Agency Clinic - Vanessa Gilbert - Solid Talent - Wednesday February 6th | 7-10pm
Being in the presence of an industry professional does not guarantee employment, as the clinics are for educational purposes only.
Vanessa Gilbert has been a name synonymous with voiceover in Los Angeles for the past 30 years.
A native Angeleno, Vanessa grew up around show business. Introduced into the voiceover business by the legendary Don Pitts, Vanessa started as an assistant at the prestigious talent agency, Abrams Rubaloff.
Vanessa then segued to casting, working at The Voicecaster in 1980.There she was exposed to the inner workings of the casting process and acquired a thorough knowledge of actors, commercial houses, and studios throughout Los Angeles. She became known for her “ear,” and her ability to draw out superior performances from actors. From 1981 to 1988, Vanessa was tapped as the head of the voiceover department at Talent Group where she added strategy and talent management to her resumé.
In 1991, Vanessa joined forces with Steve Tisherman at the Tisherman Agency where she developed promo and trailer talent just as movie marketing trailers were blooming into the multi-million-dollar business it is today. Together they built a stellar roster and cultivated some of the most premiere voices in the industry, including Don LaFontaine and George DelHoyo. In 2005 Tisherman became TGMD when Vanessa and partners Kevin Motley and Ilko Drozdoski took over. She was their co-owner and President until 2017.
Always ready for new challenges, Vanessa joined forces with veteran voiceover talent agent Mike Soliday in April of 2017 and became an agent at Solid Talent. Vanessa now guides her talent in all areas of voiceover including commercials, animation, promos, trailers, audio books, and more!
Vanessa is a proud voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Women In Animation, and a founding member of the Don LaFontaine Voiceover Lab Advisory Board at SAG-AFTRA.
“Voiceover moves quickly, it’s the purest form of art, the purest form of acting. You have to harness your heart and your brain and channel it through your voice, reducing big concepts down to their emotional essence. I love the process.” – Vanessa Gilbert