Tell me what you want to hear…and I’ll find it!
Off-camera voice casting often requires very specific voices. As a professional singer/musician, voice over actor and director my ear has become progressively tuned to the needs of a scene, be it for a TV series, a TV movie, feature film or video game. I draw from an impressive roster of multi-faceted, multi-lingual union and non-union actors and have nurtured close relationships with the top post-production studios in Vancouver. Looking for an authentic accent or language? Leave it to me. Need a kick-ass singer? I’ve literally trained hundreds! Tell me what you want to hear, and I’ll find it.
Select past and current shows/clients include: Bones of Crows (CBC), EA Games, Julie & The Phantoms (NETFLIX), Strange Magic (Disney/Lucas), MOTIVE (CTV), Snowpiercer (NETFLIX), Virgin River (NETFLIX), Cedar Cove (Hallmark), 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, specific communication is key to getting to the heart of the ‘want’. Each voice, each body and each actor has a unique edge; and by acknowledging and identifying this edge I encourage the performer to integrate what they know and what they have lived 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, Los Angeles, Paris and right here at home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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 wide-ranging experience as a voice artist and theatre performer has allowed me to shift smoothly into directing for live theatre. In 2016, I embarked on a theatre directing intensive with Karen Kohlhaas of The Atlantic Theatre School in NYC, in an effort to learn more about the practical application and process of directing live theatre. Since returning, I have directed many live theatre shows including my most recent shows, “7 Stories” (Morris Panych), “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” (Joe Landry) and “9 to 5: The Musical” (Dolly Parton/ Patricia Resnick). I continue to be fascinated by the complex nature of human relationship dynamics and how these are navigated and play out through script and song.
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