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Another BEGINNING SEMINAR... an Imitation Game with Ned Lott... a tour of the industry with our resident Wizard... gaming the online casting system... starting your home recording journey... the LA agent's perspective...and a deeper exploration of Narration and smooth criminal storytelling!

The Beginning Seminar

9:30am – 4:00pm Saturday, September 24 & 10:00am – 1:00pm Sunday, September 25

Directors: Vicki Baum, Aaron Miner

Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

Class Notes: None

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




The Wonderful Wizard Of Voicetrax

10:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, September 24

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 2-hour lecture

Class Notes: Initial questions to be submitted ahead of time.

Format: Online

Please DO pay attention to that man behind the curtain. Why? Because he’s full of answers to all the questions you have and don’t know you have about the craft and industry of voice-over. As one of the founding Guest Directors of Voicetrax (Yeppers, that means he’s been teaching here for nearly 35 years…He’s a freaking Voicetrax institution), who better than Thom Pinto to explain the important foundational truths for each genre of voice-over including commercial, narration, character and tags as well as answer any industry questions you might have burning in your brain. A wonderful Q&A established specifically for people at the beginning of their voice-over training journey or anyone who wants yet another amazing experience with one of the industry’s legendary talents.




Sound-A-Like Savvy

10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, September 24

Director: Ned Lott

Length: 7-hour one-day lab

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

The entertainment industry often needs “sound-a-likes” for both animation and live action projects because A-List actors are too busy or quite frankly, they don’t want to do it. So if you were ever kicked out of class for mimicking your teacher, you’re in luck! As one of the top “sound-alike” directors in Los Angeles, Ned is uniquely qualified to help you develop and draw out both your known and waiting to be discovered sound-a-like abilities.




Booking Gigs 123

6:30pm – 9:30pm Mondays, September 26 – October 24

Directors: Vicki Baum, Katherine Tole, Natasha Marchewka

Length: 15-hour five-week online workshop

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

Tired of spending time auditioning online with few positive results? News Flash: It may not be your performances that are holding you back. Gasp! Yes, you absolutely need to submit a competitive audition, but when it comes to online casting sites there is so much more to it. It can be intimidating when you hear that only 3% of the thousands of registered “actors” on Voice123 actually book a job. But have no fear! The good news is 90% of the Voicetrax student body who’ve trained to a competitive level are within that 3%! And one of the major reasons for that is this comprehensive, A-Z class that reveals how Vicki books in the top 10% nationwide on Voice123. In weeks one through three, Vicki will cover her entire online auditioning strategy including which auditions to choose, how to increase the flow of auditions coming your way, communicating with potential clients as well as how she keeps track of her finances, bills clients and will calculate a customized rate card for each student. In weeks 4 & 5 our Voice123 “ringers”, the dynamic duo of Katherine Tole and Natasha Marchewka will come in and spelunk (dust off your cave exploring headlamps) the Voice123 site and once and for all take the mystery out of how it all works. They’ll cover numerous topics including dashboard features, setting preferences, profile optimization, algorithm idiosyncrasies, SEO and demo samples. They’ll answer all your burning techie questions. All so that you can take on online auditioning with confidence.




Intro To Home Recording

5:00pm – 8:00pm Tuesdays, September 27 – October 18

Director: Kevin Cleland

Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

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

In a voice-over industry full of remote live direction and where auditions are predominantly done at home, the opportunity to break into the business is as ripe as ever. And while being a well-trained, skilled actor will always be paramount, so now is having a professional-grade home studio. But don’t fret, that does not mean spending thousands of dollars or being a genius engineer, but you do need to be educated. Join Voicetrax demo production master Kevin Cleland as he takes you through the basic fundamentals of home recording including recording hardware and software, editing conventions, exporting sound files along with suggestions for a basic set-up if you don’t already have one. By the end of this factually jam-packed workshop, you will know how to record, edit and submit an mp3 of sufficient quality so you can start getting in on all those super cool, advanced Voicetrax classes that require home recording capabilities and be several steps closer to professional grade recordings.




Voice-Over Pentathlon

6:00pm – 9:00pm Tuesdays, September 27 – November 1

Length: 18-hour six-week workshop

Format: Online

Class Notes: We’re sure with the cornucopia of Guest Directors involved in this class, there’s bound to be some homework at some point and we’re sure it’ll include recording at home. So, get your home set-up ready to roll!

Do you have the versatility it takes to run this gauntlet? We hope so because that’s the name of the game in today’s voice-over market. Online casting sites are replete with a variety of genre scripts, and few agents are interested in one-trick ponies. This vigorous challenge offers FIVE different teachers with FIVE different lesson plans with a little something here for everyone including commercial, characters and narration (did we mention versatility?) plus a few sweet surprises for you to find out about in the moment, just for fun. What can categorically be affirmed is that each of these top-shelf teachers will challenge you to flex your voice-over muscles into a gold medal-winning performance.




Finding Truth In The Booth

6:30pm – 9:30pm Thursdays, September 29 – October 13

Director: TWO LA Agents

Length: 9-hour three-week seminar

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

Format: Online

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





Tours, Tutorials & Tales: The Story Within

10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, October 1 & 10:00am – 4:00pm Sunday, October 2

Director: Vicki Baum

Length: 14-hour four-week online workshop

Class Notes: None

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




From “A” To Zager: Layin’ Down The Laws Of Narration

10:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, October 1, & 10:00am – 1:00pm Sunday, October 2

Director: Lynnanne Zager

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

Format: Online

As one of the absolute best crime narrators in the business, Lynnanne Zager has her fingerprints all over this sub-genre of narration, and she’s bringing all of her forensic know-how to Voicetrax! Investigate the various styles of crime show narration – which is more popular than ever with new shows being created all the time – with different exercises including recording to picture, a mock audition and an acting game or two to loosen you up. You’ll also bring in a script of your own to get a top notch, eagle-eye assessment on your performance. Be advised that after a weekend with Lynnanne, you’ll emerge with some legit crime show skills that you can take all the way to the bank.


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