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Membership Grows At World-Voices;
Certifications, Talent Search & More ...
September 6, 2014

By Dave Courvoisier
Voice Talent / TV News Anchor

Are you lucky enough to have EVER served on an Executive Board of Directors for anything? I have. Lots of them.

Charitable organizations of all kinds find it fashionable and helpful to have a member of the media on the inner circle.

Over the years, though, I’ve had to say no to a few. There are only so many ways you can be pulled until you realize you’re being ineffective. 

Since my name has been associated with the plight of disadvantaged children for over 30 years, I’ve settled onto boards that benefit that population: BoysTown Nevada, CASA, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, etc.

But nothing matches the satisfaction I’ve had in serving on the Executive Board of World-Voices Organization. No, we’re not solving world hunger or child abuse, but we ARE setting a foundation for the future in a business that needs what we’re developing.


I’m surprised how many voice actors still don’t know we exist! 

As a participant on a panel at the recent VOICE 2014 convention, I was honored to be able to bring to the table some information about WoVO - the only industry trade association representing voice actors. 

Many on the panel had not heard of us. SAG-AFTRA, I think, doesn’t know quite how to regard us (we are NOT a union, or a threat to their mandate).

Now just a year-and-a-half old, we’ve gained 200 extremely dedicated and helpful members.


Recent mileposts include:
  • Released new logos
  • Held our first conference (WoVOCon, in April)
  • Revamped our entire Dot Org website (
  • Preparing to begin a recording skills certification program
  • Preparing to launch a new Free-2-Play talent search site 
There’s more. Our board is active. Maybe you know some of these names: Elizabeth Holmes, Peter Bishop, Ann Richardson, Randye Kaye, Dan Lenard, Andy Curtis, Chris Mezzolesta, Dustin Ebaugh, and yours truly. 

We exchange emails nearly every day. We wrestle with thorny organizational and ethical issues. We’re not puffed up.

Our direction is to be member-oriented and completely transparent. Our goals are to advocate, promote, educate, and mentor voice actors. 

We provide structure to a entrepreneurial culture of individualism.

It’s working.

And after VOICE 2014, we got a rush of new applications. We’d love to have yours.
Dave Courvoisier is an Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, writer, producer, voice actor, and the main weeknight news anchor on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate. He also writes Voice-Acting in Vegas, a blog of timely voice over news, observations, and technical and social media info.


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Comments (1)
Joe Loesch
9/7/2014 at 10:51 AM
Thank you for this post. This is an amazing organization. My band performs for fund raisers for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Nashville. Let us know if we can assist you? I will become more aligned with you ASAP
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