Melissa Medína

voice actor

Hey, glad you're here. Versatility is my thing. You can hear me in everything from international commercial campaigns to AAA games, in that annoying animated character kids love, movies & shows, buttoned-up business narrations, sometimes even broody trailers. Who doesn't love to brood?Check out the links below for more info.

melissamedinavo@gmail.com

repped by: acm talent & sbv talent

© Melissa Medina. All rights reserved.

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HEAR ME ROAR.

Getting straight to the good stuff, huh? I like that about you.


character demo


commercial demo


promo & trailer demo


Comercial en Español


About

Often I'm described as foul-mouthed & tough-as-nails with a soft squishy center. I am a shy introvert in real life, but by no means am I short on personality.I'm well-known for being a connector of creatives, from actors to game developers, writers to visual artists - probably because I'm aggressively supportive (emphasis on aggressive), and a world-class tweeter of wry self-deprecating jokes. I'm told I have "tall energy" but jokes on you, I'm basically a chihuahua.Born and raised in South Texas, educated in Austin TX, worked in Seattle WA, and now reside in Minneapolis MN, I can get along anywhere. I was raised in a military family with Spanish-speaking and Deaf/HoH family. I learned quickly that communication, assistive technology, & accessibility are important, & celebrating our differences & cultures helps make us who we are.As a survivor of abuse & sexual assault, I am a passionate advocate & guest speaker for survivor support organizations, mental health, and creative outlets for children like arts education.I am a certified voice teacher & former professional opera singer too, and have over 10 years experience in medical IT software development & project management. For a short time I was even a fetal & pediatric echocardiographer. All this to say, I am an intensely curious person (for better or worse) with a love for helping.When I’m not voice acting, I am a professional klutz, a lover of Horror, Sci-Fi, or Cheesy movies (hello MST3K). I'm a podcast explorer, lover of travel, drinker of wine, devourer of tacos, and adventure eater extraordinaire (ask me about the weirdest thing I’ve tried).My goal is to bring projects to life in the friendliest most efficient way. I know everybody says that, but you'll see. I strive to make whatever I am working on big or small the most important thing to me in the moment. To infuse the real me into every character I get to voice to bring them off the page. There's no greater honor than to carry on the tradition of storytelling. There's no greater honor than to see you & treat you as the creative human being you are. So say hi. I like it when people say hi.

This is a photo of me. It's not super impressive, trust me.

Latine (Mexico/Spain)
Indigenous / Scottish

Bilingual (Spanish)

LGBT+ & Non-Binary

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microphone

Sennheiser MKH 416

interface

Solid State Logic SSL2

daw

Adobe Audition 2022

connections

Source Connect Standard, Source Connect Now, SessionLink Pro, Connection Open, Zoom, Skype, ipDTL + more


take a peek under the hood.

I have recorded national commercials, animated series, various AAA games, & more, all from my humble little home studio.


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Voiceover COACHING

teaching style

Hi there! If you're here, it's because one of my wonderful colleagues has recommended you, or you've gotten curious because you want to succeed - good for you! If you've seen me around you probably know my communication style is direct but encouraging. I am a certified voice teacher with degrees in both vocal performance and vocal pedagogy (teaching).My goal as a teacher is not to tell you "the right way" because there is no such thing. I'm also not here to tell you what to do. I AM here to help you get in touch with and analyze your natural instincts. My goal is to help you build long-term skills you will use forever, like ear training, voice training, & analytical skills so that you can teach yourself as you progress through your career. My goal is to help you find the tools you need within yourself. If I've done my job right, you won't even know I've helped at all, you'll just feel prepared & successful.

experiment analyze discuss apply


NOTE: I do not provide ongoing "forever-coaching", so my sessions do have an end-point. I do this because I have my own VO career to focus on and because I don't think it's ethical or fair to you to create a reliance on coaching. We all have to fly from the nest & experiment for ourselves!All of my classes are one-on-one customized coaching. If you would like me to teach a group class or VO workout, please e-mail me for availability.


Step 1: choose an area of focus


VOCAL TECHNIQUE

My main area of expertise. As a former professional opera singer I know how to keep your voice healthy & in top athletic shape. Did you know you're an athlete? I will teach how to take care of your instrument, breathe properly, stretch your vocal range, & use your voice not only effectively but safely.
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aural skills

As a Voice Actor your ears are just as important as your voice. It won't matter what vocal gymnastics you can do if you can't recreate it. I will teach you to train your ears to hone into the subtleties of your performances and pick up on what other actors do so you can add them to your own toolbox.


Industry trends

As a new or growing VA it's hard to pick up on existing "tribal knowledge" as to what is expected of you. We will discuss what is generally accepted as "industry standard" so that you can proceed with confidence. I will teach generally accepted processes, live direction best practices, audition techniques, industry standard pay & more. We will also discuss the ever-changing trends in the commercial or character VO space.


social marketing

Social media may be awful, but it is the single greatest FREE tool we have to reach our audience. Are you optimizing your socials to show who you are and catch the eye of the people who will get you work? If you know yourself fairly well & what makes you YOU, I can help you network honestly & authentically.


script analysis

Characters are empty vessels for you to fill with yourself. I will teach you to climb into the head of your character, form opinions, ideas, and backstory, all while understanding your place in time & setting. Did you know commercial copy requires a similar level of analysis & marketing knowledge? I will teach you to analyze a company's message so you can convey it with your unique flavor.


career mapping

Consider me your VO Life Coach! Are you stuck in the dreaded "vo plateau"? I can help get you unstuck, brainstorm ideas to move your career forward, or help you maintain the many plates you've got spinning. I can help you map out realistic VO goals & how to achieve them, get more organized, manage your time better, or work on a plan toward representation, and more.



Step 2: choose how in-depth you wanna go

Overview

1-HOUR SESSION
FORMAT: INSTRUCTIONAL (NOT INTERACTIVE)
Best for the new & curious -OR- full-time/working pros that already have foundational knowledge & want to skip the beginner stuff and deepen existing knowledge.
Not Recommended for: Vocal Technique, Script Analysis, Aural Skills


mid-level

1-HOUR SESSION x 2
FORMAT: INSTRUCTIONAL AND/OR INTERACTIVE
The perfect balance to both introduce new concepts and apply them together for your specific skillset. This will be tailored to fit what you already know & do live-read practice together, if applicable.


deep dive

1-HOUR SESSION x 3
FORMAT: INSTRUCTIONAL AND/OR INTERACTIVE
For those serious about mastering a specific skillset. Where applicable, I will give you "homework" between sessions where you will read copy & we will analyze your process & discuss. Can be extended to more than three sessions.


Step 3: schedule + pay

price $50 per session

With times as they are, all sessions are paid for at scheduling, so you control when you can afford them. This means you do not have to pre-pay for all sessions ahead of time. This is so that you can take a week or two between sessions if you need to. I don't recommend taking any longer than that between sessions, as you will likely have forgotten what we learned & much of your time will be spent recapping.PAYMENT METHODS: PayPal (preferred), WISE, CashApp


schedule

Sessions are conducted via Google Meet or Discord. Please be sure to provide your Discord ID when scheduling. Video is not required.


cancellation policy

Life happens. I have no problem canceling or rescheduling as long as notice is provided at least 1 hour prior to meeting. If you reschedule more than 3 times I will put your session on hold until you are ready to proceed. If you are a no-call no-show, your session fee is not refundable.


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