About Me












At a young age, I learned the power of the human voice to engage, motivate and inspire.

I grew up listening to classic children’s literature and poetry read aloud by my master storyteller dad, who also introduced me to the radio greats of the 1940s and ’50s — George Burns and Gracie Allen, Fannie Brice as Baby Snooks, Fibber McGee and Molly and others. Their voices, imprinted on me, can bring back a flood of feelings and images to this day.
I have formal training and experience acting in school, community and professional theaters, as well as a long career as an editor, newspaper reporter and freelance writer. My background and lifelong passion for both written and oral language make me uniquely suited to voice-over work. I would welcome the opportunity to help you with your project.

I offer my voice for these recording purposes:

  • audiobooks, particularly books for children
  • documentaries
  • corporate training videos
  • movie and game trailers
  • commercials
  • promos
  • interactive voice response, voicemail, phone systems and on-hold messages
  • e-learning courses
  • interactive kiosks and audio tours

I also offer skills in scriptwriting, copywriting and editing.

Voice Description

  • warm, sincere
  • folksy, down-to-earth
  • intelligent, serious
  • sensual, sultry, sexy
  • dark, evil and powerful
  • sophisticated
  • authoritative
  • accessible, informative
  • clear, concise straight reads
  • dramatic, comic
  • character voices
  • senior voices

Experience and Training

  • ongoing voice-over coaching and professional mentoring with Ray Nakamoto, Nakamoto Productions, Sacramento
  • voice-over workshops with Donna Christie, Bill Whitman, Stan Lemkuil, Susan Hayward, Charlie Holliday and others
  • B Street Theatre Conservatory, Michael Stevenson and Jamie Jones, Sacramento
  • Summer Training Congress, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco: improvisation (Rafe Chase), Shakespeare (Drew Khalouf), speech evaluation and dialects (Lynn Soffer), Meissner technique (Francine Landes)
  • bachelor of arts, theater, California State University, Fresno
  • associate of arts, theater and journalism, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton
  • acting classes, Mountview Drama School, London, England
  • training-video scriptwriter, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • singer/business manager, Merry Measure, professional a cappella quartet, Sacramento
  • theater actor at Sierra Repertory Theatre, Resurrection Theatre, California Stage, Ovation Stage, Sacra-Melo, B Street Theatre, Woodland Opera House, Columbia Actors Theatre, Stockton Civic Theatre, Manteca Community Theater
  • Annual Sacramento Elly Awards: Supporting Actress in a Drama, 2016; Leading Actress in a Musical, 2015; Leading Actress in a Comedy, 2014
  • veteran writer and editor for newspapers, magazines and public relations communications

Email: janet@janetmotenko.com
Also find me at www.voice123.com/janetmotenko