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  • For Beginners

    Beginning Seminar

    Directors: Vicki Baum, Aaron Miner

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Launch into a weekend packed full of information, performance exercises and FUN! You’ll explore basic voice acting fundamentals including detailed acting choices, script interpretation, microphone technique, monologues, dialogues, improv and video game characters – including playback and feedback of recorded performances, making this class a unique experience in online training choices. Get ready to jump in from the very beginning experimenting with partner improv exercises and audience participation guessing games that revolve around making specific acting choices. By the end of the weekend, you’ll have a solid understanding of the voice acting craft, and an awareness of the particular skills and techniques you’ll need to succeed in the current marketplace, and perhaps even a different perspective of who you are and what stories and characters you can create!

     

    Creating Characters

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Whether or not you think you “do characters”, we’re here to tell you that you DO! Why? Because you’ve been six years old, when playing wasn’t about pretending to be a character, but about being the character, letting go and using your imagination. And with that mindset, you can learn to do anything, even characters. Chuck and Brian will share their insights, tricks and techniques that have led to their remarkable success in the character genre. Gain an enhanced understanding of the character creation process and realize just how freeing and exhilarating it is as an adult to simply let go and play. After this weekend, you will possess an increased confidence in your ability to invent colorful and memorable, yet realistic characters. With Chuck and Brian’s expertise and encouragement, get ready to unleash the characters that live within you that you never knew existed.

     

    Finding Your Voice

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 3.5-hour overview

    Class Notes: None

    Join Voicetrax founder, Samantha Paris, for an enlightening overview that’s half “everything you ever wanted to know about voice-over” and half interactive exercises where volunteers who are game get to jump right in and actually record a character or a radio commercial! After decades in the industry, Samantha is thrilled to be able to pay it forward by offering this information in a fun, loving, tell-it-like-it-is way. Samantha will offer a straightforward outlook regarding the financial realities of the business, the commitment and training required to become a successful, working voice actor, the advantages and pitfalls of online casting, and how you’ll know when you’re really ready for a demo and a talent agent. What a fun way to spend a Saturday!

     

    Introduction To Narration

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 14-hour four-week workshop, 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    We now live in a world where communication is way beyond the written word. Companies brand their innovative products through videos, employers train their employees through videos, medical professionals learn about new treatments through videos and on and on and on. And what do all those videos around the world need? You guessed it… narrators! The different genres of narration are endless including audio tours, audio books, tutorials, medical narration, television shows and documentary narration amongst many others. During this class, you’ll explore some of those narration styles and techniques as you work with a wide variety of copy including the always growing field of narration for the populous tech companies in the Bay Area. Learn not only the technical elements of narration, but also how to engage the listener and weave an engaging story that takes your audience along for the ride, without overpowering the visuals. You’ll acquire a clear perspective on the storytelling skills required to deliver strong, connected, narration performances.

     

    Simply Acting

    Director: Frank Coppola

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: None

    Frank teaches the fundamental acting techniques he’s learned and used successfully for decades, both as an actor and director, including breaking down the script into beats and assigning intentions, developing your character and asking yourself what happened right before the script starts, script analysis skills that are critical and mandatory skills for every actor whether it be voice-over, on stage or on-camera. Through participation in theater games and improv exercises you’ll increase your comfort level, gain confidence in your performance ability and learn to make bold choices that will bring your acting to life. You’ll also spend time learning how to apply these basic acting concepts to performing commercial copy.

     

    To Paris And Back

    Director: Samantha Paris, Vicki Baum

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Join our founder, Samantha Paris, as she takes you on a whirlwind journey, exploring the world of voice-over. Through comedy-driven commercial dialogues, Samantha will take you through “real world” audition exercises, just like the pros do it. And for good measure, Vicki will crash the party late on the second day to work you out on some cool character copy. Samantha takes great pride in the fact that she personally guides each student through every step their voice-over voyage, whether your personal path lasts a day, a couple of years or a career lifetime. Working one-on-one with our Founder will not only develop your acting and script analysis skills exponentially but working directly with you will allow Samantha to get to know you on a deeper level, so she can recommend with personal, first-hand knowledge your next best step as your adventure through the voice-over world continues.

  • For Intermediate Students

    Colors Of Your Voice

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop, 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    What color is luxury…Silver? Trust…Blue? Excitement…Red? The Colors method, originally developed by veteran Voicetrax Guest Director Thom Pinto, has helped thousands of actors including your instructor, construct a richer, more vibrant voice-over foundation by assigning different emotions to a specific color. As Chuck leads you through an exploration of your full vocal and emotional spectrum and associates it with colors, you’ll uncover a multitude of voices and interpretations that you’ve never before considered or realized you were capable of delivering. Not to mention you’ll now possess a tool that is so relevant and effective, it is used every single day by busy, working voice actors.

     

    Dialogues Gone Wild

    Director: Devin Glischinski

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    It really doesn’t take voice-over students very long to figure out how much fun it is to have an acting partner, how much more alive and real your personal performance can be when you have another actor to work off of. And if that’s true (and it is), then this workshop is destined to be wall-to-wall genuine joy. Devin’s dynamic lesson plan that includes commercial and character scripts will become incrementally more challenging as the weeks progress going from partner improvs and full dialogue scripts to wild-lining, the art of performing one side of a dialogue when the other half is not on the script. During the last week your imagination will be paramount as you perform your wild-lined script with confidence knowing you now have the ability to “hear” the other role even when you’re on your own. And by strengthening your dialogue skills you ultimately strengthen your monologue skills, since surprise… every monologue is an internal dialogue in disguise.

     

    Founder’s Seminar

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    This challenging weekend seminar is script analysis, mic technique and a few surprises all rolled up into one. It’s uncanny how much better your acting gets when you understand the script, so Samantha will take an in-depth look at that crucial skill of analyzing copy. You’ll work on dialogues and bring the scene alive while tapping into a creative side you never knew you possessed that sits lurking beneath the surface. And those surprises we spoke of? Well, if we told you what they were, it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it? At the end of the weekend, you’ll be shocked, amazed and most importantly excited at the new level of performance you’re now capable of. And let’ s be honest, any time spent with Samantha will turbo-boost your imagination and acting choices.

     

    Improv For Voice Actors

    Director: Anna Mathias

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Ever wonder what a bowling butterfly would giggle like? How would a rhino with low self-esteem approach a confrontation with a co-worker? Get ready to find out as you open your mind to all the endless possibilities that live in the universe within you while getting rid of that pesky fear that oppresses your true creative self! In this energetic and fun workout, Anna will jolt you out of your predictable everyday choices, freeing you to take chances and find new and unusual characters, voices and approaches to copy that even you didn’t know you had. Using a variety of tried and true theater games and improv techniques that she’s perfected over decades of experience, you’ll gain confidence as you learn to relax. Not to mention that well-placed improv is an effective way to shake up an audition and get you noticed by casting professionals, a true secret weapon for working voice actors.

     

    What A Character

    Director: Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Explore the cornucopia of characters that perhaps you don’t even realize are lurking inside you. What might your dastardly villain sound like selling earthquake insurance? What would that same individual sound like on a first date? Find out as you perform an ambiguous script and examine how a character would act in different situations and surroundings. You’ll gain practical experience as you are challenged to dig deeper into the psyche of your character making it more authentic, well-rounded and easier to sustain, a must-have skill when it comes to video games, animation and narration.

  • For Everyone

    Inside The Voice Actor’s Studio

    Moderator: Vicki Baum

    Special Guest: Rob Paulsen

    Length: 3-hour lecture

    Class Notes: None

    Our very special guest is the internationally iconic and ruthlessly talented Rob Paulsen. As one of the most accomplished and beloved actors in animation history, Rob has voiced characters STILL adored around the globe including Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from Pinky and the Brain, as well as Raphael from the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Donatello from the Turtles reboot. We’ll explore Rob’s story both personally and professionally as we weave through his career culminating in his diagnosis of throat cancer, putting his career in jeopardy and how that journey opened his eyes and his heart to what’s most important in life. This will undoubtedly be the most unique and thought-provoking episode of this series EVER. You seriously don’t want to miss it!

     

    Intro To Home Recording

    Director: Jim Edgar, Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 18-hour six-week workshop

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: Students must understand basic computer commands such as Cut, Copy, Paste, Save, Save As, Undo/Redo, etc. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    In a voice-over industry full of remote live direction and where auditions are predominantly done at home, the opportunity to break into the business is as ripe as ever. And while being a well-trained, skilled actor will always be paramount, so now is having a professional-grade home studio. But don’t fret, that does not mean spending thousands of dollars or being a genius engineer, but you do need to be educated. Join Jim as he takes you through the basic fundamentals of home recording including recording hardware and software, editing conventions, exporting sound files along with suggestions for a basic set-up if you don’t already have one. By the end of this factually jam-packed workshop, you will know how to record, edit and submit an mp3 of sufficient quality so you can start getting in on all those super cool, advanced Voicetrax classes that require home recording capabilities. And JUST when you think the story is over, it’s time to put what you’ve learned with Jim to good use, as Chuck will finish the last two weeks of the class listening to scripts you’ve recorded at home. He’ll not only give you succinct feedback on your acting performance but will also comment on your new and improved “Edgar-ized” sound quality.

     

    Pay It Forward Parlour

    Director: YOU and your fellow students (and perhaps a Guest Director or two) 

    Length: 3-hour lab, monthly

    Class Notes: None

    There’s seriously never been something so “for everyone” in the 33-year history of Voicetrax. We really mean it: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced/Working Professional students, even Alumni! E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. is invited. This special lab was born from our desire to give back to our Voicetrax family and provides the virtual “bricks-and-mortar” for a monthly workout group. For one night each month we are opening one of our Zoom channels – free of charge – for you to remotely drop in and work on whatever kind of script you choose including dialogues as we utilize breakout rooms for partners to practice in private. You’ll get the opportunity to receive performance feedback from your fellow students as well as providing constructive critiques of your own, which we all know very specifically helps with the ever-important self-direction skills necessary for success. Learn and have fun in a casual environment. And did we mention there could just maaaybe be a surprise pop-in by an elite Voicetrax Guest Director? Guess you’ll just have to show up to find out!

     

    Vocal Wellness: From Hoarse To Stable

    Director: Julia Norton

    Length: 3-hour lab

    Class Notes: None

    Brilliant! You booked that cool video game and feel like a champ! But you quickly realize that a four-hour recording session as a dragon with anger issues is going to be a workout for your voice. How do you get through hours of killing and dying and live to tell the tale? With decades of experience helping people have a free and healthy voice, Julia will incorporate breathing and relaxation exercises, placement and resonance, warm-up and cool-down approaches amongst a multitude of techniques that will help you to keep your voice healthy and happy for video game sessions with the vocally challenging motion “efforts”, lengthy narration jobs where you need to sound as fresh in hour three as you do at the start of the session and increase your vocal range for character voices. You’ll discover what to do when you get sick and what to avoid drinking or eating before a session. All of this adds up to a fun and information packed lab.

  • For Intermediate/Advanced

    Audio Tour Narration

    Director: Peter Dunne

    Length: 14-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Remember the first time you were transported to another place in time just by listening to an engaging museum audio tour? Learn the art of storytelling with Peter Dunne who has locally cast, directed and produced audio tours for many of the world’s best-known museums and most prestigious exhibits. To expand your audio tour auditioning skills, you’ll read a wide range of copy from scholarly and intellectually demanding narratives to funny scripts for kids. Peter will coach you on getting through the challenges all voice actors face during long sessions including reading cold, taking direction on the fly, handling difficult words and sustaining energy, characters, dialects, concentration and connection to the copy as you describe and tell an imaginative story.

     

    Best Damn Demo Period!

    Director: Sirenetta Leoni, LA Agent, Samantha Paris

    Length: 18-hour six-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    During this information-packed (and when we say packed, we mean stuffed to the rafters and beyond) workshop you’ll develop a clear understanding of the demo production process from start to finish including copy selection, recording, editing, post-production, design, branding, marketing strategy, costs and online demos vs. agency demos. Samantha, Sirenetta and an experienced Los Angeles talent agent will help you to discover what your strengths are and how to highlight them in a way that will grab the attention of agents and producers, as well as common mistakes to avoid. By the last week of class, students will have produced, performed, self-directed and packaged their own mock demo.

     

    Blogcast News

    Director: Roni Gallimore

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course will include homework assignments.

    News Flash! We are searching for storytellers to bring the Voicetrax blog to life! With over 30-million bloggers in the United States alone (and growing daily), blogs are now a powerhouse platform for marketing, customer support, tutorials, activism and community sharing. Humans are relying more and more on audio blogs to get their content. This is where you come in. Utilizing actual blog entries from the Voicetrax website, Roni will guide you through the script analysis, emotional context and character development it takes to be an epic storyteller. How do you engage the listener? What’s the right personality for the blog? Are you conveying the heart of the matter clearly? This class will help you answer these questions and open a virtual door to a new arena. And at the end of the day, the top performers in class, chosen by the Voicetrax Think Tank – man those guys get around – will be selected to be featured performers on the Voicetrax website blog to entertain current and future voice-over superstars who visit our blog for years to come. And with so many industry professionals visiting our site (cough-producers-cough), you just never know who might be listening.

     

    Booking Gig$ 123

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: Students must have home recording capabilities. This course includes a pre-class and weekly homework assignments.

    Tired of spending time auditioning online with few positive results? News Flash: It may not be your performances that are holding you back. Gasp! Yes, you absolutely need to apply your training and submit a creative, organic performance, but when it comes to online casting sites there is so much more to it. It can be intimidating when you hear that only 3% of the thousands of registered “actors” on Voice123 actually book a job. But have no fear! The good news is a majority of the Voicetrax student body who’ve trained to a competitive level are within that 3%! And one of the major reasons for that is this comprehensive, A-Z class that reveals not only how Vicki books in the top 10% nationwide on Voice123, but how she consistently books through various other audition resources as a result of her networking and hustle. She’ll cover her entire online auditioning strategy including which auditions to choose, how to build your profile and professionally communicate with potential clients as well as how she keeps track of her finances, bills clients… basically how she acts as CEO running her voice-over business.

     

    Direct Thyself

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    The time has come… you can’t avoid it any longer: the director’s chair (insert spooky music and student shudder here). By now you’ve heard from multiple teachers and working professional students that self-direction is the name of the game when it comes to auditioning, and they’d be exactly right. These days you are on your own to create an attention-grabbing, competitive audition. This seminar presents your first chance to sit in the actual director’s chair, and you’ll soon realize that by having to articulate a clear analysis of a script as a director for your classmates, you will gain confidence in your ability to break it down for yourself when you have to. Spend a weekend in the director’s chair channeling your “inner Samantha”.

     

    Finding Truth In The Booth

    Director: LA Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Seeking truth in a performance is a never-ending expedition for an actor. The possibility of capturing a genuinely real moment is something that drives our kind forward. It’s the biggest challenge actors face, but when it happens there is nothing like it. Not to mention it’s what a majority of clients want for their projects (whether they write their scripts that way or not. Ugh). Join our experienced LA Agent as he makes use of scripts that lend themselves to this pursuit of realism and other scripts that want us to be natural and yet use the words introducing and coming soon, thus providing a much greater challenge. Agent X will even bring in some of the winning auditions, so you can see how you stack up to your LA competition. Strip away all the extraneous noise and information and get to the heart of the matter to bring out the raw emotions of the words on the page.

     

    Get Animated

    Director: Townsend Coleman

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Worried that characters are not for you or you’ll never be any good at them? One of the most beloved animation voice actors in the country (see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Tick) brings his extensive experience to this seminar to prove you wrong… in the most loving manner, of course! With Townie leading the charge, you can and will become a character whiz. You’ll explore all the vital skills and techniques and foster the required mental approach that aspiring animation and video game actors need to be successful including developing a specific back story, using prototypes to create an original character and of course, breaking down the copy. You’ll develop and expand your own cast of characters and gain some well-earned swagger in your ability to perform and sustain a fully flushed and truly believable character.

     

    Get In The Acting Game

    Director: Dave Fennoy

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Join one of the first Voicetrax students ever, Dave Fennoy, as he explores approaching video game performances from a true actor’s perspective, as if they were cinematic characters because in video games these days they are! Dave is globally known for his gaming credits (The Walking Dead, anyone?), which means his ability to create a multi-faceted, genuine character is on point! With a million-dollar voice, Dave could have rested on his laurels, but he’s studied hard to develop his acting chops and he’ll absolutely do the same for you. Spend the weekend with Dave as he shares his philosophies examining how authenticity and context always bring a starring and even a bit player video game performance to life.

     

    Got Game II: Critical Damage

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: Got Game Level One or prior approval from Voicetrax. This course includes homework assignments.

    The warlords are coming for you, so be brave, grab your sword and level up to explore all the hidden caves and open battlefields the video game industry has to offer. Your campaign leaders, Brian and Chuck, are turning up the heat in this level two workshop. They’ll take you through your paces including challenging you to direct your fellow students as well as acting as the casting producers breaking down class performances and choosing who would be cast. Not to mention the all-important, yet rarely practiced “efforts”: the ability to die, yell and know the difference between falling off a 30-foot cliff and a 300-foot cliff, all the while not blowing your vocal cords out. Ramp up for a four-week adventure full of variety!

     

    Know Your Zero

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class and weekly homework assignments.

    Have you ever looked at a long list of specs on the script and been confused as to what to focus on? Naaaahhh… that NEVER happens… Or have you been auditioning online and you’re not sure how to choose amongst the dozens of scripts you receive each day that represent your best odds on booking the job? Truly knowing yourself, what you naturally bring to the table both vocally and personality-wise is a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to choosing what to add into the recipe to create an outstanding, yet uniquely YOU performance. You’ll work on quintessentially you scripts, as Vicki and the rest of the class will assist each student in ascertaining what makes you, well… YOU. If history tells us anything, we’re betting you just might be surprised at what you learn about yourself, as well as astounded and enlightened by how others perceive you on the very personal and exhilarating journey you’ll take in this workshop.

     

    Press One For IVR

    Director: Roger Vosburg

    Length: 6-hour two-week workshop

    Class Notes: None

    Please hold… Your class description is very important to us… We will be with you in just a moment… In this workshop, Roger will help you develop the skills and techniques necessary to work on voice activated response systems (automated phone prompts also known as Interactive Voice Response), including appropriate style, clarity, maintaining consistency and energy, cold reading and techniques such as “concatenation”. And why should you be interested in IVR? Well, not only are the initial sessions usually very long (long = well paid), but when a bank needs to add a few prompts to their phone tree, who are they gonna call? (pleeeease don’t say Ghostbusters, that joke is sooo 1984, you know who’ll they’ll call… YOU! again and again and again) You’ll finish this workshop with a greater understanding of what it takes to be the “voice of a company”.

     

    Script Analysis

    Director: Samantha Paris, Chuck Kourouklis, Sirenetta Leoni

    Length: 18-hour six-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes weekly homework assignments.

    Simply put… if you don’t get the script, you don’t get the gig! This tantalizing triad of teachers will help you unravel the mysteries of script interpretation as you analyze a variety of TV and radio commercials, animation, video game and narration scripts while discovering how to dissect copy intelligently to give you a leg up on the competition. You’ll learn to look for hidden clues (aka “bunnies”) and not just the ones buried in the body of the copy, but the ones you can glean from the sound effects, visuals, directions, music, length, even the agency name. Strengthen and broaden one of the most important foundational skills necessary for voice-over success in this class fortified with an additional two weeks in response to overwhelming student demand. We can take direction, too!

     

    She Said/She Said: How’d I Book That?

    Director: Roni Gallimore, Vicki Baum

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class and weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Feedback times TWO! On separate weeks you will receive feedback from your Guest Directors on the exact same performances, giving you the opportunity to contrast and compare the thoughts from two professionals. What did they agree on that was great about your performance that you should keep front and center in future attempts, and what do you need to work on to bring consequent reads to a competitive level? Additionally, all the scripts you’ll be performing (with minimal direction since that’s what it’s like in your closet at home), will just happen to be projects booked by your Guest Directors. You’ll get to hear their WINNING auditions as well a commentary on their approach to the audition. What was special? What risks did they take? How did your audition stack up? All these burning questions will be answered as they divulge their tricks of the home-auditioning trade. A unique and wonderful window into the thought process of successful, working voice actors. Your online and agency auditions will undoubtedly be all the better for receiving all this insider information!

     

    Speaking My Language 

    Director: Aaron Miner, LA Agent

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop

    Class Notes: Although this course will be taught in English, all participants must be FLUENT in Spanish.

    There is a ridiculous amount of work opportunities for actors who speak Spanish, so much so that all the big talent agencies have a separate division dedicated to it and they are clamoring for Spanish-speaking actors. But lest you think this is a class merely focusing on getting through voice-over copy in Spanish, take heed: script analysis, acting choices and self-direction will definitely still be in play. With Aaron, you’ll work on conversational, natural performances as you record in class. Then our secret LA Agent, who runs the foreign department for one of the biggest agencies on the country, will swoop in on the last week and play the part of well… an agent… to give you constructive critiques and maybe even a chance to perform again incorporating his assessments. The multitude of different accents within the Hispanic speaking world will be explored, determining which are the most often asked for and how regional slang plays a part, as well as overcoming pacing concerns with the often-overwritten copy while avoiding the clichéd Telemundo style read. Si puedes leer y entiende esto, entonces estas calificado a tomar esta clase!

     

    The Good, The Bad & The Weird

    Director: Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: Students must have home recording capabilities.

    In this workshop you’ll traverse down the track through the multi-faceted land of characters from good to bad and all the way to the wacky world of weird. Stretch yourself from week to week as each class focuses on a different category. Team up with Brian, your character conductor, as you make stops at Goodville (princes, maidens, superheroes), Bad Canyon (mad scientists, thieves, assassins) and Weirdburg (zombies, aliens, robots) characters. The last week will cumulate in a free-for-all, as you bring all your diverse characters to life challenging your ability to pivot from one to the other to the other on on cue. And the frosting on this deee-licious character cake? Brian will pick the top performer from the final night and award them a FREE private lesson with him. How you like them apples?

     

    Three In A Row

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: Class can and SHOULD Be Repeated.

    One of the ironies of our business is that frequently, the short copy bears the most income. In this class, Thom divulges his techniques that are right at your fingertips to ensure that your three in a row aren’t just slow, medium and fast takes of the exact same read and are truly unique and commercially viable, whether it’s announcer tags, character one-liners or :15 spots. If producers are listening to hundreds of one-liners, it’s critical that you grab their attention from the get-go, no time to warm into your performance. And no matter what kind of copy you audition (short or long form), when you book a session, you’ll often be asked to perform a particular line three times in a row, and by “often” we mean in every single voice-over session you will EVER be in. So yeah, there’s that.

     

    Tours, Tutorials & Tales: The Story Within

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 14-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: None

    This workshop is prepared to take your narration skills up a notch or two while telling a great story. And since narration is one of the dominant genres in the voice-over industry with opportunities like never before, this class is a perfect vehicle to transform you into a narrator to be reckoned with. By further honing your visualization techniques, script analysis and acting choices, you’ll learn to deliver the more authentic and conversational reads that are now in demand. You’ll span several genres including audio tour, industrial tech, tutorial and medical narration that are so prevalent in today’s narration market.

     

    VO Fight Club

    Director: Aaron Miner

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Ok, sure, we could go with the obvious opening line for this class description and say the first thing about VO Fight Club, is you don’t talk about VO Fight Club, but that would be silly (and lazy) because as voice actors talking is what we do. Join Aaron, your ultimate cornerman, as he takes you through the rigors of a true voice-over clash. Students will contend in a March Madness tournament-like bracket throughout the weekend until the final two are left to battle it out for the grand prize: a half-price four-week or weekend class! But before you ask, “How will I be involved if I get eliminated early?”, don’t worry because there is something very important we haven’t told you about this seminar: It’s really a direction class disguised as a competition class! That’s right, no matter the ultimate outcome of the performance side of this class, Aaron will be coaching the constant flow of student directors guiding the actors still in the game as the audience weighs in on who won each round by articulating who they would cast and why. At the end of the weekend, Aaron will choose the best director who will win a private lesson with our current Top Teacher, Vicki Baum.

  • For Advanced/Working Professionals

    Actor’s Bag Of Tricks

    Director: SF Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    For all voice actors, versatility makes you bookable which makes continually stretching yourself in all directions essential. On any given day you may be asked to audition for very diverse roles, from a video game villain to a smooth announcer to a comedic neighbor to an automated response system voice! Join one of SF’s best-known and exquisitely experienced voice-over agents for this instructive workshop. He’ll share his unique and proven method for developing your own one-person repertory company that you’ll be able to use over and over again for auditions and recording sessions.

     

    Be Scene And Heard 

    Director: SF Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    In this world premiere monologue master scene study class, one of the most successful agents in the country is bringing his razor-sharp wit and finely-tuned ears and eyes to guide you through the emotional nooks and crannies of a pre-selected, fully memorized scene from a play or movie that you might actually be cast in. Work collaboratively with this agent who’s watched thousands of actors perform monologues, with a theatre acting background himself, as you open the hood on your interpretation and dig deeper to create an authentic portrayal that gets to the heart of the matter and transforms the words in the scene into a rich, layered, purposeful and thoughtful performance that transcends.

     

    Cartoon Curtain Call 

    Director: Sara Jane Sherman

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    The dream for any working professional voice actor is getting to learn from a top-notch industry professional who has the ability to demystify the behind the scenes process. Well get ready people, because your dream is about to come true! Join Disney and Warner Bros. casting producer Sara Jane Sherman as she pulls back the curtain on the auditioning and casting process for the big-time animation industry with her trademark passion and enthusiasm. Sara Jane will provide her nimble feedback as she puts you through the gauntlet with cold reads, prepared reads, self-direction, directing others, differentiating between multiple characters and so on and so on. Maybe you’ll even answer the question: I’m submitting good reads… why aren’t I booking? Sara Jane will explain how she listens to auditions, what she’s listening for and how the casting process truly works from her insider’s viewpoint. Learn how to create a character audition that pops louder and bigger than the others from someone who is in the animation trenches day in and day out year after year.

     

    Character Casting Cavalcade 

    Director: Ned Lott

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Audiences are consuming content in many different ways, and with the now very common and plentiful streaming platforms, there are more animation opportunities than ever before. So you better get going on fine-tuning your character auditioning skills. Voice producer and director Ned Lott takes you through a series of audition challenges to teach you how to stand out in the casting process. While the cartoony characters definitely still exist and are asked for, the demand for characters with a real sound is increasing, and in this fun and wacky workshop you’ll get to perform both. Participate in a “real-world” audition exercise, as a casting notice will be sent to you where you’ll “audition” and submit your recordings before class, just as if you were signed to an agency. You’ll get an inside look on what casting professionals listen for, as Ned plays back and critiques your auditions.

     

    Dialect Intervention 

    Director: Kimberly Mohne Hill

    Length: 14-hour weekend seminar 

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Your bad accents have affected us negatively in the following ways: it makes us sad that your British video game character sounds more like he’s from New York high society and it keeps us up at night thinking about the session where you’ll have to sustain your shaky Chicago accent (that regrettably sounds equal parts Irish, US Southern and just plain bad) for 100+ lines of dialogue. But don’t give up, there is hope! We’ve invited interventionist, voice actor, director and dialect dynamo, Kim Mohne-Hill, to rehab your inconsistent dialects. This full weekend class is formatted to give you the time you need so that when you finish you will possess the knowledge necessary to practice and polish an accent you can take to the bank. Throughout this odyssey Kim will introduce you to two different approaches to building ANY accent in the world, which translates to solid gold for a video game voice actor. The time has come for you to make a decision. Will you seek help today?

     

    Direct Thyself:  The Black Belt Edition 

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 24-hour six-week workshop Class Notes:

    Prerequisite: Other Voicetrax self-direction classes or prior approval from Voicetrax. This class includes weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Ever wonder what it would be like to teach a voice-over class? Well maybe not an entire class, but a portion? In this self-direction-palooza of a workshop you’ll sit in the director’s chair and take an entire roster of students through their paces with your clear and concise (hint, hint) direction. Your self-direction skills will be stretched, tested and evaluated, and that’s a good thing. Because, as always, the prime objective of directing your fellow students is to improve your own self-direction and give Samantha a window into your soul brain to hear what you’re telling yourself when auditioning at home. And remember this: nothing much grows in your comfort zone, so be brave and jump in!

     

    Discovering Your Inner Artist 

    Director: Chopper Bernet

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Join Voicetrax alum, Chopper Bernet, and discover the joy and passion that has always driven true artists to cultivate their craft. This class is about risk taking, finding your strengths and weaknesses, and learning to tell stories through acting. Perform scripts you usually don’t get the chance to do that will get you out of your comfort zone and push your artistic boundaries. Find out what happens when you go deeper into your own personal story and bring that organic honesty to your read. Be ready to go for it, potentially fall on your face, get up and do it again, ultimately learning and growing from the experience which will result in you becoming a stronger actor.

     

    Industrial Strength Storytelling 

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar 

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Every story matters whether it’s revealing a new wonder drug, introducing breakthrough software, sharing a company’s philosophy to new employees, or navigating a tutorial about investments. As an experienced documentary narrator, Thom knows how to tell a great story. And although there are numerous technical plates to spin while navigating the industrial type narration prevalent in our world today, being able to engage your audience through dynamic storytelling remains at the heart of any competitive narration performance. Through imagery, music and immersing in the subject matter, Thom will teach you to treat even the dry, informational or technical non-broadcast narration with the same kind of TLC. And just for good measure Thom will be throwing in a round of sh*##y scripts because you’re bound to come across those in your career, especially if you are auditioning on the myriad of online casting websites. Focus on making your perspective crystal clear, especially since audiences will only see and hear your message once. Experience a weekend of tough love – Thom Pinto style – for advanced narrators that will assist in bringing a memorable, winning quality to your auditions.

     

    Inv. Commercials Vs. Cartoons Vs. Video Games

    Director: Dan Gilvezan, LA Agent, Dave Fennoy

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This class can and should be repeated.

    The class name remains the same, but everything else has changed. With these three powerhouse instructors utilizing their decades of experience to stretch you, this seminar could be considered a world premiere! This fast-paced seminar offers you a side-by-side-by-side look at the differences and similarities between commercial, cartoon and video game characters – when to be broad, when to be subtle and real and everything in between. You’ll discover the appropriate lively tone and energy for your Saturday morning characters and learn how to “dial it down” while sustaining the reality and intensity required for video game characters, not to mention developing the funny yet conversational and believable characters that commercial copy demands. Commercial veteran Dan Gilvezan, a premiere LA animation agent, and video game superstar Dave Fennoy are tops in their field and know their craft. These three copy connoisseurs will deepen your understanding of the nuances of these unique voice-over genres and challenge your versatility. so you should be ready for anything. Especially since whoever is the best all-around performer in all three genres will win a free private lesson with Samantha!

     

    Inv. From Meditation To Vocal Elation 

    Director: Peter Coyote, LA Agent

    Length: 7-hour one-day lab

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

    What’s better than Peter Coyote? How about Peter Coyote plus one of the top agents in the country? Lucky us, we have that combination in a special one-day lab that will help you approach your performances in a refreshed, unique, one-of-a-kind way. You’ll start off with the one-and-only Zen master himself Peter Coyote, as he takes you through numerous meditative and thought-provoking exercises, clearing your mind of all the self-built road blocks you put in the way of a stellar performance. After a midday break, you will then put all that grounded, clear thinking to the test as you perform various copy in front of a top-notch Los Angeles agent and gain her detailed feedback. Discover how your new mindset affects your interpretations and performances in beautiful, positive ways.

     

    Inv. Remember When…

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Since the ability to self-direct is such a monumental part of experiencing success in voice-over, we always endeavor to come up with fun, new ways to explore this critical skill. This time around the self-direction carousel, we’ve come up with a real doozy of an idea! In a special twist, this class will be populated by half advanced students, half beginning students. See where we’re going with this? Breaking free from the usual advanced directing advanced, the advanced students in this seminar will be tasked with directing the beginning students which presents its own set of unique and valuable challenges. Samantha has said it time and time again: she undeniably became the best voice actress she could be after she started teaching beginners. As for the beginning students, you’ll not only get a ton of time in the booth (don’t worry advanced students, you’re gonna get booth time, too!), but you’ll also be privy to the collaborative self-direction discussion usually reserved for more advanced classes, allowing you to move more expediently towards your own mastery by knowing where the professional, competitive standards truly are.

     

    Inv. Remotely Speaking

    Director: Three, count ‘em, THREE LA Agents

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This course includes a pre-class and weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities. The class can and should be repeated. It’s basically NEW!

    Auditioning from home with no one to rely on but yourself is the established norm in the voice-over industry. There’s nothing like submitting your audition into the digital ether and never having it heard from again (unless you check avail or book the job) to prey on your self-confidence. Armed with three Los Angeles agents ready to share their wisdom and experience, this workshop is chocked full of the feedback all voice actors so fiercely long for. These experienced pros will straight-forward yet supportively tell you what they think of your performances challenging your script analysis and self-direction skills (are those important?). They’ll also give you a peek behind the curtain divulging what they are looking for when they are listening to auditions and what makes a performance grab their attention and stand out from the rest. Pure gold…

     

    Inv. Secret Agent Character Protocol

    Director: LA Agent

    Length: 7-hour one-day lab

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This lab is limited to 8 students.

    Your mission should you choose to accept it is to infiltrate this one-day lab and retrieve all the critical voice-over knowledge being offered. New intel suggests that one of the most successful animation agents in the country will be homing in in her super cool agent gadget-like way on the Bay Area ready to engage a few select voice actors who are ready to step up to the plate and expand their character skills in a more intimate setting. With only 8 seats available in this special lab, you’ll have to be quick on the draw to register. As always should you or any member of your class be caught phoning in your performances, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This class description will self-destruct in 5 seconds…

     

    Inv. Unmasking Your Infinite Potential

    Director: Peter Coyote

    Length: 7-hour one-day lab

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

    Join the one and only Peter Coyote as he masterfully guides you through exercise after exercise including wearing masks to shift your paradigm before spontaneously creating a character, that will open your mind and welcome in all the inexhaustible possibilities your existence offers. He’ll also challenge you to identify the negative thoughts that your psyche categorizes as self-truths, that are merely self-imposed obstacles that are strangling your creativity and stopping you from living a rich, full life. In the afternoon, you’ll take all that new-found, mind-blowing awareness and apply it to narration scripts. This Emmy-winning ® narrator will give you the tools to discover the ability to focus that enlightened state and funnel it into extraordinary acting choices, bringing about a true transformational performance.

     

    Let’s Make A Scene

    Because brilliant acting has always and will always be at the center of every successful voice-over career and everything we teach at Voicetrax, this extravaganza will focus on play and/or movie monologues. Each of the three classes below will approach your preparation of a memorized monologue with a DIFFERENT acting technique.

    Let’s Make A Scene w/Peter Coyote

    Director: Peter Coyote

    Length: 7-hour one-day lab

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Join the one-and-only Emmy® award winning Peter Coyote as he furthers your acting evolution as you prepare to dig into and really strengthen your acting prowess as you hone a memorized monologue getting at the truth of the scene. Peter will bring the wisdom hard-earned from decades in the industry, with over 100 motion pictures and TV shows under his belt, to help you get lost within your character and truly emotionally connect with the words on the page. You’ll learn at the feet of the master as he lets you in on the world his imagination and A-List experience inhabits for script interpretation on a whole other mind-blowing level.

    Let’s Make A Scene w/Kimberly Mohne Hill

    Director: Kimberly Mohne Hill

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    How you respond to the given circumstances in your life creates the kind of person you are. Transferring that realism to an acting performance is at the heart of the approach Kim will employ when working with you on your memorized monologue. A little bit Stanislavski, a little bit Uta Hagen, this seminar will delve into the world of substitution, transference, authenticity and asking yourself: What would I do if I was in this situation? By discovering how your given circumstances affect your personal life choices, you can transfer that process when you’re provided a script with the given circumstances of your fictional character, and be able to make more realistic acting choices. You’ll learn how empathizing with the character you portray becomes the key to opening the doors to a genuinely memorable performance.

    Let’s Make A Scene w/Melissa Gray

    Director: Melissa Gray

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Jump into the fray with Melissa to explore the acting essentials she values most through her decades of experience including working with your “wants”, verbal action choices, selection of beats, variety of rhythms and nuancing, subtext and inner dialoguing. You’ll integrate hypothetical dialogue into your scene work (geez, is every monologue a dialogue in disguise? We’re sure we’ve heard that somewhere before…) to bring a sense of relationship and connection to your monologues. Continue to expand your listening skills so that you are organically and spontaneously reacting, creating a personal performance that will come from a true sense of what you need and feel in the moment.

     

    The Competition:

    The top four students from each scene study class will advance to a final competition class to be held in the fall semester of 2021. If you are among the twelve students chosen, you’ll perform the memorized monologue honed in your scene study class (or if you’re feeling adventurous another one of your choosing) in front of the judges: Samantha Paris and a top San Francisco agent, another opportunity to showcase your abilities in front of an agent and put yourself in the running for a chance at THREE fabulous prizes!

    All finalists will get priority status for a private lesson with Samantha to further work your competition monologue at a discounted price before the finals weekend!

    PRIZES:

    1st PLACE: $1,000 Scholarship

    2ND PLACE: One FREE four-week workshop or weekend seminar

    3RD PLACE: One FREE private lesson with Samantha Paris

     

    Lunch With Punch 

    Director: Samantha Paris, Thom Pinto

    Length: 24-hour 6-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class and weekly homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Are you frustrated or exhausted by the home auditioning process that provides you little to no feedback unless you book the job? Are you in a rut, feeling rusty or has the pressure you’ve put on yourself strangled the creativity right out of your home auditions leading to discouraging results? In this smorgasbord of a workshop Samantha is locked and loaded to bring back the FUN and give you exactly what you need. How is that possible? Because each time we run this class, Samantha looks at the class roster and custom builds her lesson plan to specifically address what those 12 particular students need at the moment. While the lunch has to be virtual, the punch will be real and provided by Samantha and her fellow Guest Director Thom Pinto. We promise no voice actors will be hurt in the making of this class… we hope. Spend six afternoons getting your process and mindset “punched” up.

     

    Men Only:  Welcome To Announcerville 

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Men, if you’ve been told once, you’ve been told a million times in specs, “we don’t want an announcer, blah, blah, blah”. But what about all those roles as newscasters, sportscasters, play-by-play commentators, game show guys, talk show hosts, field reporters, retro announcers, newsreel announcers, infomercial guys? (take a deeeeep breath) If you’ve been told you’re too announcery then this class is for you. And even if you haven’t been told you’re too announcery, there is money to made in this area, so ALL MEN serious about expanding their range and marketability should be developing these skills. Act now!! Limited time offer!!! Operators are standing by.

     

    New York State Of Mind 

    Director: NY Agent, ummm… duh.

    Length: 9-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Our favorite NY Agent decided to get away (not really), take a holiday from her neighborhood (not so much) and is hopping on a flight (virtually via online conferencing platform) and coming west and she’s bringing a whole lotta wisdom and East Coast confidence in her carry-on (and by carry-on we mean her big, beautiful brain). From script analysis to the psychology it takes to be a successful voice actor and everything in between, this New York dynamo will take you through a series of scripts that will test your abilities. She may even throw in a mental exercise or two to help you get out of your own way and maximize your audition opportunities. She’ll keep the pace moving, so you may be schvitzing your tuchus off by the end of the weekend, but will it be totally worth it? Of course it will… Fuhgeddaboutit! Sorry, we had to…she doesn’t really talk that way, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

     

    No Such Thing As A Monologue 

    Director: Jeannie Elias

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class and weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Ok, all you super advanced ‘Traxers, Jeannie has designed a class just for you to push you out of your comfort zone and expand your imagination! Fine-tune your script analysis abilities to comprehensively interpret a script, make vocal, emotional and even physiological choices impacting the believability and relevance of the commercial monologue, as you create a performance that is authentic and appropriate to the product by understanding what you think before you speak. Explore Jeannie-approved performance tactics that will pinpoint the vibe the writer intended while discovering how your own curiosity and interest propels your commercial monologue. These techniques will organically support finding truthfulness, conversationality (our favorite new word!) and personality in your monologue and any other acting work, including theatre and on-camera as well as voice-over, and maybe even your personal and professional life! Stay fully present and in the NOW as you turn all your monologues into vibrant and imaginative dialogues.

     

    The Color Of Acting 

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: Colors Of Your Voice or prior approval from Voicetrax.

    Okay, so you’ve mastered the primary colors including blue, you’re feeling good about green. And you’re confident when it comes to their close cousins as your performances are being vaulted by violet. But how’s your aqua? Or your beige? Join the creator of the Colors acting system, Thom Pinto, where you’ll continue to examine the subtleties and nuances of using an expanded color palette when creating interesting and unique acting choices, including incorporating this technique to differentiate reads when tasked to do more than one interpretation. Experiment with longer monologues, funny partner reads, and some exercises designed specifically to help you be more visual with your performance.

     

    The Mistress Of All Trades 

    Director: Lori Alan 

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar 

    Class Notes: None

    She’s baaaack! The term “get ready for anything” was never more appropriate than it will be for your time with voice-over superstar, Lori Alan. At this advanced level, students usually submit scripts before class to work on with the instructor, but ooooooh nooooo, Lori is having none of that. Her thought: Let’s see what magical things we discover when the students don’t have the opportunity to prepare ahead of time and just have to let ‘er rip. This class will incorporate scripts from multiple genres and may even include an improv exercise or two to get you in the mood to dig in and let it fly. Tap into the creative workings of a brilliant artistic mind at the same time you push your versatility to the next level as you become your own Master or Mistress of All Trades.

     

    The Self-Direction Trifecta 

    Director: Dave Fennoy

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop 

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    This international voice-over VIP and knowledgeable jack of all trades is bringing that well-earned versatility to this world premiere workshop. Focusing on your all-important self-direction skills, Dave will take you through a different genre each night including narration, video games and promos (which by the way have opportunities for voice actors everywhere). He’ll inspect what you do automatically (for better or worse) as a self-director and proffer questions to your process, among them: what is the “director you” telling the “performer you” before you record? Does it change based on the genre of script? Are you truly tapping into your signature sounds for variety of scripts you audition? All this and more will be answered on the next episode of The Self-Direction Trifecta (echo, echo, echo)!

     

    The Wonderful World Of Promos 

    Director: LA Agent, Ryan Clark

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Enter the Magic Kingdom of promos, a very prolific and profitable slice of the voice-over industry. Join a well-versed and long-experienced LA Agent and Ryan Clark, a writer and producer for Disney promos (yes, people that Disney), as they take you through a cornucopia of exercises meant to open your eyes to the skills necessary to be a competitive promo actor, including giving feedback on home recorded auditions (and perhaps giving you another shot at it live in-class), casting do’s and don’ts as they ask for your feedback on class performances, even letting you peek behind the curtains to hear winning auditions on actual promo projects! This all adds up to an enchanting weekend full of valuable, practical advice in the wonderful world of promos.

     

    Three Script Monte 

    Director: Samantha Paris, SF Agent

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    A shell game of another flavor, this class will ask you to keep your eye on “The Lady”, namely an agent feedback-eligible script. To play, your “dealer”, the lovely Samantha Paris, will offer three scripts each night, one of which is a recent audition script that will be eligible for feedback from a savvy SF Agent that works in the trenches every day listening to hundreds of auditions. The twist? You won’t know which of the three scripts the feedback-eligible audition is. Will it be the scripts you record live in class or will it be the one you will record at home? Only the dealer knows for sure. Guess you’ll have to bring your best stuff each night, script after script after script. Sam will send the recordings of the selected script to Agent E for straight-forward, get-to-the-point, professional-standard feedback. Learn exactly where you stack compared with working voice actors, or if you are a working voice actor get that precious agent feedback you long for. Get used to handling your nerves while you focus in on a brilliant performance when it’s truly all on the line.

     

    You Talkin’ To Me?

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    With so many dry, unimaginative solo and monologue auditions, it’s quite easy to get stuck in a rut. Your creative edges start to fuzz without the opportunity to work beside another actor. In this “dialogues only” weekend, you’ll free up all that imagination that might be atrophying after months in your closet auditioning alone. From a script analysis perspective, dissecting dialogues forces you to be more creative and see more in the copy which will in turn help you see more in your dry monologue copy. See how this fits together? And a little-known, secret benefit about practicing dialogues? Well, since every monologue is actually an inner dialogue, these scripts will help you work on your conversational read, which as we all know is the most over-used word, yet still most desired performance element in all of voice-over. And just to spice it up a little, your pre-class assignment of writing your own dialogue has a prize attached to it: a free private lesson with Samantha. Punch your ticket now for this non-stop Dialogue-a-palooza!

     

    You’re On Your Own:  The Art Of Self-Direction

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home-recording capabilities.

    A world-class authority on the intricacies of home auditioning, Thom will guide you through developing a critical ear on playbacks, examining your initial tendencies (good or bad) when left on your own, covering the bases for an audition with no outside direction (minus some likely confusing and unhelpful specs) and finding the best rhythm for auditioning amid demanding day jobs and all the responsibilities that stem from that little thing called life. After class is finished, Thom will provide each student with a customized analysis, a cheat-sheet if you will, based on what he observed in class to keep you on the right path as you record at home and enable you to produce consistently impressive home auditions all on your own.

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