Voice acting coach: ‘We should all do what we love’

Melissa Moats is co-owner of The Voice Actors Studio in Henderson. Among her voiceover credits are Best Western Hotels, Ashley Furniture and Proactiv.

Describe your business.

Our studio supports the voiceover community and offers beginners a safe environment to jump in and learn the art of voice acting. We back you up, skill you up and send you on your way to make it happen.

Who are your customers/clients?

So many people are interested and curious about the voiceover industry. We mentor moms, dads, police officers, airline captains, doctors, forensic scientists, theater majors, hair stylists, actors, financial advisers, you name it. We’ve even had performers from the Strip train with us. Some people come to us purely for the fun of it. It’s a creative outlet for them. Others have goals to potentially earn part-time or eventually full-time income.

What was your career path prior to becoming a small-business owner?

The Voice Actors Studio

• Address: 1510 W. Horizon Ridge Parkway, Suite 100, Henderson

• Phone: 702-538-9318

• Email: [email protected]

• Website:

• Hours of operation: By appointment

• Owned/operated by: Melissa and Troy Moats

• In business since: 2015

I grew up in a musical family and by the age of 11, my parents had me working with a vocal coach studying classical voice. At 16, I landed my first gig singing big band music/standards around the Chicago area. I’d always wanted to become a cruise director, and by 19, I was performing on cruise ships and finally got to live out one of my lifelong dreams of being Julie McCoy from “The Love Boat”! I met my husband at sea, and we were married in 1999.

Since I was a kid, I had expressed an interest in doing voices for commercials. After moving to Las Vegas in 2000, I enrolled in a voiceover course taught through UNLV. That led to me pursuing it full time. Now, 17 years later, I am proud to be instructing the voiceover course for UNLV.

What is the most exciting project you’ve worked on?

Voicing promos for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and narrating Justin Timberlake’s documentary have to be at the top of the list.

What is your business philosophy?

I treat every client as though they are my only client. I know how important their project is to them, and I’m honored to be the voice they selected to share their message with the world. With my students, I give them everything I’ve got. I’m an open book. Anything I can share with them to make their journey less scary, I will.

What is the best part about doing business in Las Vegas?

We encounter so many different people, from performers on the Strip to people who have retired here to people who visit from all over the world. And many seasoned voiceover pros vacation here and enjoy taking a workshop with us while they’re in town, or utilizing our studio.

Anything else you want to share?

I’m thankful to get to do what I love every day. I’m also grateful to my husband, Troy, who is the glue that holds our crazy-cool-never-a-dull-moment-creative life together. He’s behind the scenes doing everything that makes our studio possible, and he’s my biggest fan.

Life is short. Through all of this, I’ve beaten cancer twice. When you face mortality, you realize how precious time is. We should all do what we love and help as many people as we can along the way.