Monthly Archives: September 2017

Sep
27

The Vuitton narrative…

NINA’S GOT A BRAND-NEW BAG! Nearly 12,000 words of audio tour narration, you say? With a whole LOTTA French mixed in to boot? Not a problem! Just do like Guest Director PETER DUNNE did and call in ‘Traxer NINA GREELEY! The project was a Louis Vuitton Exhibition shown in Paris, France! And no, you don’t need to be a French Major for such a thing – you’ve just got to be a pro, like Nina:

“Well … the first word that comes to mind is ‘CHALLENGING’! In more words:

It was quite a marathon! The entire recording session took 7 1/2 hours over two days. In preparation, I not only did my usual out-loud rehearsing, but I also downloaded the French pronunciations onto my smart phone so I could listen to them and practice while I drove (French is NOT my forte!). I brought water, apples, hot Throat Coat tea, and lozenges to both sessions — all of which I used at one time or another — and man, was I tired at the end (I have a newfound respect for people who record audiobooks). Overall, it was fun and as audio tours always are, Informative. Working with with Peter is always a joy!”

We’ve always thought Nina had that certain “je ne sais quoi”, and this only proves it! CONGRATS, NINA!

 


Sep
20

Livin’ large with Lori Alan!

INSIDE THE VOICE ACTOR’S STUDIO: We’re still catching our collective breath from the latest voice acting luminary to grace us with her presence, wisdom, and teaching brilliance – Guest Director LORI ALAN! Lori’s interview was memorable even by the brilliant standards of our “Inside The Voice Actor’s Studio” guests, by turns poignant, insightful, and riotously funny. And ALL THAT ENERGY carried right over to Lori’s “Mistress Of All Trades” Lab the next day! And for those of you who missed it this time – might Lori return to teach another class? Tune in when the 2018 catalog drops at the end of next month to find out! Meantime, here’s what a few lucky students had to say about it:

“By getting rid of our inhibitions and fears by voicing them aloud, we were able to go into the booth relaxed and ready. What came next was nothing short of a series of self-discovery and fun by all involved! Clarity and hilarity together again at Voicetrax!” – Devin Glischinski

“Lori was amazing! She had everyone of us working at our best. I think of everything we did it was the experience of starting class by telling her what we felt we needed to work on and then ending it by getting feedback on our performances from a classmate and giving the same in return that felt enlightening. It’s often hardest to see in ourselves that which is so much easier to recognize in others. It was incredible to see everyone of us so open and receptive. I left feeling exhilarated and recharged. Thanks to Lori, my classmates & Voictrax!” – Roni Gallimore

“Lori was an absolute delight. Her openness and self awareness made her class a joy, not to mention her mad skills. I am now using her technique of talking myself into the copy and it really feels like I’m bringing more authenticity to the entire read. Can’t imagine anyone in the class not coming away with some new treasures.” – Jeff Schwartz

 

 

 


Sep
11

TOP Voice LA Decompression

PROJECT DECOMPRESSION: We thought our first-ever TOP Voice decompression lab would be a night to remember, but we’re STILL blown away by the heartfelt feedback we got! The participants didn’t make the Finals for TOP Voice LA Competition, but that didn’t stop them from showing up with just the right mindset – quintessentially GROWTH, not fixed! They were so open and eager to turn this “setback” into a learning experience to advance their skills for the next time – and THAT, Ladies & Gentlemen, is how you SUCCEED!

“The Decompression evening with Sam was very helpful and encouraging. She filled in a lot of the mystery surrounding our work vis a vis not being finalists. It was down to earth feedback to learn from. Very glad I went as her approach felt like a reward for the learning experience it was meant to be for 23 of us:)”
– Rebecca White

“I wanted to say what a wonderful idea and class we had last night with Samantha and other students. It was reassuring and eye opening last night. Hearing others speaking about their disappointment and soul-searching trials helped me in my own self doubts and needing uplift for my continuous journey as a voice over actress…

Even with a great audition or even a bad audition week, we ALL need to work on ourselves as voice over actors/actresses. We win some, we lose some. But this decompression class, we were all winners because we got the feedback we needed to better ourselves and lift each other up as one.

I hope there will be more of these classes in the future!!”
– Nicole Squires

“Thank you so much for your generous decompression lab, it was one of the most valuable evenings I have ever experienced at Voicetrax… I’ll be honest I was afraid that it was going to be one of Sammy’s tough love sessions, with lots of “What were you thinking”? … but instead you made it a magical evening, full of discussion, compassion, and yes, education! Listening back to our auditions with yours and our input was HUGE and getting us back into the recording booth GIGANTIC!

It’s nights like Tuesday night that make Voicetrax such a special place!!! and it all begins with you and your fabulous staff. Next, time around I think you might want to change the name from decompression lab to Sammy’s new Compassion Lab.
Thanks for getting me back into the booth. I feel the love.”
– Susan Vlahos


Sep
06

Mad Science: Sam Pond and Comedic Radio Ads

FROM THE FILES OF GCRAWCCAP(??): One of the most effective ways to make you a better voice actor is to put you on the other side of the creative process, writing your own script. Once you’ve experienced actors bringing your script to life, you get a much better idea how to do that for other writers – which is the whole point of your career! And when it comes to comedic radio, there’s simply no one better qualified to oversee the whole process than Guest Director SAM POND in the Great Comedy Radio And Writing Class, Contest And Podcast (HIS title)! The field was so strong in the latest class that the top SIX finishers were mixed and produced for their public unveiling, which rolls out in the video below…

FROM THE FILES OF GCRAWCCAP(??): One of the most effective ways to make you a better voice actor is to put you on the other side of the creative process, writing your own script. Once you've experienced actors bringing your script to life, you get a much better idea how to do that for other writers – which is the whole point of your career! And when it comes to comedic radio, there's simply no one better qualified to oversee the whole process than Guest Director SAM POND in the Great Comedy Radio And Writing Class, Contest And Podcast (HIS title)! The field was so strong in the latest class that the top SIX finishers were mixed and produced for their public unveiling, which rolls out in the video below…

Posted by Voicetrax SF on Wednesday, September 6, 2017


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