Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator
 
                                       I know you will enjoy my next guest. 

                           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.


3)  As a voice actor, I see you have recorded commercial and narrative track demos. Can you explain more about these? 
 
   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. 


4)  You are also involved with many organizations where you volunteer your work. What can you tell us about that?
 
   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!


5) Last but not least, what would you like to leave our readers with? 
 
   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 Jill for being with us and sharing your awesome journey!
 
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/


 


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03/04/2017 3:05pm

I hope I have my comment section open now for those that may want to leave a note.

Thanks for stopping by everyone!
Rosie

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03/05/2017 7:54am

(Hooray, Rosie! Your comments work when I click on the 'comment' prompt. ) Rosie, Lovely learning more about Jill. Jill, I know you are talented but did not realize you have an acting background. That bit of whimsy and imagination is soooooo important for engaging kids in a classroom. No wonder you rock at teaching first-grade -:D.

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03/06/2017 8:28am

Thanks for writing Cat! I am still working on the email part.
So sweet of you to stop and leave your message and kind words for Jill, Yes, she is a rock star! I wish I would of had a teacher like her growing up! I bet her read aloud sessions are the best!
It's so much fun learning more about each other and finding out all the wonderful talents out there.

Thanks again Cat,
Rosie

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03/09/2017 11:15am

Thanks for introducing us further to Jill, Rosie. The melding of her talents is terrific and so beneficial. I agree that the KidLit Parade community is warm and incredibly helpful, Jill. A loud shout out to the admins.

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03/09/2017 11:21am

Hi Eiry! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your kind words. I agree! Yes, the Kidlit Parade community is a wonderful group! So grateful for all that they do!

Thanks again! :)
Rosie

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Thank you Rosie and Jill for this wonderful interview. Jill, thank you for being an exemplary teacher and a compassionate citizen in your work as a voice actress. Live it!!

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03/12/2017 5:27am

Hi Rhonda! So happy you stopped by today.
Thank you for your kind words for Jill. She's amazing! :)
Thanks again Rhonda!

Rosie

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Robin Heggemeyer
03/12/2017 8:54pm

Thanks for sharing this interview. It was very interesting and inspiring.

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03/13/2017 6:18am

Hi Robin! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your kind note about Jill. She is very inspiring!

Thanks again,
Rosie

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03/16/2017 5:00pm

I just love reading blog posts like these. I knew you were a busy bee Jill, just didn't realize HOW busy you were. Thanks for sharing!

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03/16/2017 7:01pm

Hi Carmela, thank you for your comment.
I, too, love the out reach she is doing. She is helping so many.
She's one busy lady.

Thanks again,
Rosie

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03/21/2017 3:16am

Just like any other teacher other, Jill Cofsky's aim to help the children is so inspiring. She does her job very well for the children to reach their dreams. At the same time, I can see the passion in her eyes. She loves being a voice actor and being a teacher at the same time! She's born with this. It's a good thing that she's sharing her talent to other people. I want to meet her personally!

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