By: Ariss Durazo
The voice is a powerful instrument. On November 16th, we attended the 6th annual ‘Voice Arts Awards’ Gala. We got an exclusive look at just how powerful the art of voice acting in the entertainment industry really is! The ‘Voice Arts Awards’ is a global competition that celebrates the brilliant media behind the art of voice acting. It features nearly 100 categories that cover almost every aspect of the voiceover industry, including some of the world’s most beloved and recognizable voices in films, video games, etc. The stunning red carpet event took place on the Warner Bros. Studios lot located in Burbank, CA.
The Society of Voice Arts and Sciences (SOVAS) hosts this annual gala to ensure that the world of voice acting is honored and celebrated. We were joined on the red carpet by its founding members, Rudy Gaskins and Joan Baker, who elaborated further on the event as well as what SOVAS provides for voice actors. “The Voice Arts Awards is meant to be inspiring and eye-opening. It truly is a magical event when you can see the response and reactions of honorees. Also, watching how their lives change before your very eyes,” says Joan Baker. The mission of SOVAS is to give the right mentorship, training, and employment opportunities to job seekers to, in turn, help them create and sustain a successful career in the voiceover industry. “Through the Voice Arts Awards program, I am more moved by our mission to recognize the power of the human voice to have a positive impact on humanitarian pursuits – the uplift of humankind,” says SOVAS CEO Rudy Gaskins.
Voice acting is an art of performing voice overs that represent characters and/or narration on various media platforms. There’s a huge range of voices, skills and techniques, depending on the target audience and format of a piece. Today, some of the most talented voice actors and actresses are behind major animated hit films.
A few voice acting honorees graced us with their presence on the red carpet. Early on in the evening, we were joined by actress/producer Katee Sackhoff, best known for her iconic roles as Captain Kara “Starbuck” Thrace on Battlestar Galactica and her voice acting as Bo-Katan in the fourth and fifth seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. She was honored with the Backstage Vanguard Award for Media and Entertainment.
Not long after, we spotted Emmy-nominated voice actor Peter Cullen, known as the voice of Optimus Prime in the Transformers animated series, posing for the cameras. He was honored as one of the first Voice Arts Lifetime Achievement recipients. He was truly a memorable candidate for this award.
The Voice Arts Awards aims to celebrate the power of the voice to change the world. We met Emmy-award winning journalist and Senior Correspondent for Telemundo, Venessa Hauc. She was living proof of this statement as she received the Voice Arts® Environmental Award. Vanessa Hauc is a co-founder of “Mother Jungle,” a nonprofit organization that works to inspire, empower, and educate the Latino community on climate issues.
Other renowned voiceover artists that made an appearance on the red carpet included former WWE announcer Lilian Garcia, award-winning Spanish voiceover actress, Vicky Tessio, and “the voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series,” Sarah Natochenny.
It was a very fun and lively red carpet event! We are delighted to say congratulations to all nominees and recipients of the awards at SOVAS 2019 Voice Arts Awards Gala! Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!