page-header

Class Descriptions

Click any of the categories below!

Whichever category you click, those will be the online classes you see.

  • For Beginners

    Beginning Seminar

    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!

     

    Creating Characters

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Finding Your Voice

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 3.5-hour online overview

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Into To Directing

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 3-hour lab

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Online

    Whaaaat? A direction class in the Beginning section of the catalogue? You better believe it! There is no time like the present to start your expedition into one of the most important skills for working voice actors: self-direction. And there is literally no one better on the planet than our intrepid Founder, Samantha Paris, to help you take those first steps. Learning the basics of self-direction will not only give you insight into what is ultimately going to be expected of you in those more advanced classes, but it will add value to any class you take in the meantime, as you will hopefully be silently directing your fellow students along with the instructor. A class within a class. Neat.

     

    Introduction To Narration

    Director: Vicki Baum

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

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Simply Acting

    Director: Frank Coppola

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    To Paris And Back

    Director: Samantha Paris, Vicki Baum

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

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

  • For Intermediates

    Colors Of Your Voice

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis

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

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Founder’s Seminar

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Improv For Voice Actors

    Director: Anna Mathias

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Tainted Tales

    Director: Devin Glischinski

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    Remember all those classic nursery rhymes and lullabies from your childhood? Of course you do! But did you know that a significant number of them actually have a macabre story behind them? You’ll explore that juxtaposition in this one-of-a-kind script analysis class with a deviously entertaining twist. Using those iconic rhymes as your copy, you’ll be tasked with the challenge of finding the story behind the story including the tales of Hickory Dickory Dock, Humpty Dumpty and Three Blind Mice amongst others while your fellow classmates will participate in guessing games based on your performance. This incredibly unique class will focus on script analysis, acting choices, character work and fine-tuning your analytical ear. You may never look at your childhood the same again!

     

    The Wonderful Wizard Of Voicetrax

    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.

     

    Voice-Over 411

    Director: LA Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    This intensive workout with one of San Francisco’s most experienced talent agents from one of the biggest voice-over agencies on the West Coast 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. Along with the informative industry conversation with someone who so completely knows the lay of the voice-over land, you’ll participate in a non-stop audition lab, turning over script after script while getting an exclusive behind the scenes peek at what agents are actually looking for in the auditions they receive.

     

    What A Character

    Director: Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

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

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

  • For Everyone

    Inside The Voice Actor’s Studio

    Moderator: Vicki Baum

    Special Guest: Tara Strong

    Length: 3-hour online lecture

    Class Notes: None

    We are so proud of the caliber of guests we continue to book in our lecture series, and this time around is definitely no exception. Tara Strong has already had an iconic voice-over career including The Powerpuff Girls, Teen Titans, the Suicide Squad franchise, DC Super Hero Girls, The Fairly OddParents, and on and on and on. And she’s still going strong! (see what we did there…) We’ll delve into her process of creating a character and analyzing a script, as well as her many philanthropic endeavors, with a side of behind the scenes anecdotes. Getting to pick the brain of an actress with so much experience and knowledge is a privilege you won’t want to miss.

     

    Inside The Voice Actor’s Studio: Hometown Heroes

    Moderator: Vicki Baum

    Panelists: Emiko Susilo, Katherine Tole, Dane Fox-McGraw

    Length: 3-hour online lecture

    Format: Online

    Class Notes: None

    It’s true, we get excited when a huge, big name voice actor like Rob Paulsen or Tara Strong come and spend time with our students, conversing about their keys to success and digging deep into this craft that we all love so much. But we’d argue that an installment of our continuing lecture series Inside The Voice Actor’s Studio that stars our very own students is just as inspiring, maybe even more so. We’ve invited three Voicetrax students that are in different stages of their voice-over careers. We’ll ask them all about their distinct journeys that at the same time will be unique to them as individuals, and yet somehow familiar, not only to each other but to you as well. Talk about relatable and valuable. You’ll leave more inspired than ever to chase your voice-over dreams!

     

    Intro To Home Recording

    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.

     

    Intro To Home Recording Follow-Up Lab

    Directors: Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 7-hour one-day lab

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities
    (or close enough). Prerequisite: Intro to Home Recording or prior approval from Voicetrax.

    Whether you’ve taken the previous 6 week version of Intro to Home Recording with Chuck teaching week 5 and 6 OR you’re signing up for the current 4 week version Intro to Home Recording that doesn’t include Chuck’s week 5 and 6 OR you’re just damn rusty (or confused… or frustrated) and need some wise and patient help OR you’re just missing Chuck’s face, this one-day engineering lab is made for you! With all new copy completely different from the previous version, Chuck is still as determined as ever to put you through your paces and test out your recording skills learned in any previous Home Recording classes you’ve had. The interesting plot twist: there is still a fair amount of acting involved in this “tech class”, too. A one-day booster shot to gain confidence and skill in your mandatory (if you wanna be a voice actor) home recording capabilities.

     

    Pay It Forward Parlour

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

    Length: 3-hour online lab, monthly

    Class Notes: None

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

  • For Intermediate/Advanced

    3… 2… 1… Blastoff!

    Director: Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour four-week online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Take flight with Voicetrax Alum, Brian Sommer, in this rapid-fire workshop. Your turn will begin with an unseen character audition sheet. On the “GO” from Brian (he has a stopwatch and he’s not afraid to use it), you will have 3 minutes to prepare your performance, 2 chances to record the copy and will choose 1 of those takes to submit. Because Brian will be putting a “revolving door” on the roster, there’s no time for deep philosophical character study. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in finding the character, that we forget the basics (who, what, where, etc.), so this class compels the student to return to those basics. The rapid-fire approach and limited time will force you to focus on the fundamentals to create a believable, unique character.

     

    Audio Tour Narration

    Director: Peter Dunne

    Length: 14-hour four-week online workshop

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

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

     

    Audio Tour Narration II

    Director: Peter Dunne

    Length: 14-hour four-week workshop

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

    Format: Hybrid

    Peter Dunne, who produces audio for the largest audio tour companies in the world, is uniquely qualified to guide you through the most challenging aspects of this specialized niche of the voice-over industry. In this Level 2 class, you’ll tackle “real world” audio tour recording issues like working under severe time pressure or dealing with complex scripts that require you to be able to understand and communicate abstract concepts like “synesthesia” and “Dadaism.” (Look ‘em up!) You’ll also learn how to handle character scripts which are frequently used in both adult and family tours and require you to sustain a specific dialect or vocal placement for hours at a time. And because auditioning is done from home, Peter will assess your self-direction skills on a script that you’ll be asked to record at home.

     

    Best Damn Demo Period!

    Directors: Sirenetta Leoni, LA Agent, Samantha Paris

    Length: 18-hour six-week online workshop

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

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

     

    Booking Gig$ 123

    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.

     

    Booking Gig$ 123 Totally Rad Follow-Up Lab

    Directors: Katherine Tole, Natasha Marchewka

    Length: 6-hour two-week online workshop

    Class Notes: This lab is weeks 4 & 5 of the Booking Gigs 123 class, so if you are signed up for that class, you do not need to sign up for this class. If you have already taken the Booking Gigs 123 class in a previous semester, you are eligible to sign up for this two-week follow-up lab.

    While some things never change, the world of online casting sites is always evolving, as they introduce new features and tools of the trade. To help you stay on the very tippy-top of your game, we’ve brought in our Voice123 “ringers”, the dynamic duo of Katherine Tole and Natasha Marchewka will 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.

     

    Character Confidential

    Director: Dan Gilvezan

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

    Have you ever wished you could take a character class and not have to worry about creating umpteen-million totally amazing and yet unrecognizably different voices all within a weekend? Well, then have we got the character class for you! Approach characters from a purely acting perspective, where detailed prep work meets The Method. Join Dan as he guides you in creating reality-based characters from the inside out, by delving into the psyche as well as environmental factors of the character. You’ll work on animation and video game copy, some of which you will supply and the rest Dan will crack out of his massive vault of scripts. No funny sounding ducks, zany aliens or looney bubble voices need apply.

     

    Character Creation Celebration

    Director: Melissa Hutchinson

    Length: 7-hour one day lab

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Hybrid

    Melissa joins the Voicetrax family with a big splash of character merrymaking! Although she’s booked just about every kind of job the voice-over industry has to offer – multiple times, this particular day of fun will focus on characters and toys. As she breaks down the process of creating a memorable character, Melissa will continue to be the “fun police” because if you aren’t having fun, whether it’s a comedic or dramatic character, it will affect your performance, and not for the better. So, forget the overthinking and be in the creative moment, as you let things fly and celebrate the resulting extraordinary performance.

     

    Characters Gone Commercial

    Director: Jeannie Elias

    Length: 9-hour three-week workshop

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

    Format: Online

    The most elite voice actors understand that each and every single script they perform is a character, whether it’s a video game, cartoon or commercial, even when they only have a few minutes to make their acting choices. First, you’ll be given a script from a movie or play, chosen especially for you by Jeannie, and given time to really dig into the back story of your character and make specific decisions, in other words, truly live in that character for longer than five minutes. Then, you’ll bring that fleshed out character to a myriad of commercial scripts, learning to adapt on the fly. This weekend will ultimately open your mind as you learn to make stronger decisions to answer the oh so important why you are saying what you’re saying question to your run of the mill commercial reads.

     

    Depth Of Character

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 9-hour weekend seminar

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

    Format: Online

    Unleash the multitude of unique and genuine characters that you know (and some you don’t know) are inside you. During this workshop, Samantha will invite you into her world of animation, and how she analyzes scripts to produce an attention-getting, show-stopping performance. You’ll be challenged to bring a two-dimensional soup of words to life by breathing authenticity (in even the goofiest of situations) and fun into characters both wacky and more straightforward. Up your character game and dive into a whole new depth of character with Sam.

     

    Destination Truth

    Director: Melissa Gray

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments.

    In this workshop, Melissa will challenge you to think, breathe and voice from the standpoint of quintessential theatre acting techniques. Develop a critical ear and increase your ability to absorb what’s being offered as you take direction and make instantaneous adjustments as you navigate back and forth between monologues from plays and voice-over copy. Exercises are designed to enhance the believability of your reads and develop a fuller, richer sense of your unique individuality that the microphone cannot help but reflect! If only a significant amount of audition voice-over scripts called for real performances, so you could put all you learned in this class to practical use. Oh wait… thaaat’s riiiight, only 99% of all voice-over audition copy does!

     

    Direct Thyself

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Hybrid

    The time has come… you can’t avoid it any longer: the director’s chair (insert spooky music and student shudder here). By now you’ve heard from multiple teachers and working professional students that self-direction is the name of the game when it comes to auditioning, and they’d be exactly right. These days you are on your own to create an attention-grabbing, competitive audition. This seminar presents your 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: The Voice 123 Variation

    Directors: Samantha Paris, Vicki Baum

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    It’s common knowledge to most that have been around the voice-over industry for even a minute that self-direction is the name of the game when it comes to home auditioning, especially with the popularity of numerous online casting sites. These days you are pretty much on your own to create an attention-grabbing, competitive audition which can be a very isolating experience. But you’re not alone! You’ll be put through the paces of directing yourself as you pre-record scripts at home. Over the weekend, The Lovely Ladies of Voicetrax, Samantha and Vicki will provide feedback for your home recordings and take you through live performances of commercial and narration scripts obtained exclusively from online casting sites that give aspiring working voice actors a monumental opportunity to stretch, grow and book jobs on the way to signing with an agent. You may even find yourself sitting in the director’s chair where you’ll 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, ‘cuz as a working voice actor, you’re gonna have to!

     

    Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You

    Directors: TWO LA Agents, NY Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    The further you travel down the path to becoming a competitive voice actor, the more you realize that although there are some fundamental truths to brilliant performances, subjectivity is a prevalent theme in our industry. Remember what we always say, “It’s selection, not rejection!” In this seminar, we’ve brought together three top professionals, who because they are three unique individuals, just might have different perspectives. Having recorded scripts before class at home, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to get their expert feedback in class. And don’t fret if it’s your first, second or even third time submitting mp3’s for a class. We’ve selected three of the nicest agents around and they’ll know you’re newer at this and will be super supportive! You’ll also get a chance to redo some of your home recordings live in class, incorporating the suggestions from this top-notch trio. Discover how well you self-direct at home and adjust to re-direction from the best in the business.

     

    Finding Truth In The Booth

    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.

     

    Get Animated!

    Director: Townsend Coleman

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Get In The Acting Game

    Director: Dave Fennoy

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

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

     

    Got Game?

    Directors: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour 4-week online workshop

    Class Notes: None

    How lucky are we that we have two of the most accomplished & prolific video game actors in the Bay Area in our back pocket: Chuck Kourouklis and Brian Sommer! This dynamic duo have put their heads together and created quite the curriculum. Because of Chuck & Brian’s extensive experience, both having appeared in League of Legends, The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us (seeing a pattern perhaps?), they are in a unique position to give you advice, guidance and direction from BOTH sides of the sound booth glass. Not only can they speak expertly on what a producer is looking for since they’ve booked once or twice or, oh that’s right… hundreds of times, but they are also in a position, being actors themselves, to delve deep into the actor’s process and teach you what it takes to create a memorable audition that gets you cast. Needless to say, this class is intensive, involving and relevant – so come ready to play!

     

    HPXEDCHVBSEPRIUCH

    Directors: Aaron Miner, Lauren Kelly

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    Tsjdokks iwynso hyytisqe nagacdi py sjneuscild jazpl datdofg! Say What?!? Imagination is king in the world of gibberish speaking toys and video games, and the demand for actors who have these particular set of skills is prolific. So, we’ve asked two of the busiest toy actors in the Bay Area – our duo of toy talent – to reach into those beautiful brains of theirs to come up with a class full of fun and creative exercises to get you in the right state of mind to tell the story when there is no script at all. They’ll challenge you to communicate through emotional connection instead of English words. Learn how improv, physicality and just letting go are keys to success in the silly but serious industry of toys. Not to mention how learning to tell a story without the crutch of using words will develop your overall storytelling skills. And hey, you’ll get to tell your parents you finally learned that second language. Tdekpjuhieqb! What the heck does that mean? We’ll leave that to your imagination.

     

    Imagination Revisited

    Director: Samantha Paris, Roni Gallimore

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

    Format: Hybrid

    Did you ever wonder how your British princess or slacker boyfriend character would tackle a dog food script? Well, it’s time to unleash your inner six-year-old and explore your imagination the way you did as a child. Before each of the first three weeks, you’ll create a character and then come to class as the character you created. Inhabiting the character from every angle will stretch the boundaries of your imagination and you’ll recognize you are ultimately waaay more creative than you ever thought possible. Spend three weeks digging deep with Roni into each character’s backstory while performing commercial and character scripts. With help from Roni and your peers, figure out which of your three concepts was your strongest character embodiment, and perform as that character for Samantha in the final week. Commit to the character deep dive and just go for it. Stretching your acting muscles has never been so freeing!

     

    Know Your Zero

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

    Format: Hybrid

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

     

    Making It Sound Easy

    Director: Sirenetta Leoni

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    Aretha Franklin singing, Roger Federer winning major championships, Meryl Streep disappearing into a character. Across all disciplines, what do the best of the best all have in common? They make what they do seem natural and as effortless as breathing. To book consistently or get hired for the more prestigious, lucrative gigs you can’t sound as though you are trying too hard with a delivery that comes across as labored, contrived and flat, or even worse… inauthentically perky. During this seminar, you’ll focus on keeping it simple with the goal of delivering a performance that sounds genuine, unforced and above all, engaging, enjoyable and easy to listen to, whether you’re auditioning to be a conversational announcer, character in a video game or voice of an Interactive Voice Response system.

     

    Once Upon A Time: Acting For Audiobooks

    Director: Roni Gallimore

    Length: 14-hour four-week online seminar

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

    It’s official! Audiobooks is 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 as she shares her extensive knowledge on how she books all her audiobook 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 same sex dialogues while creating separation between dozens of characters by utilizing pitch, speed, rhythm, accents and of course… acting! And whether or not you think you’ll ever record an audiobook this course will absolutely help you up your narration and character defining skills.

     

    Retail: Not Pretty, But Profitable

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Hybrid

    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 in our current voice-over world of natural and extemporaneous, 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 including over-written scripts, awkward phrasing, disclaimer tags and way too many exclamation points!!!!!

     

    Script Analysis

    Directors: Samantha Paris, Chuck Kourouklis, Sirenetta Leoni

    Length: 18-hour six-week online workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes weekly homework assignments.

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

     

    Shifting Gears

    Director: SF Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Online

    To engage your audience and win auditions, your interpretations must have facets, hues, shades, peaks and valleys, ya know… variety. Your instructor, a veteran talent agent, will help you develop intuitive, interesting and unique reads that highlight the “authentic you” and rid you of any “one note” tendencies your performances may have. (Wow two quotes in one sentence. Thank goodness we aren’t saying this in person. The “air quotes” would be seriously annoying…) He’ll work with you to bring out an authentic and unpredictable quality that will grab the attention of agents, producers and clients and help you book the job, and he should know!

     

    Side-Splitting

    Director: Brian Sommer

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Often when you audition for characters either for video games or animation, you’re provided with several random lines from the script, a little background information (if you’re lucky), a brief description of the project and maaaaaybe a picture of the character. From that unpredictable and oftentimes minuscule amount of information, you’re tasked with coming up with a fully developed character, figuring out how the unrelated lines you’re provided fit into the story and demonstrating as much range as possible in the process. And how does improv factor into all of this? If you want to find out how one of the busiest character voice actors 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: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    Going deeper into the story is something that all actors must learn, developing it into second nature. To succeed you need to engage your imagination, the most important tool in your arsenal. You must discover it, nurture it and then develop it. But how exactly do you do that, especially in a 30 second script? In this workshop you will continue on the path started by Simply Acting, learning and further developing new tools and techniques designed to refine your craft. This class will teach you how to partner with your infinitely creative imagination. 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 skill out in longer form, you’ll develop the muscle memory to go deeper into character, and you’ll be able to succinctly apply it to the shorter form of 30 and 60 second reads. This class 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, so you can break it down to break through.

     

    Sound-A-Like Savvy

    Director: Ned Lott

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    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.

     

    The Actor Narrator

    Director: Melissa Gray

    Length: 18-hour six-week online workshop

    Class Notes: This course includes homework assignments.

    How many times have you heard, it’s not about your voice, it’s all about the acting? All the time, we’d guess, but with narration, too? You better believe it. 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 pre-life 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 Taming Of The Mic

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 10-hour weekend online workshop

    Class Notes: None

    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, create the sonic environment 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 that will immediately take your performances from 2D to a full three-dimensional experience for the audience. It should go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: If you want to be a musician you need to learn to play the instrument, so if you want to be a rock star voice actor you need to be able to do the exact same thing with the microphone.

     

    Think Visually, Act Vocally

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Hybrid

    Now that you’ve built a strong foundation in the fundamentals of voice acting, it’s time to start dissecting the individual voice-over sub-genres that require different performance styles. There are many components that contribute to a stylized performance when lending your voice to television visuals. Chuck will ask you to consider all the factors visual elements add, and how you can use them to shade your performance in a distinct way. What kind of influence should a television commercial that emphasizes wide open spaces have on your interpretation? Would a tight, detail-oriented shot mandate a difference in your approach? And what kind of impact does the music make on your acting choices? And finally, what are the implications of all this on where you should position yourself on the microphone? Explore all these factors to make your performance just that much more specific as you play and have fun in the television voice-over sandbox. Ultimately, you’ll be able to leverage that knowledge to be the actor that gets the script, and therefore, the actor that gets the job!

     

    Three In A Row

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Hybrid

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

     

    Tours, Tutorials & Tales: The Story Within

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 14-hour four-week 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.

     

    Voice-Over Angel

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Vicki Baum, Aaron Miner

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Hybrid

    Gain wisdom, confidence and the ability to think on your feet from this role-playing seminar as Chuck utilizes his fellow directors to throw numerous different real-world recording situations at you born from his wealth of personal experiences including running a session from your home studio with a director that’s inexperienced and can’t articulate what they want, a producer who doesn’t want to direct you live (cuz he’s just too busy) and you’re supposed to figure it all out, or what about a live session where multiple directional approaches are thrown out at you? Don’t fret, you are not alone! Chuck will serve as your “angel”, determined to earn his wings by helping you learn to deal with adversity, uncertainty, insecurity and a host of other confidence assassins that can undermine an actor’s ability to give their 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.

     

    Voice-Over Vision Board

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

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

    Vision boards have long been an effective tool for successful people (Tyler Perry, Jaime Foxx, Oprah Winfrey… heard of them?) To create a stable of core characters for commercials, narration and animation that you can use time and again throughout your career, you really need to dig deep (nope… deeper) into the details, and that’s where Vicki comes in. After a decade of constant creation, Vicki will finally share for the first time some of the pages from her character binder. To create your own pages, you’ll use visual elements including magazines, books, pictures, key words and fabric (yes we said fabric) to create a life story for each of your characters and then perform them. Brilliant acting comes down to being the role not just playing the role, and with your newfound inspirational character vision board, you’re well on your way to exceptional performances.

     

    VO Fight Club

    Director: Aaron Miner

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

    Format: Hybrid

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

     

    The Voicetrax 500

    Length: All Participants: Preliminary round recorded at home
    Finalists Only: Final round recorded at home plus 7-hour one-day lab

    Format: Preliminary Round: At Home Recording Final Round: Online

    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?? We’ve brought back our real-world Voicetrax competition due to its immense popularity. 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. In the preliminary round, each participant will submit three home recordings (just like the real world) that will be judged by The legen-wait for it-dary Voicetrax Think Tank. Every single preliminary participant will receive feedback on your recordings. The 12 chosen finalists will be advanced to the one-day lab and asked to submit further home recordings. During the finals lab, you’ll work out with fresh scripts as well as decompress with Samantha, as she reviews your home recordings, gives her valuable feedback and announces who took the checkered flag as the winner of the Voicetrax 500!

     

    What A Character II

    Director: Brian Sommer

    Length: 12-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: What A Character Level One or prior approval from Voicetrax.

    At a quick glance, What a Character II may seem familiar to Level One in that again you will be performing characters while using a generic vague script. The wicked twist? (The thing you need to learn by now is there’s always a wicked twist. But it’s always for your own good!) Instead of making up your own characters with days to practice and develop them, you’ll be given a character of Brian’s choosing (insert villainous laugh here) in class and ten whole minutes to prep your performance, and round and round it goes, character after character for each student. By only having a few minutes to prep, you’re forced to get out of your head, stop overthinking and make strong acting choices and commit to them which ultimately leads to a more natural and organic performance.

     

    Wild Game Hunting

    Director: Tasia Valenza

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Online

    Do competitive performances elude you like a rare sighting of the white lion in South Africa or the snow leopards of Uzbekistan? Join Tasia as she guides you through this kinder, gentler safari in search of video game performances that stand out and book the job. And just to keep things exciting, Tasia is apt to throw in an animation exercise or two, so be ready for anything. And because of her extensive background in on-camera acting, Tasia can’t help but incorporate the acting muscles used for that genre of acting in her lessons, which can only bring to life the voice acting skills that will make your auditions roar. Disclaimer: No animals were actually hurt in the belaboring of this metaphor, unless you consider yourself an animal and having to read through this description bruised your mental happiness by the constant stringing along of this worked-over metaphor, and now, this over-explained disclaimer. Longest.Disclaimer.Ever!

  • For Advanced/Working Professionals

    A Gathering Of Actors

    Director: Melissa Gray

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

    Class Notes: Attendance in a previous Melissa Gray class or prior approval from Voicetrax. Class may (and should) be
    repeated.

    Jump back into the fray with Melissa Gray to explore even deeper the acting essentials begun in her past classes. That means more work with your wants, verbal action choices, selection of beats, variety of rhythms and nuancing, subtext and inner dialoguing. You’ll integrate scene work to bring a sense of relationship to any performance that translates to radio dialogue work, video games and character pieces. Continue to expand your listening skills so that you are spontaneously reacting, creating a performance that will come from a true sense of what you need and feel in the moment. Work within a custom packet of monologues and scenes pre-selected especially for you by Melissa, no voice-over copy to be found! The emphasis will be on script analysis and the emotional and vocal values that translate to the voice-over medium.

     

    Acting Up

    Director: Dan Gilvezan

    Length: 7-hour one-day online lab

    Class Notes: NoneActing, in its most basic form, is about what your character wants and how they go about getting it. These objectives and choices are what give a performance depth, variety and emotional connection. Actors that aren’t agile at using their imagination operate in a very limited space with their choices, and as a result their auditions stay in that same narrow band. In this one-day intensive, fast-paced lab, Dan will employ a variety of different techniques and exercises including the aspects of The Method system, improv and role playing to expand the sphere of your choices and help you break free of your status quo. You’ll be challenged to make quick choices to avoid overthinking and trust your instincts. At the end of the day you’ll be thinking about familiar tools in a brand-new way. Learn from a nearly 40-year veteran that has kept himself relevant and booking through the decades due to his superior acting skills.

     

    Acting Up And Out

    Director: Dan Gilvezan

    Length: 7-hour one-day online lab

    Class Notes: This course has a pre-class homework assignment. Prerequisite: Acting Up or prior approval from Voicetrax.

    Collaboration is the sweet nectar all creative people thrive on, the opportunity to connect and feed off the energy of another human being. Join this one-day partner scene study lab to stretch your acting muscles. Weeks before class you will receive a dialogue and your assigned role selected especially with you in mind. You’ll have plenty of time to practice and memorize your side of the dialogue. Sounds great, right? Well, it is… however (and that’s just a fancy but)… there’s something we haven’t told you yet. While you’ll have plenty of time to get your stuff ready to go, you won’t know who your scene partner is until you show up for class! Just like real-world recording session where you show up and immediately collaborate with a complete stranger. You’ll be challenged to bring it all together in minimal time. But don’t fret, because Dan will be there, with the wisdom born from his decades-long acting career, to direct you.

     

    ADR With Ned Lott: Thrown For A Loop

    Director: Ned Lott

    Length: 7-hour one-day online lab

    Class Notes: None

    The technical definition of Automated Dialogue Replacement, also referred to as “looping”, is the process of re-recording audio for purposes including improving audio quality or reflecting dialogue changes. But it’s so much more of an artistic challenge than that. It’s replacing a lead actor’s voice or bringing the characters in the background to life through improvised dialogue. Sound interesting? It should, since it represents yet another huge set of opportunities for working voice actors. The first half of this lab helmed by ADR veteran Ned Lott will focus on learning the ADR process with some exercises to prepare for spontaneous and improvised acting. Then you’ll put your newfound knowledge to the test in the belly of the beast and virtually go into an actual ADR studio in Burbank to work on numerous ADR skills including streamer vs. beeps, walla, listen and do, callouts, follow the line, assigned dialogue and sound-a-likes. Don’t know what these things are? You will after this action-packed day.

     

    Animation Extravaganza

    Director: LA Agent

    Length: 14-hour weekend seminar

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

    Format: Online

    Spend two full days working under simulated, “real-world” recording-session conditions on complete episode scripts of an actual cartoon series, with one of the country’s top animation experts. Before class, you’ll receive character sides to audition and submit. In class, your director will announce the role(s) you have booked. Once cast, you’ll participate in mock sessions where your director will walk you through the process step-by-step from the table read through the group recording. You’ll gain belief in your abilities to interpret copy on the fly, develop characters, maintain energy and continuity, create a definite difference between multiple one-line roles, respond and react to your fellow actors and absorb direction quickly with the poise of a seasoned pro. And speaking of seasoned pros, because your teacher is an agent that works with the best talent in the animation business, imagine the ears you’re working with. You’re sure to get an exact notion of where you are on your character path.

     

    Be A Badder MotherChucker: The Saga Continues

    Director: Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: Be A Bad MotherChucker Level One or prior approval from Voicetrax. This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Format: Hybrid

    Soooo, you want to be a bad-ass character actor, and well you should. It’s not only loads of fun, it’s lucrative! And because there is always room to improve and another plane of existence to explore, your sage shepherd, the original MotherChucker himself, has created a brand-new adventure designed to take your character work up a level, no matter where your skill level stands when you enter the class. And this time around it’s really all up for grabs. Will you be directing? Will you be a non-player character or a player-character? Will you survive an improv melee? Maybe we can break out one little clue: what happens when you are forced to speed up your process? Oooooo… that’s interesting… Step up, execute under pressure and go from BAD to BADDER!

     

    Be Scene And Heard

    Director: SF Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

    Format: Online

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

     

    Character Reality Check

    Directors: Dave Fennoy, LA Agent, Brian Sommer

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

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

     

    Character Trifecta

    Director: LA Animation Coordinator

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework

    Format: Online assignment.

    Just as the name suggests our Los Angeles voice-over professional will direct you on three very current and lucrative styles of characters: super cartoony and broad cartoons, seriously grounded, real person cartoons and fantastically forceful fantasy/battle video game characters. What a wonderfully eclectic collection! This triad of character studies will force you to be on your toes and ready for anything as you pivot from one style to the next and again to the next, expected to lock in immediately and not let the residue of your last performance affect your next performance. Just like the real world!

     

    Direct Thyself II

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Prerequisite: Direct Thyself I or prior approval from Voicetrax.

    Why do you need Direct Thyself II or the more than a dozen other self-directing classes we offer? Because learning this tricky-but-totally-crucial-to-your-success thing called self-direction takes tons of practice. It’s a process that takes patience and evolves over time. We like to call it “time in the saddle”. The twist this time around is working on scripts you should do well, but whatever reason you don’t. It’s uncanny how directing another person allows you to see more clearly what the script actually needs therefore clearing the way for you to perform it well. At the end of this weekend you will be a better performer having sat in the director’s chair again. Giddyup, Hoss!

     

    Direct Thyself: The Black Belt Edition

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 24-hour six-week workshop

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

    Format: Online

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

     

    East Meets West: Narration

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

    Format: Online

    What better way to know where your skills stack up against actors from one of the biggest and most competitive acting regions in the country than being in class with them? In this exciting seminar, we bring together the “best of the west” with the “feast of the east”. Half of this uniquely formatted seminar will be populated with the best of the best from the halls of Voicetrax. The other half will consist of professional voice actors from New York and surrounding areas. You’ll be challenged and inspired by your fellow professionals from the other side of the country.

     

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

    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.

     

    Glued To The Tube: Animation

    Director: LA Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    The numbers bear out: Auditioning for a show when you don’t know the vibe of the show or the style of the channel it’s airing on has you working at a huge disadvantage. And yet, many working professional voice actors still don’t take the time to explore the animation part of our industry. Seriously? Who else gets to watch cartoons as career research? And doesn’t it stand to reason that if you want to book an animation job you have to watch animation? Well, this exciting seminar is where the rubber definitely meets the road. Before class our super-savvy animation agent will assign you a specific animation channel to focus on including Cartoon Network, PBS Kids and Disney. After watching cartoons on that network, you’ll transcribe two scenes from two different shows and record them for Agent X’s feedback in class. You’ll be forced to traverse a tricky exercise: How do you keep true to the style and vibe of the show and overall network, without mimicking the on-screen performance, yet still bring your unique self to the party? Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to work on more current and relevant copy with the best in the business.

     

    He Said / She Said: The Commercial Edition

    Director: Samantha Paris, Thom Pinto

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

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

    That’s right people, you read that combo of directors correctly. Samantha Paris & 30-year Voicetrax Guest Director veteran, 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 voice-over brains in the business (scratch that… the world). 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.

     

    He Said / She Said: The Narration Edition

    Director: Vicki Baum, Chuck Kourouklis

    Length: 14-hour four-week online workshop

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

    With the wild popularity of the He Said/She Said class format, we thought, what the heck? Let’s take it “on the road” so to speak… destination: narration. For the first time ever, we’ve paired Vicki Baum and Chuck Kourouklis (2/3 of the Voicetrax Think Tank, no less), who are swimming, nearly drowning in the substantial number of narration opportunities the industry offers, 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 Vicki and Chuck and receive feedback from both of them as well as get their critiques on stuff you recorded from home. This gives you the opportunity to contrast and compare the thoughts from two professionals very knowledgeable in the world of narration. 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 this teaching twosome challenges you to bust out your best storyteller.

     

    How To Walk, Talk & Chew Gum

    Director: Allyson Vox

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: In-Person Only

    This seminar will launch students into the very exciting technology of Performance Capture. PCap – also known as Motion Capture or MoCap – utilized by big name film studios in the making of movies including Avengers: Infinity War, Avatar, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings and the biggest video game developers who’ve distributed games including Uncharted, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Resident Evil and The Last Of Us, just to name a few. This training has become a required skill for any voice actor who wants to make it big time in video games. There’s a few of you out there, right? As a veteran of this discipline, Allyson will introduce you to the basics including what it’s like to be on a PCap stage, the equipment that it utilizes (and there’s a LOT) and even take you through some scenes as you move about as if you are on a theatre stage using props! Get out from behind the mic, put your comfy clothes on and play with a pretend sword against a fellow ‘Traxer!Be a part of the generation of game actors who know how to do it all and do it well.

     

    Inv. Character Direct Thyself

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    After hitting the “send” button on a character audition you recorded at home, do you find yourself asking, “Did I go too far… or not far enough? Is the character I chose too animated or too flat? Is there enough difference between the three characters I chose to audition? Did I play it too safe?” The answer to all these questions often depends whether or not you were able to separate the actor you and the director you. You need to think like a director and look at the big picture, considering the character in context of the story, the relationship with the other character and what’s actually going on in the scene. Not to mention, are you shaping a dynamic performance even if it’s just one side of a dialogue? Samantha will put you in the director hot seat to guide your fellow students into competitive character performances including shading and emotional range, giving her an inside peek at what you’re telling yourself at home

     

    Inv. Remember When… The Voice!

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 15-hour five-week online workshop/5 weeks for the price of 4!

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

    THIS IS THE VOICE! Since the ability to self-direct is such a monumental part of experiencing success in voice-over, we always endeavor to come up with fun ways to explore this critical skill. This time around the self-direction carousel, we’ve come up with a special twist. This class will be populated by half advanced students referred to as “Coaches” and half beginning students referred to as “Contestants”. See where we’re going with this? Breaking free from the usual advanced directing advanced, the advanced students will be asked to channel their inner Blake Shelton or Kelly Clarkson as they mentor the beginning student they’ve been paired with for the entire five weeks. For you Coaches, Samantha has said it time and time again: she undeniably became the best voice actress she could be after she started directing beginners. As for you Contestants, you’ll not only get a ton of time performing (don’t worry Coaches, you’re gonna get performance time, too!), but you’ll also be privy to the collaborative self-direction discussion usually reserved for more advanced classes, allowing you to move more expediently towards your own mastery by knowing where the professional, competitive standards truly are. At the end of it all, the legen-wait for it-dary Voicetrax Think Tank will come in on the FREE last night as judges to pick the winning Coach/Contestant pair. The winners will each receive a $150 class credit.

     

    Inv. Remotely Speaking: The Bermuda Try-Angle

    Directors: Agents from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco – oh my!

    Length: 9-hour three-week online workshop

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

    New York… Los Angeles… San Francisco… Never before has this incredibly popular class had such a holy geographical trinity of talent agents ready to give you direct, non-nonsense feedback to your performances. We’re pulling out all the stops so you can virtually criss cross the county to hear what the best in the business think of your acting chops. And before you automatically assume (and we all know what that makes out of “u” and “me”) that you know who these agents are, You Don’t! The fresh blood steering this ship will illuminate different approaches or angles for you to try (see what we did there, huh, huhhhhh? Boy, are we clever) in the scripts provided to you to record in your home studio for in-class feedback.

     

    Inv. Unmasking Your Infinite Potential

    Director: Peter Coyote

    Length: 7-hour one-day online lab

    Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

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

     

    Inv. Unmasking Your Infinite Potential: Scene Study

    Director: Peter Coyote

    Length: 7-hour one-day online lab

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

    Join the one-and-only Peter Coyote as he furthers your acting evolution through unique exercises including more mask work as you prepare to dig into and really strengthen your acting prowess. In the weeks before class you will be assigned one half of a scene dialogue to memorize. The fun, exciting and challenging twist is that you won’t know who your scene partner is until you show up for class! Peter will bring the wisdom hard-earned from decades in the industry, with over 100 motion pictures and tv shows under his belt, to help you get lost within your character and really connect with your partner. What else do we reeeeaaally need to say? It’s scene work with Peter Coyote! C’mon, people!

     

    It Takes Two

    Director: Kimberly Mohne Hill

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

    For the majority of your voice-over career, you are likely to be performing alone, even if you’re performing a dialogue. That’s tough since most creative people yearn for a connection on the other side of the dialogue. And in this seminar is where the rubber meets the road. Kim will guide you through dramatic and comedic partner scenes that you will have been assigned to before class utilizing techniques from The Masters like Konstantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. Not only will this experience strengthen your acting skills overall including being more authentic and “in the moment”, but by remembering what it was like to feed off another actor, it will also help you when you get those pesky one-sided auditions.

     

    Know Your Zero II

    Director: Vicki Baum

    Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: Know Your Zero Level One. This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

    Format: Hybrid

    Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about your Zero, this level II class is going to get even “zero-ier”. (whoa, did we just make up a new word? call Merriam Webster!) Guided by the creator of the Zero vernacular, you’ll revisit your personality and vocal trait lists and add to them and further explore your super fun and freeing Anti-Zero, all while directing your fellow students in class and providing feedback on their at-home recordings. Basically, each student at one point during the four weeks, will be assisting Vicki to teach the class. Trait lists, directing and feedback, oh my!

     

    Less Is More, But Nothing Is Nothing

    Director: SF Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    You know that saying, “less is more”? Well, this is an entire seminar focusing on that exact premise. With the preponderance of real and conversational requests from producers and casting directors, the phrase “not over the top” is showing up all the time in copy specs. 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 this revered San Francisco agent whose been at the top of this industry for decades (and continues to be) to get an insider’s view on this very popular current trend and learn the balance between going for it and leaving your audience wanting more.

     

    Lunch With Punch 

    Director: Samantha Paris, Thom Pinto

    Length: 24-hour six-week online workshop

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

    In this smorgasbord of a workshop Samantha is locked and loaded to bring back the FUN and give you exactly what you need. How is that possible? Because each time we run this class, Samantha looks at the class roster and custom builds her lesson plan to specifically address what those 12 particular students need at the moment. While the lunch has to be virtual, the punch will be real and provided by Samantha and her fellow Guest Director Thom Pinto. We promise no voice actors will be hurt in the making of this class… we hope. Spend six afternoons getting your process and mindset “punched” up.

     

    New York State Of Mind

    Director: NY Agent, ummm…duh.

    Length: 9-hour, three-week workshop

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Online

    One of our favorite NY Agents decided to get away (not really), take a holiday from her neighborhood (not so much) and is hopping on a flight (virtually via online conferencing platform) and coming west and she’s bringing a whole lotta wisdom and East Coast confidence in her carry-on (and by carry-on we mean her big, beautiful brain). From script analysis to learning what an agent is actually listening for in a winning audition and everything in between, this New York dynamo will take you through a series of scripts that will test your abilities. She’ll keep the pace moving, so you may be sweating your you-know-what off by the end of the weekend, but will it be totally worth it? Of course it will… Fuhgeddaboutit! Sorry, we had to…she doesn’t really talk that way, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

     

    Place Your Order

    Director: Ned Lott

    Length: 9-hour three-week seminar

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

    Format: Online

    To be honest, we’re really not sure what to write for this class description. What has us so uncharacteristically lost for words? Well, it’s that the students in this seminar are writing their own class description. That’s right, you’re invited to create a customized lesson plan based on your specific needs. In the weeks before class, you’ll choose three categories from a menu of voice-over genres to work on with Ned including sound-a-likes, self-direction techniques using visual aids, video game efforts and war sounds, differentiating multiple characters from the same show and singing in character amongst others. Join these “weeknights of whatever you want” and remember to tip your waiter.

     

    Prime Time Narration 2.0

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Since Thom Pinto started directing this workshop nearly 20 years ago, the number of 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 television 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!

     

    Sam’s Secret Weapon

    Director: duh, Samantha Parisor maaaybe it isn’t

    Length: that’s not a secret, it’s a 9-hour three-week online workshop

    Class Notes: If we told you, you might figure out the secret. Ok, ok, you do need to have home recording capabilities and of course there’ll be a pre-class homework assignment, but that’s all we’re sayin’!

    Soooooo… yeeeaaahhh… Well… it’s a secret, so not much to say here. Ahemmmm… then there’s all that “we could tell you, but we’d have to kill you” mumbo jumbo. Too easy. Suffice to say, with Samantha Paris at the helm of a super-secret class, THREE things are empirically true: 1) This class will be based on what Samantha feels the lucky 12 individuals want and need, 2) It’ll be a thrilling, twisty type of class with a ton of career-progressing stuff to work on, and 3) she’ll have a damn hard time keeping it a secret. (insert winky-face, tongue-out emoji here).

     

    Say “NO” To The “Go-To”

    Director: LA Agent

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    You know that go-to animation voice that you… well… go to that’s earned you praise in class and may have even booked you a job or two? As good as that voice has been to you, it just might be time to put that go-to voice down and slowly back away. Why? Because the times they are always a changin’, and the world of animation is not immune. While there will always be the need for cute, outrageous animated voices, the current trend is actually tracking away from the traditional and moving toward a more natural delivery with a greater emphasis on character development. With one of the country’s top animation agents, you’ll work on your character’s intentions and not worry so much about vocal placement. So next time when the peer pressure is mounting, and you feel compelled to go to that safe place and get all “cartoony” with your voice, remember what you’ve learned here and just say no.

     

    Something To Sing About

    Director: Ned Lott

    Length: 10-hour online weekend seminar

    Class Notes: A professional sounding singing voice is not required. Seriously! 😉 This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Over the last several years – especially since the blockbuster film Frozen was released – the demand for characters that sing in feature films, television series and apps has greatly increased, and that will be the focus of this super unique class. Now before you say “Nope. Not me. I can’t sing!”, pleeeease remember that not every nutty, silly animated character sounds like Mariah Carey, Barbra Streisand or The Candlestick from Beauty And The Beast, so you don’t have to either! And if singing is totally comfortable for you, then it’s time to bring that “shower superstar” into the light. You will come to class with a song prepared that Ned will work on with you and then record it to a background track. You’ll also get a chance to perform speaking lines of that character. Get out of your comfort zone, let loose, remember why you started in voice-over in the first place and have some fun. And we haven’t even mentioned how singing your copy can bring about a freer you – oh wait… we just mentioned it… Whether singing scares you or you’re eager and ready to get your singing groove on, we know you’ll leave this class with an expanded fearlessness to audition singing characters.

     

    Something To Sing About II

    Director: Ned Lott

    Length: 10-hour online weekend seminar

    Class Notes: ust like the level one description says right above this, a professional sounding singing voice is not required.
    Seriously! 😉 This course includes a pre-class homework assignment.

    Let it never be said we can’t take a hint. From the frenzied and overwhelming response, we received about the level one class, we knew we had to expand to a level two class. When we asked Ned if he could kick it up a notch and come up with a more challenging level two class, he just chuckled and said, “no problem” (but in his super nice Ned Lott way). This time around the musical carousel, Ned will warm you up with solo performance and then will challenge you with duets and THEN something super cool… ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement)! You’ll virtually visit an actual ADR studio in Burbank and be tasked with singing on cue and in character after the beep… beep… beep. An exciting experience to be sure and very useful real-world knowledge as you find yourself inside a real ADR session.

     

    Sommer Smackdown

    Director: Brian Sommer, Ben Gabaldan

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop 

    Class Notes: None

    Let’s get ready to ruuuuuumble!!! Join Brian in this voice-over octagon of his making, where real-life is gonna smack you in the face. In this video game class Brian will provide you with audition sides which you will perform live, (so no chance to do 4,000 takes and edit the hell out of it like perhaps you do at home). Brian will then cast the video game after giving you “the gloves are off”-type feedback on your audition. You’ll practice your assigned role with Brian, all to get ready to perform for video game director/producer extraordinaire, Ben Gabaldan. It’s time to get real, and this class is as real as it gets.

     

    Sound & Fury Saturday

    Director: Tina Morasco, Carli Silver

    Length: 7-hour one-day lab

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Online

    Join the ladies from casting juggernaut Sound & Fury, as they tell you everything they know about what casting professionals are looking for in a winning audition. Tina & Carli will focus on character pre-life, speaking from your gut and bringing a unique point of view to your performance. They might even get you to stop making each word so friggin’ special and just give it to them straight. With each script being so unique, these experienced casting experts will help you bring the honesty and truth to tags and commercial scripts while translating the specs into actionable direction. By the end of the jam-packed day you’ll come to realize it’s your inner voice not your outer voice that counts.

     

    The Color Of Acting 

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

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

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

     

    The Power Of Persuasion

    Director: Thom Pinto

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Format: Online

    As another election cycle comes around in the Fall of 2022, the number of political ads that need voices will explode. And although we are all painfully aware of the timbre of most national political ads, luckily that is not what this class is about (phew!). Instead Thom will bring it back home to focus on local and regional candidates as well as issue-oriented ads that are incredibly lucrative and news flash: not always negative. Some even have hope and humor! And ladies, there is tremendous opportunity for you, too. And because conviction is more important than ever in these types of ads, committing to an acting choice is paramount (we’re sure there is somewhere else that could be applied, like everywhere). Join Thom for an informative weekend but please leave your politics and political debate hat at the door. Seriously.

     

    The Versatility Factor

    Director: Samantha Paris

    Length: 24-hour six-week online workshop

    Class Notes: Prerequisite: No Such Thing As A Monologue Level 1 or prior approval from Voicetrax.

    One of the main components of a successful career in any industry is versatility, and voice-over is no different. In fact, versatility is mandatory to make it voice-over. Get ready to stretch yourself and run the gauntlet through many of the various disciplines of acting as Samantha takes you through a memorized scene study, characters, commercial and… really… who knows what else? You know that Samantha always has a few tricks up her pretty sleeve, but they are invariably for your own good. What we do know is that self-direction skills will be needed throughout. You’ll dig deep each week to strengthen your skills in each category (no one-trick ponies here). And after all that hard work, the last week will be a performance showcase where you bring your best stuff, all for the prize of a free private lesson from the founder herself. Huzzah!

     

    The Wonderful World Of Promos

    Director: LA Agent, Ryan Clark

    Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

    Format: Online

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

     

    Three-Script Monte: Los Angeles

    Directors: Sirenetta Leoni, LA Booth Director

    Length: 12-hour four-week online workshop

    Class Notes: This courses include homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

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

     

    Triple Threat: Narration Nation

    Directors: Vicki Baum, Dave Fennoy, Peter Dunne

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    The voice-over narration nation has exploded into numerous sub-genres including the three popular types these industry pros will be guiding you through. You’ll work with one of the most prolific audio tour producers around, Peter Dunne, as well as narration dynamo, Vicki Baum who will work with you on the ever-challenging and yet absolutely lucrative medical narration, along with Dave Fennoy who will put you to the test with a mystery narration style to be announced in class. After class, each director will submit the list of students that gave competitive performances in their category. Whoever shows up on all three lists will be deemed a triple threat narrator and will be awarded a free private lesson with The Founder herself. How ‘bout them apples?

     

    Voice-Over Pentathlon

    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.

     

    Women Only: Welcome To Announcerville

    Director: LA Booth Director

    Length: 10-hour weekend online seminar

    Class Notes: None

    Ladies, 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, promos, phone prompts, retail (shoes, malls, supermarkets and cars), talk show hosts, field reporters and infomercial gals? (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 be made in this area, so ALL WOMEN serious about expanding their range and marketability should be developing these skills. Act now!! Limited time offer!!! Operators are standing by.

Back to top of page
WordPress Image Lightbox Plugin