AT MAVO2022 CONFERENCE
A Muse On A Mission - Elley Ray Hennessy
Inspires To Recognize 'Our Powerful Magic'
November 23, 2022
By John Florian
In the hotel hallway of the MAVO2022 (Mid-Atlantic) Voiceover Conference she dashed across our vision in a kaleidoscope garb of colors, pointing the way with large eyeglasses secured to the tip of her nose. A comet tail of students hurried to catch up.
Bystanders grinned and shrugged.
A few minutes later the entourage whooshed by again, tacking back to wherever it was they'd come.
This was of course, unmistakably, voice actor/coach Elley Ray Hennessy leading a class in voice acting through a memorable experience.
Just the evening before, conference leader Val Kelly had presented Elley Ray with the 2022 MAVO Muse Award for her "outstanding contribution to the voice over community.
"Elley Ray is an excellent coach and mentor and is helping to change the vibration of our planet in a positive way every day!" Val said on the opening night of the November 11-13 annual conference in Herndon, VA.
Yet in accepting the award, Elley (pictured with the award) insisted that the award belonged to everyone in the room.
"We are all deserving of the award," she explained later. "There is no one individual that is more deserving than any other in this field of dancing amid the stars. We are all stars. The energy in the room was deserving of the award, and we cannot play the game without every team member."
WHAT'S A MUSE?
A Merriam-Webster definition of "muse" is "Any of nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences."
A muse is also one whose creative work inspires others.
Elley Ray does have a mythical mystique about her. And the arts definition fits.
While we see her chiefly as a voice over coach, her bio notes Elley "astounding audiences with her unique blend of MAGIC for 45 years in film, television, radio and stage: acting, writing, directing, producing, casting, teaching, jurying - you name it!" In voice over, animation characters are a mainstay.
With popular voice actor/coach Deb Munro she's co-founder of the Get Mic'd voice over training company. And the duo is currently hosting Take 3 of the wildly successful The Ultimate VO Survivor competition, which is building to a grand finale at VO Atlanta (March 23-26, 2023).
Need more? Elley Ray teaches VO privately as well as at several universities, and holds a Doctorate of Laws for her contributions to the arts and humanities. More about Elley Ray.
ADVICE FROM THE MUSE
So, what advice does she share about voice acting and a VO career? In an email interview, VoiceOverXtra asked:
Q: Elley, you project so much energy and passion for voice over and the VO community. What's the spark for that?
Q: One of your MAVO2022 sessions was titled 'Nothing Can Stop Your VO Success But You.' What do you mean by that?
Powerful and magical, indeed. Thanks, Elley.
PS: For more about the MAVO conferences, membership and earlybird tickets to MAVO2023 (November 10-12, 2023) visit: www.midatlanticvo.com.
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