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Peter Coyote On Voicetrax:
Taking Voicetrax Training On Line…
Taking Classes Online

“What’s really dropped my jaw is just how completely the Voicetrax class format carries right over online!  The breakout rooms are just like stepping outside to rehearse with your partner.  The classes feel just as engaging as when we are in-person. We actually get to watch our peers perform, rather than just hearing them.  And we’ve still got recording and playback – I would NEVER have expected that from a Zoom conference!  We can even get those recordings after class just like we did before sheltering in place.  There really is ZERO lost in translation learning VO over Zoom.

I swear, all that’s missing are the high-fives, hugs, and Graziano’s food!  This online format is that good.”

– Matt Slavin
“What a great way to learn and participate in voiceover! Being able to see all the participants go through their exercises as if they were sitting right next to you. I think using Zoom opens up the experience and greatly enhances it. I am looking forward to the next class!”
– Les Villanyi
“Can I just say WOW!!! about last Saturday’s Zoom class? Peter Coyote could not be a more generous, sincere and creative teacher. But his ability to come up with new ways to challenge us to “get out of our own way” in this new Zoom remote learning format was fantastic. The selfie exercise was just pure genius. He created a space for us to safely let go, be brave and play! And the afternoon session with (the LA agent) was amazing mostly because everyone was sooooo fantastic. I was really inspired by my fellow actors and their commitment and bravery. It was great to watch everyone be their best selves. And it was also nice to have (the LA Agent) kinda gushing about how good we were. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Voicetrax, for always creating such wonderful opportunities to grow and play in this crazy world of voice acting! I am truly grateful.”
– Lara Asmundson
“I really want to thank Voicetrax for converting these classes online during these hard times. I didn’t know what to expect given no classroom setting, but to my surprise it exceeded expectations. Class was so informative, and very interactive over Zoom. I left feeling encouraged and pumped for what's next!"
– Veronica Dennys
“Hi Guys! Zoom is GREAT! It gives a different vantage point of view. You can see everyone’s face in the class the whole time, including the actors while they are performing. We don’t normally have that opportunity when onsite because the actor is in the booth. So instead of listening while staring at the back of someone’s head in class, we could see the facial expressions that the actors made while also seeing the expressions of all of the students at the same time. So awesome class! The set up and streaming were easy to use. The format worked great. Thanks so much.”
– Kevin Busch
“I was pleasantly surprised at how little the separation actually got in the way of things. Sam seemed absolutely comfortable being in the driver’s seat; I saw no difference between how she conducts her class in person and how she did it on Zoom. It was also fun to see people’s faces reacting to the performances, something that you don’t get to see in studio even with everyone physically there. I feel fortunate that this little community of ours can stay connected during this time and that we can push through to further our skills.”
– Steve Fait
On Voicetrax Guest Directors
“Wow as Samantha would say! Unmasking Your Infinite Potential! with Peter Coyote this past weekend was a life-altering experience bringing spirituality through meditation to light within our acting profession. Peter’s techniques shared and learned regarding the value of the breath, being true to ourselves without self-judgment, and mindfulness, are some of the inspirational nuggets I will carry with me throughout my career. Thank you Voicetrax and Peter Coyote!”
– Patti Gribow
“Scott Parkin creates an atmosphere that makes it feel like you’re more at a party or casual gathering rather than a class… quite helpful for a class about “natural reads.” The most amazing thing about the class was the very next day I had another class in something seemingly unrelated (Chuck and Brian’s “Got Game”), and I was able to use something he taught IMMEDIATELY to make my character read that much better. It was the first time I’d learned something one day and used it the next. That guaranteed him a vote right there.”
– Alex Drude
“If I could have anyone’s job, it would be Ned Lott’s. Not because of the nuts and bolts necessarily or the perceived and real fame- but because of the opportunity to coach forth the best performances from each individual I came into contact with. I’ve never met anyone with such joy, optimism and playfulness while at the same moment able to hone in on the most minute detail that would take a performance to new heights. All the while, he’s encouraging each person and acknowledging their artistry whether full on Disney princess or any level in between. He knows that magic abounds and is open and determined to encouraging it to come forth.”
– Lisa Star
“Townsend Coleman is one of the most giving and kind-hearted guest directors I’ve had the pleasure to be taught by. I always feel that he is extremely grateful for the success that he’s been blessed with and wants to share his knowledge with any student that comes his way.”
– Doug Perryment
(The LA Animation Agent) is straightforward, honest and encourages you to perform at your highest level and take risks. She gives great advice about how to succeed and stay competitive in this business. And her classes are always fun.”
– Rhiannon Brogan
“Audiobooks are a genre that I love and have had some success at prior to taking his first class at VT.  Scott Brick is a HIGHLY accomplished audiobook narrator and was so genuinely open and generous about the work of audiobooks. I learned so much from him about both the acting/performance side and the practical/business of audiobook narration.”
– Lara Asmundson
“Jeannie Elias keeps acting simple! Her organic approach works perfectly for the inherently analytic mind … someone at risk of “analysis paralysis”. No rules. Just engage, relax, explore, and let the character come from a real place. She leaves me truly inspired and energized!”
– Elaine Cardiel
“Chopper Bernet’s class was incredibly influential. This was the first time I was able to connect with a character I initially had no idea about! This led me on a journey to become a better actor overall.”
– Jonathan Lim
On Voicetrax Community
"This school changed my life! I can't recommend Voicetrax enough to anyone interested in voice over. Whether you're just starting out or looking to polish your skills, this is the place for you. My journey began years ago in the Coachella Valley when Samantha opened up her satellite campus, Voicetrax Desert Cities. The academy has an unparalleled roster of teachers covering every aspect of the voice-over world. Be it commercial, characters, narration, audio books, promos, or anything in-between Voicetrax has an instructor who can teach you what you need to know to succeed. But what really sets this school apart is the sense of family and community you have there. Samantha Paris and her staff do such a phenomenal job of creating a warm, comforting environment that makes classes fun, exciting, and some place you just can't wait to get back to. And when the pandemic hit and in person classes went on hold they didn't skip a beat at transitioning to an online learning format, great for a guy based Southern California who wants to be part! I owe all my past, present, and future voice-over success to Voicetrax and encourage anyone to even remotely interested in this field to check them out."
– Wes Davis
"This is a special place where you can grow professionally and personally. Sam is absolutely dogged in her resolve to help her students achieve on both those levels, and it truly comes from a place of love. To find an environment this challenging and supportive is what makes Voicetrax such a gem of an opportunity for anyone interested in acting, regardless of their previous experience (I began as a total novice). I couldn't be more grateful to Sam & the many wonderful instructors I've worked with there. The work ethic and the love is inspiring!"
– David Gast
“For the bulk of my life I thought I was the only one who paid attention to who did the voices in the cartoons I grew up watching. It wasn’t until I attended my first class at Voicetrax that I learned I was very much not alone. I found my tribe here. And if there’s a more supportive environment for students anywhere, I’d sure like to know about it, because I dare say that I got more nurturing and encouragement from just a few classes here than in all my years of college. Anyone who has the dream of using their voice to tell a great story, whether in 15 seconds or the entire length of a book, needs to check out Voicetrax.”
– Pat Foran
"I'd like to share some good news, with so much gratitude to everyone at Voicetrax SF, and especially to the founder of this amazing academy, Samantha Paris. A couple of weeks ago I booked my first voice-over job, but I wanted to wait to make sure it wasn’t a one-time fluke before telling too many people. Well, I just booked another job, so I guess the first one wasn’t an anomaly! I had always hoped – but never let myself really believe -- that there could be a creative “third act” to my life and that I would find a way to return to my theatrical roots. But it’s one thing to hope for something and quite another to turn that hope into reality. It requires a LOT of hard work, dedication, perseverance, and the wisdom and encouragement of mentors and colleagues who believe in you, even when you don’t believe in yourself. I’ve learned that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams. This is what Voicetrax has given me, and I couldn’t be more grateful."
– Elizabeth Waldman-Frazier
Getting signed with an agent this week has been so emotional because there were so many times in the last three decades that I never thought I would get here... that I felt like a failure and thought I should give up. I’ve beat myself up constantly over the years for “not doing this sooner”, for “not working hard enough”, for “not being good enough”. And for the FIRST TIME…these tears are about a joy and pain that I cannot totally describe. I can barely even get through writing this right now, because I keep sobbing. 17 years ago, Sam believed in me and told me I could do this. I didn’t believe in myself. 6 years later, I came back but I couldn’t really keep up my studies at the time. Sam made me promise to come back – that she believed in me. 2.5 years ago, I came back. For good. I told Sam: this time it’s for real. And today it feels realer than real. Thank you to Sam, Vicki, Chuck, Roni and the entire Voicetrax family for being with me on this journey!! Time to get (more) shit done!! Thank you!! For all your love, support and encouragement!!”
– Ning Recio
“Voicetrax is the best resource for anybody, in the Bay Area or beyond, who is trying to get into Voice Over/Voice Acting. Their interesting, insightful and super fun classes don’t JUST focus on the craft either! They actually teach you the business side of the industry to really fully prepare you to be a working voice actor. Plus, all of their teachers are working professionals in their particular field (and some are straight up legends!). I’ve spent the last 4 years taking classes at Voicetrax and I couldn’t be happier with the progress they have helped me make in my VO career. And as an added bonus I’ve formed a wonderful second family with my teachers and classmates. 20/10 would recommend!”
– Matty McLaughlin
“Sam is a genius. Truly. But she doesn’t impose her ideas on you, she listens to what YOU want to do with your life and helps you find that path. Sam and the Voicetrax community have celebrated my progress with me…and perhaps even more importantly, in moments when I’ve needed someone to look me in the eye and say “You’re doing great. Look how far you’ve come. Don’t be discouraged.” They’ve been there for that too. Voicetrax is a top notch place to train as a voice actor, and it is an incredible community of amazing people. My life is so much better because I am here.”
– Emiko Susilo
"I am so grateful that Voicetrax exists and that I get to be a part of it. The instructors are super supportive and each student receives personalized guidance from Sam and staff to steer them towards success. Voicetrax is very special indeed! If you are looking to study voice over, this is the place!"
– Heather Fischer
“Well, it happened! Stars is representing me!!!! I really can’t thank all of you enough! Seriously. Your knowledge, support, and encouragement has been (and continues to be) invaluable. I was at such a transition in my life when I showed up here. I wasn’t quite sure what this next chapter would hold, or if it was even too late for me to start something new. I knew I didn’t want to go back to practicing law now that my kids had grown. I wanted to do something that I really loved, and I wasn’t sure what that would be. Thankfully, I have the ever enthusiastic, “You can do anything!,” Frank, who encouraged me to check this out. I remember being so afraid to get behind the mic, so unsure of myself. But, you have all created such a safe space to learn and grow that I got through it. I was hooked after my first class. All my love of acting came back to me (something I had ignored for many years while pursuing a career and raising a family). So, thank you for doing what you do, and for being wonderful people while you do it! Here’s to second acts (or, in my case third, or fourth?!)”
– Lisa Williams
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