A refugee from New York, Debby Kotzen settled in the Windy City in 1992 to work in the Communications Department of the Internet division of PBS and to lose her NY accent. Upon realizing that opportunity was knocking elsewhere, and recognizing her inner ear for language and mellifluous voices, Debby found herself working at Cunningham-Escott-DiPene (CED) Talent Agency in charge of the voiceover department. When the SAG Commercials Contract strike in 2000 closed CED’s doors, a window flung open so hard it hit Debby on the head, causing her to realize it was time to strike out on her own and Naked Voices, now one of the sole voiceover-only talent agencies in the country, was born. Ms. Kotzen, who speaks Italian and Chinese take-out fluently, loves her Bedlington Terrier, Beckham, and her newly adopted home of Chicago.
Laurie Haverkamp, Agent
A St. Louis native and Cardinals fan (don’t hold it against her), Laurie Haverkamp relocated to Chicago in 1999 as a student at Columbia College, where she majored in Radio. She got her first taste of the Voice-Over industry as an intern at Voices Unlimited, where six months later she was offered a job as an agent. The 2007 Innovative Artists take over of Voices Unlimited gave Laurie and her actors new reach with offices in Los Angeles and New York. When IA closed their Voice-Over department in June 2012, she brought her 12+ years of industry experience and her dynamo roster to Naked Voices. Laurie lives in Evanston with her husband, seriously handsome son, unbelievably adorable daughter and her rascally rescue dog, Edie Falco.
Brett Sechrist has been with Naked Voices since 2011. A powerhouse in animation and interactive media, Sechrist was previously employed at AVO Talent in Hollywood, where he represented such notable talent as Kath Soucie (“Rugrats”), Marcia Wallace (“The Simpsons”), and Bill Farmer (“Goofy”), to name just a few. Sechrist also worked with producer Mario Kassar (“Terminator”, “Rambo”) and various producers at Paramount Pictures before moving into the agency side of filmmaking. Mr. Sechrist is a Seattle native and graduated from the University of Redlands in California with a degree in Creative Writing and Film Production.
Mary Kay O’Connor, Agent
Mary Kay is the newest member of our team. She is a Chicago native (and has the accent to prove it.) A spring 2014 graduate from Marquette University, Mary Kay majored in Broadcast and Electronic Communication and minored in Film Studies. We tell her that she was hired on as our fall intern because we were impressed with her work at her previous internship at DDB Chicago, but it was really because she climbed all 7 flights of stairs on the day of her interview when the elevator was out. We felt like we owed her that much.