About Me

Janet Motenko

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. Those voices can bring back a flood of feelings and memories to this day. I have formal training and experience acting in professional and community theaters, as well as a long, separate career as a newspaper reporter, editor and freelance features writer. My lifelong love of both written and oral language also makes me uniquely suited to voice-over work. I’m open to many types of projects but am especially interested in:

  • audiobooks, particularly books for children
  • documentaries
  • animation and video games
  • movie trailers
  • corporate training videos
  • e-learning courses
  • interactive kiosks and audio tours

Voice Description

  • senior
  • grandmotherly
  • warm, sincere
  • folksy, down-to-earth
  • intelligent, serious
  • dark, evil and powerful
  • sophisticated
  • authoritative
  • accessible, informative
  • dramatic, comic

Experience and Training

  • Actor at theaters throughout Northern California, including Capital Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Resurrection Theatre, California Stage, Ovation Stage, B Street Theatre, Woodland Opera House, Columbia Actors Theatre, Stockton Civic Theatre, Manteca Community Theater
  • Voice-over coaching and professional mentoring from Ray Nakamoto, Nakamoto Productions, Sacramento
  • Workshops with VO professionals, including 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 and actor, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Singer/business manager, Merry Measure, professional a cappella quartet, Sacramento
  • 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, corporate communications

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