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Who Is Kay? And Why Should You Trust Her?
Kay Bess is an American voice actor and native Southern Californian, from Santa Barbara. She trained in The School of Dramatic Arts BFA Acting Program at The University of Southern California and studied Philosophy at UCLA. She studied Meisner Technique at The Ruskin School in Santa Monica and is a member (on-leave) of The Actor's Co-op Theater Company in Hollywood. Kay has worked as a voice actor for nearly 40 years...
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Here's What People Are Saying...
"I love that Kay brings over 35 years of acting and voice acting experience to her coaching. It's like working with an encyclopedia - but distilled down to smart, usable nuggets I can apply to my auditions and to my jobs. Working with Kay has allowed me to feel more comfortable and confident in my own voice over "skin" and that has made me a better voice actor."
"Kay Bess makes testimonials hard to write. If she were a one-trick pony things would be much easier. But during my journey in voiceover, Kay has gone from podcast host to coach to advisor to mentor to friend. So my advice is simply this: if your path crosses with Kay's, consider yourself fortunate - and if you ever get the chance to work with her, take it."
"I just finished a session of auditions, and your love of the work and your reverence for good copy spoke to me loud and clear as I was doing them. I think what I needed, and received from you, was a sense of beauty in the work. Your way with each participant was so kind and expert. It was the way in which I'd always like to be treated in coachings, auditions, and jobs."
"Kay has a uniquely brilliant approach to coaching VO talent, and also a very special VO pedigree that she willingly shares with her students. During one session I had with her, there was a connection we created to the message the client needed... that was nearly emotional for me.
'Trust and be Brave'... yeah, its a thing."
"I am a middle aged woman who has been in the VO world for a LONG TIME! I found myself needing to "change up" my game - I needed to adapt as the world around me was changing very, very rapidly. Enter: Kay Bess. Kay helped me understand the new reality - and my place in it. We were able to work through the evolving voice over industry and find a way for me to stay relevant and, most importantly, current. I love the time I spend working with Kay - she has a gentle but firm touch - and I appreciate her incredible professionalism and amazing skills."
"Coaching with Kay was one of the best decisions I have made in my voiceover career. Professional, yes. Longevity in the business, yes. Impressive resume, undoubtedly. However Kay possesses the power to not only teach the things she has lived in her career over the years with conviction, but do it in such a way that her caring and selfless approach allow you to feel like you can achieve your goals in this business without a doubt, all the meanwhile being very realistic about the road you chose to travel. From coaching different VO genres to discussing your voiceover goals and how best to achieve them, I would recommend Kay to voice actors from beginner to pro."
"Kay helped me with the fine art of the less is more in the genre of brand imaging.
She was key to helping me unlock the story in the copy and was such a boost to my confidence!
It was so great to coach with her!"
The Perils of Upspeak
Having trouble owning your announcer read? Here's a free mp3 download with a simple trick to help you sound more authoritative no matter if you're reading a commercial, a promo, or narrating just about anything!
Get Sloppy With Your Diction
If you're a voice actor who's come from radio or news, you've probably been told you need to "get rid of the radio in your read" - to sound more like an authentic "real person." Here's an mp3 with unconventional tips to help you sound like the guy/girl next door.
Thoughts on Reinventing Your VO Career
What happens when your work isn't working anymore? What's required to shift directions and revitalize your career? Join me for a 40 minute chat on the ups and downs of my own career and the pivotal experiences that helped me survive and thrive in VoiceOver for over 35 years.
Coaching and Workshops
Check out offerings and opportunities to coach privately with Kay or in Kay's favorite setting: Group Workshops. Looking for a guest speaker at your next VO conference or workshop? Look no further!