Cedering Fox is one of the few internationally recognized voices on television. You have heard her as the on-air announcer for live awards shows such as The Oscars, The People’s Choice Awards, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and The Democratic National Convention. She is also the go-to announcer for many non-broadcast events such as The Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Producers Guild Awards, The Lumiere Awards and The Oscar Nominees Luncheon. Ms. Fox has voiced hundreds of promotional spots for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and cable networks including CNN, HGTV, EPSN, LIFETIME, REELZ, etc. She has voiced several award winning documentaries, countless national commercials and political spots, and is the female voice of numerous local affiliate stations. Cedering regularly donates her voice to valued organizations such as The United Way, PANCAN and Liberty Hill Foundation and is featured in the book, Secrets of Voice-over Success: Top Actors Reveal How They Did It.
As the Founder and Artistic Director of WordTheatre® operating in Los Angeles, New York, and London, Cedering directs top film, television and theatre actors in original theatrical productions featuring works by the world’s finest contemporary authors. She was anonymously nominated the United States Artists Fellowship in recognition of artistic excellence. Frequent WordTheatre participants include actors Connie Britton, Sterling K Brown, Brian Cox, Darren Criss, Dana Delany, James Franco, Jason George, Chris Gorham, Jeff Goldblum, Carla Gugino, Ian Hart, Damian Lewis, Lesley Manville, Julianna Margulies, Helen McCrory, Alfred Molina, David Morrissey, CC H Pounder, Zachary Quinto, Amanda Seyfried, JK Simmons, Juliet Stevenson, Lorraine Toussaint, Bruce Vilanch, Bellamy Young, Finn Whitrock, & Olivia Williams, to name a few.
Click here to read an excerpt of her chapter from The Secrets of Voice-Over Success
Excerpt from Secrets of Voice-Over Success
Somewhere between seeing Ethel Merman perform Annie Get Your Gun on Broadway and getting Julie Harris to sign my autograph book after her reading of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, I was bitten by the acting/directing/producing bug. Between the ages of seven and ten, I enjoyed an early career as New York’s most influential backyard theater producer. I employed most of the children who lived on Lakeshore Drive in Massapequa Park. The pay was Kool-Aid and Swedish Oatmeal cookies, but no one seemed to mind. A couple of great trees held up curtains, and I performed a rendition of Edelweiss that was so somber and basso it still has my parents laughing. By eleven, I was playing Tiger Brown in Three Penny Opera at my all girls Performing Arts Camp, the second of many male and old lady roles: They’ll chop’em to bits because they like their hamburgers raw! Junior High Chorus members suffered through my singing tenor with the boys and my fellow high school thespians waited in excruciating anticipation hoping against all odds that I’d be able to hit the high notes in You’ll Never Walk Alone. Those Gs above middle C were absolutely terrifying! My voice was always low. The family joke has it that, as a two year old, I would walk into a room and say hello, and everyone would look around for the person who should embody that sound, say, Marlene Deitrich. They were shocked to find me. My voice was an asset and a liability. I didn’t get many ingenue roles, but I was determined to pursue my dreams of Broadway stardom. With an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Acting Program I hit the streets of Manhattan. I landed in a play at famed experimental theatre La Mama, garnering a rave review on the back page of The New York Times, but I couldn’t live on the $125 dollars a week I was being paid. How do you have an acting career and make a living? I sold subscriptions at the Philharmonic and served cocktails at the New York Hilton until the nine hour shifts nearly killed me. Here I was being PAID to act and I couldn’t survive on what I was making. All through my arts training, the message had been loud and clear: DON’T sell out! DON’T prostitute yourself! You are an ARTIST! Well, call me whatever, but it was clear I needed to make a buck. I went to visit my mother and a miracle occurred. She had a party and her neighbor, Eric Weber, who just happened to be the Vice Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, stopped by. Where did you get that voice?, he asked over the guacamole. I was born with it, I replied, shoveling a large scoop of the chunky, green stuff into my mouth. You should be doing voice-over, he said. Where do I sign up?, I asked, trying not to drool. Eric invited me to come to his office to lay down some copy. I had no idea what that meant, but he seemed like a respectable guy so I agreed to go to the Saatchi offices….