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About Melanie

Melanie Ehrlich

I'm an actor, director, producer and voice actor (and writer, casting director, kazoo player, traditional Korean percussion player, Zumba instructor and/or improviser, depending on the day) with hundreds of VO credits to my name and internationally-renowned clients including Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Apple and Japan Airlines. I'm the voice of Vella Wilde, one of the main characters in the upcoming video game YIIK from Ackk Studios, to be released for Wii U, PS4, PS Vita, PC and Mac in 2017.

In addition to my voiceover work, you might also recognize me from my on-camera work: I play "Ali" on the new Netflix series The OA, and will be making my Hollywood debut on December 22nd in Alexander Payne's next film, Downsizing, opposite Matt Damon! I was also recently featured in a Project Runway-inspired national commercial for Dish Network alongside Tim Gunn, and made appearances on Adult Swim's Decker, Investigation Discovery's hit TV series Momsters: When Moms Go Bad and Redrum. My non-traditional path to attaining success in this industry has given me valuable insights into the myriad ways in which actors can take control of their careers, which I love to share!

I'm also the owner and CEO of Listen To Melanie (LTM), a production company that specializes in film and VO for animation and video games. I was the head ADR director for the first ever in-house English dub for Media Blasters of the anime series Holy Knight and also worked on Ladies versus Butlers, in which I had the pleasure of casting a number of my current and former students. You can hear them in some clips from Holy Knight here!

Finalist for Best Voiceover Teacher in NYC in the 2014 Backstage Readers' Choice Awards

I was THRILLED to be a Top 5 Finalist for Best Voiceover Teacher in NYC in the 2014 Backstage Readers' Choice Awards less than a year after first teaching my popular Voiceover Sampler Class, and a Top FOUR nominee in 2016!! But get in touch and see for yourself what makes my classes special! :)

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About LTM's instructors

Melanie's welcomed some great folks into the LTM family to help provide the honest, personal VO training for which Melanie and LTM are known. Learn more about some of her regulars below!

Melanie Ehrlich · Susanna Dalton · Sam Haft · Amanda Rose Smith · Michael A. Zekas

Click here to book a private session with one of our AWESOME instructors!

Susanna Dalton

Susanna Dalton (VO): Susanna brings more than three decades of experience to the table, both on screen and behind the mic. Known for her distinctive husky voice, she does a lot of voiceover work. Susanna made her TV debut in 1979 in the Show Delta House as Mandy Pepperidge, and also appeared in Stunts Unlimited (1980), Gloria in Paternity (1981) and Nancy Barwood in A Little Sex (1982). She now teaches at the Westchester Conservatory of Music and resides in New York City.

(Melanie note: Susanna is a firecracker! I studied with Susanna when I first started working professionally in NYC. I loved taking classes with her myself and I know you will, too!

Specialties (discplines/topics): Mature voices, commercial VO, agents/unions
Teaches: Private sessions (in-person), group classes

Click here to book a private session with Susanna!

Sam Haft

Sam Haft (VO): Sam Haft has been a professional NYC voiceover actor for 8 years, providing the voice for several dozen national commercial campaigns, for major clients including Hasbro, Doubletree, Honey Maid, Ruffles, and Samsung. He is an experienced voiceover coach and, having worked in advertising as well, brings unique actionable insights into what commercial clients are looking for. As a screen actor, he's appeared on NBC and FX, and worked with Debra Messing, Louis CK, and Joel & Ethan Coen. Sam is represented by Innovative Artists and managed by 3 Arts Entertainment. For more info, visit

Specialties (discplines/topics): Commercial VO, characters, comedy, accents, voice matching
Teaches: Private sessions (in-person/Skype), group classes

Click here to book a private session with Sam!

Amanda Rose Smith

Amanda Rose Smith: Amanda works as a live sound engineer at post production houses throughout the city. She's also been working as a dialogue engineer and voice director for nearly a decade. Amanda has worked on various projects in music, film, television, video games, audiobooks and commercials, including serving as an ADR engineer on season 2 of Netflix's "Orange Is The New Black" and dialogue editor for Telltale Games' "The Walking Dead: The Game". In addition to recording, Amanda composes music, loves most things Star Trek and scuba diving, and hopes to visit all seven continents before she dies.

Specialties (discplines/topics): Audiobooks, home studio setup, audio production, video games
Teaches: Private sessions (in-person/Skype), group classes

Click here to book a private session with Amanda!

Michael A. Zekas

Michael A. Zekas: A graduate of audio production training under radio veteran and president of Music Masters NJ/PA Mitch Canter, Michael joined LTM first as a VO student in Melanie's very first weekly Voiceover Sampler Class. He later became a guest engineer of the Voiceover Sampler Class, as well as Audio Production For Voiceovers instructor, helping up-and-coming voice artists master the fundamentals of editing and home recording. Michael can be heard as Cliff Strive in the anime series Holy Knight, Lord Nengorth in the RPG Lords Of Xulima, several video games releases from Wadjet Eye Games. He otherwise enjoys his time working on animation and video games, whether behind a microphone, a DAW, or a controller.

Specialties (discplines/topics): Audio production, home studio setup
Teaches: Private sessions (in-person/Skype)

Click here to book a private session with Michael!

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What makes LTM different

First of all, I am first and foremost an actor. I started running my own classes and events to address some needs of my own and of others actors that I didn't feel were being adequately met. One thing I'd found frustrating in looking for voiceover classes and events in NYC was that I never found events that "had it all". I wanted to find classes/events that were...

I would consistently find things that fit two or three of the above, but RARELY all of them, especially for events that brought in industry guests. But now--finally!--there are classes that satisfy ALL of the above criteria. Every class I plan is from the unique perspective of both a participant and an instructor, allowing me to provide a great experience for everyone involved. In fact, I've been known to get up at the mic right along with everyone else in my classes, before coming back around behind the mic to teach and direct. I love getting to work on both sides of the mic, connecting with both my students and guests! With providing good, personal experiences for everyone involved as my primary goal, I limit my class sizes to some of the smallest in NYC, allowing everyone plenty of time to work on-mic. I am always careful in balancing the class time:size:cost ratio to allow the best possible experience for their investment. Everyone gets to hear and benefit from everyone else's work, so everyone can benefit from the entire class. And I'm always open to comments and suggestions, implementing them when I am able to create the best experience possible for my students. :)

I am happy to offer classes that provide individualized instruction at group rates. Come join us and see the difference for yourself! :)

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Feedback: What LTM Students Have To Say

"I'm definitely using a lot I've learned from your thank you a TON. Seriously."
- Matt Shipman
***After attending my animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting and voice director at 4K Media, and honing his skills in my Voiceover Sampler Class, Matt BOOKED a recurring role on the animated series Yu-Gi-Oh!!

"I'm compelled to write a quick note because come Thursday, I step into a recording booth to voice a character for a web radio commercial for the first professional (paid) VO job I've ever booked...with all the variables leading to this point, I have to say, if it weren't for you and your VO for video gaming class, I would not be walking into that studio on Thursday."
- Rick Bean
***After taking my Character Industry Intensive, Rick BOOKED his first paid voiceover gig!!

"I first met Melanie at PAX East and learned of her classes. I decided that the 8-week Voiceover Sampler Class would be the best pick for me. First off, she named the course wrong. This should be called "Melanie's 8-week CATAPULT YOU INTO A VOICEOVER CAREER SO QUICKLY YOUR HEAD MIGHT EXPLODE class."

Seriously. In 8 weeks, I went from not knowing what a "pick-up" was, to booking jobs in the voiceover industry. If you want to explore a career in voiceover or expand upon your VO career, YOU NEED TO STUDY WITH MELANIE!

Mel, you've helped changed my future. Thank you."
- Joe Monzo
***After taking my Voiceover Sampler Class, Joe BOOKED his first audiobook--and his first paid voiceover gig!!

"Thank you for the last 8 weeks! The class was a great combination of education, meet & greets, and business. I was feeling stuck and this class really gave me direction on where to go next. Thank you!"
- Crystal Lonnquist
***After taking my Voiceover Sampler Class, Crystal BOOKED narration VO work with our educational narration guest AND a LEAD role in the newest game from our video game guest!!

"I'm used to talking a lot. But I'm at a rare loss for words - Just, thank you so very much for our class these past few months...

Your class made me realize that contributing my vocal talents to quality projects is not just possible, but valid, important, and "about to happen." My skills are, and will always be, a work in progress - and I love that! Your class really fostered a discipline in me that today is as good a day as any to go for it. For a few years, VO had been a kinda vague "would be nice, but ya know, [excuses]" dream of mine, and now it's a goal with a timeline. I frickin' owe you, pal.

Honestly, your class was such a great blend of practical tips, mixed with encouragement of a healthy but ambitious outlook on how to get this wonderful work done. I would recommend your class to anyone."

- J.B. Burgess
***Shortly after finishing my Voiceover Sampler Class, JB booked his first ever video game voiceover role!!

"If you walk into Melanie's class having never stood in front of a mic, she'll make you good; if you walk into her class already good, she'll make you better; and most of all: well rounded. You'll get experience on the mic, a healthy dose of info on just how important the business side is, and the opportunity to hobnob and rub elbows with people in the industry. I've been taking classes with her for less than a year and I can honestly say that I wouldn't have booked the jobs I've booked without her. Her classes are an incredibly supportive environment, her insight is top notch, and she genuinely wants you to succeed."
- Sam Kurnit
***After taking my Voiceover Sampler Class and some private lessons, Sam BOOKED a voiceover role in the newest game produced by our video game guest and was called in for auditions by TWO of our other guests!!

"Thanks for class today, it was awesome! A special shout out to Jonathan [our guest author and speaker], too, for his contribution and insight!"
- Derek Lettman
***After attending my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class and continuing with private lessons to work on an audiobook demo/samples, Derek BOOKED his first audiobook series!
***Update: Derek just BOOKED his second audiobook after receiving an offer on ACX! Click here to check out High School Heroes: Secrets of the Past!

"Melanie, I think you are probably the best voiceover coach I have had to date. Your technical insight and criticism is so dead on. You make it easy to perform in the booth."
- Bruce Hawkins, actor and dancer (with 30+ years in the industry, on TV, in film, in voiceover and on Broadway!)

"Can't say enough how great these classes have been."
- Corinne Sudberg, voice actress (and member of Team Four Star, the group behind the Dragonball Z Abridged series, among others. Check out Corinne's website for her upcoming convention appearances!)

"Your voiceover class is life-changing!"
- Hana R.

"Your Business and Marketing for Voice Actors was a HUGE help!"
- Devon Talbott
***After attending my Business and Marketing for Voice Actors class (now taught as part of my Voiceover Sampler Class), Devon BOOKED an animated short (and successfully negotiated the terms to his satisfaction)!

"I wanted to say thank you, as I had an good audition for Yu-Gi-Oh! with Darren. It would not have been possible without your class."
- Devon Talbott
***After attending my animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting and voice director at 4K Media, Devon was later called in to audition for Yu-Gi-Oh!
***Devon just BOOKED his first anime role, as Plum in the series Holy Knight! You can hear a bit of his work in this compilation of LTM grads in the series here!

"Your Business and Marketing for Voice Actors was a HUGE help!"
- Devon Talbott
***After attending my Business and Marketing for Voice Actors class (now taught as part of my Voiceover Sampler Class), Devon BOOKED an animated short (and successfully negotiated the terms to his satisfaction)!

"Thank you for the great workshop...I enjoyed your format and organization, and I took away a fabulous overview and array of information. You were extremely generous, and I appreciate it. In short, it was awesome. Many, many thanks."
- Martha Karl

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