John is the Sacramento area’s leading voice-over talent. You can hear John voice promos on HBO and Showtime. I’ve had the honor of producing John’s first voice-over demo when he was just beginning his VO career:
“Ray’s Coaching, Directing, and Professional Demo Production helped skyrocket my voice in the VO Biz. I have been able to win awards in Hollywood… Seven to be exact! With hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of National Commercials! Radio, Narrations, Movies, TV, Promos, Trailers, Consumer Sales.”
Donna has worked at Cartoon Network; Heathcliff TV series with MEL BLANC
“Ray Nakamoto is a rare find among producers. His studio is equipped with state of the art equipment and Ray’s imagination and skill go a long way to creating a very professional audio reel. His pricing is fair and a long way from the fly-by-night producers with only a computer and microphone. Ray produced an animated track and a commercial track for me which I successfully used to sign with the top agency in San Francisco.”
“Ray Nakamoto has been a personal friend and mentor for many years. A sincere and caring individual, whose life journey has been behind the microphone.
Giving of his time and resources for many who seek his perspective and knowledge. There are few individuals who have had such established and spanning careers in the VO industry as Ray. For me, someone to look up to and emulate.”
Story Teller voice for Raley’s/Belair
“Over 20 years ago, I did my first radio commercial for Raley’s. The director was Ray Nakamoto!
I will always be grateful for the advice and direction Ray gave me. His coaching helped me develop a manner of delivery that connected with listeners.
Ray is skilled at bringing out the best in an untrained voice – through style and pacing that makes the voice commercially appealing, and the message creditable.
Ray is the area’s premier voice coach and I thank him for helping me get started as a radio spokesman.“
Don LaFontaine’s mentor; Coach Ray’s mentor, co-originator of the modern movie trailer delivery: In a World, Voice of Titanic, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park – The Lost World, The Prince of Egypt, The Green Mile, Back to the Future plus The Spaghetti Westerns: A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and thousands more.
Ray Nakamoto is not only an excellent teacher, but he is unscrupulously honest as well. He’ll tell it “like- it- is” and that’s what people wanting to learn “voice over” need to hear.
He also endorses my method of teaching which is not only flattering, but the only real way to learn I truly believe. Just precisely what is it “I truly believe”? I’ll let Ray tell it!
Sincerely, Don Morrow…..(WHO the hell is Don Morrow?… I’ll let Ray tell that too).
“First and Foremost, I would like to say that Coach Ray’s Killer Demo he produced for me has been instrumental in my VO Career! I often refer those who are interested in starting a career in Voice-Over to Ray. His skill and ability to craft a Demo that best suits your voice and niche is incredible! 4-years ago, I had the pleasure of having Ray produce my 1st and only demo and the feedback was so impressive! Many voice seekers thought the reads were actual VO’s that were being played on both Radio and T.V. However, most importantly, with Coach’s Marketing Info… I was able to establish great working relationships from some of the most notable companies in the country.
If you haven’t done so please book your Consultation and Demo today!!
Coach Ray’s rates are competitive and affordable..
The name is Baughan, Robert Baughan, but usually it’s RoB KaCeY.! Just recently, I was lucky enough to get my first National spot & it premiered on The Academy Awards, when I did the VO tag for PEPSI Mini Cans. I’ve also done the Radio spot for PEPSI which will air for the next year! Ray always said my ‘Money Voice’ was like that of Mason Adams, who made ‘With a name like Smuckers’ a legendary line.
In fact, a lot of the bookings I’ve been hired for, although not all of them, have been variations of that Mason Adams style. I guess you’d have to say that Ray’s career guidance & influence have helped immeasurably with my Voice Over development.
You might even say, ‘With a name like Nakamoto…he has to be good!’
Working with Ray Nakamoto has accelerated not only my skill as a voice over talent, his guidance and advice has saved me time, energy, and effort in auditioning for jobs. I was taking several hours to produce a single submission-ready demo.
With Ray’s intensive audition recording sessions it takes me a fraction of the time. In a mere ninety minutes we’ve been able to craft and submit as many as five quality auditions for listing on www.voices.com and www.voice123.com
The sessions with Ray not only helped me increase the number of submissions I’ve been able to create but the quality and professionalism of those spots has increased exponentially.
Literally, Ray has saved me months of trial and error testing and has help my confidence grow knowing Ray’s by my side coaching me, guiding me, and mentoring me toward a higher level of performance and success in my voiceover career.
Ray’s ear and expertise have been invaluable in my growth and professional progression as a voiceover talent/actor (you can use whatever term serves you best). I couldn’t recommend Ray with more commitment and enthusiasm—quite simply, he’s been a wizard behind the curtain who has been magical for me.
Ray is a genius in the nuances of intonation, inflection, and when even when to pause which helped create the ideal read for my demo. Coupled with his expert weave of background sounds and music, I now have the coveted demo seasoned voiceover talent veterans consider invaluable for a career in voiceovers. Listen for yourself!
Ray, I cannot thank you enough for your dedication to perfection and support in helping me find my voice and cutting a demo! You are a genius in the nuances of intonation, inflection and when to take a breath. Who knew there was so much to think about? I am so excited to share our artistry with the world! I’ll keep you posted on my success. Thank you for sending me off into the world sounding like I’ve been doing this for years.
Brian Lee Gardner
My name is Brian Lee Gardner. I am a Voice-Actor who was coached and assisted GREATLY by making my voice reel with Ray Nakamoto as Producer. I have subsequently landed repeat work with a documentary production company back East. All on the strength of simply, sending out query e-mails to film production companies…WITH… the Demo reel that Ray produced.
I cannot thank him enough. I have also, over the months since making the voice reel with him, called for advice and he’s ALWAYS willing to help me!
Thanks a million Ray!
As far as I’m concerned, Ray Nakamoto is the go-to guy for voice demos in the Sacramento region. With decades of experience in the audio industry as a producer, director, copywriter, voice actor and coach, he knows the business up, down, sideways, inside and out.
He’s also one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet–kind, honest, sincere, encouraging and endlessly patient with voice actors.
At the same time, Ray understands the changing marketplace and has an unerring sense for what works well on a demo and what doesn’t. He’ll be honest with you and guide you to copy and delivery choices that will best showcase your vocal strengths.
Along with being a great guide and support, Ray is exceptional at picking just the right music beds and sound effects to tie a demo together, and his audio production work is always of the very highest quality.
We are so fortunate to have a demo producer of Ray’s caliber and experience in the Sacramento area. I can’t say enough good things about him!
If a Sacramento area Voice Over Talent is looking for a hands on, personal touch, & GREAT Value VO coaching… then I highly recommend Nakamoto Productions.
I am new to the VO world as of June 2013 and was blessed to have found this LOCAL VO organization. I have been working with the owner, Ray Nakamoto and found him to be warm & dedicated to his VO client’s success.
My experience has been that Ray puts his time & money into offering the highest quality & affordable workshops, private lessons, demos, networking/linking the VO communities as well as offers very generous studio time at extremely affordable rates.
Ray’s 40+ years of experience & expertise in the VO Business, plus his 30 years of producing & recording demos, has rewarded him with being Sacramento’s Award winning Demo Producer
For me, finding Nakamoto Productions was an answer to prayer, just when I was feeling a bit discouraged… and feeling a need to have a HANDS ON coach. In just a few short months of dedication on both Ray’s & my part, I am blossoming into a viable VO Talent. Ray has made this affordable & fun… and the best part for me, he has a dedicated, loving heart & has built a lovely VO community right here in Sacramento.
I really enjoyed the Pro Edition class with Ray and Brett and, of course, the other talented students in the class! The class was fun, comfortable and a great opportunity to learn and improve. We each got to practice auditioning three different times with great feedback from everyone.
I think this is a wonderful opportunity to “workshop” with others – no matter what level you are at! I am so thankful to have an opportunity such as this to improve my skills and to meet others with the same goals in the voiceover business!
I have only been practicing auditions up until now, but I think I’m ready to sign on as a premium member either at Voices 1-2-3 or Voices.com.
Thanks again for your great support, Ray!