Kara Ortiz

Sharp, Witty, Intelligent, Nurturing, Trustworthy, Sparkly

Voice Description

My voice…
* is trustworthy, upscale and sparkles around the edges
* makes complicated things sound doable
* makes simple things sound luxurious

My voice is one of those rare ones you actually believe. It's soothing and loving when need be, and authoritarian and brusque if that's required. I'm typically cast as teachers, mothers, sisters, and have also had my turn at dying trolls. So, yep, I've got some zesty fun in there, too. ;)

My wheelhouse is intelligent and encouraging, so I tend to be hired to "explain" things. My fortes are high end commercials, corporate/educational videos and IVR (Interactive Voice Response - "press 1 for this, 2 for that"), as well as advertising telephony and nonfiction audiobooks. I excel at the "big" words, and am not afraid to ask for clarification if I come across something I don't know.

I've worked with most of my clients for maaanny years. ConocoPhillips, BigCommerce, Lane Bryant, Caché, Odwalla, Arden B, StriVectin, Citrix Technologies, Jeunesse and Cook Medical's Endoscopy Unit - to name a few - rely on me to be the voice of their brand for "behind the scenes" activity.

I'd love to develop that relationship with other growing companies (both private and production houses), as I can have a quick turnaround and work directly with producers and/or clients.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Teenage Girl
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - USA and Canada

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)
• Cartoon/Animation

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships

• SAG-AFTRA (US)

My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

Los Angeles, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

southern united states, united states southern, Georgian, Texan, Louisiana, Georgia, Texas, west coast, east coast,

My Voice Experience

I started voiceover when I was an intern at a major television station in Austin, Texas and the promo gal failed to show up. The engineer ran down the hall to the sales department, where I was working, and asked me to step in. I've been blessed to do voiceover ever since.

My fortes are commercials, IVR/phone systems, and corporate/event and "explainer" videos. I also loop (sometimes called "walla walla") for a major NBC television show, and have been consistently asked back due to my willingness to let go and just play.

*commercials
*IVR/Phone systems
*corporate/event videos
*"explainer" videos (how-to videos)
*looping jobs

My Training

INCLUDE:

Arts Magnet High School (theatre department) Dallas, TX
- Accents and Dialects (including pronunciation of the international phonetic alphabet)
- Vocal Projection

Kalmenson and Kalmenson, Los Angeles, CA
- voice overs for the actor (multiple levels)
- voice overs for the professional

SOVO (Secrets of VoiceOver)/Sotto Voce with David Lawrence XVII
ongoing, current, and including but not limited to:
- Voicing Commercials
- IVR/Interactive Voice Response recording
- Network Narration/Promos
- Audiobooks


Lynnanne Zager
- looping

voice coaches:
Terry Berland, Los Angeles, CA Mic Technique and Commercial Copy
Jeanette Airen, Los Angeles, CA Alexander Technique
MJ Lallo, Los Angeles, CA Mic and Recording Technique
Ron Ellison, Irvine, CA Diction and Enunciation

vocal therapist:
Linda Dominguez-Gasson St. Joseph's Medical Center, Burbank

otolaryngologist/ENT (yup, got one of those I see regularly)
Dr. John D Muller East Valley Ear Nose Throat/St. Joseph's Medical Center

My Studio Equipment

I have a state of the art digital studio in my home. We're talking way more than the typical usb mic and setup here.

Additional Skills

I've been an actress all of my life. For the past several years, I have specialized in commercials and voiceover. In addition, I've done several ADR sessions to sweeten my own on-camera roles.

Furthermore, I also have experience in software development and teaching that subject, so am very comfortable with technical jargon and more "teaching" roles.

CAVEAT:
If your project is "low or no" budget, please do not contact me regarding my voiceover services. I wish you all the best in your endeavors, but I am not a good fit, as my minimum rates are union rates. Thanks for understanding.

All fabulousness your way,
Kara

Payment Methods Accepted

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• Credit cards
• Personal checks, cashier's checks, or money orders in my local currency

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