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Will passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Will delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
2009

Hi there, I'm Will. I’ve spent the last 10 years exploring the artsy-science of storytelling and persuasive speech, and put in many a late night to streamline success in the voice over industry (commercials and cartoons). Over the past 5 years, 200+ repeat clients in 23 countries have trusted me to speak for them, to be an advocate for their brand.

For years, I've spoken for other people...now, I want to teach others to speak for themselves. Maybe you're trying to gain greater confidence in speaking, maybe you're looking to modify your native accent, maybe you want to regain your old voice after a stroke or injury, maybe you want to build a sustainable career in acting/vo like I've done. Whatever you're after, I can help.

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Experience

Voice Coach
Jan 2017 - Present
Will Hughes Voice Over

Serving burgeoning and veteran VO students both online and in-person (300+ hours of individual and group coaching). Selective coaching in areas of P-ESL, accent modification, public speaking, and health-related rehabilitation.

Voice Actor
Aug 2015 - Present
Will Hughes Voice Over

Serving the international market (200+ repeat clients in 23 countries), with a specialization in commercial and corporate storytelling.

Stage Actor
Jan 2012 - Jul 2016
Various Organizations

Recognized for body of work by membership in Actor’s Equity Association, Moscow Art Theater (Russia), Harvard ART (Boston), Stella Adler Studios (New York), and Playmakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill).

Writing Center Associate
Jan 2008 - Dec 2012
Ave Maria

Provided supplementary education to undergraduates, while evaluating their written assignments for content, structure, tone, and audience. Performed comprehensive edits and offered welcome suggestions to writing styles ranging from narrative to expository, from technical to persuasive.

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Education

MFA Acting
Jul 2013 - Aug 2016
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA Literature
Aug 2008 - May 2012
Ave Maria University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Seldon Memorial Award
Aug 2015
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professional Development Grant
Aug 2014
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Affiliations

Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Dec 2015

VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.

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Actors' Equity Association
Aug 2014

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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We're all telling stories: in our daily lives, in our business, in our own minds. Let me help you to better tell your story.
The Voice of Experience

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5 Reviews

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Kurshid B. Sep 19, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

Madison Jul 26, 2019
Public Speaking · Online

Was looking for a speaking coach to help me become a better GM and storyteller. Will is an honest-to-God Matt Mercer. I’m 20 sessions in and my friends already notice a huge difference. Thank you!!

Jamie L Jul 23, 2019
Voice Acting · Online

Will walked me through each step of building a VO business: technique, marketing, professional standards, you name it. I got my first paid job today and I owe a hell of lot to Will’s training. If you want a coach who will go the extra mile and will celebrate your success without reservation--look no further. He is a superstar.

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Dmitry Jul 23, 2019
Audition Prep · Online

I was impressed by the teacher. I've learnt a lot of new interesting and useful things about my voice.

Marc Jul 9, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

I was suspicious of voice coaches but Will changed my mind. He is insightful, experienced, and adaptable. If you are struggling to find your way in this challenging field, Will provides the time-tested know-how and clear-cut guidance that leads to actionable success. I would recommend him to anyone.

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