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If until now the only voice acting direction you’ve received is “more energy” or “make it friendlier,” here’s a glimpse of someone with a different perspective.

As a former agent and casting director, Nancy Wolfson’s sole goal is helping the voice actor book the audition. And she’s very, very good at that.

Nancy had never met radio legend Bobby Ocean before he bravely stepped onstage at this year’s International Radio Creative & Voiceover Summit.

Granted, in Bobby she had a lot of talent to work with. Still, her keen ear and psychological insights are remarkable.

As are the results.

If you’d like to learn a lot more of Nancy’s methods for turning “good” performances into “hire that person!” performances, here is where you can download a nearly 3-hour recording of one of her live seminars. (I was there. It was a mind-blowing experience.)

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  • Mike Bell August 25, 2009, 1:48 am

    Wow. Very insightful.

  • Kara Edwards August 25, 2009, 4:55 am

    Thanks for this video Dan! I’ve studied with Nancy for quite some time, and I’m always amazed at how she can break down copy. What a pleasure seeing Bobby Ocean as well!

    Take Care!

  • Heather Hogan August 25, 2009, 6:44 am

    Dan, as usual – great stuff! Thanks for the great lesson!

  • JC Haze August 25, 2009, 7:11 am

    Thanks for posting this, Dan. I’ve enjoyed your seminars for (too many) years—and now can say that Nancy rocks my world as well.
    (can’t wait to watch her complete 3 hour seminar)

  • Janet Ault August 25, 2009, 8:57 am

    I am honored to have studied with Nancy, and, truly, it has changed my life. It is incredible watching yourself break the old habits and, as Nancy says, “Kill the Gremlins!” I was at this Summit, and Bobby’s performance, based on Nancy’s guidance, was a thing of beauty!
    Her Acting for Advertising teleseminars are worth every penny.

  • Frank Baum August 25, 2009, 8:58 am

    Just listening to the 2.5 hr lecture . Worth listening to more than once. Super-summarized chapters in minutes . Good data !

    Keep the excellence flowing !

  • Andi Arndt August 25, 2009, 9:11 am

    Thanks so much for this – as someone who went all the way to demo (twice!) with Nancy, who is also one of my favorite people (we’ll have to share her, I guess) I was happy to see that you’re helping introduce her way of working to your audience. And as someone who has taught acting and voice at the university level for 10 years now, I have to say that her approach was exactly what I was looking for when I decided, about three years ago, to shift from teaching to voice over. I had performance skills–what I needed most was a way to translate BIG THEATRE to intimate mic, and that’s exactly what Nancy offers. A few years in, I’m well on my way. Every time I audition or record for a client, a little Nancy is on my shoulder, making sure I don’t forget the basics.

    Andi Arndt

  • Chadd Pierce August 25, 2009, 10:29 am

    From Bob Souer’s testimonial:
    “…Nancy is both brutally honest and extremely nice.”

    I can be a nervous person and Nancy is someone who won’t be gentle for the sake of keeping your anxiety down. She makes you WANT to study (if only out of fear lol ). But ya know, I’ve never been more CONFIDENT in than right now… after learning all those things I didn’t know I didn’t know.

    If you’re are fortunate enough to study with her, count your lucky stars. It’s good practice for when you’ll be counting the cash you’ll make afterward.


  • Tammy Ryan August 25, 2009, 10:39 am

    Nancy is my coach, my hero, and my friend.

    I want to be her when I grow up. I’m on it. 🙂

  • Pamela Tansey August 25, 2009, 11:42 am

    Powerful stuff from a powerful source to be reckoned with! NOTHING will help drive this concept home more than a private consult with Nancy! I’ve been studying with her since V2008 and look forward to every lesson……as a matter of fact, I just finished an hour phone consult with her this morning! It’s invaluable …..(^:

  • Michelle Kienzle August 27, 2009, 3:14 pm

    I feel extremely fortunate to have made it through Nancy’s entire course to demo, and I will continue to have private consults with her for as long as she will have me! Her nuts and bolts approach is well worth the investment! She’s tough, with a mean work ethic and spares no egos, but you’ll soon find out that her HEART is as big as the money she can make you in this business! If you’re lucky, when you’re finished, you will also call her friend. I do!

  • Bobby Ocean August 28, 2009, 8:30 am

    I haven’t had that sensation of being so thoroughly supported by a high caliber professional since my days in the trenches with original Boss Jocks. One knows in an instant – this woman knows her stuff, and, with the added pluses of being at once penetratingly insightful and articulate, it is a joy to be in motion with such intelligence. Nancy is also strikingly beautiful.
    Dan-O, you SURE know how to pick ’em!

  • Vandi November 23, 2009, 2:09 am

    Im interested in being in various areas of voice over industry and am  
    currently pursuing it. My name is Vandi Pessima. Any  
    advice, referrence or information is appreciated.