Michelle Thorson

fresh, refined, character, spicy, perky, mom, kid

Voice Description

Dialectician. Non-Indo-European: Ogallala Lakota, Various S.E. Asian, Semitic. Indo-European: Slavic, Germanic; Italic: Romance; Indo-Iranian: Indic
Can also whip up a mean Julia Child and belt out a magnanimous Ethel Merman. The voice of Sarah Palin in "Sarah Palin's Secret Diary", by Joey Green.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

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

• English - USA and Canada
• Spanish - Castilian (from Spain)
• Spanish - Latin American Neutral

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
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

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 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 offer copywriting services
• I offer translation services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks

My Home Base

, Washington, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

ANYTHING WITH SOME RESEARCH - I HAVE A MASSIVE DIALECT LIBRARY ON MY ITUNES...AND HAVE TAUGHT ACCENT TRAINING TO STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE. THINK, "MERYL STREEP". ALSO THINK, SIGNIFICANT PERFECT PREP WILL BE NECESSARY FOR A PERFECT PRODUCT...Spanish, Catala (Catalan/Catalonian), Newyorrican, American Southern, American Western - Cowboy/Cowgirl Speak, Ogallala Lakota (Sioux), Native American, Indian - both East and West, New York, New England, Jersey, UK - British English -Southern - Oxfordshire, London, Bristol, Cockney, Northern - Geordie, Scottish, RP, Northern Irish (Donnegal and Belfast), Southern Irish (Dublin, Cork, and West Coast), German, French, Slavic - Russian, Polish, Czech, MidWest - Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago - "The Great Lakes Effect". SoCal - "The Valley/Skater/Surfer Effect". West Texas - Alpine, Marfa Lights. Mexican and Pan-American and Iberian Spanish and dialects therein. Trained Linguist. Have studied both Indo- and Non-Indo European languages. Filipina (Tagalog-to-English dialect). Aussie. Kiwi. Studied voice with Sir Ian McKellan's and Dame Judi Dench's vocal coach, Patsy Rodenburg. Dutch. Swedish. Danish - "I haad a faarm in Africaa."

My Voice Experience

Animation Demos as Native American Boy for VIS Entertainment Pic, Scotland.
Animated CD Rom, GameCube™, Game Boy®, and PS/2® Series for Humongous Entertainment (Infogrames/Atari), Bothell, WA:
·Backyard Football, Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, & Skateboarding – Marky, Pete, Pablo, Curtis Joseph (child – Hockey), Randy Johnson (child –Baseball), Pedro Martinez (child – Baseball), Boom-Boom (boy - Baseball), Econo-Size (girl - Basketball), Erik Stream (Backyard Skater), Custom Girls: Hyper, Quiet, Glum (Skateboarding).
·Putt-Putt (Pep’s Birthday Surprise) – Putt-Putt (lead) and Mildred the Mailtruck.
Various Dialect and Narrative on Record Samples and Mixes for Chris Ballew (of Pres. of the USA), Seattle, WA.
Spanish Voice Talent for Data Collection with Voice Control Systems, Cambridge, MA and Unisys, Mexico, D.F.
Native American (dialect) Narrator for “Spirit Whistle” Documentary, Circle Rock Productions, Bainbridge Island, WA (in production).
Role of “Mamá” (Spanish-speaking) for Living Voices’ La Causa Touring Program (Humanities Washington Project Grant Award-Winner).
Director's Anti-smoking campaign demo - Klasky-Csupo, CD - Barbara Wright.
American Home Mortgage Campaign - English and Spanish.
Toshiba Medical Industrial - light latina accent.
MATC Enrollment Campaign – Spanish.
Lyn Goldfarb Productions – Spanish Docu-Film Narration.
MyBabyDotMD - Web/Flash Presentation - Securamed - Spanish.
Southern Native American - Gayland Schrader.
British and Hippy Aerobic Bacteria - "Trashpile", Harvest Moon Eco Installation.
Narrator - Pure Stock - Web Documentary - Mimi Productions
Anti-smoking PSA - "Filter" - Blissium - Sabrina Mance, Executive Producer.
Natalia (Russian + additional voices) - Dead Space
- EA Games -gNet.
Narrator - Springer Spanish Protocols - eBook
Narrator - McGraw Hill - Access Surgery
-alternative productions.
Children's Characters - Microsoft Industrial.
Elderly Latina - Daylight Design
-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Kinoma - New Product Web Spots.
Spanish/English Prompts - IGT/Mark Scholl.
Castilian Spanish Announcer for MSN/Splash News demos.
Castilian Spanish Narrator - Catalyst - Silcotech Industrial.
Spanish Prompts - EyeViewDigital.
InterMediaWebWorks - Flash narration.
Joan of Arc, Mrs Einbock, Small Tom -
-Mushroom Age - NevoSoft.
Colorado Lottery Holiday "Eiffel Tower" Campaign - Spanish.
Spanish-accented (in English) Cancer Training Character, Consuela Olivera - Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
Bilingual audiobook narrator, as 9-year-old Paula - "Poster Girl".
T-Mobile, "I am a bright future," multiple characters/accents.
"Water for Life", narrator.
Rainforest Alliance: Maya Biosphere Reserve - Guatelmalan-accented narration, Mannic Media, NYC.
BreakThrough Performance Tech eLearning Module - Super Mentor (Hispanic) & Employee characters.
Sarah Palin's Secret Diary, by Joey Green, Audiobook Narration - Sarah Palin, Produced by BFM Digital.

Film, Television, Print, and Stage Experience available upon request.

My Training

Yale Summer Drama Program, Yale University, New Haven, CT:
Speech & Voice: Jackie Farrington. Acting & Scene Study: Mark Brokaw. Improvisation of the Mind & Mask: Frank Torok.
Text Analysis: Rachel Shteir. Movement & Dance: Wesley Fata and Barbara Feldman.
Voice & Shakespeare’s Heightened Language, Intensive Workshop with Patsy Rodenburg , who heads the Voice Department at Britain’s Royal National Theatre and London’s Guildhall School of Speech and Drama. Chicago-based, via Michael Howard Studios, NYC.
The Canadian National Voice Intensive, lead by David Smukler and international faculty, focusing on Shakespeare and the Actor’s Voice.
School of Russian Art Theatre Intensive Program at The University of Illinois, Chicago, lead by:
Moscow Art Theatre Faculty, Slava Dolgachev, Sergei Shentalinsky, and Alexander Kulkov utilizing
Acting/Directing/Stage (combat) Movement techniques based upon the teachings of : Stanislavsky, Chekhov, Grotovsky, Meyerhold, Brecht, Vakhtangov.
TheFilmSchool, Seattle, WA: Screenwriting Intensive, Inaugural Class, Scholarship Recipient: Acting: Tom Skerritt. Structure & Directing: John Jacobsen. Character & Literature: Warren Etheredge. Personal Connection: Stewart Stern. Guest Lectures: Rick Stevenson.
Performance and Modern Culture with Don Boros, SUNY Binghamton.
Meisner Technique: Kay Martinovich and Eileen Vorbach, The Actors’ Center, Chicago, IL.
Voice-Over Techniques: Will Lebow, Collinge/Pickman, Boston, MA; Kathy Keyes, Chicago, IL.
Voice-Over Animation/Character Intensive: Cynthia Songé, Susan Blu technique, Blupka Productions, Studio City, California.
Monologue Techniques: Kurt Naebig, The Audition Studio, Chicago, IL; Janet Foster, (via NYC) in Seattle, WA.
Singing: Currently studying with Lucia Neare, Seattle, WA. Dance: Currently studying Salsa at Century Ballroom, Seattle, WA.
Bachelor of Arts: Spanish and Anthropology. Emphasis: Linguistics. Teaching Certificate: ESL. University of Montana.

My Studio Equipment

MBox PreAmp
ProTools v. 7.4.2 (newest)
MacBook Pro, running on OS 10.5.4 (latest)
Shure PG 57 / MXL 990 Mic

Additional Skills

Fluent Spanish (interpreter); Basic Catalan and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. Dialectician. Western Horseback Rider, Rodeo. MSF Certified Experienced Motorcycle Rider: 750-1000cc’s. Own Vintage Motorcycle, Leathers, & Gear. Drive Standard, Automatic, 4WD, Farm Implements. Tech Savvy. Writer-Editor. Calligrapher. Experienced Teacher of all levels, incl. Corporate, ESL, Accent Reduction, Spanish (Parochial Middle School Grades 5-8), Dialect Coach. Boisterous laugh. Blood-curdling screams.

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