legacy Of The Void, Shadowverse, Hearthstone, Spiderman, Wasteland 2 and Night AT The Museum.
As a producer Marc has produced voice over demos for some of the top voice over talent in the world: E.G.Dailey, Yeardley Smith, Stephen Root, Maurice LaMarche, Doris Roberts, Randy Thomas, John DiMaggio, Dennis Haysbert, Carlos Alazraqui, John Ratzenberger & 100’s more.
Marc is Repped by the Atlas Talent Agency in Los Angeles & New York
“You’re watching Entertainment Tonight!”…“Live from Hollywood, it’s the Academy
Awards!”…these iconic phrases are known the world over by Randy Thomas, the preeminent
voice over artist in America. Randy’s resume is stunning: The Oscars (8x) The
Super Bowl (3x), The Emmy Awards (5x), The Tony Awards (18x), SAG Awards (5x) and
Entertainment Tonight (14 years and counting).
Most recently, Randy can be heard announcing the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductions
(3x), The Kennedy Center Honors (2x), and promo campaigns for CNN. “She is the female
standard in the industry,” says Entertainment Tonight producer/director Kevin Gershan.
Thomas describes her voice as “strong, authoritative, warm and elegant.” To bring to life
the words on a page, she works with her clients to understand their messages and
brands, and uses her acting training to present her voice accordingly. Since her voice is
her primary tool of the trade, she keeps it healthy by avoiding acid-forming foods containing
sugar, dairy products and wheat, and by drinking water laced with organic essential
Represented by Atlas Talent Agency, Randy re-signed her contract continuing her partnership
with her trusted Agents Jonn Wasser and Lisa Marber-Rich. She also holds exclusive endorsement
deals with Neumann Sennheiser Microphones.
Randy’s career began as a radio personality in New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, and Miami.
Throughout the years, Randy has always given back to the business that has been
so good to her, and has done it in a meaningful and selfless way. As an advisory board
member of The Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab in Los Angeles, Randy mentors aspiring
voice artists with the tools and mindset necessary to succeed in this competitive industry.
Randy’s mantra is “Live your dream, use your voice!” As her level of fame and influence
continues to grow, Randy created The VO Mastery Summit, an exclusive assemblage of
leading international voice over professionals. During this 3 day event, celebrities and
coaches – who are experiencing unprecedented success – share secrets and strategies
of how you can achieve a successful career in voice over and beyond.
Up next, Randy returns to announce The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April and The
Tony Awards in June 2017 in New York City.
Jeff Howell, Owner of Howell Productions, Inc., launched his voice-over industry career as an agent at Abrams-Rubaloff & Lawrence, then crossed over to the creative side by serving as Casting Director/Radio Producer at Bert Berdis & Company, and then VP of Production at World Wide Wadio. During his extensive career, he has had the honor of hiring and/or working with such notable actors including Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, Martin Sheen, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Sally Kellerman, Leonard Nimoy and James Earl Jones, He has produced radio commercials for hundreds of National accounts (including: Chevy, Bud Light, VISA, American Express, Starbucks, McDonalds, Nestle) and radio/TV promos (including: CBS, FOX, Comedy Central, Food Network, A&E, NatGeo).
He served as the post-production supervisor and director for various sci-fi audio novels that were produced by Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie. He has directed narration for the feature film, “Baggage Claim” for Fox Searchlight, the narration for the Travel Channel series, “Underground Backyard Barbecue”, and he coached the on-camera host and narrator of the DIY Network series, “I Hate My Yard.” Currently, Jeff is running his own company where he is producing and directing all things voiceover including animation, commercials, promos, and IVR. He is teaching voiceover acting at Voicetrax/San Francisco, as well as workshops and private coaching in Los Angeles and New York.
Hugh is the CEO of Gravy For The Brain, and has trained over 2,700 voiceover artists in person on the subjects of setting out in voiceover, gaming, how to create amazing demo reels, how to increase your auditioning conversions, how to setup and run a home recording studio, how to master advanced voiceover techniques and many more topics. Through GFTB’s online training, Hugh has trained over 36,000 voiceover artists around the world!
Hugh is an award-winning voice director and casting director. Hugh has worked on over 200 games, films, and television shows and is also a BAFTA judge.
Some examples of Hugh’s credentials include:
- Harry Potter for Kinect
- Fallout 3.
Hugh’s work has been nominated for no less than 4 awards for Best Audio Outsourcing at the gaming industry’s Develop Awards, and a TIGA award for best Service Provider.
AJ began his career in radio at the age of 15 in Louisville, Kentucky. After graduating high school, he began working in radio full time as an on air talent and Production/Imaging Director. At the age of 20, he established “AJ McKay Creative”, voicing and producing commercials and imaging for radio and television stations across the U.S. and around the world.
For the past 28 years, AJ has worked as a Voice Actor, Creative Director, Demo Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Audio Editor, and Copywriter working with some of the biggest companies around the world including: Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, Broadway Across America, Liquor Barn, McDonalds, AT&T, Spotify, WWE, Disney, Ford, Nokia, Subway, as well as many radio and television properties as their “Promo/Image” voice and producer.
In 2014, AJ collaborated with Joe and Ann Cipriano to provide the sound design and lend his voice to the production of the audio book version of their hugely successful book, “Living On Air”.
In addition to being an accomplished Voice Actor, AJ is also an award winning Demo Producer and Audio Engineer producing demos in the categories of: Commercial, Network Promo, TV Affiliate, Radio Imaging, TV Narration, ELearning, Corporate Narration, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, and many other genres. AJ McKay Creative began working with J. Michael Collins and JMC Demos in October 2016 as an Audio Engineer producing many demos and during that time, has won four (4) “Voice Arts Awards” in the categories of:
Outstanding TV Narration Demo (2016)
Outstanding Radio Commercial (2017)
Radio Imaging – Demo Reel, Best Production (2017)
Radio Imaging – Demo Reel, Best Voiceover (2017)
Liz Atherton, the owner of The Atherton Group (TAG) Talent Agency, was a financial analyst and project manager for Fortune 100 companies before purchasing a fledgling talent agency in the suburbs of Austin, Texas, 20+ years ago. Since then, TAG operates in California, Texas, and across the nation, and has grown into one of the best boutique agencies in the U.S., consistently appearing in the top 1% list of IMDB’s “power” talent agencies. Liz credits the ongoing success of the agency to her amazing team: Jorge Elizondo, Jimmy Cobble and Cameron Wofford, and the AMAZING roster that has only gotten better with the years. The Atherton Group (TAG) Talent Agency represents professional, award-winning actors & VO artists, as well as the most impressive rising stars in the business. TAG actors can be seen and/or heard in many of the major TV/FILM and VO projects around the globe.
One of Liz’s fortes is that she discovers and develops burgeoning talent, including Ryan Lee, Dora Madison Burge, Nick Krause, and a host of others. Ryan Lee, whom Liz discovered when he was nine, was chosen over thousands of actors to star in SUPER 8, a film by JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg. Ryan now acts alongside A-list actors in numerous films (GOOSEBUMPS, THIS IS FORTY, WHITE RABBIT) and TV shows (“Workaholics”, “The Trophy Wife”). Another actor, Dora Madison Burge (also discovered when she was a pre-teen), was selected as a Series Regular for “Friday Night Lights”, followed by numerous film (THE LOFT, EXISTS, COWGIRLS ‘N ANGELS) and TV shows, including the highly acclaimed DEXTER. Nick Krause, who also happens to be Liz’s son, co-starred in THE DESCENDANTS, a film written and directed by Alexander Payne, starred George Clooney, and was nominated for 5 Oscars. Nick has gone on to star in WHITE RABBIT, DARWIN, WINDSOR, and other film project in the works.
Liz graduated from UNT with a Bachelors of Science Management degree in Organizational Behavior with minors in Math and Psychology. Liz was an early member and sponsor of the Texas Motion Picture Alliance, and was the first president of The Alliance, a consortium of Casting Directors, Talent Agents and Coaches. Recently she has become a proud member of the VOAA – the Voiceover Agency Alliance. Her other endeavors include film production (two projects currently in pre-production) and software architecture; Actor360 and Agent360, alongside CastActors and CastVoies will go to market in the spring of 2017.
Liz is the proud mother of 4 wonderful children, 3 dogs, 1 rooster and numerous fish!
- Strictly limited to 12 participants to maximize personalized instruction.
Accommodation from Monday, April 23rd (hotel check in officially opens at 3PM, though earlier check-in can be arranged) until Saturday, April 28th, (hotel check out at noon, late checkout possible.)
Luxurious 5-star hotel accommodation at the exclusive Kildare Club (rooms conducive to mobile recording setups.)
VIP Transportation from Dublin Airport (DUB) to the villa, and from the villa to Dublin Airport.
- Three meals a day, (breakfast served in room or restaurant buffet, basic lunch, restaurant dinner each night with group.)
- 24/7 Hospitality suite for JMC EURO VO Retreat guests with snacks and beverages.
- We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs. If you have food allergies or special needs please let us know when booking.
- Full hotel guest privileges and use of the grounds and all complimentary facilities.
- One fully produced demo (your choice) chosen from the following categories, (Commercial, 6-Second Commercial, Promo, TV Narration, Imaging, Pharma Commercials, Automotive, Political.) Demo production includes the full standard service from J. Michael Collins, including hand-written scripts, award-winning production, and a dedicated remote recording session where you will be directed through your reads.
- Two fully produced demos (your choice) chosen from the following categories, (Corporate/Industrial, E-Learning, Explainer, Medical Narration, Telephony, Live Announce/Awards.) Demo production includes the full standard service from J. Michael Collins, including hand-written scripts, award-winning production, and a dedicated remote recording session where you will be directed through your reads.
Over 40 total hours of performance-intensive small-group coaching from J. Michael Collins, Mary Lynn Wissner, Marc Graue, Randy Thomas, Jeff Howell, Hugh Edwards, A.J. McKay, and Liz Atherton of TAG Talent including:
- The Conversational Read
- Radio & TV Imaging
- Live Announce
- Home Studio Tech
- Thinking Like a Casting Director
- Building a Sustainable Career
- Getting an Agent, or Getting More Agents
- Getting Major Union Representation
- Breaking into the LA & New York markets
- Success in Online Casting
- And more!