We are nothing without our dreams…
Voicetrax founder, Samantha Paris, has several sayings that she incorporates into her teaching style, amongst them: we are nothing without our dreams. Samantha, with big dreams of her own, was born Bobbi Block in Burbank, California, and started performing at the age of five. She was greatly influenced by her grandfather, Martin Block, who as the first disc jockey in America, created New York’s popular Make Believe Ballroom on WNEW radio and hosted the show for over 20 years. Samantha’s dream of becoming an actress began to take flight at age 15 when she took her first voice-over class and then landed an agent one year later. Over the next 12 years, Samantha enjoyed a career that included nearly 1,000 national and regional commercials, roles in nearly 200 half–hour animated television cartoon shows including the megahit series, Jem and the Holograms. She landed several leading appearances in episodic television and a starring role in the ABC After School Special I Think I’m Having A Baby. She also starred with Michael Landon in a two episode storyline on Highway To Heaven.
But with all of her performing success, including three Clio Awards, there was a voice inside Samantha telling her, there had to be something more. What she knew for sure was that she had one major dream still unanswered: to live near the Golden Gate Bridge. Going purely on instinct and with no specific plan in place, in 1988, she moved to the Bay Area and bought a home in Mill Valley.
Almost immediately upon her arrival, Samantha unexpectedly took on her first voice-over student. One student became two, then four, and before she knew it, her students were multiplying. She quickly discovered the rewards of helping others find their own true voices. She had found her something more. She captured tremendous media attention for her groundbreaking training program. Thus, Voicetrax San Francisco was born and the studio was built in Sausalito, just 3 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge.
The extensive media coverage garnered by Samantha not only caught the attention of new students, but also the ears of top San Francisco ad agency producers. They were excited to discover there was a fresh pool of actors being developed in the Bay Area, therefore eliminating the need to constantly go to Los Angeles to find voices for their projects. For a time in the past, Voicetrax Casting provided opportunities for local actors on behalf of such clients as: Chevron, Cisco, Visa, Macy’s, Toyota, Fisher Price, AT&T, Starbucks, Sony, Hewlett Packard, eBay and many more.
Now, nearly three decades later, Voicetrax stands alone as the largest, most comprehensive and respected voice-over academy in the United States. With a rotating curriculum of over 100 different courses of study, Samantha and her distinguished team of guest directors help each student accomplish their unique goals.
Samantha has watched thousands of students cross the threshold at Voicetrax. She is inspired by the tremendous success of her students and how that success, in whatever shape it takes, has brought them happiness and contentment in their lives. In her words, “I’m so proud of my students’ accomplishments and honored that they’ve put so much trust in me to help them find their voices and realize their dreams.”