Emmy Award–winning actress Nancy Cartwright, best known for lending her voice to hundreds of animated shows, including The Simpsons and The Rugrats, has launched a voice acting class on the streaming platform, MasterClass. Through custom animation, examples from her storied career, and live-action demonstrations of her vocal techniques, Cartwright will take members behind the scenes and into the colorful world of voice acting.
“Nancy has mastered the art of taking words off a page and using only her voice to bring hundreds of original animated characters to life on screen,” commented MasterClass founder and CEO David Rogier. “It’s only fitting that our first animated class features Nancy teaching members how to harness their voices to give life to unique characters and tap into their imagination.”
Designed for beginning and intermediate voice actors and non-actors alike, Cartwright’s MasterClass will showcase her step-by-step holistic creative process for recording animated characters. She will illustrate her range of techniques by voicing brand-new characters with original sketches, sharing every part of her experience from performance tips to insights on how to succeed in voice acting. She will cover the important role of a mentor, the differences between an agent and a manager, how to find representation, and handling auditions while using rejection to one’s benefit. Members will walk away from the class with both voice acting skills and life lessons that can be applied to any career.
“If you’re going to start a career in voice acting, there are a few things you need to know,” explained Cartwright. “Number one, the most important thing is that you have to be yourself. You have your own voice—literally. In my MasterClass, I’ll share advice on how to hone that voice and use it to not only build a career, but to uplift, to make change and to bring joy to others.”
An Ohio native, Cartwright has made her mark in the entertainment industry as one of the most recognized voices on television for nearly 40 years. She is best known as the voice behind Bart Simpson from The Simpsons; Chuckie in Rugrats; Mindy in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain; Rufus in Kim Possible and dozens of others. She won the first-ever Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in 1992, the Annie Award for voicing Bart Simpson in 1995 and a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for voicing Rufus, the naked mole rat in the Disney Channel series Kim Possible in 2004. In addition to her voice work, Cartwright co-founded the production company, Spotted Cow Entertainment, as well as the television development and production company CRE84U Entertainment, a recently launched global joint-venture focused on the acquisition and development of Latinx intellectual properties.
The class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 100+ instructors across a wide range of subjects with an annual membership.