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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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