I am a Vancouver-based performing artist. Accomplished, inspired and passionate – I have spent over 25 years working in various creative mediums including voice over, live theatre/event performance, coaching/teaching and directing. I am continually fascinated by human interaction and am tirelessly driven to examine story; through a faithfully informative and imaginative lens I boldly navigate how the two might intersect. It drives my ambition, my limitless passion and my dedication to my creative work.
My name is Marc Lawrence, and I recently wrote and directed a movie for Disney for which I needed a professional music/voice coach. I was very fortunate to be introduced to Sylvia Zaradic. In addition to her vast musical knowledge, she was able to adapt to all the usual last minute script and production changes that moviemaking often entails -- I could ask her to change an arrangement or a lyric on the set, and she'd handle it with confidence and poise. In addition to all that, she's a terrific person and a pleasure to work with! Anyone who has the opportunity to collaborate with Sylvia should grab it -- whatever you're working on will be better for it!
"It is always a pleasure to have Sylvia directing the loop group in our studio. No matter the needs of the production, she always comes prepared with well-suited talent, organized and efficient notes, and an infectious smile. Her direction ensures every scene we record hits the precise notes of energy and mood needed. There’s no one we’d recommend more highly!”
“This year has been fantastic! I have grown so much as a person and an artist - that is in no small part due to you.”
“Sylvia searches for truth in the work both on stage and in process; it’s a beautiful and rare thing to see.”
“Thank you for giving me the tools I need to move forward within my singing.”
"Sylvia's hard working approach made me so comfortable, because I felt like I was garnering the skills to accomplish anything! Her skills as a vocal coach and pianist are top notch. She gave me the confidence and flare, and knew how to work with me to get the best performance out of me! I felt ready for anything! I highly recommend Sylvia. She rocks!”
"Sylvia has been instructing me for over 4 years now, including 3 years in the musical theatre program at Capilano University. I continue to see her because she gets results. Since seeing her, my vocal range has broadened and my vocal stamina has strengthened. Sylvia teaches excellent, healthy technique and encourages her students to bring out their best vocal work, fine-tuning the voice. Additionally, she is great for audition coaching, offering helpful acting advice, digging into the mindset and history of the character. I highly recommend her as a teacher and a coach."
“Thank you for your patience and honesty, your advice and humour and above all the passion with which you teach.”
“I have had the pleasure of working with Sylvia for many years and over many projects. Every single time I have found her focused and precise; always prepared and always very fast. She can understand and deliver complex dialogue using tongue-twisting words like no other. It is an incredible gift. And has been great for my budgets! The colours and depth of her speaking voice reflect her musicality the amazing singer that she is. Best of all her tremendous ability as an actor, one of the finest actors this country has to offer, means that every word is given its proper measure, there is depth and meaning in its proper place, she is effortless to direct, and the text just seems to sing. She is always my first choice.”