CLASSES

Lectures… Seminars… Workshops…

With a comprehensive, rotating curriculum of over 100 classes, Voicetrax has lectures, seminars and workshops covering the full spectrum of the voice acting craft, geared to all levels of training.

For new and continuing students, please contact our registrar for class availability and guidance BEFORE signing up for classes. Because we keep our class sizes small, they fill up weeks and sometimes months in advance and often have a wait list! We also realize that with the multitude of classes to choose from it may be a bit daunting to know what curriculum strategy would work best for your specific situation. We can help you identify the courses that are most appropriate for your needs at each particular stage of your training and confirm there are seats available.

If you have no previous voice-over training and/or are looking to find out what the voice-over industry is all about and what it takes to be competitive, look no further than our Finding Your Voice introductory lecture, hosted by none other than Voicetrax Founder Samantha Paris!

For Voice Acting Beginners…

If you have no previous voice-over training and/or are looking to find out what the voice-over industry is all about and what it takes to be competitive, look no further than our Finding Your Voice introductory lecture, hosted by none other than Voicetrax Founder Samantha Paris!

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Voice Acting Courses from Voicetrax SF

NEW Classes for 2017

Inside the Voice Actor’s Studio

Director: Lori Alan

Moderator: Vicki Baum

Length: 3-Hour Lecture

Class Notes: None

Here we go again! We are fired up to welcome a woman whose versatility and longevity are an inspiration, voice-over virtuoso Lori Alan. Her career credits continue to mount into the thousands (we’re seriously not kidding!) and reach nearly every corner of the entertainment industry. Her voice-over credits include Family Guy, SpongeBob Squarepants, Inside Out, Animaniacs, Futurama, Toy Story 3, just to name a few… not to mention her on-camera credits that include Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, CSI, Law and Order, Desperate Housewives, and Castle. How ’bout that?? Throughout the evening, by virtue of powerful, insightful and often funny stories, Lori will relay her career curves and divulge her secrets for success. Don’t miss out on a chance to hang out with your Voicetrax family during an evening that’s sure to knock your socks off!


Power Up! Level 2

Director: NY Agent

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Power Up! Level 1 or prior approval from Voicetrax

Get ready to power up to the second level with the much-anticipated follow-up seminar to the compelling level one Power Up spectacular. This weekend might also be called Kicking Your Limiting Unconscious Beliefs Directly In The Ass. Besides being an all around inspiration of a human being, our stellar NY Agent continues to impart the practices laid our in level one, including walking you through step-by-step to uncover those nasty little lies you’ve been telling yourself and more importantly how to identify and effectively respond to them. This class is a game changes. If you want to be a working voice actor, and you harbor any self doubt whatsoever, you need this class!

NEW Classes for 2017

Inside the Voice Actor’s Studio

Director: Lori Alan

Moderator: Vicki Baum

Length: 3-Hour Lecture

Class Notes: None

Here we go again! We are fired up to welcome a woman whose versatility and longevity are an inspiration, voice-over virtuoso Lori Alan. Her career credits continue to mount into the thousands (we’re seriously not kidding!) and reach nearly every corner of the entertainment industry. Her voice-over credits include Family Guy, SpongeBob Squarepants, Inside Out, Animaniacs, Futurama, Toy Story 3, just to name a few… not to mention her on-camera credits that include Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan, CSI, Law and Order, Desperate Housewives, and Castle. How ’bout that?? Throughout the evening, by virtue of powerful, insightful and often funny stories, Lori will relay her career curves and divulge her secrets for success. Don’t miss out on a chance to hang out with your Voicetrax family during an evening that’s sure to knock your socks off!


Power Up! Level 2

Director: NY Agent

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Power Up! Level 1 or prior approval from Voicetrax

Get ready to power up to the second level with the much-anticipated follow-up seminar to the compelling level one Power Up spectacular. This weekend might also be called Kicking Your Limiting Unconscious Beliefs Directly In The Ass. Besides being an all around inspiration of a human being, our stellar NY Agent continues to impart the practices laid our in level one, including walking you through step-by-step to uncover those nasty little lies you’ve been telling yourself and more importantly how to identify and effectively respond to them. This class is a game changes. If you want to be a working voice actor, and you harbor any self doubt whatsoever, you need this class!

Classes for 2017

Beginning Seminar

Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Louisa MacKintosh

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This class is a recommended option for the schedule-challenged novice or students who’ve had previous professional voice acting, acting or broadcasting experience.

This accelerated weekend seminar covers much of the same ground as Beginning Workshop and is designed for the schedule-challenged novice or students who don’t mind being thrown straight into the fire. Get ready, because this is a weekend packed full of information. You’ll explore voice acting fundamentals, including script interpretation, microphone technique, acting choices, and dialogues. You’ll leave this seminar with a better understanding of the voice acting craft, and an awareness of the particular skills and techniques you’ll need to succeed in the current marketplace.


Beginning Workshop

Director: Vicki BaumLouisa MacKintosh

Length: 12-Hour Four Week Workshop

You’ll explore basic voice acting fundamentals including script interpretation, microphone technique, acting choices and dialogues. You’ll jump right into the booth from the very beginning experimenting with improv exercises and audience participation guessing games. By the end of this workshop, 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 your voice actually sounds like!


Creating Characters

Director: Chuck KourouklisBrian Sommer

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Whether it’s been your dream to be a cartoon character or a video game villain or not, you have many characters inside you that you never knew existed. Chuck and Brian will share their insights, tricks and techniques that have lead to their remarkable success in the character genre. You’ll gain an enhanced understanding of the character creation process.

For those of you who might find the idea of character work a bit intimidating: don’t fret! 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 your hidden creativity and characters within.


Finding Your Voice

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 3-Hour Overview

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 go into the sound booth and record a character or a radio commercial! You’ll be introduced to the various genres of voiceovers including radio and TV ads, animation, narration, promos and video games. 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 and how you’ll know when you’re really ready for a demo.


Introduction To Narration

Director: Vicki Baum

Length: 14-Hour Four Week Workshop

With narration being the predominant genre in the San Francisco voiceover landscape, if you want to be a consistently working voice actor, your introduction to this field is as important as ever! The different genres of narration are endless including audio tours, audio books, tutorials, medical narration and documentary narration just to name a few.

During this workshop 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 how to engage the listener and weave a 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

Frank teaches the fundamental acting techniques he’s learned and used successfully over the years, both as an actor and director. 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. You’ll also spend time behind the microphone learning how to apply these basic acting concepts to performing commercial copy.


To Paris and Back

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 6-Hour One Day Lab

Join our founder, Samantha Paris, as she takes you on a whirlwind journey, exploring the world of voice-over. Samantha takes great pride in the fact that she personally guides each student through every step their voiceover voyage, whether your personal path lasts a day, a couple of years or a career lifetime. Through comedy driven dialogue and character work, Samantha will take you through “real world” audition exercises, just like the pros do it. We can’t promise you croque monsieurs and pommes frites, but good old Domino’s pizza will be provided. Working directly with you will allow Samantha to get to know you better, so she can recommend with personal knowledge your next best step as your adventure through the voice-over world continues.


Colors Of Your Voice

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Note: This introductory course is a prerequisite for enrollment in any class taught by Thom Pinto.

What color is luxury…Silver? Trust…Blue? Excitement…Red? The Colors method, originally developed by Thom Pinto, has helped thousands of actors including your instructor, construct a richer, more vibrant voiceover 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.


Founder’s Seminar

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

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 analyzing copy. You’ll work on dialogues incorporating mic technique to bring the scene alive and tap into a creative side you never knew you possessed. And those surprises we spoke of? Well, if we told you what they were, it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it? As you walk out of the door at the end of the weekend, you’ll be shocked and amazed at the new level of performance you’re capable of.


Improv for Voice Actors

Director: Anna Mathias

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Ever wonder what a bowling butterfly would be like? How about a rhino with low self esteem? Well get ready to find out and open your mind to all the endless possibilities! 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, you’ll gain confidence as you learn to relax in front of the mic.


The Taming of the Mic

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-Hour Four-Week Workshop

If you’ve ever puzzled over how to show greater range and imagination in your voice acting, this class presents specific microphone techniques that can help you breathe life and variety into your performances. From practical, technical issues like how to minimize ”p”-pops and over-modulation, to creative ideas on how to establish a sense of scene and define your characters, Chuck will reveal the many tricks-of-the-trade that he’s developed during his 20 plus years in the broadcast and voice-over industries.


Voiceover 411

Director: SF Agent

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

The first half of this intensive workout with one of San Francisco’s top talent agents will consist of industry insights, advice and how-to’s. Topics such as professionalism, attitude, marketing, realistic goals and industry do’s & don’ts will be explored. You’ll participate in a non-stop audition lab, turning over script after script and get the same type of direction and feedback that you’d receive if you were actually auditioning at a talent agency.


NEW for 2017!

What a Character! 

Director: Brian Somer

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

Explore the cornucopia of characters inside you. What might your dastardly villain sound like selling 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 sustaining characters, a required skill when it comes to video game, animation, and narration.
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NEW Classes for 2017

Comedic Radio Ads 

Director: Sam Pond

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

Veteran copywriter-actor-creative agency owner, Sam Pond, knows radio, knows funny, and has a closet full of awards to prove it! You’ll work with Sam to perfect your comedy skills by focusing on characters, story, scene-setting and improvisation. As you perform scripts he’s written, you’ll get a rare opportunity to find out immediately whether your interpretations match up with what he originally envisioned, and if not, what you can do to get closer to the mark. In many instances, you’ll also get to hear the actual produced spots and see how your performances compare. Sam will also share his unique take on the advertising business and the latest voice-over trends.


Copy 911: Turn Disastrous Into Fabulous 

Directors: Samantha ParisChuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

If you’re ready to take on a real challenge, come prepared to do some very heavy lifting, because this workshop is designed to tax your script analysis and interpretive abilities to the nth degree.

Give any average voice actor a well written script, and chances are that he or she will do at least an adequate job of performing it. But it takes a true voice-over champion to turn a horrific script into a listenable or even good commercial. Why is learning this skill important? Because in the real world of auditions, bad commercial scripts outnumber good scripts 2 to 1 and the pay is the same.

Throughout this class, you’ll tackle script after cringe-worthy script and learn how to clear this minefield without getting blown to smithereens! PRIZE ALERT: This workshop will include with a fun mystery challenge whose reward to the winner will be a free private lesson with Samantha!


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.

With Townie leading the charge, you can 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 confidence in your ability to perform and sustain a fully-fleshed and truly believable character.


Japanese Animation Essentials 

Director: Ned Lott

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: None

Have you ever dreamed what it would be like to become a voice talent for dubbed anime films and games? These are good days in the anime business, especially in the West. More anime shows are reaching a wider audience than ever. Japan is really starting to take Western audiences and their viewership seriously, and to depend on revenue coming from Western fans.

At the heart of these trends is the revolution of online streaming. So what does that mean for voice actors? One word: Opportunity. And you can be sure if there is a genre where the opportunity is growing, we will bring you those lessons! Participate in a real-world, hands-on learning experience, as you develop the skills necessary to deliver lines in a natural, ”non-dubby” way. You’ll even be introduced to the concept of ”lip flap” with a real-time dubbing exercise in class. Gain a better understanding of how to break into this growing slice of the voice-over pie.


Once Upon A Time: Acting for Audiobooks

Director: Roni Gallimore

Length: 14-hour 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

It’s official! Audiobooks have become a billion dollar industry that shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. Don’t tell your local librarian, but eventually generations to come won’t know anything other than digital and recorded books. And we all know what that means to voice actors: opportunities, opportunities, opportunities!

Join Roni Gallimore as she shares her extensive knowledge on how she booked all her audio book work on her own without an agent! She’ll share with you her techniques on refining a first person and third person narrator, performing a male/ female dialogue by yourself and the very tricky task of performing some sex dialogues while creating separation between dozens of characters by utilizing pitch, speed rhythm, accents and of course… acting!


The Taming of the Mic… Part Deux

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

In Taming of the Mic, we held your hand through figuring out p-pops, over modulation, proximity effect, as well as the Fred Astaire footwork needed to call from hallways, across the street, or across a battlefield and then return to your nominal mic position ”mark”. Part Deux will feature a greater emphasis on actual audition copy which demands script analysis and self-direction skills. That’s right, figuring out the ”geography” of your performance and executing are all on you this time! Get those high-tech pop-testers back out too, ’cause Chuck will want you nice and clean for this one.


Tours, Tutorials & Tales: The Story Within

Director: Vicki Baum

Length: 14-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

This workshop is prepared to take your narration skills up a notch. And since nearly 50% of the auditioning in San Francisco is narration of some form or another, 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 in demand currently. You’ll span several genres including audio tour, industrial tech, tutorial and medical narration that are so prevalent in today’s narration market.


Voice-Over Angel

Director: Thom Pinto, Chuck Kourouklis, Vicki Baum

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: None

Gain wisdom, confidence and the ability to think on your feet from this role-playing workshop as Thom utilizes his fellow directors to throw numerous different real-world recording situations at you born from his wealth of personal experiences, including working with a producer whose personality and sensibility is different than yours, having to deal with a first time director who knows what they want but has no idea how to communicate it or worse yet, a producer who doesn’t even know what they want and you’re supposed to figure it all out! But don’t fret, you’re not alone. Thom will serve as your “angel”, determined to earn his wings by helping you in these various scenarios.

You’ll learn to deal with adversity, uncertainty, insecurity and a host of other confidence assassins that can undermine an actor’s ability to give his or her best performance. Feel more in control and better prepared to handle the art of self-direction even under the most challenging and demanding real-world circumstances.


You Should Be Committed

Director: Sirenetta Leoni

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

No, we aren’t making a public statement on your sanity (seriously, who are we to talk?! We’re just saying that to really stand out and get your performances noticed whether it be by your agent, a producer or someone hiring online, you have to make clear, strong acting choices and then… GO FOR IT! Through a series of specially designed, practical exercises and games, you’ll be exposed to important acting concepts including being crystal clear about who you are and who you’re talking to, raising the stakes, setting the scene, being in the moment and actively listening. You’ll discover how crucially important these questions are and why being ultra specific and then totally committing to your choices will bring about a more engaging and ultimately more competitive performance.

ANIMANIA

Director: LA Agent

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: None

Would you like to bolster your confidence, test your creativity, sharpen your technical abilities and strengthen your auditioning techniques? Of course you would!

Delve into cartoon and game scripts with one of the best known animation agents in the business whose clients have voiced some of the most famous animation characters including Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, TheJoker, The Tick, Wakko from the Animaniacs, both Ren and Stimpy from The Ren and Stimpy Show, two of the three Power Puff Girls and half the characters from Futurama. Not to mention hundreds of characters in blockbuster video games like World of Warcraft, The Last of Us, Mass Effect, Transformers and lust for good measure from the commercial world: the iconic Taco Bell Chihuahua, and that’s just scratching the surface of her credits. With her trademark straightforward style, this unparalleled authority in the animation field will provide succinct feedback and direction, while still maintaining the fun, spontaneity and inventiveness that character work is all about. Spend a weekend with someone who knows what books in the character field and why.


Animation 101 with Bob Bergen 

Director: Bob Bergen

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: None

One of the most sought-after voice actors and instructors in the country brings his popular, widely acclaimed seminar to Voicetrax. You’ll explore all the vital skills, techniques and necessary information that aspiring animation actors need to know including effective mic technique, creating and sustaining characters, breaking down copy and understanding how the demo process and the ”business of the business” really works. You’ll develop and expand your own cast of characters and gain confidence in your ability to perform and audition ”in-character”.


Audio Tour Narration 

Director: Peter Dunne

Length: 12-Hour Four-Week Workshop

Class Notes: None

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, Sesame Street-like scripts for kids. Peter will bring examples of ear-catching demos and 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.


Best Damn Demo Period! 

Director: Samantha Paris, Sirenetta Leoni, SF Agent

Length: 18-hour Six Week Workshop

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

During this information-packed 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 and costs. Samantha, Sirenetta and a San Francisco 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.


Commercials vs. Cartoons vs. Video Games

Director: Sam Pond, LA Agent, Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

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. 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. The award-winning writer/producer, Sam Pond, a premiere LA animation agent, and video game superstar Brian Sommer are tops in their field and know their craft. These three character connoisseurs will deepen your understanding of the nuances of these unique voiceover genres and challenge your versatility. As Sam Pond put it, “Be ready for anything.”


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 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 the current landscape of voice over auditioning, and they’d be exactly right. These days you are mostly 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”.


Direct Thyself II

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Direct Thyself or prior approval from Voicetrax

Now that you’ve dipped your toe in the directing pool, get ready to do a cannonball in the deep end and get out of your comfort zone by sitting in the director’s chair once again, but for a longer time (insert even SPOOKIER music here). The purpose of this workshop is to bring your inner monologue when you are directing yourself out of your head and put it on full display in front of Samantha as you direct your fellow classmates. Scary? You bet. Essential to your development as an actor? Absa-fricking-lutely. At the end of these four weeks you will be a better performer having sat in the director’s chair over and over and over again.


Discovering Your Inner Artist: That Means You! 

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 story and bring that 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.


Got Game?

Director: Kyle Richards

Length: 12-hour, 4-week Workshop (scheduled in a five-week window)

Class Notes: None

With video games being so prevalent in the Bay Area voice~over landscape, if you want to be a consistently working voice actor, you’ve gotta have game. This workshop will take you through the process of what it’s like to audition for several roles an interactive projects while receiving direction from Kyle Richards whose credits include The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Star Wars Kinect, Ghostbusters and Aeon Flux amongst others. Kyle will introduce you to the skills that make for a successful video game actor including digesting the character using art concepts, character differentiation and battle sounds called ”efforts”. With Kyle you’ll start to understand the casting process and learn exactly what producers are looking for so that your auditions leave a lasting impression.


Retail: Not Pretty, But Profitable 

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

How many times have you read direction that says ”real and conversational” but all you see are copy points, copy points… and more copy points? The reality is that many scripts still require being able to deliver a strong dose of hard sell. Thom will share a variety of practical techniques he has developed to handle challenges typically encountered when auditioning for retail copy, over-written scripts, awkward phrasing, disclaimer tags and way too many exclamation points!!!!


Script Analysis 

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 12-hour Four-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! Samantha will help you unravel the mysteries of script interpretation as you analyze a variety of TV and radio commercials and animation scripts while discovering how to dissect copy intelligently. 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.


Script Analysis II: Get To The Point 

Director: Sirenetta Leoni

Length: 12-hour Four-Week Workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Script Analysis or prior approval from Voicetrax.

Now that you’ve peeked behind the script analysis curtains in the introductory class, it’s time to fully open them up and let the light in, and dig even deeper into the vital skill of script analysis. Actors often get so caught up in planning how they’re going to perform, worrying about whether they sound “right” or planning their spontaneity that they completely miss the point of why they are saying what they’re saying. As a result, they fail the most basic test of auditioning: getting the central point of the script across effectively.

This workshop will help you develop the discipline to always look for the meaning of the script and how your role serves to advance the message or narrative, before you make your acting choices. As you work through a variety of commercial, narration and character scripts, you’ll find that learning to get to the point first will help you become a stronger, more engaging actor and turbo—charge your confidence.


Side-Splitting 

Director: Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour Four-Week Workshop

When you audition for characters, you’re usually provided with 5-6 random lines from the script, a little background information (if you’re lucky), and a brief description of the project. From that minuscule amount of information, you’re tasked with coming up with a fully developed character, figuring out how the lines you’re saying fit into the story and demonstrating as much range as possible in the process. If you want to find out how one of the busiest character voice actors in the Bay Area does it, join Brian for this step-by-step dissection of the character auditioning process. You’ll end up with a deeper understanding of why performing characters involves so much more than just the ability to ”do voices”.


Simply Acting II 

Director: Frank Coppola

Length: 9-hour Three-Week Workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Simply Acting or prior approval from Voicetrax.

Going deeper into the story is something that all actors must learn. To succeed it must become second nature for you to think ”I need to go further to create more layers in my performance”. But how exactly do you do that, especially in a 30 second script? In this seminar you will continue on the path started by Simply Acting of learning and developing new tools and techniques designed to spark your curiosity to research your craft both past and present.

Using both dramatic and comedic longer form scripts from plays and movies — contemporary and historical — you’ll develop the ability to create the arc of a character’s story. By sussing that out in longer form, you’ll develop the muscle memory to go deeper into character, and with practice will be able to succinctly apply that skill to the shorter form of 30 and 60 second reads. This weekend will beautifully set you up for the more advanced levels of scene study classes by knowing exactly where your treasure chest of creativity lies and how to access and feed it.


Taking On The Prototypes 

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course includes weekly homework assignments.

Producers frequently cast voices or write character specs using “prototypes” as a frame of reference. Whether they’re looking for someone who sounds like the hot ”celebrity du jour” or a veteran voice actor who is highly regarded within the industry but not a household name, this workshop will give you a chance to immerse yourself in a wide variety of styles while listening, duplicating, and broadening your own vocal range by ”borrowing” from the most sought-after spokespeople and character actors. By mimicking another actor’s syncopation, tone or attitude it will not only widen your interpretation possibilities, but it can open the door, inspire creativity and be the foundation of a whole new character for you to develop.


The ABCs & 123s of Toys 

Director: Chuck Wedge, Gavin Hammon

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course includes pre-class homework

Let loose in the playground of educational toys and apps with current Voicetrax student and producer at Leap Frog, Chuck Wedge, and Voicetrax Alum, Gavin Hammon.

Learn about this genre from both sides of the glass. As an award winning toy producer, Chuck will explore the development side of this industry including the different sub-genres in this field and the different roles within a specific product. Gavin, having performed literally tens of thousands of lines for toys, will review the specific skills toys demand including consistency, diction and, of course, acting! After putting yourself to the test in the booth and through the “miracle” of a flash drive, you’ll get to hear your voice coming out of an actual toy in class!


The True Blue You 

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 24-hour Six-Week Workshop

Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments.

This workshop presents your first opportunity to explore where you fit in and determine which scripts are most marketable for you. Regardless of the fact that as your acting gets better, you’ll be right fora larger variety of scripts, you must always take a realistic look at which scripts you are truly appropriate for and learn to identify what’s in your “wheelhouse”. Knowing what represents your talent best is a skill more critical than ever out in the real world with the plethora of auditions you have to wade through online, not to mention knowing what should be included on your demo. You’ll also get to experience a beloved Voicetrax tradition: Friday afternoon potluck lunches. You’ve never eaten soooo well or sounded so good!


THE VOICETRAX 500 

Director: YOU!

Length: All Participants: Preliminary round recorded at home. Finalists only: Final round recorded at home plus a 7-hour one-day class.

Class Notes: Students must have home recording capabilities.

Ladies and Gentlemen START… YOUR… ENGINES!! Rev up for a fun and exciting class/competition that will result in the winner receiving a FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR class credit. Have we got your attention, now?? With self-direction so important to today’s working voice actor, it’s never too early to dive into that what-do-you-do-with-a-script—when-left-to-your-own-devices quandary.

The preliminary and final rounds will BOTH be recorded at home and submitted by participants, mirroring the exact same structure used in the real world. The finalists (who will have recorded and submitted a second set of scripts for the final round of competition from home) will be invited to the one-day class where you’ll work out with scripts as well as decompress with Samantha, as she reviews your home recordings, gives her valuable feedback and eventually announces who took the checkered flag as the winner of the inaugural Voicetrax 500.


Think Visually, Act Vocally 

Director: Thom PintoChuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour Four-Week Workshop

Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments.

There are many elements that contribute to a stylized performance when lending your voice to any kind of video including television spots, industrials or tags. A precise approach is required to complement the carefully crafted visual mood, rhythm and energy of these spots. This workshop, packed with exercises in visualization, technique, color, music and more will help you acquire and utilize the right tools when visuals are involved. Thom and Chuck will help you unravel the mysteries of script interpretation and style selection so you’ll be prepared to meet the challenges presented when auditioning for these highly lucrative ads.


Walk on the WILD Side 

Director: LA Booth Director

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Performing a dialogue by yourself is artistically unsatisfying. If you had a choice, wouldn’t you rather have another actor in the booth to feed off of and react to? Of course you would, but alas, in San Francisco that is rarely the case. Technology and competing schedules have driven auditioning to the home studios of voice actors and made wild lining (performing one side of a dialogue), an inescapable, yet vital part of every working voice actor’s daily life.

In this fast-moving seminar you’ll learn to bring one—sided dialogues to life by creating shape and variety by focusing on responding to the partner that isn’t there. You’ll spend time with a top LA Booth Director who will share valuable “insider information” from some of the busiest voice actors in the business on how they make the most of their wilding opportunities.

A Tale of Two Cities 

Directors: Samantha Paris, LA Booth Director

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes:

It’s the classic NorCal vs. SoCal showdown – Voicetrax style! For the SF portion of the Festivities, you will receive several scripts to record at home before class since that’s how over 90% 0f Bay Area auditions are conducted these days. And might some of the scripts be the kind 0f crap-tastic ones found on those online pay-to-play sites? You betcha… and that’s because that’s what the students asked For!

In class on Friday night, Samantha will listen to your recordings and offer constructive feedback focusing on your ability to self-direct and analyze the copy, helping you to kick your home auditions to the next level. On Saturday, the focus will be on the live audition process that is much more prevalent in Los Angeles. Utilizing two booths, our savvy LA Booth director will provide a ton of copy with a variety 0f scripts including dialogues in which you will not know which part you are being cast in or who you are reading with until the last minute when you are asked to step into the booth. After this weekend seminar, you’ll be saying, “It is a far, far better audition no matter the scenario that I do”.


Advanced Scene Study w/ Jeannie Elias

Directors: Jeannie Elias

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: Prerequisites: Scene Study or prior approval from Voicetrax.

In this exciting new advanced acting class, you will focus on script and character interpretation and emphasize the development of your intuition and authentic presence.

Develop your listening muscle, reaction skills and spontaneity, while digging deeper into the subtext of the scene. Learn to add dimension to character through in-depth exploration and exercises that guide you to the essential principles of good acting technique. Discover how to make substantial, active and compelling choices and expand your creative potential through conventional warm-ups, practical exercises and directorial feedback.


Audio Tour Narration Level 3

Directors: Peter Dunne

Length: 12-hour Four-Week Workshop

An innovative, new approach is taking hold in the audio and multi-media tour industry. While many museums and famous sites still adhere to the narrator/curator driven ”guided-looking” method to audio tours, others are looking elsewhere for more immersive and evocative approaches to interpreting art. In this workshop, Peter will explore some of the approaches being developed and expand the conversation into what these might sound like. You’ll play with ways to convey the language from these new scripts, which are often informal and suggestive of discovery rather than a definitive narrator feel. Level 3 will also serve as a refresher for the many audio tours that still seek to offer an informed perspective because well-delivered information never goes out of style!


Audio ER

Directors: Jim Edgar

Length: 18-hour, 6-week Workshop

Class Notes: There is a two week follow-up lab being offered to those students who previously attended the four week version of this workshop. This course will include a pre-class assignment as well as weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Prerequisites: Participants should have at least an intermediate knowledge of recording software.

We’ve all been there… your audition or job is lying there on the table, flatliningl It needs help STAT! But what tool to use? Equalization? Normalization? Compression? Do you fix the problem but lose the patient?

The fact is that as an auditioning/working voice actor these days, the quality of audio is becoming nearly as important as the performance. Great sound quality means increased opportunities For income now more than ever, since what you record at home is actually ending up on the television or radio more often.

There are powerful tools at your disposal, but you can do a lot f damage if you don’t use them correctly. And these days it’s not just about your sound quality, but also your ability to be the engineer, which is why our students very vigorously suggested (ok, ok they demanded it) that this valuable workshop be expanded to six weeks. Building a reputation as a voice actor that can do it all – act and engineer – will bring you even more opportunities.

This workshop is designed to make you into an audio surgeon, capable 0f quickly analyzing what is technically wrong with a recording and responding with a precise fix. When a producer or director listens to your audio, the only thing they should be aware of is your brilliant performance.


Be A Bad Motherchucker

Director:Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

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

No, this has nothing to do with throwing mama from the train or a custom-embroidered wallet (Pulp Fiction, anyone?!?). But it IS part roller coaster ride, part memory jolt, and ALL an exercise in The Grand Unifying Theory for Voice Actors. Any voiceover pro in the Bay Area is actively auditioning these weird, arcane, totally-out-of-context-one-sided character scripts.

Now here’s a question: to fill in all those missing pieces and get that darn character off the page, how many of you are remembering to use the tools you’ve acquired over the years at Voicetrax? Like, E V E R Y T H I N G? Chuck will pry the sarcophagus open and dust off some tools you might have forgotten, and get ready for ”anything goes” – spontaneous improv, spontaneous direction, turn-on-a-dime changes. And when you’re done, you’ll remember just what you need to do in your head to get clean OUT of it and be a bad motherchucker just like our wonderful Mr. Kourouklis.


Bringing Out Your Bess 

Director: Kay Bess

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

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

Come study with a consummate professional that is entering her third decade at voice-over success in the competitive Los Angeles voice-over market. Kay is a true chameleon, crossing all genres of voice-over including the generally male-dominated genre of promos! Never settling to be a “victim of industry statistics”, Kay brings her go-getter philosophy to this class while covering several genres including commercials, promos and a piece at your choice.

Discover how Kay constantly re-invents herself – living through the transition of live auditioning to auditioning at home — and how she lives her remarkably thriving career as a constant student.


Comedy is NOT Funny 

Director: Sam Pond

Length: 12-hour Four-Week Workshop

Class Notes: This course includes weekly homework assignments.

A voice acting course? Well, yes. Comedy writing? Yes, a bit of that, too. Improvising and writing on your feet? Yes, a lot of that as well. Comedy doesn’t arise from your intention to be funny – leave that to desperate comedians. When a character, who usually doesn’t have the skills to accomplish their goals, still keeps going and buries themselves into a horrible, but usually extremely funny, situation, that’s where comedy appears. Comedy tells the truth about people and it can be taught, even if you don’t think you’re funny. While working through and analyzing great television, film and radio scripts, you’ll discover comedic techniques and tools for voice actors and writers.


Dialect Intervention 

Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis

Length: TWO 10-Hour Weekend Seminars

Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments.

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 Jamaican accent for 1OO+ lines of dialogue. We’ve invited interventionist, LA voice actor, director, Hollywood dialect dynamo and certified dialectician, Mary MacDonald, to rehab your inconsistent dialects.

This uniquely formatted class is meant to keep you on target and practicing in between weekends, so when you finish this course you will truly have an accent you can take to the bank. Throughout this odyssey you’ll learn Mary Mac’s tried and true approach that will give you the tools you need to build ANY accent in the world, which translates to solid gold for a video game voice actor. In fact, Voicetrax students have booked gigs immediately after taking this special seminar. To introduce you to the system, Mary Mac will focus primarily on Estuary English, which has actually overtaken Received Pronunciation as the common accent throughout England, and then will breakdown US Southern in the second weekend. The time has come to make a decision. Will you seek help today?


Discovering Your Inner Artist: You Times Two! 

Director: Chopper Bernet

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

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

Prerequisite: Discovering Your Inner Artist: That Means YOU! or prior approval From Voicetrax.

Voice-over is nothing more than acting for the ear. How many times have you heard that? Well it that’s true (and it is), then shouldn’t we spend a good deal at our time working on honing the skill at acting so as to be the best ”ear actor” we can be?

Voicetrax Alum, Chopper Bernet, will be the Sacajawea to your Lewis & Clark and guide you on this scene study journey about acting that is simple, personal and honest. Learn to stay present in a scene and be ready to go in any direction other than what’s most predictable. Chopper will encourage you to live in the moment and jump off the proverbial cliff. As a result, you’ll come full circle to see how the process has strengthened your voice, both literally and professionally.


For the Love of the Gig

Director: Rob Paulsen

Length: 10-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. The class may be repeated.

Prerequisite: Discovering Your Inner Artist: That Means YOU! or prior approval From Voicetrax.

He’s baaaaaack!! Witness the creative mind of a genius at work, directing you in a wonderfully quick and spontaneous way, as Rob goes from one idea to another opening your mind to the several possibilities that live within a single script that you bring to class.

Join Rob in an incredibly creative and supportive environment while working on both character and commercial copy, Rob will discuss everything from how to get the gig by setting your audition apart from the rest, to confronting the common concerns and fears that come with session work. Learn to approach an audition from a perspective of passion for the craft instead of worrying about booking the gig. With Rob’s assistance you’ll get to the point that the audition you submit is the best you could possibly do even if you had another hour to work on it. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to work with Mr. Opportunity.


He Said / She Said

Director: Samantha Paris, Thom Pinto

Length: 18-hour Six-Week Workshop

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

That’s right people, you read that combo of directors correctly. Samantha Paris & Thom Pinto are playing both sides of the script in this workshop that explores the subjectivity that is pervasive in voice-over. Week to week you will be performing the same scripts for Samantha and Thom and receive feedback from both of them as well as get their critiques on stuff you recorded from home.

This scenario gives you the opportunity to contrast and compare the thoughts from two of the smartest voiceover brains in the business. What did they agree on that was great about your performance that you should keep front and center in future performances, and what do you need to work on to bring consequent reads to a competitive level? Find out as ”mom” and “dad” take you through the gauntlet. No tattling or whining allowed.


How To Walk, Talk & Chew Gum

Director: Kyle Richards

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Join Kyle Richards, video game producer and director for Sony Entertainment, for training that has become a required skill for any voice actor who wants to make it big in video games. This exciting seminar will introduce students to the technology of Motion Capture IMoCap) and Performance Capture (PCap) employed more and more these days in the making of movies including Avatar, The Avengers, The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings and video games including Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Resident Evil and The Last Of Us, just to name a few. Kyle’s goal is to teach voice actors how to use the space around them in the world of MoCap. He’ll utilize a web-based demonstration, followed by exercises in getting outside the booth and moving around that will be filmed. Get a leg up on established game actors who have to learn this skill on the fly. Be a part of the generation of game actors who know how to do it all and do it well.


Inside View: Radio Promos

Director: Jeff Howell

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Do you know why networks and cable channels spend millions of dollars on promotions every year? Because THEY WORK! Jeff Howell has cast and produced literally thousands of radio spots and promos in every style imaginable and works regularly with the best promo talent in the business. Jeff will share his views on what makes top radio promo announcers so valuable that media companies are willing to shell out the big bucks to hire them. He’ll also coach you on essential skills that every aspiring promo artist needs to master: analyzing and reading scripts quickly and competently, while stretching your versatility to handle a wide variety of styles. If you’d like to have some of those millions spent on promos come your way someday, join Jeff to learn the skills and secrets of radio promos.


Less Is More, But Nothing Is Nothing

Director: San Francisco Agent

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

You know that saying, ”less is more”? Well, this is an entire seminar Focusing on that exact premise. With the preponderance at real and conversational requests from producers and casting directors, the phrase ”not over the top” is showing up all the time in copy specs. So what does that mean? How far is too far? Most importantly, how do you stop from going too far in the opposite direction and delivering a boring, flat performance?

Join one at the top SF agents to get an insider’s view on this current trend and learn the balance between going for it and leaving your audience wanting more.


Promo-Palooza

Director: Townsend Coleman

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

If you haven’t wondered what your favorite character would sound like doing a promo, you probably should. With the hundreds of cable stations a mere remote click away, promos have diverged down many paths that don’t include the traditional execution. In this mash-up spectacular, Townsend will combine two of his expert skills: characters and promos. Not only will he help you develop an interesting, believable character, but then he’ll layer in the concept of performing it in time with the promo tracks playing in your headphones. Be challenged to bring two distinct skills together. Get out of your head and learn to abandon yourself to the character wholeheartedly while you push character development across the promo genre and stop playing it so safe.


The Actor Narrator

Director: Melissa Gray

Length: 18-Hour Six Week Workshop

Class Notes: This class includes homework assignments.

How many times have you heard, it’s all about the acting? All the time, we’d guess, but with narration, too? You better believe it, and you will after six weeks with Melissa Gray. Approach different forms of narrative copy from a true actor’s perspective, through various acting techniques including content, themes, emotional subtext, energy, variety and pace. Learn to investigate the given circumstances of your narration copy from the standpoint of performing it, not just vocally, but with your whole being.

Work to create a strong prelife that brings the story off the page while recalling real-life experiences to enhance emotional resonance. Heighten your awareness of phrasing and connecting more on a sensory and emotional level resulting in an increased ”vocal presence.” Melissa will assign each student a monologue from a play and help identify the inherent acting beats, verbal actions, subtext and arcs which you will then transfer to various forms of narrative copy that are prevalent in today’s auditioning world. You will learn to ”dialogue” your copy as duets so that your monologue reads will be enhanced by a quality of genuine listening and conversation.


The Color of Acting

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course will include weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Okay, so you’ve mastered ”blue”, you’re feeling good about ”green”, but how’s your ”aqua”? Join the creator of the Colors acting system, Thom Pinto, in this advanced seminar, where you’ll explore the subtleties and nuances of using colors to create interesting and unique acting choices. Experiment with longer monologues, funny partner reads and some exercises designed specifically to help you be more visual with your performance.


The Making of a 3.0

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course will include weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

We thought about calling this workshop ”What Would You Do To Make It Better?”. You know, that dreaded question that always follows “How Would You Rate Yourself?”, but we didn’t want to scare you off. But basically that’s what this class is all about: four weeks of sharpening your critical ear by explaining what you would do to make a performance better, the fundamental skill of successful self-direction. Sounds simple, right? Sure

You should know by now that with Samantha there is always a twist meant to propel you forward. The twist this time around? You won’t be rating yourself and deciding what to do to make your performance better; you’ll be breaking down the performances submitted by all of your fellow students and telling each of them what to do to make their performances better. Learn to achieve that elusive, yet majestically perfect 3.0 score on Samantha’s infamous performance rating scale, by bringing a good performance to a perfect, bookable masterpiece.


The Nick Thomas Invitational

Director: Nick Thomas

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Noooo, it’s not a golf tournament and your director, Nick Thomas, knows a thing or two more about video games than Dinah Share. This seminar will be a good ol’ fashioned workout with your celebrity sponsor, THE MAN HIMSELF, Nick Thomas. A chance for advanced and working professional actors to get in the booth over and over and over, making quick, instinctual acting choices with Nick sculpting your performance while benefitting from his years of real-world experience in the industry. No mulligans allowed.


The Versatility Factor

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 12-Hour Four Week Workshop

Class Notes: This course includes a pre—class assignment as well as weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Prerequisites: Participants should at least be beginning to audition online if they aren’t signed with an agency.

It’s no secret that flexibility and adaptability are major ingredients to achieving success in the San Francisco Bay Area voiceover market. In the four weeks of this workshop you’ll expand your skill set by covering four different genres of audition exercises from Thom “Tough Love” Pinto. Unearth the secrets of delivering a memorable monologue, compare and contrast new school and old school narration, fine tune the art of acting in a vacuum with wild lining and navigate those pesky, deceptively difficult tags. You’ll traverse the rocky landscape of multiple genres and develop ”the versatility factor”.


The Voices In Your Head

Director: Jeannie Elias

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Prerequisite: No Such Thing As A Monologue or prior approval from Voicetrax.

Now more than ever, ”acting real” {isn’t that funny, no wonder its so hard) is a critical skill, since that’s how the industry mostly rolls these days. But how do you bring that natural, conversational read to longer commercial monologues, where you can easily get lost in the copy points and decidedly un-conversational copy? Jeannie Elias will pick up where she left off in No Such Thing As A Monologue and really turn the heat up in this weekend workout that will stretch your script analysis skills to the limit, pushing you to really flush out the scenario in such detail that you’ve actually created a full dialogue out of a monologue. Finally put all those voices in your head to good use.


The Voicetrax 500: The Good, The Bad & The Weird Level 2

Director: Samantha Paris, Brian Sommer

Length: 12-Hour Four-Week Workshop

Prerequisite: The Good, The Bad & The Weird or prior approval from Voicetrax.  This course has a pre-class homework assignment.

Ok, we sheepishly have to admit that we used up all of our clever NASCAR references on the other Voicetrax 500 class description. Still, this workshop is a race for the Grand Prize: A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR class credit! This workshop takes our wildly popular The Good, The Bad & The Weird class and kicks it up a notch in performance expectations.

As before, students will work with Brian in the three genres of good, bad and weird, but this time you’ll provide the scripts. And by the way, there’ll be a fun twist in the mix (come on, you knew there’d be a twist… we are giving away 500 bucks). Samantha will come in on the last week and students will perform what they’ve prepared. Then both Samantha and Brian will award the grand prize to the student who embodies the good, the bad AND the weird in the most competitive way. Big, goofy, testosterone-driven trophy optional.


Narration Reality Check

Director: Vicki Baum, Thom Pinto, Peter Dunne

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This course includes pre-class homework. Students must have home recording capabilities.

With the isolation that home auditioning brings, are you starting to lose perspective on where your narration ”chops” stand? Are you in a rut or do you not even know if you’re in a rut? Is it time for a reality check? Take advantage of the opportunity to have your best narration ”stuff” professionally critiqued by three professionals who absolutely know what it takes to ”make it” (what’s with all the ”quotation” marks?) in the very lucrative and wide-ranging voice-over genre of narration.

Vicki, Thom and Peter will review your work and give you Feedback on your performance AND your choice at scripts. You’ll also benefit from the opportunity to hear what your colleagues are doing left to their own devices and how you stack up. You may even get a chance to get back in the booth to make your directors’ suggested adjustments, which will ultimately bring your performances to a even-more competitive level.


“PRESS ONE” For IVR Narration & More

Director: Roger Vosburg

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

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 they’ll call… YOU! again and again and again) You’ll finish this workshop with a greater understanding at what it takes to be the ”voice at a company”.


Prime Time Narration 2.0

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: Class may be repeated.

Since Thom Pinto started directing this workshop nearly 20 years ago, the number at voice-over opportunities in documentaries and reality television series have doubled (go ahead — fact check us). San Francisco continues to gain on Los Angeles in casting for these genres. While script analysis and working to video will be the main focus in this workshop, you’ll also work with Thom on identifying the areas of broadcast narration including reality tv shows you are most likely to be cast for. For those veterans who think you have taken this workshop beFore, this shiny 2.0 version contains all new material!


Prototypes Platinum

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course includes pre-class homework.

Need an excuse to hang out with Thom Pinto For the weekend? Well lucky you, we’re giving you one with this seminar. Not to mention that prototypes are mystifyingly underused when they are often the quickest way to a second, different read or even a fantastic first read. During this uniquely ”prototypes” workout for the advanced student or working pro, Thom will utilize colors and music to bolster your performances, as well as help you select the prototype that best matches the specs of the copy. Anybody who’s Anyone is carrying the Prototypes Platinum card in his or her voice-over wallet.


Remotely Speaking

Director: NY Agent, LA Agent, Peter Dunne

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

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

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 two agents, one From NY and one From LA, and one at the leading audio tour producers in the Bay Area to share their wisdom and experience, this seminar is chock full of the feedback all voice actors so fiercely long for.

Not only will these experienced pros tell you what they think at your performances challenging your self-direction skills, but because they come from different industry niches and cities, the variety of copy will push your versatility to the extreme. 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…


The Fast and the Furious

Director: LA Booth Director

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: This course will include weekly homework assignments.

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a LA voice actor is like? Jump in with both feet and test your voice-over repertoire as a top-notch LA Booth Director takes you through a variety oF scripts including commercial, character and narration as if you’re in her booth on a typical day in her world. Not only will you only get a minute or so to prepare your read, but you will only get a couple takes to lay down your best stuff. A TRUE One-Take Masters class… This workout is designed to hone your versatility and quick preparation skills so you can keep up with your Southern California colleagues. So do what they do: get in, be AMAZING, get out. Rev up your home auditions with this intensive seminar. Sorry, cool cars not included.


The Great Comedy Radio Acting and Writing Class, Competition & Podcast

Director: Sam Pond

Length: 12-Hour 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: This course will include weekly homework assignments.

Geez, was the name of this workshop written by the some copywriter who tries to cram 200+ words into a 60 second spot?!? Perhaps, but don’t judge a class by its title… actually this time maybe you should, it’s pretty self-explanatory. The GCRAWCCAP workshop will combine acting and writing. Actively participate in the building at comic characters and premises while learning tools and techniques behind the art of comedy. In the end, winning scripts written by YOU will be chosen, cast with your classmates and produced to the full extent at the comedy law, by none other than Sam Pond. But wait, there’s more! The brilliance of the winning scripts will be shared with the world as they become an upcoming Voicetrax podcast!


Invitation-Only Classes & Seminars


** Invitational** Fifty Shades of Real

Director: Scott Parkin

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Doesn’t it seem that darn nearly every audition you receive has the direction ”real, natural, genuine, conversational”? It’s time to get your mind out of the gutter (we know what you were thinking…) and welcome our newest Guest Director Scott Parkin, a top-notch voice actor and ex-copywriter/casting professional who ACTUALLY knows what it means when they ask for real; just how ”real” do they truly want it? TV commercial real, radio commercial real, narration real, conversational real? There are oh so many shades to choose from. And how do you get to that place within your own personality in the most unobtrusive, comfortable and natural way while still being able to show numerous, slight variations of real depending on the script and product?

Scott will use several of his proven methods including improv (DON’T PANIC… improv doesn’t always mean funny) and will provide students with practical application that you’ll be able to incorporate into your process as soon as you walk out the door.


**Invitational** Lunch With Punch

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 24-Hour Six-Week Workshop

The lunch? Brought to you by your fellow students as you take part in a delicious, time-honored Voicetrax tradition: Friday afternoon pot luck lunch. The Punch? Brought to you by none other than one Miss Samantha Paris. We promise no voice actors will be hurt in the making of this class. In this smorgasbord of a workshop you’ll work on strengthening your auditioning skills from a variety of different perspectives. Get ready to do it all including recording scripts at home for in-class review and feedback and directing your fellow classmates, You’ll expand your range and bring versatility to your wheelhouse by discovering through fun exercises how your fellow students view your strengths. Spend six afternoons getting your commercial and character auditioning “punched” up by Samantha while eating the most scrumptious potluck west of the Mississippi.


**Invitational**: Mac & Cheese

Director: Mary McDonald-Lewis, Townsend Coleman

Length: 7-Hour One-Day Class

Get ready as two Industry veterans bring their expert guidance to ONE class! Mary McDonald- Lewis (the MAC) and Townsend Coleman (the CHEESE- he was one of the original Teenage Mutant Turtles they liked pizza… ok we know it’s a stretch) first worked alongside each other 30 years ago and have been friends ever since. Using commercial copy, MaryMac will guide you through her tips for quick and believable copy interpretation and character development including using theatre techniques as well as a deeper understanding of story arcs, beats and energy along with ”including the audience in the story. ” Then, Townsend will direct students as they apply the technique. Join MaryMac and Townsend for this fun and exciting tag team format. This class promises to leave you feeling warm and gooey about your voice-over skills.


**Invitational** Men Only: Welcome to Announcerville! 

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Men, if you’ve been told once, you’ve been told a million times in specs, ”we don’t want an announcer”. 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.


**Invitational** Running the Gauntlet

Director: Jeff Howell

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, all Lords and Ladies of the Voicetrax Realm! SirJeff Howell is throwing down a challenge like no other, Warning: This class is NOT for the faint of heart!

Prepare to spend a weekend full of grueling commercial challenges, aggressively competitive promo games, and mind-bending voiceover workouts and see how you stack up against LA talent. Jeff will be pulling out all the stops in what will surely become a learning experience that legends are made of. Hip Hip Huzzah!


**Invitational** Big Agent Theory

Director: SF Agent

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Would you book you from your submitted audition? That’s the main theme in this exciting new seminar from one of the biggest, most successful agents in the Bay Area.

Wonder no longer what your agent is looking for in an audition, as this industry professional takes you through his philosophy of how to achieve a competitive edge in the Land Of Home Auditioning. After you settle on your “submitted” take during each round of class recordings, your director will ask you ”would you book you off that performance?”, which is an especially interesting query, as you won’t have the luxury of ”Frankenstein-ing” your audition together like you do at home. We know, you don’t ever do that! Can you be a true performer and deliver a competitive audition without all the tricks? Get the answers to all the important questions you should be asking yourself.


**Invitational* Voicetrax Top Voice: San Francisco

Director: Samantha Paris, Sirenetta Leoni, Vicki Baum

Length: All Participants: One Weekend Day Competition  Finalists: 10-Hour Weekend Competition / Seminar

Class Notes:  By Invitation Only. Offer should not be construed as guarantee of representation by the talent agency beyond the initial six-month period. Representation may be extended beyond six months by mutual agreement of the talent agency and the voice talent. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Participate in an unmatched and incomparable test of your auditioning skills, an ultimate FREE talent competition where the eventual winner is guaranteed six months of representation at one of the largest talent agencies in San Francisco. Past winners have gone on to be consistently working voice actors!

Preliminary Round (24 contestants)

In the fast-moving preliminary round of competition, you’ll get a chance to showcase your talent as you perform a commercial, narration and video game script that will be provided to you on the day of competition. The following week, your auditions will be reviewed and scored by the judging panel and the finalists will be announced.

If you’re among the finalists, you’ll return the following month for the…

Final Competition (12 Finalists)

As a finalist, all of your voiceover skills will be tested: commercial, narration, video games and self-direction. The evening before the final round, Vicki Baum will take you through a ”test run” and help you shake out the nerves and get in the performance flow. The twelve finalists will perform a total of three scripts. The first performance will be narration copy provided to you ahead of time so you can record it from home and submit it the week before. On the day of the final competition, you’ll perform before a panel of judges two other pieces of copy: a game script and a commercial script that will both be provided for you. The winner will be determined by the overall competitiveness of all three performances. After the competition is over, you’ll participate in an afternoon session with Samantha to swap stories, decompress, work out and find out who won.

Please Note: For the 12 finalists, two optional 3 hour prep courses (one for narration and one for video games) will be offered. Details to follow… and REMEMBER:

Please note that legal restrictions prohibit us from listing the actual names of individual talent agents and booth directors. Voicetrax classes are not auditions. The presence of a director is neither a guarantee of, nor a promise of, employment. The intent of the classes is solely educational. Attending a workshop is not a way to obtain employment as an actor. Such contact as you may have with a director at a workshop will not necessarily result in any further contact with that director or any company affiliated with that director.


**Invitational** Actor Narrator: The Sequel

Director: Melissa Gray

Length: 12-hour 4-week Workshop

Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

Prerequisites: The Actor Narrator

Want to be a working voice actor in San Francisco? Then you need to learn how to narrate. Superior narration skills have never been more important in the local voice-over market. In this four week extension to The Actor Narrator, you’ll start where that original workshop left off. Continue to emphasize the subtext, ad-libbing and dialoguing techniques that will challenge you to investigate inner thinking and intelligent segues From line to line. Concentrate on the specificity 0f language – revering individual words (even consonants and vowels) to heighten the drama. Experiment with rhythms, phrasing and pausing, just as all great actors learn to do onstage. Longer copy will be explored so that you are better prepared for the true long-form booking.


**Invitational** Animation Extravaganza: ALL STARS

Director: LA Agent

Length: 14-hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This course includes pre-class homework. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Although this is a class, you’ll be walking into a true-to-life session environment. Spend two full days working under “real-world” conditions on complete episode scripts of an actual cartoon series, with one at the country’s top animation experts. Before class, you’ll receive character sides to audition and submit. Upon arriving at class, your director will announce the roles) you have ”booked”. Once cast, your director will walk you through the process step-by-step from the table read through the group recording. And since this is the ALL-STARS version at this class, you’ll be challenged at the highest level to interpret copy on the fly, develop characters, maintain energy and continuity, respond and react to your fellow actors and absorb direction quickly with the poise of a seasoned pro. OK all you Voicetrax All-Stars, you asked for this class and you got it!


**Invitational** Direct Thyself: BLACK BELT Edition

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 18-hour 6-week Workshop

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This course includes pre-class homework. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Because Sam knows that practice makes ported and mastering self-direction is nothing short of tough, she is going to put you through your directing paces for a full six weeks! Similar to previous ”Direct Thyself” classes, your self-direction skills will be stretched, tested and evaluated. As always, the prime objective is to achieve a competitive audition for yourself by being on the other side of the glass and learning to direct several others, and make no mistake, you’ll be directing a LOT. Challenge yourself to unearth a brilliant performance From your classmates through your succinct and specific direction.


**Invitational** Mistress of All Trades

Director: Lori Alan

Length: 7-Hour Weekend Lab

Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

Prerequisite: Attendance at Inside the Voice Actor’s Studio.

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 bring scripts to class to work on with the instructor, but oh no, Lori is having none at 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, and push your versatility to the next level as you become your own Master or Mistress at All Trades.


**Invitational** Secret Agent Character Protocol

Director: LA Agent

Length: 7-Hour Weekend 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 at the most successful animation agents in the country will be arriving in 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…


**Invitational** Unmasking Your Infinite Potential

Director: Peter Coyote

Length: 7-Hour Weekend Lab

Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

When we initially ran this class as Sam’s Not-So-Secret Secret Weapon, we basically said Peter F’ ing Coyote is teaching the class… what else do you need to know? And we were right, the Voicetrax population flocked to the class. And while we still kinda feel that way, we should probably let you know how truly mind-blowing this weekend will be.

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 identity 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. Discover the ability to focus that enlightened state and funnel it into extraordinary acting choices, bringing about a true transformational performance.


**Invitational** You Know I Love You, But…

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar, 12-Hour 4-Week Workshop

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. This course includes pre-class homework. Students must have home recording capabilities.

Did it just get cold in here? Why did you shudder? We’ve literally been asking Samantha For years to name a class after her infamous classroom phrase just to see who’d have the cojones to show up. But don’t be scared, because Samantha truly does love you, HOWEVER (and that’s just a fancy but) telling you like it is, come hell or high water, to further your education is her signature move. And a class named as such is certain to be no exception. In this exciting class format, you’ll record scripts at home focusing on self-direction, script analysis and creating multiple, viable takes, even paying attention to the strategy behind deciding in which order to submit your multiple takes.

In class, you’ll be asked to explain your choices while getting feedback not only from Samantha, but also your fellow students. True love has never been more illuminating.

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