I have always been fascinated by the complex nature of human relationship dynamics, and during my career I’ve explored these dynamics in a variety of directing and coaching environments.
My wide-ranging experience as a voice artist and live theatre performer has allowed me to shift smoothly into directing and coaching actors for live performance, audition preparation, in-studio voice over, as well as musical/vocal direction both on stage and on the sets of films, including an upcoming feature for Walt Disney Pictures.
As a post-production Walla director, I cast, assemble and direct the best teams for my clients, whether for a TV series, MOW, feature film, or video game. I draw from an impressive, multi-lingual, multi-faceted roster of union and non-union voice and film actors.
In 2016, after returning from a directing intensive in NYC, I embarked on a personal project: directing and producing “A Living Room: A Series”, which I designed so I could continue to collaborate and direct professional actors in emotionally challenging scripts. This ‘in-your-face’ type of entertainment is unapologetically raw and real, inviting the living room viewer to navigate his or her own emotional landscape head on.
I assemble, cast and direct the best WALLA team specific to the show we’re working on be it a TV series, an MOW, a feature film or a video game. Working closely with post-production supervisors as well as sound and dialogue editors ensures that my casting choices are meeting the overall vision of a project’s sound design. Past and current shows/clients include: EA Games, Strange Magic (Disney/Lucas), MOTIVE (CTV), Cedar Cove (Hallmark), Arctic Air (CBC), Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (NETFLIX), Travelers (NETFLIX), Ice (Entertainment Partners), Some Assembly Required (YTV), Arctic Air (CBC), Strange Empire (CBC), Syfy, Disney, Air Bud Entertainment and feature films for Universal, WWE, Summit Entertainment and Lions Gate Films.
Whether coaching performers for audition preparation, in-studio voice over, live theatrical performance or on-set, communicating openly and specifically is integral to the success and final outcome. Each voice, each body and each actor is unique. It is my job to acknowledge and identify the performer’s strengths and to integrate those strengths into the demands of the song, the text or the scene. My students have gone on to enjoy busy careers in musical theatre, film/TV, composition, voice over, cruise ship work and more. They are spread out all over the globe in New York, Toronto, Paris and right here at home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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.”
“Sylvia Zaradic’s Living Room Series is professional theatre performed in her home. The acting is top notch and the experience is powerful. You feel as though you have been included in something extraordinary. Everyone should go see a show in Sylvia’s living room!”
– Elizabeth Cox, Artist and Designer