Solid Talent specializes in providing professional and experienced voiceover performers of all ages and styles for hire in broadcasting, animation, promo, theatrical, live announcing, radio -— when what you hear matters. While colorfully reciting unfamiliar lines from a piece of paper has become an acceptable standard for some actors, our top-tier talent is guaranteed to bring your copy to life, giving your products the best representation possible, helping to ensure success in the hyper competitive advertising market of today. Our highly skilled veteran agents, some of whom are world-renowned, consistently fulfill even the most difficult and dire casting needs at a moment's notice, and have been doing so for decades.
ABOUT MIKE SOLIDAY
ABOUT VANESSA GILBERT
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. After attending Agoura High, Vanessa left home and traveled throughout Europe, spending time in England during the height of Glam Rock in the seventies. Among many adventures, she met and formed a lifelong friendship with Led Zepplin lead singer, Robert Plant. In 1977, Vanessa returned to California and attended Sawyer Business College, leaving behind a rock and roll lifestyle to learn number crunching and business theory.
lntroduced 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 resume. Between the years 1988 to 1991 Vanessa served as founder and head of ACES (American Creative Entertainment Services). Her client roster included Michael J. Stull and Christopher Cary.
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 premiere voices in the industry such as Don LaFontaine and George DelHoyo. In 2005 Tisherman became TGMD when Vanessa and partners Kevin Motley and llko 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