Joan Baker

Joan is a force in American showbiz—an accomplished author, actor, and voiceover artist, renowned for her engaging on-camera hosting. As the Co-founder and Vice President (VP) of the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ (SOVAS™), she passionately champions the internationally acclaimed That’s Voiceover!™ Career Expo and the Voice Arts® Awards, recognized as the Oscars of Voice Acting by Good Morning America. The stage has welcomed illustrious honorees such as James Earl Jones, Viola Davis, Mark Hamill, Lily Tomlin, William Shatner, Ken Burns, Rosario Dawson, Laraine Neuman, and Keith David…

Joan’s influence extends beyond the stage as the author of “Secrets of Voice-Over Success,” a groundbreaking chronicle of top voice actors’ career journeys. A sought-after educator, she imparts her wisdom at esteemed institutions like Columbia University, New York University, and Kentucky University. Moreover, Joan recently joined the faculty as an adjunct professor at the renowned Hartt School-University of Hartford. She continues to shape voice actors through private coaching worldwide, transforming talent into masters of their craft.

Joan has graced screens and airwaves, winning six Telly Awards and two Promax/BDA Awards for her stellar voice acting and production work. From ESPN to HBO, Joan’s voice resonates across networks and platforms. Her on-camera hosting prowess shines at A&E’s Tribeca Film Festival Red Carpet Interviews and marquee events like Bravo’s Moving Image Salutes.

A dedicated philanthropist, Joan’s acts of kindness and impact on the industry have consistently earned recognition in prestigious publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Variety Magazine, and Deadline, illustrating her unwavering commitment to positive change. As a Neumann Microphones Endorsed Artist since 2008 and a spokesperson for Spotify Advertising’s “Outside Voices,” Joan continues to explore new frontiers. In 2021, she co-founded, a nonprofit lifestyle brand, and in 2022, the Television Academy sought Joan as a juror for both the Children’s & Family Emmys and the Daytime Emmy Awards, further solidifying her influential role in the industry.

Currently residing in Weehawken, New Jersey, she shares her journey with her husband and business partner, Rudy Gaskins.



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