Voicetrax San Francisco Founder and CEO Samantha Paris is a multiple award-winning voice actor, educator, entrepreneur and author of “Finding the Bunny: The secrets of America’s most influential and invisible art revealed through the struggles of one woman’s journey” (Voice Haven Productions, 2018). She has successfully run the most respected, comprehensive and unique VO training academy in the nation since 1988.
Samantha has trained more than 15,000 aspiring and working voice actors in the San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California, and now, from all over the nation and the world, thanks to video conferencing.
Among her peers and the VO community at-large, Samantha’s contributions to the industry are legendary.
How it began…
Samantha began performing at the age of five under the name Bobbi Block and landed an agent as a teen. Over the next twelve years, Samantha enjoyed a career that included over 1,000 national and regional commercials, roles in nearly 200 half-hour animated television cartoon shows, including the mega-hit cult 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 story line on Highway To Heaven. Samantha enjoyed tremendous success as a voice actor, including three Clio Awards.
In 1988, she moved to the Bay Area, began giving VO lessons to budding voice actors and formed Voicetrax San Francisco. The media world quickly caught on to Samantha’s groundbreaking work and widely featured her in media outlets throughout Northern California, including all major newspapers, the hugely then-popular Ronn Owens radio show (several appearances) and local television programs.
By the time the San Francisco Chronicle deemed her “the most successful voiceover coach and casting director in the Bay Area,” the Voicetrax San Francisco studio was built in 1992 in Sausalito. Soon thereafter, Samantha also became well-known as the #1 VO casting director in the Bay Area for 15 years.
Three and a half decades later, Voicetrax continues to stand out as the premier VO training center in the country. With a rotating curriculum of nearly 100 different courses of study, Samantha and her distinguished team of Guest Directors help each student accomplish their unique goals.
With a fierce commitment to the philosophy that talent can be taught, Samantha is equally passionate about her teaching and her mentoring, and helping others find their true voices.
To learn more about Samantha, read her acclaimed memoir!