Please welcome Voice Actor and Teacher, Jill Cofsky!
1) Hi Jill! Can you tell us why you have decided to become a voice actor?
I grew up dancing for a local dance studio and performing in class plays in my elementary school. I had always had dreams of acting and performing, but as I grew older I found memorizing lines to be a challenge. For this reason, I decided to pursue my passion by becoming a professional voice actor! Voice acting fulfills my love of performing, while at the same time, I am able to use a script so no memorizing is necessary! Yay!
I initially trained with Voice Coaches, Creative Voice Development Group, LLC, in New York to become a voice actor and now I continue to gain valuable knowledge and experience by participating in voice acting workshops and professional conferences, such as the inspirational Mid-Atlantic Voiceover Conference, which I recently attended in Virginia.
2) On top of being a Voice Actor, you are also a teacher!
Yes, in addition to being a voice actor, I also hold a Master of Education degree and teach first grade in a public elementary school. I like to use my acting skills to bring children's literature to life in the classroom! I believe in inspiring a love of learning in my students and encouraging them to follow their dreams, just as I have! I think it's so important to always keep learning and to also love what you do. I strive to be the best person I can be and to live a happy life.
On my voice acting website, prospective clients can listen to my commercial demo and/or my narrative demo to get a sense of my voice and if they feel it would be the right fit for their audio project. In addition to the other projects that I have narrated for clients in the past, these demos showcase my voice through the use of a variety of short audio samples.
I truly believe in the importance of giving back to my community. I am thankful for the opportunity to use my voice over skills to volunteer for some amazing organizations. I am a volunteer broadcaster for Audio Journal, a wonderful non-profit radio, cable, and online broadcast service which seeks to inform and empower people who are visually impaired or otherwise unable to read printed materials. Another organization I highly respect is Learning Ally, a U.S. non-profit helping students with learning and visual disabilities, which I volunteered to narrate children's audio books for. I am also currently in the process of donating hours of vocal recordings to VocaliD, a voice company which will combine my voice with a few seconds of a matching recipient's sounds, and through the wonders of voice blending technology, create a natural, personalized voice for a voiceless recipient. I am incredibly grateful to be able to contribute to worthy causes such as these.
In addition to the organizations I volunteer for, I would also like to mention my involvement with a very special group that is near and dear to my heart. Together with my dear friends Nelson Suit, Cat Michaels, and Kristen Lamb, we founded the group KidLit Parade. KidLit Parade is a caring community of children's authors, teachers, parents, and other bookish creatives intent on promoting children's literacy. In this supportive group, our members are dedicated to sharing creative ideas that encourage children to read! I feel blessed to be a part of this wonderful kidlit community!
I would like to encourage your readers to keep chasing their dreams. Do what you love and love what you do! Personally, I find it incredibly rewarding to be of service to others while having the opportunity to do something I am so passionate about. I have enjoyed so many of the voice over projects that I have had the privilege to work on. I am always eager to voice projects that make listeners smile! I love narrating children's audio books and book trailers, inspiring others by sharing positive and empowering content, and promoting clients' products or services that make a difference in the world. I love assisting in the creation of collaborative projects that we can all smile about!
Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog, Rosie! I hope I can be of assistance to some of your readers looking to add a professional voice to any of their projects in the future! It would truly be my pleasure!
For more information about Jill and her voice over services, please connect with her on the below links:
Website - https://jillcofskyvoice.com
Twitter account - https://twitter.com/JillCofskyVoice
Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/JillCofskyVoiceActor/