I felt beyond blessed to have discovered Aria as my first VO coach ... She took the time with me, patiently bringing out my talents to the forefront and helping me discover my "voice"...
When we were ready to go into studio, I was further amazed to see how easily Aria slide into the production/engineering and director's chair! To watch Aria work in the studio is just sheer magic.
I got a lot of attention from the demo we created and still love it to this day! Aria gave me the solid foundation I still tap into today. As a coach, producer, director, they do not come any better!..
- Suzanne Roberts
Aria is more than talented ... she is magical! What makes Aria stand out from the rest is her genuine belief in her students. She puts her all into her teaching as well as demo production. She has an amazing way of making you feel at ease and more than confident.
I was thrilled to work on a children's audiobook production that Aria produced.
The experience was invaluable. I look forward to working with her more in the future.
Aria is an enthusiastic, talented and incredible voice coach who helped me create a demo that I am very proud of.
I took her course 3 years ago and not only did my voice skills improve, but also my confidence, determination and knowledge within the industry. She goes to great effort to make your demo personable and fit your type.
I was then honored to work alongside her in a play, "Red Anthology." I learned so much from her as an actress. Her focus, sincerity and passion is an inspiration and her presence on stage is electric. It is an absolute pleasure and true privilege to be able to work with Aria!
I had tried another voice over class and frankly I couldn't stand it. I was given lots of line readings. To my ears I just sounded phony. I went rather guardedly to Aria's class but to my surprise I found it one of the most rewarding experiences I've had in all my New York travels.
Aria encouraged us to scrutinize ourselves gently, to see how we used our voices in our real lives. We learned to view voice overs as we would a challenging acting project: conveying truth, maintaining a strong drive while staying relaxed. I also had the pleasure of rediscovering the wonderful tool of sense memory to root me in the present. We learned how to phrase effectively and we also had sessions about the business side of voice overs.
Finally, Aria created a warm and fun atmosphere. By the way, recording the demo was such a pleasure I got over my lifetime aversion to hearing myself on any kind of sound equipment. I offer my grateful love to Aria and my classmates.
I can’t thank you enough. At the agent night, just about every one of Alycia’s comments centered around something you coached me on. I’d say that’s a pretty good testament to how good you are.
I would like to let you know that this experience (not just the agent night, but all of it) has been very rewarding.
Aria is a very talented v/o artist as well as an instructor.
I worked with her on an audio-book "Nurse Vaccine", Aria as the narrator. Working with Aria is organic; she puts you at ease by letting you be yourself and let creativity flow. She is also a great director/producer, she trusts her talent to deliver, but she also works with us to get the very best out that she knows is there.
Aria has such a passion for v/o work and working with her I got to see it, feel it and appreciate it. She has helped me in so many ways to work with the same organic feeling, passion, to trust in and believe in myself.
I just completed a group class to prepare for a career in the voiceover industry. My experience was one of the best experiences I could have asked for.
Aria McKenna was a consummate professional who knew how to get the best out of each student ... by the end of the class, it was clear we all had grown immensely. Aria not only taught us the essential technical skills to be successful, she also gave us tremendous insight into the business..
I also feel really great about the demo CD that Aria & her sound engineer helped me put together!!! It is the corner stone of who I am as a new artist and I feel it represents my skills well. I feel certain that it will be my launching pad to a great career!!!!!!!!!
An insightful, inspiring and knowledge filled experience!!!!!
Aria McKenna is a complete professional, and I feel so lucky to have found her. Aria is a superb voice coach. Not only does she help with technique; she shares her knowledge of the business and teaches how to secure employment in the field.
Although I was initially skeptical - my fears were immediately allayed.
Aria is talented, well-connected and most of all, kind. She told me what I was good at as well as where and when I needed to work harder. I could not have asked more from this very lucky find. Aria is a shining star, and to say the least, she rocks!
The pilot for my first animation, Rainbow Pals, is complete!!! We are set for more episodes in the very near future!
I am the voice of Loke, the pink bunny!!
This is so very exciting!! I am so proud of this, I am so grateful to you for all you have done for me.
Thanks again for an excellent class last night. I'm so happy I chose the program. I feel very confident about where things are heading moving forward.
Thanks again for everything you are doing!”
I'm in Chicago and just finished my recording for Continental Tires. They were very happy with my work and were amazed how well I read the script. They told me that I should easily find work.
Thank you again for your help.
Thanks to your great coaching I think everything went well. I followed your instructions and they have worked wonders. I learned so much from you..
You're a terrific teacher/coach.
About the Instructor:
Aria McKenna is an award winning actress who who has worked on stage, film, & TV. She began her voice over career over 20 years ago and has been a Voice-Over coach for over 10 years, running Voice-Over Coaching and Demo Production Programs in NYC where she trained, coached, and directed new talent in addition to producing countless demos and coordinating Agent Meetings for her students. In addition she has worked for Such A Voice as a remote coach as well as working as an acting teacher, and directing students in on camera reels.
Behind the scenes, Aria has been involved in casting, narration, ADR, and production for various projects from documentaries, film, audiobooks, and high profile music promos. Aria also produced, directed, narrated and cast the children’s audiobook ‘Nurse Vaccine’.
As a VO artist, she has done commercial work for companies such as Disney, Chevy, Fiat, Chanel, Yokahama, etc., worked on various Indie Films, and narrated political spots, documentaries, and audiobooks.
Aria’s background includes a degree in Acting at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, an internship from Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare interpretation with Lynn Redgrave, Lucid Body Technique, and Michael Checkov Technique with Michael Checkov’s creative partner, the late George Shdanoff.
She has countless rave reviews from students, and has a gift for putting them at ease and bringing out their individuality and natural talents.