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I WORK IN THE VOICE OVER INDUSTRY AS A(N)
Voice Actor, Copy Writer, Voiceover Coach
HERE'S A LITTLE ABOUT ME AND MY VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE
Jean Zarzour is a 30 year veteran of TV, Film, Theater, Radio, Dance, Improv and Corporate Communications in the U.S., and for 2 years in England, Wales and Italy. She has appeared in feature films opposite Joe Pesci, Stanley Tucci, Mercedes Ruhell, James Coburn, Rob Lowe, Clint Howard, Marc Singer, Seth Rogen in Zack & Miri make a Porno and most recently opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Hank Azaria in Love in Love and Other Drugs T.V. credits include Detroit 1-8-7 (as Elena Liriano in Episode 10 "Shelter") Candid Camera, America's Funniest People. and hundreds of TV & Radio commercials. She has appeared in 5 Off-Broadway productions and at The Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Festival, and a dozen other theaters in Ohio. Jean also appeared in Menopause The Musical, nationwide, for 2 years.

As Owner of LIPSCHTICK Jean has built a renowned reputation for putting the "Show" in "Business" nationwide since 1989, with customized musical-comedy and Laugh & Learn Workshops tm. Visit www.lipschtick.com.

In 2005, Jean founded The GOT PAY? Organization, an artists advocacy and education resource for artists in the NE Region, at www.gotpay.org . In 2006, Jean founded the Find Your Voice-Voice Over Institute, providing Voice Acting classes for TV, Film, Radio, Live Presentations and Voice Over Demo production at Cleveland’s top recording studios. She has taught acting for Stage, Radio, TV, Film and Movement For Actors at Brecksville Theater On The Sq., The Beck Center, Playhouse Sq., Wake Up & Live Actors’ Studio, The Cleveland Film Society and taught dance at 3 studios in London, England, from 1983-1985.

Jean has been recognized by The Scene Magazine, Free Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland Magazine, Crain’s Cleveland, Sun Newspapers, Cleveland City Music and twice by theater critic, Roy Berko, for her achievements as an actor and owner of Lipschtick. She has written articles for The Scene Magazine, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Sun Newspapers and most recently published “Putting The Show In Business”, in the May issue of Clevaland Business Connects Magazine. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Stella Adler Conservatory and studied dance at The American Ballet Theater in New York City. Proud and grateful member of AFTRA, SAG, AEA and VASTA.

www.jeanzarzour.nowcasting.com
www.linkedin.com/in/jeanzarzour
www.imdb.me/jeanzarzour
RECENTLY BOOKED PROJECTS
LIPSCHTICK Gig for AFLAAAAAAAAC!
TV Series: Detroit 1-8-7, Episode 10 "Shelter" as Elena Liriano
Film: Love and Other Drugs w/ Jake Gyllenhaal - In theaters, November 24, 2010.
Tradesmen - Industrial VO
On-Camera/Internet Spokesperson for Ohio Re-Employment program.
Print: Johnsonite Flooring
VO: Smith Dairy, Lakewood Hospital.
On-Camera: Vitamin Water w/LeBron James
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"Sincerely, I can't thank you enough for all you brought to the session once again. You always sustain the fun and energy; your talent and versatility are invaluable. And thanks for the helpful solutions and extra cute touches." - Susan Darby, Writer/Producer - Smith Dairy radio spots

"If I had to produce a commercial with a dozen female voices, I would feel confident to engage Jean Zarzour to be the voice for all 12. That's how high I regard this multi-talented professional. Her repertoire of voices is a producer's dream and her ability to take direction just enhances the process. And, if you book an hour, you can bet she'll only use 15 minutes -- she's that fast a study. Been there many times with her -- always more than pleased with the product! " - Bob Gold, President Bob Gold Advertising

"Jean makes me look good. I love her...and my clients love me." -- Gayle Wilson, Broadcast & Video Producer

“Jean's dynamite personality and energy brought life to our TV commercial shoot. She's an asset. THIS is one very funny lady. You can figure out a way to make money off that.” - Peter Toomey, Toomey & Friends Advertising

“I've known and respected Jean for over 20 years and have hired her several times as a talent in video projects. She is creative, professional and talented. I'd recommend her highly as a valuable resource to enhance communication projects." - Phil Stella, President - Effective Training & Communication, Inc.
LANGUAGES
French, Italian & Spanish can be learned and executed perfectly, as needed.
VOICE DESCRIPTION
Low, sultry, warm and authoritative to off-the-wall, original characters and impersonations.
DIALECTS, Character voices and vocal impressions
All American dialects North, South, East, West, 3 British dialects, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Irish, Greek, Middle Eastern, Russian.
VOICES I AM ABLE TO PERFORM
Senior Female, Middle Age Female, Young Adult Female, Teenage Boy, Teenage Girl, Child Female, Baby
Union Affiliation
Aftra, SAG
AUDIO DELIVERY METHOD
AIF, MP3, WAV
EQUIPMENT
Cool Edit Pro and a great mic or one of 6, full service studios in the Cleveland area.
WEBSITE
http://www.jeanzarzour.com

FIND YOUR VOICE! In Cleveland & Pittsburgh

Find Your Voice - Voice Over Institute
Is Celebrating 5 Years & 2 Locations!
Lakewood, Oh & Pittsburgh, PA
Call 216-521-3831 for more information & registration
lipschtick@lipschtick.com


The next 8 week Voice Over Class in Cleveland - Mon's May 2-June 20, 6-9pm $500 includes a 5 hour Marketing Seminar on Sunday, June 12, 11am-4pm.
Call 216-521-3831 or visit

www.findyourvoice-voiceactinginstitute.blogspot.com

The next 8 week Voice Over Class in Pittsburgh - Wednesday's June 1-July 20 6-9pm visit www.donnabelajaccasting.com

Thank You to all Find Your Voice students for the hard work and commitment you've invested toward your future. It's been my honor to work with you!

Call 216-521-3831 for more information & registration
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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU STUDY V-O!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

I am very excited to be in the midst of my 3rd year teaching Voice Acting Classes under the Find Your Voice-Voice Acting Institute shingle in Cleveland and at Donna Belajac Casting in Pittsburgh. Over all, I've been teaching this work for over 25 years. In all these years there are a few "constants" that I felt were worth sharing if you are thinking of taking a voice acting class or producing a demo with me, or someone else for that matter.

Visit www.findyourvoice-voiceactinginstitute.blogspot.com for more information about me and the classes I offer.

In my experience, people who are new to voice acting/voice over work have many misconceptions about the work, and therefore, can be prey to scam artists with empty promises. The most common misconception is that if you have a great voice, can read and speak English, then you can make a living in voice overs! How hard can it be for crying out loud?! Harder than you think.

Here is just some of What you should know before you study V.O.!

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT TO LEARN IN A VOICE ACTING CLASS?
Proper breathing techniques, vocal warm-ups, elocution exercises, body placement, copy interpretation skills, how to train you "ear", voice maintenance, home work exercises, studio/business etiquette, other resources for learning and everything in-between toward expanding your voice acting repertoire for a wide variety of "reads". Where marketing is concerned, you should learn the best marketing practices for your region. There are subtle differences in the way that artists in large markets like New York, Los Angeles & Chicago do things from the way artists in smaller markets like Ohio, PA & Michigan do things when it comes to agency representation, self marketing, home studios, websites and demo production. That's just the tip of the iceberg. If you are new to this work, a group class will offer much more than private coaching and it is much more affordable.

WHAT SHOULD I BE WARY OF?

1. Any voice over training that is offered by phone! I don't mean telecasts or other media classes that only disseminate information. I mean sessions where you are reading copy and getting feedback from an instructor. They are out there. There are a dozen reasons why this is a bad idea, but mostly because a good instructor needs to see and correct how you breathe, use your body and facial muscles, while you work. Tension is the death of voice work. If I can't see it, I can't correct it.

2. Any Voice Over school visiting your town for 1 day, telling you that you have a great voice and can earn a living with only a few weeks of training. After that 1 day introductory class, you will have to get the rest of your training out of town and/or over the phone! They charge thousands of dollars which includes a full length demo that can't possibly compete in the real world with so little training. Not to mention that these demos entirely too long and contain little to no production sweetening (sound affects and music). I've heard these demos from students who come to my class after an agent told them that their demo won't cut it. This is no way for the novice voice actor to train.

Note:

Your demo is your calling card to the world. It tells producers that this is the very best you can do. You should never produce a demo until you have learned and practiced what the pros know about being a voice over artist. How long do you suppose they spent training? I can assure you, it was not just a few weeks and they didn't spend thousands of dollars to produce their demo.

A full length demo is a 1 minute mp3 and/or CD, consisting of 8-13 cuts that you carefully select and rehearsed with an experienced Demo producer/director, and recorded at a professional recording studio AFTER you have trained for a bare minimum of 8 weeks if you already have some acting training and much more, if you don't.

A demo produced by any reputable producer in Cleveland or Pittsburgh should cost you no more than $600-$800. With Find Your Voice, that fee includes between 4-6 hours of preparation, rehearsal, recording session and post production revisions. If you take the time to do it right, know one will ever know that you are a newbie and you won't have to revise your demo for a few years.

3. Beware of an instructor who has only ever been a director, producer, engineer or ad agency exec, but has never been a voice over artist - especially if you are new to this sort of acting. Voice over work is acting work, no matter what you are voicing. You'll gain much more knowledge from someone who has been successful behind the mic and behind the desk.

DON'T SOME PEOPLE JUST HAVE NATURAL ABILITY?

Even if you are an experienced stage or film actor, there are specific techniques that you will only learn in a class or on the job. (but trust me, no one wants to pay you to learn!) Even if you were born with a warm, rich voice, it doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to interpret the copy with the proper 'point of view' and acting skills needed. Some of the most unusual voices work behind a mic because, in part, they have learned to interpret 1 piece of copy in a variety of ways and how to market themselves like a business owner.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE CHOOSING A VOICE ACTING CLASS?


1. Get a few books on the subject:
There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is: An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Voice-Overs — by Elaine A. Clark

Secrets of Voice-Over Success : Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It — by Joan Baker

The Art of Voice Acting: 2nd Edition — by James Alburger


A book won't teach you how to do voice over work, but it will reinforce what I'm telling you about training and give you a good idea about the business end. You'll also read great war stories from the most successful voices in the business.

2. Listen to professional voice over demos so you can compare any instructor's demos with the ones from the top artists who are making a living doing voice overs. www.talentdemos.com/female_voice_talent.htm is a good place to start for Cleveland talent demos.

3. If you are interested in Find Your Voice-Voice Acting Institute classes, visit www.findyourvoice-voiceactinginstitute.blogspot.com for demos that I've produced at area recording studios, class info and more.

The next class in Lakewood is on Mondays July 26-Sept 13, or Wednesday's July 28-Sept 15, 6-9pm and in Pittsburgh on Thursdays, TBA 6-9pm at Donna Belajac Casting www.donnabelajaccasting.com

Now, more than ever, your investment should produce measurable results, whether you pursue a voice over career, or not.

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At 10:06am on January 8, 2011, Teri Clark Linden said…
I'll keep an eye out for you on TV...just did a hulu search for the show the other day!  Did Claire Simon from Chicago cast u? I read for episode 2 a while back. Nice for Detroit.  I saw Love Drugs 3 times (self, parents, husband) and thought Anne Hathaway was Lockyer each time. Well deserved Golden Globe nod! Happy New Year!
At 6:03pm on January 6, 2011, Teri Clark Linden said…
I saw you...did u c me? Nice work!
At 11:13am on September 19, 2010, Tony Kramer said…
Jean,

Thanks for the info and direction. I've been trying to pick my agents brain about this very subject matter but it's difficult with her busy schedule. It's great to have a resource like VU to gain as much insight and information as possible. My goal, if I can get work in this industry, is to get a small studio set up in my home office and learn the ropes. The thought of being able to do last minute auditions from home, my on camera auditions involve two to three hour drive times, appeals to me and my wallet.

Thanks again for the time and input!


Tony
At 9:52pm on November 1, 2009, Frank James Bailey said…
Hey...another fellow Clevelander! Well, actually I'm originally from the Cleveland area. I'm in the small Ohio town of Van Wert, OH now. But I get back to see friends and family in the Cleveland area a few times a year.

Your welcome message is fun!

Frank
At 2:08pm on October 5, 2009, Tom Bishop said…
Hi Jean;

I have heard nothing but good things about you from a couple of your former students and a high school friend who was a former film & video producer. As a new voice talent on the block it looks like we should meet. I am likeky to be looking for a local voice coach after finishing a VO course with VoiceCoaches.com in NY.

Take care and best of luck, lets talk sometime!

Tom
At 7:35pm on September 15, 2009, Dan Zullo said…
One ringie dingie or two?
At 6:49pm on September 15, 2009, Dan Zullo said…
Hi Jeannie!! It's cool to find you here. Hope you are well.
At 2:44pm on July 13, 2009, Gregory Olszewski said…
Lookin' good, Jean! Hope all is well this summer! :)
At 6:18am on December 1, 2008, Pat Fraley said…
Dear Jean,

I was just reviewing old messages on voice over universe, and must have missed yours. Thank so much for your encouraging words, and I would love to teach in Pitts. I'm supposed to teach at Carnegie, so perhaps we can make that happen. Please e-mail me at patfraleyteaches@aol.com Regards, Pat
At 11:12am on November 14, 2008, Shelley Chester said…
Good morning! I read some of your critiques and I would be honored if you would 'tell it like it is' for me! I have an animation demo up on the critique site. I can take it!! LOVE your honesty AND your website. Wish I were in Cleveland to join the fun!
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