ACTRA Toronto Voice Committee

The Voice committee makes recommendations to Council on issues of concern to ACTRA Toronto Voice Performers in order to increase work opportunities for union voice performers, to promote best practices in the industry and to improve working terms & conditions for voice performers working under ACTRA’s collective agreements.

Our Work

The voice committee strives to expand professional opportunities for Toronto’s world class voice performers. As industry business models are constantly evolving in reaction to new production technology and distribution models, it has never been more important to communicate the ACTRA Advantage to new and experienced engagers alike. Check out some of our recent initiatives below.

 

Audio Books

ACTRA Toronto audiobooks graphic Not so long ago, a Toronto member returned from an audio book workshop in California, only to discover that there were no opportunities available in Canada. Zero. All the work was US based and it seemed like Canadian performers were shut out.

Gaining a foothold in the audio book market was identified by the ACTRA Toronto Voice Committee as an important priority and significant progress has already been made.

Canadian publishers have signed up for a pilot project to produce 100 titles, nearly a third of which have already been completed. Great progress from a standing start!

Check out our Audiobooks Page to learn more about our progress in this important and fast developing market.

 

e-Learning

There was a time when how-to videos, corporate narrations and e-learning projects were bread and butter jobs for many ACTRA Toronto Performers. Now that broadcast quality audio production gear is cheap, there a lot of small players competing for a piece of an increasingly crowded market. Our challenge is to cut through the noise, make it as simple as possible to work with ACTRA Toronto and communicate clearly all of the advantages that come from working with experienced professional performers. Click on the postcard above and check out our simplified on line forms
 

Radio

The Voice Committee strongly supports efforts to simplify the contract and make it easier for engagers to make the choice to go union. Council backed our initiative to publish an “ALL-IN Radio Rates” postcard that makes it clear to first time union producers how simple it can be to engage ACTRA members.
 

Online ACTRA Voice Talent Database

voice.actraonline.ca is ACTRA’s online searchable database of Professional Voice Performers. ACTRA Toronto Voice Performers can create a profile and upload resumes, demos and other information.

In all of our outreach, we are working hard to make this database the preferred casting tool for engagers. You can help. Make sure you create and maintain your profile and upload your demos to the database.

 

Resources

Primer & FAQ: Source Connect

Working from home? ACTRA Toronto Voice Committee member Paul Popovich created this handy Source Connect Primer & FAQ to help you set up and use the industry standard Source Connect software.

ACTRA Toronto Webinar: How to Set up a Home Studio

In How to Set Up a Home Studio, recorded on April 15th, Toronto Member Tony Daniels walks you through the basics of creating a recording studio in your own home. From the different type of microphones available to the software needed to record and connect, Tony explains what is required to set up your home studio.

How to Set Up a Home Studio — Slides

ACTRA Toronto Webinar: Working in Audiobooks

“This is the perfect session for experienced voice performers who are looking to break into audiobook narration.”

In Working in Audiobooks, recorded on April 23th, Toronto Member and seasoned audiobook narrator Braden Wright talks about the difference between audiobook narration and other types of voice work, shares a list of 10 useful resources, discusses research and preparation for the role and gives tips on self-directing when working in a home studio.

PRH Ahab Webinar for ACTRA Toronto – April 28, 2020 – Reference Transcript

On April 28th, ACTRA Toronto members and industry partners were invited to a free webinar on Ahab – Penguin Random House Audio’s online performer database for audiobook narrators. The publisher hosted this webinar specifically for ACTRA Toronto audiobook narrators and talent agents, thanks to outreach work done by the Audiobook Subcommittee of the ACTRA Toronto Voice Committee.

Read the Penguin Random House Ahab Webinar Transcript

ACTRA Toronto Webinar: The Canadian Audiobook Industry & Narration Work for ACTRA Members

In The Canadian Audiobook Industry & Narration Work for ACTRA Members, recorded on Jun 23rd, ACTRA Toronto members Grace Lynn Kung, Miles Meili and Ana Sani joined host Braden Wright to discuss what attracts them to audiobook work, the challenges in this type of specialized performance and the joy of audiobook narration. Attendees also heard about member experiences becoming self-signatory to the Audio Code.

 

Suggestions?

This is your union and we are your Voice Committee. Got ideas for projects we should be working on? We want to hear them.

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Voice Committee Chair

ACTRA Toronto Voice Committee Chair Cory DoranCory Doran

As the new Chair of the Voice Committee, and a working ACTRA member for almost 15 years, I am committed to fight for Canadian content and promotion of our incredible talent base. I have always been a passionate advocate for Toronto’s world class Animation industry. Your Voice Committee Vice-Chairs and I want to work with you to ensure that Voice Performers are properly represented at the negotiating table and that our concerns continue to be heard at Council.

Voice Committee Vice-Chairs

ACTRA Toronto Voice Committee Vice-Chair Krystal Meadows Krystal Meadows

A weekly voice-over job I had for 4 years went non-union due to “budget cuts” and this really lit a fire in my belly for change …that and a nudge from a friend in the industry who suggested I had experience and skills that would be of value on the voice committee. I am keen to learn and collaborate with my fellow actors and work towards securing more union work for us all. Voice-over is my passion and livelihood. I am so grateful to the voice-actors who have blazed the trail to bring us to where we are today in the industry, IPA and NCA agreements. I’m excited to be a part of the next wave of advocacy.
 

ACTRA Toronto Voice committee Vice-Chair Scott Farley Scott Farley

By creating new initiatives and offering voice workshops and information sessions, our members get the tools they need to stay competitive and meet the demands of the ever-changing digital world.

If you haven’t been to a voice meeting, come on out and make your voice heard!

 

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