Society of Accredited Voice Over Artists ℠
SaVoa’s mission is to establish and maintain an accreditation program for voice over artists, and to support continuing education for the advancement of the voice over industry.
Organization and Membership
SaVoa Incorporated is a not-for-profit corporation based in North Carolina. Your membership in SaVoa depends on your successful completion of the peer review process. It tells your clients that you meet or exceed established standards for vocal delivery (performance and technique) and technical delivery (audio quality and technique), and that you conduct business in a manner that enhances the voice over community as a whole.
SaVoa does not and cannot provide the services offered by AFTRA, SAG, ACTRA, EQUITY or any other union. It is not intended to replace or compete with these fine organizations. Similarly, these unions do not provide the specific support and services offered by SaVoa to voice over artists.
Although the Board of Directors of SaVoa and its supporting members are located throughout the world, SaVoa currently conducts business only in English. In addition, at the present time we have sufficient members to qualify voice over artists in English, French, Spanish and German. We cannot yet qualify voice talents in other languages. This is a temporary limitation of the organization and is not meant to exclude voice over artists providing services in other languages. As SaVoa’s peer review roster grows to include bilingual speakers of a qualifying language and any other language, we expect to expand our accreditation program accordingly.
Ed Gambill – Founding Member – Ed is a media producer with a background in radio and television advertising as well as acting. He currently produces “Jazz Out of The Mainstream,” a jazz program featuring unsigned artists and airing on WFDD, a public radio station in Winston-Salem NC. Ed is the President of SaVoa’s executive board of directors. He, along with others, saw the need for an organization dedicated solely to enhancing the voice over profession. As a member of several organizations that were guild-like in structure, Ed drew upon what he learned to help organize SaVoa for the benefit of the voice over community.
SaVoa remains indebted to its founding members. These voice actors volunteered considerable time and attention to developing and maintaining SaVoa’s accreditation program which launched in September, 2007. For that reason, SaVoa wants to acknowledge the contribution of the following founding member(s) who no longer have an active role in SaVoa as a member of the executive board or advisory board:
Robert Jadah – Founding Member
Scott Pollak – Founding Member
Nikki Saco – Founding Member
Erik Sheppard – Founding Member
Kathleen “Kat” Keesling – Founding Member