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Sarah eased right into this branch of her career, because her decades of experience as an actor and voice teacher make her exceptionally well-suited to this interesting line of work
She has worked on shows such as Blue Murder, Coroner and Heartland, and movies such as Hobo With a Shotgun, Beeba Boys, Book of Negroes, and Random Acts of Violence.
Listen to UNDER THE BRIDGE by Anne Bishop, available wherever you get your audiobooks, to check out Sarah’s narration skills.
Sarah has a new studio in her backyard, with ethernet connection and customized acoustic paneling for that professional sound quality.
Sarah’s voice can be described as rich, full and deep, yet with an easy lightness and brightness shining through at times.
Sarah is an actor, voice/acting teacher, communication coach & voiceover talent with a long and varied career. She brings a lot to her voiceover work. She has been called easy to direct by numerous directors & coaches. Clients find her to be professional, reliable and personable.
Sarah started her career as a theatre actor, after receiving an Honours BFA from Emerson College, one of the finest acting schools in the US. Additional actor-training at Shakespeare & Company, an incredible company in Massachusetts, led her to the method now known as ‘Freeing the Natural Voice’ developed by Kristin Linklater. Sarah’s voice teacher training took 5 years in total culminating in a 5 1/2 week Designation Course with 15 other teachers from around the world. As Sarah was one of the first Linklater Teachers in Canada, she received a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to complete her training with the brilliant Kristin Linklater, voice teacher for some of the most famous actors in the world as well as being a brilliant actor, director & writer herself.
At about the same time, her path as a voice actor began and has never stopped. With all that experience, adding Voiceover work to her artist’s career palette felt natural and easy.
Originally from the US, Sarah now lives in Toronto, very close to beautiful Lake Ontario, with her spouse, their two sons and one black cat. She is a passionate gardener, growing flowers in her front yard and veggies in her backyard. She loves long-distance bike rides, swimming, kayaking and hiking. She loves playing board games with her kids or her friends. She is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction both. Sarah enjoys baking bread in the fall and cooking healthy meals all year long. She makes amazing pesto with her own homegrown garlic and basil. And of course, awesome tomato & goat cheese tarts with, you guessed it, tomatoes from her garden.
Jan and I have been listening to the audiobook (Under The Bridge), a few chapters each evening.
I am delighted with the job you did of reading it! It is fun to listen to. I’m so impressed with your ability to do the scenes with more than two people—up to five with the young people in the alley—and always make it clear who is speaking. Some sentences come out exactly the way I have heard them in my head for the ten years I spent writing the book, and some you deliver with your own spin, which gives a whole new character to certain lines and conversations, allowing me to discover them anew. Who would have thought that was possible after more than a dozen drafts? I’m having a great time listening to it. Thank you so much!
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Thank you so much for your X-Session on Vocal Freedom & Flexibility last Tuesday for the VO Atlanta conference. You packed an amazing amount of information into our short time together. I think my favorite takeaway is to live in a space of observation not judgment. I spent the remainder of the week at the conference in that observation headspace and know that I was able to learn more thanks to your advice. Along with the stretches, I am also benefiting from your advice to look forward “at my height” instead of holding my head-up all the time. I can feel a difference in my neck and shoulder muscles and also hear the difference on my voice recordings. I am sending Gerald an email next to let him know how fantastic your X-Session was. Thank you for your kind generosity.
Sarah eased right into this branch of her career, because her decades of experience as an actor and voice teacher make her exceptionally well-suited to this interesting line of work. Sarah has about 30 years experience doing professional voice acting work for tv & film. She also has audiobook narration experience. She understands the flow & phrasing of thought, and she keys in right away to a sense of character, place and time when reading copy.
She is available to read your copy or narrate your company's in-house training video. She will do a great job with your medical and technical scripts, keeping the read engaging and informative. She is very good at being live-directed with her years of experience as a theatre actor prepping her for the give-and-take nature of the director/performer relationship. She is vocally expressive and transformative, but she can also easily adapt to a flatter kind of read, if that is right for your copy. She can evoke an emotional response from the listener for your PSA or non-profit spot, or she can accent the intelligence and well-reasoned logic in your copy.
Sarah is unusually good at long-form narration. Documentary voiceover is a particular passion for her, as she really loves watching documentaries and reading and watching history, biography and non-fiction of all types. She is able to give a smooth, flawless read, very little editing required, without ever getting too far ahead of the viewer or giving too much away. She knows how to pique the audience's interest and draw them along to find out what's next in the fascinating journey of enlightenment and understanding that is your documentary.
Sarah has decades of experience as a voice actor for TV and film.
She has worked on shows such as Blue Murder, Coroner and Heartland, and movies such as Hobo With a Shotgun, Beeba Boys, Book of Negroes, and Random Acts of Violence. She loves the improvisational nature of voice acting and the vocal range and flexibility required. From screaming as a plane plummets to earth or ranting with a murderous mob to yee-hawing at a rodeo, sobbing in a horror flick or braying as a donkey, she has done it all. For the audiobook Under The Bridge by Anne Bishop that she narrated, the producer from Drift Under Balance, one of Canada’s most prolific audiobook producers, said he had never done so little editing. He was also grateful for the half day of studio hours that Sarah’s quick, effortless narration saved the company.
Listen to and purchase UNDER THE BRIDGE by Anne Bishop , available wherever you get your audiobooks, to check out Sarah’s narration skills. Recorded within ACTRA’s jurisdiction by Drift Under Balance, one of Canada’s leading audiobook producers, producer Kevin Bonnic, told Sarah he had never had to do so little editing. She also saved the publisher on the cost of studio hours.
The author emailed Sarah after listening to the book with her spouse, clearly delighted.“I’m so impressed with your ability to do the scenes with more than two people—up to five with the young people in the alley—and always make it clear who is speaking.” (See testimonials below for the full review.)
Sarah has a new studio in her backyard, with ethernet connection and customized acoustic paneling for that professional sound quality. She has a very solid set-up with her Warm-Audio WA-87 R2 large diaphragm condenser mic, Scarlett 2i2 interface and MacBook Pro. She can deliver fully edited VO ready to go, or deliver the audio raw for you to finish as you wish. She is also happy to add music and/or write or contribute to the writing of the copy. As an avid reader & writer herself, and with all her acting experience, she knows good, believable dialog when she reads it.
Sarah's voice can be described as rich, full and deep, yet with an easy lightness and brightness shining through at times. Her 5 years of teacher training with world-renowned Master Teacher Kristin Linklater and her 20 years experience teaching voice to career actors means her voice is free and easy, able to go anywhere in response to text or direction. If you want a 'whisky' voice, this is it, if you want light, and playful, she has it, and if you want whisky with a layer of playful, there's always that option.
Her vocal agility means she can offer you vocal rasp or nasality, squeaky exuberance or youthful lightness, breathiness or a clipped punchiness. She can offer you a smooth, warm read, or a cool, intellectual read. She can interpret your text with a flat and bored energy or an over-the-top hyper-enthusiastic energy. A free and flexible voice means there are endless possible interpretations for every syllable spoken.
Her acting experience means she can be as emotionally expressive or restrained as requested. She can be as clear and articulate or messy and casual as requested, as vocally transformative or as sincere and relaxed as requested.
Accents include: Boston, Massachusetts; New York City Italian; Long Island Jewish; Atlanta, Georgia; Dublin, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Newfoundland, Canada (one Newfoundland dialect of the many); Quebecois (Montreal & Quebec City).
Feel free to send Sarah an email with any particular vocal quirks or qualities that you'd like to request, or to set up a free consult by phone or zoom. Talking is often the easiest, clearest way to communicate.
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