Best known for lending her voice to the most iconic characters on screen across hundreds of animated shows, including The Simpsons and Nickelodeon’s The Rugrats, Cartwright takes the class behind the scenes into the inventive and colorful world of voice acting and shares examples of her storied career spanning over four decades.
“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,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “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.”
Through custom animation, a first for the platform, Cartwright’s MasterClass will unpack her holistic creative process for recording animated characters step-by-step, including voicing brand-new characters with original sketches to showcase her range of techniques. She will open up about every part of her experience, from performance tips to insights on how to succeed in voice acting, the importance of a mentor, handling auditions while using rejection to one’s benefit.
“If you’re going to start a career in voice acting, there are a few things you need to know. Number one, the most important thing is that you have to be yourself. You have your own voice—literally,” said Cartwright. “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, the award-winning actress made her mark in the entertainment industry as the most treasured and renowned voices on television for nearly 40 years. She is best known as the voice of everyone’s favorite 10-year-old underachiever Bart Simpson from The Simpsons, as well as the voice behind Chuckie in Rugrats, Mindy in Animaniacs, Rufus on Disney’s Kim Possible series, and dozens of others.
Cartwright 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 in 2004. She received the Don LaFontaine Legacy Award in 2012, a special award created to recognize voice talent and its integral role in marketing and promotion within the entertainment industry. In addition to her voice work, Cartwright co-founded the Spotted Cow Entertainment production company and most recently launched CRE84U, a global joint-venture that focuses on the acquisition and development of Latinx intellectual properties.
Cartwright’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access with an annual membership to all 90+ world-class instructors, including Alicia Keys, Jeff Koons, Salman Rushdie, Walter Mosley, RuPaul, St. Vincent, Gordon Ramsay, and more.
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