EP 226 Harvey & Cathy Kalmenson: Voice Over Casting Icons/Creators of Kalmenson Teaching Method

December 20, 2016

Chuck and Stacey’s conclude their amazing 3 part Interview with Harvey and Cathy Kalemenson, the respected voice over casting directors and founders of Kalmenson & Kalmenson in Burbank, CA and creators of the Kalmenson Teaching Method, a sought after voice over acting curriculum. Cathy offers some great advice to aspiring voice over actors that includes not making a voice over demo before you’re ready and taking time to find yourself and develop your acting and improvisation skills. To those already pursuing voice over that may have hit a plateau, they advise to stay fresh and genuine by taking inventory of who you are and all the different attitudes you bring to the table.

They reflect on the keys to their successful personal and professional partnership that includes lots of laughter, single malt Scotch, appreciating each other’s strengths and anticipating one another’s needs. And Harvey shares his personal motto: Go as fast as you can, as hard as you can, for as long as you can. The couple expresses gratitude for the great time as well as all the trials and tribulations that have brought them closer together and made them stronger.

They talk about the celebrity factor in voice over and answer what keeps them each inspired to continue working in voiceover casting and coaching. Harvey and Cathy share what they love and admire about each other from Cathy’s tenacity to Harvey’s desire to help people and be a protector. The two talk about some of their favorite, weird and most memorable projects with one being an epic Tom Hank’s production called, Beyond All Boundaries. And the episode closes with Cathy spontaneously directing Stacey in order to reveal her favorite dessert and Harvey answers what he admires most about his parents. Viewers can learn more and register for classes at http://www.kalmenson.com

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EP 225 Harvey & Cathy Kalmenson: Voice Over Casting Icons/Creators of Kalmenson Teaching Method

December 11, 2016

Chuck and Stacey’s conversation with Casting Directors, beloved teachers and creators of the Kalmenson Method, Harvey and Cathy Kalmenson continues with Cathy describing current trends in commercial voice over reads that she calls “experiential” and explains how she and Harvey try to engage voice over actors to share their life experience with the audience. They tell the story of how they got engaged after 11 years together and the couple shares what they thought of each other when they first met.

Hear in more detail about the famous Kalmenson Method and the ways it’s inspired by the teachings of greats like Stanislavski from always telling the truth, having something in your head before you open your mouth and the idea of talking and responding to someone. Viewers can learn more and register for classes at http://www.kalmenson.com

Cathy breaks down their intricate step-by-step process for casting projects starting with getting talent names from agents and listening to demos to determine who will get the opportunity to audition in one of their coveted few spots. Since they direct all of their auditions, they speak to what they’re listening for that stands out and aligns with what the client is wanting for their project. Harvey talks about why he thinks he is an effective director and illustrates his point with a story of when he directed, Orson Welles.

Cathy speaks to why she thinks Harvey is such a great director from holding actor’s in high regard to being a great communicator and audience. Harvey cautions voice over actors to not be self-involved and they both give some valuable advice of what voice actor’s should avoid like not coughing “on mic” and questioning direction as well as things to strive to do like being on time, easy to work with and prepared. The pair offers some great self-directing tips and stresses the importance of practicing your craft everyday and following your instincts.

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EP 224 Harvey & Cathy Kalmenson: Voice Over Casting Icons/Creators of Kalmenson Teaching Method

December 4, 2016

Chuck and Stacey are honored to welcome teaching and voice over casting icons, Harvey and Cathy Kalmenson to the show. Since 1993, they have been casting and directing radio and TV commercials, animation, audiobooks and video games and are the creators of The famous Kalmenson Method, the highly respected voice over acting teaching program.

Originally from Chicago, Cathy shares her background working in talent payment at Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago then at Abrams Rubiloff in Los Angeles. She would then go on to agenting at Tisherman Agency and in the celebrity division at Special Artists. Her love for casting was discovered at The Voicecaster and would lead her and Harvey to form Kalmenson and Kalmenson in 1993 that to date boasts a database of more than 28,000 talented voice over actors.

Harvey explains the origin of his popular nickname “Da Harv” and how his background in legit theatre and stage managing led him to accept a job voice directing at Abrams Rubiloff where he met his future wife and business partner, Cathy. Harvey expresses his passion for voice over actors to be method actors and the importance of knowing “why” they are saying the words on the page.

The two talk about what keeps them inspired to be a part of the voice over business and Chuck and Stacey sing the praises of the Kalmenson’s for their amazing industry contributions in casting and teaching. Cathy speaks to some of the current commercial trends that include being truthful, vulnerable and authentic.

They talk about what talent buyers and producers are wanting from voice over talent and the ways they rely on Harvey and Cathy to think outside the box and find them who they want for their projects. They are adept at translating writer’s speak into agent’s speak and then into actor’s speak so they can capture the essence of the copy.

Harvey talks about the importance of improvisation in life and in acting. He encourages talent to not throw away their craft when doing commercials and be responsive to what is happening. He adds that directing commercials is some of the most difficult work to do.

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