Laura did her first recording session at age seven.
"90% of the people I meet in and out of our industry have no idea what the term 'vocal contractor' or 'instrumental contractor' means, let alone have even heard of the position. When you want to remodel your home, you hire a contractor. When you want to hire artists to help you create your art – music, words, media – contractors are there for you. Similar to the stunt coordinator relationship on and off set with stunt performers and production, the busiest in-demand session vocalists and instrumentalists do not have agents. They book directly through vocal and instrumental contractors, who do not take an agent cut or fee from their talent – contractors are paid their own '+___%' through SAG-AFTRA and AFM (Musicians Union).
Contractors have to be everything from music producer to arranger to conductor to score reader to casting director, even being on-set music supervisors helping actors with mouthing, miming, playing, conducting... the possibilities are endless. You want a skilled contractor on your set and in the recording studio as an ace in pocket. You won't have to worry about a thing. Production will often ask us to be a vocal coach to their actors who need to sing, when what they really need is a vocal producer and contractor able to make actors comfortable in order to deliver a performance. We work closely with production to find the perfect musical voices, be it a soloist to match an on-screen non-singing actor's speaking voice when they need to convincingly sing, an actor who has to be a magical clarinet genius, creating a gospel choir, finding a local choir, children's choir, carolers, the most authentic string quartet on the Titanic shooting in Mexico (yes, we work all over the country and internationally!), an 80-voice epic film score choir... or a jazz trio, a big band, a wedding band, any instrumental group on screen that should convincingly look like they are playing their instruments. Audiences truly appreciate it. Music Educators appreciate it. The whole reason I have a career in the industry started with watching the music credits on animated features, reading those names of the music creators that deserve screen credit when so often we're forgotten about in post-production. We record entire scores on scoring stages once the picture is locked, and watch the credits scroll by on the screen behind us... when our work is still being done.
Speaking 'music' and 'musician' is a very interesting language, so we are always thrilled to work together with production teams to achieve their musical vision through the understanding of communication. The possibilities are endless.
Plus, we are constantly working with communities across the US and abroad to build relationships in the shooting locations of choice. I've spent the last 19 years full time in the industry learning that communication and preparation is everything. I've also learned how to embrace strong personalities and figure out what works best for everyone in a Switzerlandian way."
TV ANIMATION & GAME credits include Phineas and Ferb, Sofia The First, Disenchantment, Jake and The Never Land Pirates, The 7D, Elena Of Avalor, Milo Murphy's Law, Wander Over Yonder, Billy Dilley, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, The Emperor's New School, Pickle & Peanut, Fish Hooks, Cinderella III, Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension, Frozen (Blu-ray/DVD), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and another very exciting NDA project.
TV & FILM credits include Frozen II, The Secret Life of Pets 2, American Gods, American Housewife, Ralph Breaks the Internet, War For The Planet Of The Apes, The Last Tycoon, Sing, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Modern Family, American Idol, A Christmas Story Live, The Talk, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2018), Frozen (DVD/Blu-ray), Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Good Morning America, Live with Kelly, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Touch, White Collar, Supernatural, MTV Video Music Awards, Sonny With A Chance, The Christmas Chronicles with Kurt Russell, and So Random.
COMMERCIAL clients include KFC, Maybelline, Priceline, Toyota, Target, Macy's, In-n-Out, NBC's Last Comic Standing and Subway.
Laura is also vocal director and contractor for Disney TV Animation; and vocal contractor for Matt Groening's Disenchantment, Michael Bublé, and Amazon's The Last Tycoon starring Matt Bomer and Kelsey Grammer. Other recent projects include contracting for Willie Nelson, Wayne Brady and Engelbert Humperdinck, along with Dolly Parton's Netflix musical Christmas on the Square.
As an experienced producer, vocal/music arranger, instrumental contractor and vocal contractor, Laura is well-versed in the art of casting and working closely with production teams. She can provide a number of services, including payroll and being your liaison between SAG-AFTRA, AFM, BMI, ASCAP, AGMA, AGVA and Actors' Equity Association.
Favorite talent that Laura has produced and directed in the studio includes Jim Cummings, Billy West, Jess Harnell, Kevin Michael Richardson, Mick Wingert, Jeff Bennett, Keith Ferguson, Fred Tatasciore, Ellie Kemper, Wayne Brady, Tituss Burgess, Eric Stonestreet, Carlos Alazraqui, Catherine Cavidini, John Michael Higgins, Chris Parnell, Travis Willingham, Jesse L. Martin, Kari Wahlgren, Christian Lanz, Grey Griffin, Rachel MacFarlane, Ariel Winter, Aasif Mandvi, Khary Payton, Kiernan Shipka, Aimee Carrero, Jorge Diaz, Tyler Posey, Andrew Rannells, Andre Sogliuzzo, Darcy Rose Byrnes, Fritz Sperberg, Jenna Ortega, Joseph Haro, Julia Vera, Justina Machado, Constance Marie, Sam Riegel, Sarah Baker, Gaby Moreno, Emiliano Diez, Sabrina Carpenter, Dominique McElligott, Chloe Guidry and Jamie Camil... to mention just a few!