Angeli R. Fitch is a voice actor and attorney living in the San Francisco Bay Area (https://fitchlawoffice.com). She loves recording voiceovers for her clients all over the world. Her voice has been described as authentic, confident, warm, and compassionate. Angeli began her journey in studying the human voice when she began working with world renowned speech coach and communication strategist, Arthur Joseph (https://vocalawareness.com). Arthur taught her about claiming her authentic voice through Vocal Awareness.
Several years later, when Angeli decided to pursue a career in voice acting, she began studying at Voice One, an internationally recognized voice over and acting school established in 1986 in San Francisco (http://www.voiceoneonline.com). Angeli’s teacher and mentor Elaine Clark wrote the first voice over training book and best seller There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is. Angeli is grateful to continue her life long training at Voice One. Angeli’s voice over credits include Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Toshiba, Salesforce, Walmart, Panasonic, IGA, First Republic Bank, Coldwell Bank Sea Coast Advantage and many more. Read what her clients have to say about her at: https://www.fitchvoiceover.com/testimonials.html.
Angeli also has extensive training as an actor. She trained with the incredibly talented and gifted teachers - Jim Jarrett and Melissa Esaia Thompson at the Meisner Studio in San Francisco, (https://themeisnertechniquestudio.com) and has done many rewarding acting projects over the years. Her claim to fame on TV is playing a strip club owner in the Investigation ID series “Wives With Knives” (https://www.fitchvoiceover.com/on-camera.html). Her most noted acting role in a play is “Katie” (goo.gl/uK4GxN), (written by the late Miguel Toruño, directed by Edwin Richards), in which she played a prosecutor which she thoroughly enjoyed (Angeli is a criminal defense attorney in real life!).
As with her law practice, Angeli believes in contributing her time to those in need and who are unable to afford her services. She is so excited to be working with The Oppia Foundation (https://www.oppia.org/about), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make education accessible and free to students all over the world by providing interactive, learn-by-doing lessons online (https://www.fitchvoiceover.com/pro-bono.html).
According to Voices.com, there is also a higher demand for female voices. This growing trend has provided opportunities for people like Angeli Fitch.
“I’m used to performing where the stakes are high,” says Fitch, who is also a criminal defense attorney. “If I don’t do a good job, my client could end up in prison for the rest of his life.”
After studying for two years at Voice One, Fitch began pursuing voice acting jobs. She’s been so successful that she now does voice-over full time, and practices law part-time.
Fitch gets booked for a variety of voice work including promotional videos, voicemail systems and meditations, but says the bulk of her work is in e-learning and explainer videos.
“For me as a lawyer, I started with e-learning and training because that’s my wheelhouse. That’s a comfortable voice for me,” Fitch says. “Sure, I’d love to do animation, play fun characters but I had to start with what’s my strength right now.”
Fitch also does pro bono work which she says gives her additional experience. She recently volunteered as a live presenter at the Rumi Awards, which celebrate the legacy of the 13th century poet Rumi.
“It’s important for me to use my voice in a way that I feel has meaning,” Fitch says.
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Ironic as it is, it takes considerable training and practice to sound authentic. Hence the range of classes that students and alumni, such as Angeli Fitch, take. Voice-over requires a specific skill set. You have to know how to hold a listener’s attention, breathe life into characters and do different kinds of voices. There are articulation exercises, dialect and accent mastery and recording skills to learn. Step into a soundproof WhisperRoom recording studio, and it’s just you and the microphone, says Fitch. It helps to have a coach, no matter how long you’ve been doing this.
A criminal defense trial attorney, Fitch does a range of voice-over work, including corporate narration videos for companies such as Intel, Panasonic, Salesforce, MasterCard and Coldwell Banker. The Pacifica resident says she was drawn to both the business end and “the craft of voice acting and all the different areas, corporate narration, animation, commercial, audio books.”
“I took all the core curriculum classes, so I could explore where I thought my voice fit in the industry,” says Fitch, who now teaches a class on the business aspects of voice-over. “The essence of voice over is acting, not the sound of your voice. It is important to get continuous coaching, as there may be things that I’m not aware of when I’m alone in my WhisperRoom vocal booth.”
The profession draws a wide variety of people, Clawson says. Some are entering the field as a second career; they’ve raised their kids or worked in the tech industry or want a creative outlets. Fitch isn’t the only lawyer in the group, either. San Mateo attorney Pam Kelly may have a background in information technology, but she’s hoping to make a transition into voice-over work in commercials and narration, she says.
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