voice actor



hola friend.

Glad you're here. Versatility is my thing. You can hear me in commercials, video games, animated series, movie & show dubs, narration, promos, sometimes even broody trailers. Who doesn't love to brood?If you're looking for a distinctive voice with character, a voice that cuts through the noise with grit & heart - I'm your person.Check out the links below for more info.

melissamedinavo@gmail.com

repped by: acm talent & sbv talent

© Melissa Medina. All rights reserved.

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 me.

Often I'm described as tough-as-nails with a soft squishy center.

I'm 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 jokes. I'm told I have "tall energy" but jokes on you, I'm basically a chihuahua.

Born and raised in South Texas, I've lived all over - from Austin to Seattle to Minneapolis. I was raised in a military family with Spanish-speaking and Deaf/HoH family so communication, assistive technology, & accessibility are important to me. Celebrating what makes us unique makes us who we are.

As a survivor of abuse & assault, I am a passionate advocate for survivor support organizations, mental health, and creative outlets for children like arts education.

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, conversationalist, and adventure eater extraordinaire (ask me about the weirdest thing I’ve tried).

I am not a business. I am not a slick salesperson. I am just authentically me. My goal is to bring projects to life in the friendliest most efficient way. I love what I do & I've earned what I do, so I take pride in it & strive to make whatever I am working on the most important thing to me in the moment. 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.
This is a photo of me. It's not super impressive, trust me.

Latine (Mexico)
Indigenous
Scottish

Bilingual (Spanish)

LGBT+ & Non-Binary

microphone.

Sennheiser MKH 416


interface.

Solid State Logic SSL2


daw.

Adobe Audition 2022


connections.

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


take a look under the hood.

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


meet some happy clients.





are you ready for a workout?

that was a rhetorical question. of course you are.


Hi there! If you're here, it's because one of my wonderful colleagues has recommended you, or you're reaching out because you want to succeed - good for you!

teaching style

how we're going to work together

If you've seen me around you probably know my communication style is direct, honest, & encouraging. I am an SBEC-certified voice teacher with degrees in both vocal performance and vocal pedagogy (teaching). I also have a PMP in Project Management with an emphasis on project improvement. Because of this my teaching emphasis is on voice, aural training, taking direction, marketing, & organization - not necessarily acting as an art form. This is what makes me different from your average workshop!My goal as a teacher is not to tell you "the right way" - 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.

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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 one subject

you can always choose another one once you're done.


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.


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. As someone who has worked in just about every facet of VO, I am able to communicate generally accepted practices, 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 & engage psychologically, 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 marketing.

Are you stuck in the dreaded "vo plateau"? I can help get you unstuck, brainstorm ideas to move your career forward, help you maintain the many plates you've got spinning, or even just get more organized. I can help you map out realistic VO goals & how to achieve them, manage your time better, get control of your schedule & inbox and more.


step 2: how in-depth

overview.

lecture

1-HOUR SESSIONA quick chat info dump. Best for:
The new & curious
Working pros that already have foundational knowledge & want to skip the beginner stuff and deepen existing knowledge.


mid-level.

lecture & interactive

1-HOUR SESSION x2The perfect balance to both introduce new concepts and then apply them. This will be tailored to fit what you already know & do live-read practice together, if applicable. Session 1: Lecture
Session 2: Interactive


deep dive.

lecture & interactive

1-HOUR SESSION x3A quick & dirty 3-hour deep dive for those serious about breaking into 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 by request only. Session 1: Lecture
Session 2: Interactive
Session 3: Interactive


step 3: schedule + pay

$75 per session.

All sessions are paid for when scheduled, so you control when you can afford them. This means you don't have to pay for all sessions ahead of time, which allows you maximum financial flexibility for uncertain times.


payment methods

PAYMENT METHODS: PayPal (preferred), WISE, CashApp, Venmo



schedule.

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




general policies.

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 2 times or need more than 2 weeks between sessions, I will put your coaching on hold until you are ready to proceed. I do this so you are not spending your sessions re-hashing what was discussed previously & are able to move forward.No-call no-shows are not refundable.


ready + set + go!

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project management for creatives

for when you just gantt even

that's a project management joke. I don't know why I'm like this.


what even is project management anyway?

why do I need it?


Project management is the use of organizational knowledge, skills, and techniques to help deliver something of value to people - like your project! Basically it means my superpower is being organized.But it's not just being organized & it's not just a title any person can hop into successfully with no training. A Project Manager has a very particular set of skills, ones that we must undergo literally hundreds of hours of training to learn. Our job is to be equally good at seeing the BIG PICTURE and the fine detail. To understand what you do, what you're trying to accomplish, what your issues & hurdles are (every project has them), make sure your people are happy & know what to do, and keep everyone on-task so you can meet your deadlines. And we can spot inefficiencies a mile away, so we can save you money. Sounds pretty great, right?


what are you qualifications?

awesome question.


I have over a decade of experience in the corporate world. I have helped organize multiple Fortune 100 companies & their projects - including ones you've definitely heard of. I also have a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in Agile Software Development, Project Management, and Program Management. What this means to you is that I am expert in both steering a ship & making it run smoothly.


what I do.


project analysis.

In order to help steer the ship I have to first figure out where the ship is going. Are these nautical references doing anything for ya? This is what I call the "info dump stage". It happens when I first come aboard & includes everyone currently guiding the project helping me understand what the project is. For example, whether this is a team with ongoing work done in multiple sprints or a one-time project. This is the 10,000 foot view of the project or the "explain it to me like I'm five" portion, before we hop into all the nitty gritty details.


roles & responsibilities.

To keep people on-task I have to know what the roles & responsibilities are of everyone involved in the project. This is the first stage where we can discover gaps in understanding. "Oh I didn't know I was expected to do that" comes up a lot. In order to meet expectations we have to know what they are. We also have to balance responsibility, so if you are loading up one role with tons of responsibility & other roles are sitting around twiddling their thumbs, this is where we can find those gaps and address them - it saves you money. This is also where the people on your project can express what is and isn't realistic expectations for them. Trust me, it may seem uncomfortable, but it will save you a lot of resentment, future headaches, & keep people from quitting your project. Quitting causes delays. Clear marching orders that are agreed-upon by everyone means happy people. And who wants to work with angry stressed people? Not me.


project scope.

This is where we look at the finish line & figure out two things: what we are going to do to get there, and what we're not going to do to get there. What end-goal needs to be accomplished & by when? These are the "big ideas" not the tiny little tasks. This is important because of a thing called "scope creep". It's when you start with an itty bitty little idea & it becomes a monster with a bazillion tendrils and you lose control over what you were trying to accomplish in the first place. Let me slay that monster. A common example is deciding what needs to be done for a video game demo & what can be put off for the final game. This keeps you from spending time doing unnecessary tasks that won't help you meet your deadline, & keep you from spending money on those tasks that won't help you get where you're trying to go. Consider it "goal & task prioritization".


deliverables & milestones.

Now that we know where we're going, we have to figure out how to get there. To cut this giant project-steak into smaller bite-sized pieces that are both effective and realistic, we assess everything - and I mean everything - that has to be done on the project, and then categorize them into big and small deliverables, or tasks. Then we decide which tasks need to be done in which order. This is also where we assign those tasks to specific people on the team. This works together with roles & responsibilities, so we make sure the right tasks are going to the right people, and then allow them to quote when they can realistically be completed. Think of it like a negotiation phase & an auction, where your team members bid on tasks & tell you how long those tasks will take. Deliverable timelines work hand-in hand with "milestones", which are different than deliverables. Milestones represent big pieces of the overall project being done. Milestones are the end-goal of a specific set of tasks. This is what we call defining "success criteria" and knowing when we're done with a big chunk - and celebrating it!


progress tracking & communication.

Meetings. Who actually likes meetings? Not me. But they're a necessary evil. I keep track of progress made on all deliverables on a weekly basis where I meet with every person on the project, talk about the progress they've made, measure whether that progress will mean deliverables will be completed on time, and talk about what issues they're facing - basically being a therapist and taskmaster. This is an important step & a necessary one to catch & communicate about small issues & delays before they become BIG issues & delays. Generally, I recommend weekly "check-ins" that are half an hour with each person on the project to track progress & issues. I am very big on "this could have been an email", so if all is right with the project, I will compile progress & update project owners in a "status update" email. If there are issues or delays, I will facilitate a Team Meeting where you can have a back-and-forth with people on the project, so we can address issues or make adjustments to the plan. I will also handle basic scheduling, communication of changes you make, & updates.


risk management.

Every project runs into issues. A good Project Manager tries to steer the ship away from icebergs by looking far enough ahead to see them coming with enough time to pull away to safety. No floating on doors here. So we create a "disaster plan", what we're going to do if someone leaves the project, if deliverables are delayed, or if we are not able to hit a milestone & will likely miss a deadline. All necessary so that if one link in the chain breaks, the whole thing doesn't come crashing down. I've got your back.


efficiency.

Technology is your friend. With creatives there is a certain hesitation or inexperience with technology sometimes, but I help remove that by helping people use technology to save them time. It's kinda my specialty. With my particular background in IT, I am uniquely qualified to use my knowledge of technology to make life more efficient for everybody. Team Meetings can be scheduled way easier by using a scheduling app where everyone can list their own availability so we can find a time that works for everyone without 25,000 emails back and forth about dates & times. I even know some apps that integrate with your calendar so you don't even have to list your availability - and some of them are even FREE! Aside from scheduling efficiency, I use 100% cloud-based documents to track progress, so you don't have to worry about what version of a document you're looking at and whether it's up to date or not. This also helps keep people up to date on changes, and I can even sign people up to get updates when documents change. Sweet, right? I will use whatever tools necessary to make life more efficient for everyone, using free tools if I can. Efficiency = saving money. Always.


budget & payroll.

(For Indies/small teams only) The particulars of payment can be difficult to keep track of. While this is not typically a duty of Project Managers, I will already have access to roles & responsibilities, so I think it's a natural extension of that duty. I can help you keep track of payments due, payments made, and keep track of how many hours of work people are putting into your project. This is an optional service.


what I don't do.

limitations.

nobody likes those


It's easy to want PMs to handle all aspects of a project, we are pretty awesome, unfortunately that's just not realistic. The "project owners" or "people in charge" cannot be hands-off, and must be involved in regular decision-making. PMs are generally hourly employees, and are paid for their time & specialized training.


✘ Make decisions that affect the project
I am here to make sure things get done, not decide what gets done. You don't want someone who doesn't know your job telling you how to do it, right? However I do need to be "in the room" when decisions are made so that I can advise how those changes will make an impact.

✘ Management tasks
I do not hire people or train people, provide marketing or social media management, or provide services beyond basic scheduling & the duties detailed above.
✘ Make myself available at all times
When you enlist my services we will talk about how much of my time falls within your budget, and what hours I will be available for contact.
✘ Allow changes to the Project Plan without my involvement
One small change has a cascading effect that can cause damage to your timeline & cause delays. All changes to roles, tasks, timelines, milestones, & other parts of this process must be discussed with me as soon as possible. This is so that I can advise whether the change conflicts with something else, and communicate those changes to everyone on the team.


sounds pretty great.

so what's the damage?

Note: these are introductory rates that will increase soon - so book now!


one-time projects.

$200 per week

Indies - up to 10 hours per week


Can you put a budget on meeting your deadlines?? Well, yes, but it's valuable stuff! Payments made on a weekly basis. I meticulously keep track of all time spent & share this information with you to keep you informed. If you do not need the full 10 hours per week, the rate will be prorated hourly.

ongoing or cyclical projects.

$15 per hour

companies with regular projects


Discounted rate for ongoing & regular work. Exact hours will be adjusted to meet your budget. I meticulously keep track of all time spent & share this information with you to keep you informed. You and I will establish basic work hours & how many hours I am able to devote to your project per week.


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