Tracy Pattin at the Voice Registry has a podcast featuring an interview with voice-over coach extraordinaire Marice Tobias. Marice specializes in taking her students beyond technique and word manipulation.
True Story: About ten years ago I was doing a phone session with Marice and was reading a piece of New Mexico state tourism copy. She stopped me mid-sentence and asked what had happened to me in New Mexico.
“I love New Mexico,” I said. I met my wife there, started a radio career, graduated college, have a dear friend there and go back to visit often.
“What else happened?” Marice asked.
Oh, that part of it. The part where I was uprooted from California at age 15 and sent to military school in New Mexico. I didn’t know a soul. The marching and yelling, homesickness, and the physical hazing part of New Mexico. (My Dad had attended there and thought I should too.)
So 20 years later I’m reading New Mexico copy and Marice senses that there is something wrong in my spirit, something getting in the way, that I don’t even recognize is there. She’s hearing and feeling it in my read. That’s what makes her the “Voice Whisperer” and a very unique coach and person. If you ever have a chance to study with her, do it.