CLASSES

Lectures… Seminars… Workshops…

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

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

For Voice Acting Beginners…

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

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To see the current course catalogue, click here: Voicetrax Star Fall 2020

For the Spring course catalogue with all class descriptions not in the Fall catalogue, click here: Voicetrax Star Spring 2020

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LEGAL DISCLAIMER:  Please note that legal restrictions prohibit us from listing the actual names of individual talent agents and booth directors. These workshops and seminars are for educational purposes only, and the presence of a director will absolutely not secure or provide employment in the field or representation by an agent.

Voice Acting Courses from Voicetrax SF

Classes for 2020

BEGINNING SEMINAR

Director: Vicki Baum, Aaron Miner

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Get ready to jump into a weekend packed full of information and FUN! You’ll explore basic voice acting fundamentals including acting choices, script interpretation, microphone technique, monologues, dialogues, improv and video game characters. You’ll get right into the booth from the very beginning experimenting with vocal 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 you can do in the sound booth.


CREATING CHARACTERS

Director: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

Length: 10-hour weekend 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-hour overview

Class Notes: It’s FREE!

Join Voicetrax founder, Samantha Paris, for an enlightening overview that’s half “everything you ever wanted to know about voice-over” and half interactive exercises where volunteers who are game get to jump right in and actually go into the sound booth and record a character or a radio commercial! You’ll be introduced to the various genres of voiceovers including radio and TV ads, animation, narration, promos and video games. Samantha will offer a straightforward outlook regarding the financial realities of the business, the commitment and training required to become a successful, working voice actor and how you’ll know when you’re really ready for a demo and a talent agent. What a fun way to spend a Saturday!


INTRODUCTION TO NARRATION

Director: Vicki Baum

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

Class Notes: None

With narration being the predominant genre in the San Francisco voice-over landscape, if you want to be a consistently working voice actor, your introduction to this field is as important as ever! The different genres of narration are endless including audio tours, audio books, tutorials, medical narration and documentary narration just to name a few. During this workshop, you’ll explore some of those narration styles and techniques as you work with a wide variety of copy including the always growing field of narration for the populous tech companies in the Bay Area. Learn not only the technical elements of narration, but also how to engage the listener and weave a story that takes your audience along for the ride, without overpowering the visuals. You’ll acquire a clear perspective on the storytelling skills required to deliver strong, connected, narration performances.


SIMPLY ACTING

Director: Frank Coppola

Length: 12-hour four-week Workshop

Class Notes: None

Frank teaches the fundamental acting techniques he’s learned and used successfully over the years, 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. 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 behind the microphone learning how to apply these basic acting concepts to performing commercial copy.


TO PARIS AND BACK

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Join our founder, Samantha Paris, as she takes you on a whirlwind journey, exploring the world of voice-over. Samantha takes great pride in the fact that she personally guides each student through every step their voice-over voyage, whether your personal path lasts a day, a couple of years or a career lifetime. 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. We can’t promise you croque monsieurs and pommes frites, but good old Domino’s pizza will be provided. 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 knowledge your next best step as your adventure through the voice-over world continues.


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COLORS OF YOUR VOICE

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour four-week wokshop

Class Notes: None

What color is luxury…Silver? Trust…Blue? Excitement…Red? The Colors method, originally developed by popular 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 dayI by busy, working voice actors.


DIALOGUES GONE WILD

Director:  Devin Glischinski

Length: 12-hour four-week wokshop

Class Notes: None

It really doesn’t take voice-over students very long to figure out how much fun it is to have a partner in the booth, how much more alive and real your personal performance can be when you have another actor to work off of. And if that’s true (and it is), then this workshop is destined to be wall-to-wall genuine joy. Devin’s dynamic lesson plan that includes commercial and character scripts will become incrementally more challenging as the weeks progress going from partner improvs and full dialogue scripts to wild-lining, the art of performing one side of a dialogue when the other half is not on the script. During the last week your imagination will be paramount as you perform your wild-lined script with confidence knowing you now have the ability to “hear” the other role even when you’re on your own. And by strengthening your dialogue skills you ultimately strengthen your monologue skills, since surprise… every monologue is an internal dialogue in disguise.


FOUNDER’S SEMINAR

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-hour weekend 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 analyzing copy. You’ll work on dialogues incorporating mic technique to bring the scene alive and tap into a creative side you never knew you possessed. And those surprises we spoke of? Well, if we told you what they were, it wouldn’t be a surprise now would it? As you walk out of the door at the end of the weekend, you’ll be shocked, amazed and most importantly excited at the new level of performance you’re capable of.


IMPROV FOR VOICE ACTORS

Director: Anna Mathias

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Note: 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 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 in front of the mic. 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.


THE TAMING OF THE MIC

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour four-week 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.


VOICEOVER 411

Director: LA Booth Director

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

This intensive workout with one of Los Angeles’ most experienced booth directors from one of the biggest voice-over agencies in the world will consist of industry insights, advice and how-to’s. Topics such as professionalism, attitude, marketing, realistic goals and industry do’s & don’ts will be explored. You’ll participate in a non-stop audition lab, turning over script after script, and get the same type of direction and feedback that you’d receive if you were actually auditioning at a talent agency.


WHAT A CHARACTER

Director: Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour four-week 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.


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INTRO TO HOME RECORDING

Directors: Jim Edgar, Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 18-hour six-week workshop

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

We stopped short of calling this workshop Engineering for Dummies because you’re not a dummy, you’re just “pre-knowledgeable”. This workshop is designed for students who are about to buy their first microphone or just did. Join Jim 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. You’ll get some hands-on experience in class and by the end 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 JUST when you think the story is over, it’s time to put what you’ve learned with Jim to good use, as Chuck will finish the last two weeks of the class listening to scripts you’ve recorded at home. He’ll not only give you succinct feedback on your acting performance, but will also comment on your new and improved “Edgar-ized” sound quality.


PAY IT FORWARD PARLOUR

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

Length: 3-hour lab, monthly

Class Note: FREE!

There’s seriously never been something so “for everyone” in the 31-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 bricks-and-mortar for a monthly workout group. For one night each month we are opening one of our studios – free of charge – for you to drop in and work on whatever kind of script you choose. 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’ll be snacks? This is Voicetrax, of course there’ll be snacks. 🙂


VOCAL WELLNESS: FROM HOARSE TO STABLE

Directors: Julia Norton

Length: 3-hour lab

Class Notes: None

Get ready to sing yourself healthy! What better way to learn to care for your instrument than by learning the basics of singing? It doesn’t matter if you’re Julie Andrews or couldn’t carry a tune even in a bucket. This class will give you everything you need to get out of the shower and behind the mic. With decades of experience helping people have a free and healthy voice, Julia will incorporate breathing and relaxation exercises, placement and resonance, warm-up and cool-down approaches along with basic singing techniques amongst a multitude of techniques that will help you to keep your voice healthy and happy for video games sessions with the vocally challenging motion “efforts”, lengthy narration jobs where you need to sound as fresh in hour three as you do at the start of the session and increase your vocal range for character voices. Not to mention that tune you might start carrying. All of this adds up to a fun and information packed lab.


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ANIMATION 101

Director: Bob Bergen

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

One of the most sought-after voice actors and instructors in the country, Bob Bergen – Porky Pig himself – brings his popular, widely acclaimed seminar to Voicetrax. You’ll explore all the vital skills, techniques and necessary information that aspiring animation actors need to know including effective mic technique, creating and sustaining characters and breaking down copy. Bob infuses his joy for character work as he guides you through one fun and wacky animated script after another, all the while challenging you to bring the requisite energy and focus animation demands. You’ll develop and expand your own cast of characters and gain confidence in your ability to perform and audition “in-character”.


AUDIO TOUR NARRATION

Director: Peter Dunne

Length: 14-hour four-week workshop

Class Notes: None

Remember the first time you were transported to another place in time just by listening to an engaging museum audio tour? Learn the art of storytelling with Peter Dunne who has locally cast, directed and produced audio tours for many of the world’s best-known museums and most prestigious exhibits. To expand your audio tour auditioning skills, you’ll read a wide range of copy from scholarly and intellectually demanding narratives to funny 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 a story.


BEST DAMN DEMO PERIOD!

Directors: Samantha Paris, Sirenetta Leoni, SF Agent

Length: 18-hour, 6-week 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 San Francisco talent agent will help you to discover what your strengths are and how to highlight them in a way that will grab the attention of agents and producers, as well as common mistakes to avoid. By the last week of class, students will have produced, performed, self-directed and packaged their own mock demo.


DESTINATION TRUTH

Director: Melissa Gray

Length: 12-hour four-week 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 “you” and 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… only 99% of all voice-over audition copy does!


eLEARNING MADE eXCITING

Director: Jim eDGAR

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

The narration sub-genre of eLearning continues to grow and redefine itself. Long gone are the safety films of way long ago, so companies are increasingly relying upon a steady stream of tutorial video learning resources to keep their employees up to date on current trends and regulatory requirements. As one of the fastest growing sections of voice-over, eLearning can be a rich vein of income opportunities. You’ll develop an understanding of the demands of this sub-genre including the stamina needed for long sessions, as well as discussing the increased use of Virtual Reality in the eLearning process and products. Home recordings will receive feedback in class as you learn how to audition effectively, develop long-term clients and find your teaching voice.


FINDING TRUTH IN THE BOOTH     

Directors: LA Booth Director, LA Agent

Class Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

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 esteemed SoCal duo 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. They’ll even bring in some of the winning auditions, so you can see how you stack up to your LA competition. 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 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 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 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 brings a starring and even a bit player video game performance to life.


GOT GAME?

Directors: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour four-week 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!


GOT GAME II: CRITICAL DAMAGE   

Directors: Chuck Kourouklis, Brian Sommer

Class Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite:  Got Game Level One or prior approval from Voicetrax. This course includes homework assignments.

The warlords are coming for you, so be brave, grab your sword and level up to explore all the hidden caves and open battlefields the video game industry has to offer. Your campaign leaders, Brian and Chuck, are turning up the heat in this level two workshop. They’ll take you through your paces including challenging you to direct your fellow students as well as acting as the casting producers breaking down class performances and choosing who would cast. Not to mention the all-important, yet rarely practiced “efforts”: the ability to die, yell and know the difference between falling off a 30-foot cliff and a 300-foot cliff, all the while not blowing your vocal cords out. Ramp up for a four-week adventure full of variety!


HE SAID/HE SAID & SHE SAID/SHE SAID: HOW’D I BOOK THAT? 

Directors: Devin Glischinski, Aaron Miner/Vicki Baum, Roni Gallimore

Class Length: TWO separate 12-hour four-week workshop, one for Women Only and one for Men Only.

Class Notes: These courses each include a pre-class and weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.

If you’ve been around Voicetrax for any amount of time you know we love a good mash-up: taking two very popular and super effective class formats and combining them for twice the learning and double the fun. This time we’ve combined He Said/She Said and How’d I Book That?. On separate weeks you will receive feedback from your Guest Directors on the exact same performances, giving you the opportunity to contrast and compare the thoughts from two professionals. What did they agree on that was great about your performance that you should keep front and center in future attempts, and what do you need to work on to bring consequent reads to a competitive level? Additionally, all the scripts you’ll be performing (with minimal direction since that’s what it’s like in your closet at home), will just happen to be projects booked by your Guest Directors. You’ll get to hear their WINNING auditions as well a commentary on their approach to the audition. What was special? What risks did they take? How did your audition stack up? All these burning questions will be answered as they divulge their tricks of the home-auditioning trade. A unique and wonderful window into the thought process of successful, working voice actors. Your online and agency auditions will undoubtedly be all the better for receiving all this insider information!


IMAGINATION REVISITED     

Directors: Samantha Paris, Roni Gallimore

Class Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

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 walk into class as the character you created. From the second you walk through the door your character is taking the voice-over class. You’ll inhabit the character from every angle and after three weeks with Roni digging deep into each character’s backstory while performing commercial and character scripts, you’ll be allowed to go back to being yourself (whew!). Then with the help from Roni and your peers, figure out which of the three 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!


JAPANESE ANIMATION ESSENTIALS 

Director: Ned Lott

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Have you ever dreamed what it would be like to become a voice talent for dubbed anime films and games? These are very good days in the anime business, especially in the West. More anime shows are reaching a wider audience than ever before. Japan is really taking Western audiences and their viewership seriously and depending on revenue coming from Western fans. At the heart of these upward trends is the revolution of online streaming. So what does that mean for voice actors? One very exciting word: Opportunity. And you can be sure if there is a voice-over genre where the opportunity is growing, we will bring it to our students! Participate in a real-world, hands-on learning experience, as you develop the skills necessary to deliver lines in a natural, “non-dubby” way. You’ll even be introduced to the concept of “lip flap” with a real-time dubbing exercise in class. Gain a better understanding of how to break into this flourishing branch in the voice-over universe.


KNOW YOUR ZERO

Director: Vicki Baum

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

Vicki talks so much about her theory of “knowing your zero” in all her other classes, we finally said, “heeeey, why don’t you develop an entire class around that concept?” Luckily, Vicki jumped all-in and this class was born! Have you ever looked at a long list of specs on the script and been confused as to what to focus on? Or have you been auditioning online and you’re not sure how to choose amongst the dozens of scripts you receive each day that represents 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 journey you’ll take in this workshop.


NARRATION REALITY CHECK

Director: Vicki Baum

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

Artistry in narration? Sure, there is a ton of technical elements that every competitive narrator must be able to manage like a master puppeteer manipulating the dancing doll’s strings. But can you commit those fundamentals to muscle memory so that you can focus on your acting and telling a great story to become a true artist in the genre? Maybe you’ve been practicing or recording on your own long enough that you aren’t sure where you are on the path to owning those skills. Do you wish you had a benchmark to guide your progress? Well, have we got the gut check that you might not even know you are craving. Vicki will take you on a wild narration ride by giving you that much desired feedback on your pre-recorded and in-class performances with her trademark direct authenticity, delivered with a soft, gentle and encouraging hand inside a steel gauntlet.


OFF THE PAGE 

Director: Tasia Valenza

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

As you start to really amp up your performances to a working professional, real-world, competitive level, one of the hardest things to do is to take words that you didn’t write and might not ever say, at least not in the way they’ve written it (have you EVER said introducing while sharing an exciting secret with a best friend?!?), and make them feel genuine, alive and real, aka “getting the words off the page”. Professionally performing since childhood both in front of the camera and behind the microphone, Tasia will employ her tricks of the trade, literally born from a lifetime of breaking down scripts of all flavors, to assist you in digging deep to flush out the true meaning of the script while developing the skills necessary to get unnatural voice-over copy to sound off-the-cuff and true. Approach commercial scripts as “mini plays” from a true actor’s perspective to get the most of out the script and your performance.


ONCE UPON A TIME: ACTING FOR AUDIOBOOKS

Director: Roni Gallimore

Length: 14-hour four-week Workshop

Class Notes: None.

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 audio book work on her own without an agent! She’ll share with you her techniques on refining a first person and third person narrator, performing a male/female dialogue by yourself and the very tricky task of performing 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.


”PLAY”-TIME WITH PARTNERS

Director: Jeannie Elias

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

Brace yourself: this class requires you to enter into a committed relationship… at least for the weekend anyway (so you can wipe that sweat off your brow). Usually in voice-over, being on your own is just how it is, whether it’s home auditioning or recording the session you booked. Experience the ultimate “fix-up” when you are assigned a scene partner to work on a dialogue from a play. Being paired up will allow you the experience of working with the energy and choices of your scene partner which will ultimately result in a better imagined character for yourself. Not only will this encounter strengthen your acting skills, but it will bolster your voice-over ability to wild line (acting one side of a dialogue by yourself) and treating each commercial monologue you come across as a dialogue.


RETAIL: NOT PRETTY, BUT PROFITABLE                                                               

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

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 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 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. 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 one of the most important foundational skills necessary for voice-over success in this class newly fortified with an additional two weeks in response to overwhelming student demand. We can take direction, too!


SCRIPT ANALYSIS II: GET TO THE POINT

Director: Sirenetta Leoni

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

Now that you’ve peeked behind the script analysis curtains in the first level class, it’s time to fully open them up and let the light in and dig even deeper into the vital skill of script analysis. Actors often get so caught up in planning how they’re going to perform, worrying about whether they sound “right” or planning their spontaneity that they completely miss the point of why they are saying what they’re saying. As a result, they fail the most basic test of auditioning: getting the central point of the script across effectively. This workshop will help you develop the discipline to always look for the meaning of the script and how your role serves to advance the message or narrative before you make your acting choices. As you work through a variety of commercial, narration and character scripts using your endless imagination, you’ll find that learning to get to the point first will help you become a stronger, more engaging actor and turbo-charge your confidence.


SIMPLY ACTING II

Director: Frank Coppola

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

Going deeper into the story is something that all actors must learn. To succeed it must become second nature for you to think “I need to go further to create more layers in my performance”. But how exactlydo you do that, especially in a 30 second script? In this seminar you will continue on the path started by Simply Acting of learning and developing new tools and techniques designed to spark your curiosity to research your craft both past and present. Using both dramatic and comedic longer form scripts from plays and movies – contemporary and historical – you’ll develop the ability to create the arc of a character’s story. By sussing that out in longer form, you’ll develop the muscle memory to go deeper into character, and with practice will be able to succinctly apply that skill to the shorter form of 30 and 60 second reads. This 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.


SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE   

Director: Aaron Miner

Class Length: 7-hour one-day lab

Class Notes: Although this course will be taught in English, all participants must be FLUENT in Spanish.

In our constant quest to present our students every possible industry opportunity, we’ve arrived at the moment when we expand our curriculum to the Spanish speaking part of the pie, and we are excited! There is a ridiculous amount of work opportunities for actors who speak Spanish and very few actually doing it. But lest you think this is a class merely focusing on getting through voice-over copy in Spanish, take heed: script analysis, acting choices and self-direction will definitely still be in play. You’ll operate as if you are speaking English working on conversational, natural performances. The multitude of different accents within the Hispanic speaking world will be explored, determining which are the most often asked for and how regional slang plays a part, as well as overcoming pacing concerns with the often-overwritten copy while avoiding the clichéd Telemundo style read. Si puedes leer y entiende esto, entonces estas calificado a tomar esta clase!


TAINTED TALES   

Directors: Devin Glischinski

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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 FAST AND THE FURIOUS

Director: LA Booth Director

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

The phenomenon of home auditioning has taken our industry by storm. Amongst the pros (and there are lots of them!) and cons, some bad habits have been created. With the freedom to do 50 million takes (ok, maybe only 49 million) and edit the life out of your performance, the lost art of live performing starts to diminish. Yet if you book the job and get to the session, the curtain goes up and you have to perform. To close this widening gap between home and live performing, this seminar will ask you to jump in with both feet as a top-notch LA Booth Director takes you through a variety of scripts including commercial, character and narration. Not only will you only get a minute or so to prepare your read, but you will only get a couple takes to lay down your best stuff. A TRUE One-Take Masters class… This workout is designed to hone your versatility and quick preparation skills (and kick all that over-thinking to the curb) and ultimately make you a more dexterous live performer. So, get in, be AMAZING, get out. Rev up your home auditions and session work with this intensive seminar. Sorry, cool cars not included. Neither is Vin Diesel. 🙁 Sigh…


THINK VISUALLY, ACT VOCALLY

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

Class Notes: None

Now that you’ve built a strong foundation in the fundamentals of voice acting, there’s no time like the present to start dissecting the individual voice-over sub-genres since they require different performance styles. And 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!


VO FIGHT CLUB 

Director: Aaron Miner

Class Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

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.


VOICE-OVER ANGEL

Directors: Thom Pinto, Chuck Kourouklis, Vicki Baum

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Gain wisdom, confidence and the ability to think on your feet from this role-playing workshop as Thom utilizes his fellow directors to throw numerous different real-world recording situations at you born from his wealth of personal experiences including working with a producer whose personality and sensibility is different than yours, having to deal with a first time director who knows what they want but has no idea how to communicate it or worse yet, a producer who doesn’t even know what they want and you’re supposed to figure it all out! And what about a casting director that gives only one chance to book the job? But don’t fret, you are not alone. Thom will serve as your “angel”, determined to earn his wings by helping you in these various scenarios. You’ll learn to deal with adversity, uncertainty, insecurity and a host of other confidence assassins that can undermine an actor’s ability to give 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.


YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS

Director: Jeff Howell

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Most actors find it easier to be funny and have crisp, comedic timing when performing a dialogue with another actor. What happens when you have to be funny, clever and entertaining all on your own? No anguish necessary, qualified help is on the way! Paint outside the lines with producer and casting professional Jeff Howell in this seminar that will focus on the script analysis and performance of comedy monologues that rain very popular in the voice-over industry. Character study, quirky reads, that oh-so-elusive conversational read and a variety of improv styles will all be a part of this hysterical, thigh-slapping seminar. You may want to prepare yourself for some sore ribs. Hee… hee… hee…


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Classes for 2020

3, 2, 1… O M F G! 

Director: Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: 3, 2, 1 Blastoff! or prior approval from Voicetrax.

Welcome to the class that puts the F in OMFG. In this ball-busting sweatbox, Brian Sommer will pick up where he left off in his 3, 2, 1 Blastoff! class. Still utilizing the format of 3 minutes to prepare your script, 2 takes in the booth, then choosing 1 take to submit, in this workshop you will be working on commercial copy. After pulling a commercial script, you will also pull an index card with a generic character type listed, i.e., villain, hero, nerd, etc. When the clock starts, you’ll have three minutes to develop a scene based on why the assigned CHARACTER would be delivering the COMMERCIAL copy. This exhilarating exercise will take you through character voice development, creating a scene, script analysis, sustaining a character, improvisation and self-directing, all in a very rapid-fire short period of time. NO TIME to second guess yourself, no time to be timid. Do it or get out!


A GATHERING OF ACTORS 

Director: Melissa Gray

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: 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 PROMO-TION

Directors: Dave Fennoy

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

We’ve all heard it (close your eyes and insert silky smooth, bass voice here): The following is brought to you with limited commercial interruption… Who better to explore the world of promo performance with than one of the most recognizable promo voices in history, Mr. Hulu himself, Dave Fennoy! Get ready to take your promo acting skills up the corporate ladder as you survey the various television promo genres including comedy, drama and the ever-expanding variety of lifestyle channels that cater to a smaller but unique audience. And although promo generally has a signature rhythm and intensity, there is absolutely, positively still acting involved. (Awww…man…)


ACTING UP

Directors: Dan Gilvezan

Length: 7-hour one day lab

Class Notes: None

Acting, 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 30-year veteran that has kept himself relevant and booking through the decades due to his superior acting skills.


ANIMATION EXTRAVAGANZA

Director: LA Agent

Length: 14-hour weekend seminar

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

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.


AUDIO ER

Director: Jim Edgar

Length: 18-hour six-week workshop

Class Notes: This course will include a pre-class assignment as well as weekly homework assignments. Students must have home recording capabilities.  Prerequisites: Intro to Home Recording class or prior approval from Voicetrax.

We’ve all been there… your audition or job is lying there on the table, flat-lining! It needs help STAT! But what tool to use? Equalization? Normalization? Compression? Do you fix the problem but lose the patient? The fact is that as an auditioning/working voice actor these days, the quality of audio has become nearly as important as the performance. Great sound quality means increased opportunities for income since what you record at home is actually ending up on the television or radio more often. There are powerful tools at your disposal, but you can do a lot of damage if you don’t use them correctly. And it’s not just about your sound quality, but also your ability to be the engineer, which is why our students very vigorously suggested (ok, ok they demanded it) that this valuable workshop be expanded to six weeks. Building a reputation as a voice actor that can do it all – act and engineer – will bring you even more opportunities. This workshop is designed to make you into an audio surgeon, capable of quickly analyzing what is technically wrong with a recording and responding with a precise fix. When a producer or director listens to your audio, the only thing they should be aware of is your brilliant performance.


CARTOON CURTAIN CALL 

Director: Sara Jane Sherman

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

The dream for any working professional voice actor is getting to learn from a top-notch industry professional who has the ability to demystify the behind the scenes process. Well get ready people, because your dream is about to come true! Join Disney and Warner Bros. casting producer Sara Jane Sherman as she pulls back the curtain on the auditioning and casting process for the big-time animation industry with her trademark passion and enthusiasm. Sara Jane will provide her laser-sharp feedback as she puts you through the gauntlet with cold reads, prepared reads, self-direction, directing others, differentiating between multiple characters and so on and so on. Maybe you’ll even answer the question: I’m submitting good reads… why aren’t I booking? Along the way, Sara Jane will explain how she listens to auditions, what she’s listening for and how the casting process truly works from her insider’s viewpoint. Learn how to create a character audition that pops louder and bigger than the others from someone who is in the animation trenches day in and day out.


COMMERCIAL CONFIDENTIAL     

Director: Dan Gilvezan

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

How does an actor continue to book and flourish after 30+ years in the business without gaining a reputation for being “old school”? Find out as you pick the brain of the incredibly versatile and prolifically successful on-screen and voice actor Dan Gilvezan, who among hundreds of other gigs was the on-camera Jack in the Box spokesman for numerous years! Work out on a variety of commercial copy (some Dan will provide, some you will bring into class, some you will have recorded ahead of time) with the master, and get Dan’s take on where you stack up against professional voice actors from Los Angeles. Spend the day with an actor who is enjoying a rich, deep career and who, after all these years, is STILL one of the most sought-after commercial actors in the industry!


DIALECT INTERVENTION

Directors: Kimberly Mohne Hill

Length: 14-hour weekend seminar

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

Your bad accents have affected us negatively in the following ways: it makes us sad that your British video game character sounds more like he’s from New York high society and it keeps us up at night thinking about the session where you’ll have to sustain your shaky Chicago accent (that regrettably sounds equal parts Irish, US Southern and just plain bad) for 100+ lines of dialogue. But don’t give up, there is hope! We’ve invited interventionist, voice actor, director and dialect dynamo, Kim Mohne-Hill, to rehab your inconsistent dialects. This full weekend class is formatted to give you the time you need so that when you finish you will possess the knowledge necessary to practice and polish an accent you can take to the bank. Throughout this odyssey Kim will introduce you to two different approaches to building ANY accent in the world, which translates to solid gold for a video game voice actor. The time has come for you to make a decision. Will you seek help today?


DO PUT WORDS IN MY MOUTH

Director: Jeff Howell

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Dubbing has become an exciting new revenue stream for all voice-over actors, so of course we worked to bring you the opportunity to learn this specific skill! Due to the massive growth of the online streaming platforms, the need for international programing has increased exponentially. What was once a small niche of the industry, program localization has exploded on to the voice-over scene like never before. Older dubbing procedures and techniques have been redefined, allowing for burgeoning newer technologies to assist in the dubbing process. Through his experience directing the dubbing of numerous Netflix movies, Jeff will uncover what it’s like to be in an actual dubbing session including breaking down characters, scene analysis, choosing specific voices for multiple roles, dialogue rhythm and timing. Experience reading from a “rythmo band” – a scrolling band of information (dialogue, mouth sounds, breaths) that the actor needs in order to dub the scene.


F#@K THE SPECS

Directors: Samantha Paris, Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

The specs on a piece of voice-over copy have long stirred epic debates on how much or how little to pay attention to them. Are the specs a barren wasteland that say, “friendly and conversational”? On the other end of the spectrum, are the specs verbose and conflicting, making it easy to get caught up in them, getting in the way of a truly connected (translation: bookable) performance? So, what do you do? Every time you look at a new script the FIRST THING you should be asking yourself BEFORE you look at the specs is “what are the words in the script telling me?” In this student-requested workshop, you’ll get the answer to that all-important question. Samantha and Brian will take you through various spec-centric exercises with commercial and characters scripts respectively including reading the script without benefit of the specs to see if you naturally SEE the specs in the script. Find out what happens if you let the words on the page tell you what to do instead of relying on the specs. Take your script analysis skills to the highest level by making strong acting choices that result in a SPEC-tacular performance.


FROM A TO “Z”AGER: LAYIN’ DOWN THE LAWS OF NARRATION

Director: Lynnanne Zager

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

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: THE COMMERCIAL EDITION

Director: LA Booth Director

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

Despite all of our pleading and cajoling, many working professional voice actors still don’t take the time to explore the commercial part of our industry. You DVR fast-forwarders know who you are… To make smarter, more relevant choices when you audition, it’s mandatory that you grasp the style of different types of commercials that are currently on the television and radio. Utilizing a super fresh approach, our super-savvy LA Booth Director will assign you specific types of commercials to focus on, whether it be health care, retail, car ads and the like. After watching television or listening to the radio, you’ll transcribe two commercials and record them for feedback in class. You’ll be forced to traverse a tricky exercise: How do you keep true to the style and vibe of the commercial, 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 copy!


HE SAID/SHE SAID: THE MICROPHONE EDITION

Director: Samantha Paris, Jim Edgar, Brian Sommer

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

We happily continue to expand the immensely popular He Said/She Said class format to the point where this version is actually He Said/She Said/He Said. And because being a savvy engineer is now as nearly important as being a great actor, we’ve included the technical side of things: enter Jim Edgar who’ll provide you the experience of testing out numerous microphones (at once!) to assist you in your studio set-up. Equal parts engineering and acting, your trio of directors will focus on the various aspects included in the day-in, day-out life of a working voice actor including script analysis, character development, self-direction and professional grade sound quality. Consider this class the whole kit and caboodle for the modern, professional voice actor.<//p>


HOME AUDITION HAVEN

Director: Jeff Howell

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Are you standing all by yourself out in the “cold” world known as home auditioning? Come into the safe and warm refuge with top casting professional Jeff Howell, as he guides you through direction or specs interpretation, an essential part of giving a good audition, understanding the writer’s intent, as well as making solid, but bold acting choices. As someone who actually listens to auditions and casts voice actors day in and day out, Jeff will help you avoid the pitfalls of home auditions including knowing when to say ‘I’m done’ and resisting the temptation to engineer the life out of the read. Build certainty in home auditioning when you have only your instincts to guide you and no feedback is given.


HPXEDCHVBSEPRIUCH

Director: Gavin Hammon, Lauren Kelly, Aaron Miner

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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 continues to rise. So, we’ve asked three of the busiest toy actors in the Bay Area – our trio 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!


INVITATIONAL FROM MEDITATION TO VOCAL ELATION  

Director: Peter Coyote, LA Agency Owner, SF Agent

Class Length: TWO separate 7-hour one-day labs, one with a Los Angeles Talent Agency Owner, one with a San Francisco Top Talent Agent

Class Notes: By Invitation Only.

What’s better than Peter Coyote? How about Peter Coyote plus one of the top agents in the country? Or Peter Coyote and the owner of one of the biggest talent agencies in the world? Lucky us, we have both of those combinations in two separate one-day labs that will help you approach your performances in a refreshed, unique, one-of-a-kind way. Both labs start off with the one-and-only Zen master himself Peter Coyote, as he takes you through numerous meditative and thought-provoking exercises, clearing your mind of all the self-built road blocks you put in the way of a stellar performance. After a midday break, (and depending on which lab you choose), you will then put all that grounded, clear thinking to the test as you perform various copy in front of either a top-notch San Francisco agent OR the owner of an elite Los Angeles agency and gain their feedback. Discover how your new mindset effects your interpretations and performances in a beautiful, positive way.


INVITATIONAL LEFT TO YOUR OWN DEVICES

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

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

You can’t imagine how many times Samantha has heard from students, “Gee, my performances are so good when you direct me in class or a private lesson. I wish I could have you in my pocket when I audition from home every day.” Sure, it sounds great, but since our cloning experiments are still in the early testing phase, this class will have to suffice, and knowing Samantha with all her NEW plot twists and turns, suffice it surely will. Considering this class is all about the all-important self-directing, you can pretty much figure there’ll be some stuff you record at home and send in for Samantha’s trademark… let’s call it… straightforward feedback. If your performance didn’t quite hit the mark, you might find yourself explaining your script analysis thought process by sitting in the director’s chair directing a fellow student on the same exact copy you performed. What better way for Samantha to peek behind your “brain curtains” (that’s right, we said it… brain curtains) to improve your directing process than actually witnessing it live? Whether you are at the beginning of your self-direction pilgrimage or are a seasoned pro who’s unconsciously created bad habits, allow Samantha to crawl into your directing mind and sort your stuff out. Whatever happens you can count on this weekend taking your self-direction skills into the stratosphere.


INVITATIONAL REMEMBER WHEN   

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

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, new ways to explore this critical skill. This time around the self-direction carousel, we’ve come up with a real doozy of an idea! For the first time ever, a class will be populated by half advanced students, half beginning students. See where we’re going with this? Breaking free from the usual advanced directing advanced, the advanced students in this seminar will be tasked with directing the beginning students which presents its own set of unique and valuable challenges. Samantha has said it time and time again: she undeniably became the best voice actress she could be after she started teaching beginners. As for the beginning students, you’ll not only get a ton of time in the booth (don’t worry advanced students, you’re gonna get booth 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.


INVITATIONAL SECRET AGENT COMMERICAL PROTOCOL     

Director: LA Agent

Class Length: 7-hour one-day lab

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. Limited to 8 students.

Your mission should you choose to accept it is to infiltrate this one-day lab and retrieve all the critical voice-over knowledge being offered. New intel suggests that a successful commercial agent from one of the largest talent agencies in the country will be arriving in the Bay Area ready to engage a few select voice actors who are ready to step up to the plate and expand their commercial skills in a more intimate setting. With only 8 seats available in this special lab, you’ll have to be quick on the draw to register. As always should you or any member of your class be caught phoning in your performances, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This class description will self-destruct in 5 seconds… 5, 4, 3, 2…


INVITATIONAL THREE-IN-A-ROW VARIETY SHOW

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-Hour Weekend Seminar

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. Prerequisite: Three In A Row or prior approval from Voicetrax. This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home-recording capabilities.

Lights, Camera, Action! (insert catchy theme song music here) Ok, so technically there’s no camera involved since this is a voice-over class, but this show must go on! Why? Because being able to effectively perform a tagline or branding phrase three times in a row each with distinctly different attitudes is a mandatory skill for every voice actor working professionally everywhere. Thom will take the lessons offered in the first level class and crank up the heat, using both studios, and will on one hand leave you mostly on your own, asking you to direct yourself on different copy including the ever-challenging two and three-word lines and direct you live. And to sweeten the pot, getting swept up in the Voicetrax pay-it-forward mission of giving back, Thom will offer two top performers a free demo consultation ahead of their Voicetrax-produced demo.


INVITATIONAL UNMASKING YOUR INFINITE POTENTIAL    

Director: Peter Coyote

Length: 7-hour weekend lab

Class Notes: By Invitation Only. Class is limited to ten students.

Join the one and only Peter Coyote as he masterfully guides you through exercise after exercise including wearing masks to shift your paradigm before spontaneously creating a character, that will open your mind and welcome in all the inexhaustible possibilities your existence offers. He’ll also challenge you to 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. Discover the ability to focus that enlightened state and funnel it into extraordinary acting choices, bringing about a true transformational performance.


INVITATIONAL UNMASKING YOUR INFINITE POTENTIAL: THE SCENE STUDY EDITION

Director: Peter Coyote

Length: 7-hour weekend lab

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

Join the one-and-only Emmy® award winning Peter Coyote as he furthers your acting evolution through unique exercises including 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 truly emotionally connect with your partner. You’ll learn at the feet of the master as he lets you in on the world his imagination and A-List experience inhabits for script analysis on a whole other level. What else do we reeeeaaally need to say? We could talk about him being in the blockbuster movie E.T. or narrating the critically acclaimed Ken Burn’s The Roosevelts: An Intimate History PBS documentary, but seriously it’s scene work with Peter f’ing Coyote! C’mon, people!


LESS IS MORE, BUT NOTHING IS NOTHING

Director: SF Agent

Length: 10-Hour Weekend 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, Jeff Howell, Townsend Coleman

Length: 20-hour five-week workshop

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

Are you frustrated or exhausted by the home auditioning process that provides you little to no feedback unless you book the job? Are you in a rut, feeling rusty or has the pressure you’ve put on yourself strangled the creativity right out of your home auditions leading to discouraging results? 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. The lunch will be brought to you by your fellow students as you take part in a delicious, time-honored Voicetrax tradition: Friday afternoon potluck lunch. The punch will be provided by Samantha and her fellow Guest Directors Jeff Howell and Townsend Coleman – a trio of teachers that’s never been grouped together before! We promise no voice actors will be hurt in the making of this class… we hope. Spend five afternoons getting your process and mindset “punched” up while eating the most scrumptious potluck west of the Mississippi.


ON-CAMERA SCENE STUDY         

Director: Frank Coppola

Class Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

Lights, Camera, Action! And that’s not just a metaphor for this workshop that will not take place in the sound booth, but in front of the camera. After all the time you’ve spent behind the microphone learning the techniques necessary for voice-over work, it’s easy to fathom that there are a whole other set of techniques for on-camera work. Using monologue and scene scripts, some chosen by Frank, some chosen by you, explore the world of on-camera acting including sizing your performance for the camera and picking audition material that’s right for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to review your recorded performances with video playback. Add more range to your repertoire and expand your potential for acting work by developing your on-camera skills.


ONCE UPON A TIME: ACTING FOR AUDIOBOOKS VOLUME II                 

Director: Roni Gallimore

Length: 9-hour three-week workshop

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Once Upon A Time, Acting For Audiobooks Level One or prior approval from Voicetrax.

You’ve dipped your toe in the billion dollar a year pool known as audiobooks by taking the original Once Upon a Time class and it felt nice and warm. You’ve started working on your male/female character separations and begun to hone your ability to talk to yourself as well as developing a consistently, engaging narrator. The time has come to turn the page and take it to the next level. In Volume II, you will delve deeper into the treacherous tones of convincingly voicing the opposite sex, a mandatory skill for audiobook success. Additionally, Roni will open a whole new chapter by sharing her expertise, hard won by trial & error and real-world experience, on how to clean your files of all auditory annoyances such as mouth noise, clicks and buzzes which will lead to your happily ever after.


PARKIN’S PLAYHOUSE OF IMPROV

Director: Scott Parkin

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Batten down the hatches and get ready for the tsunami that is the one and only Scott Parkin. His clever mind, razor-sharp wit and unyielding energy are just the elixir you need to bring the joy to your voice-over performances and spontaneous unpredictability to your home auditions. In this non-stop fun-fest where imagination reigns, Scott will force you to get out of your own way and become more secure outside your oh-so-cozy comfort zone. Develop a mindset that’s sure to juice up your comedic auditions as you embrace coloring outside the lines. Creepy clowns and funhouse mirrors not included.


PLACE YOUR ORDER

Director: Brian Sommer OR Townsend Coleman

Length: B. Sommer: 12-hour 4-week workshop, T. Coleman: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: These two individual courses each include a pre-class homework assignment.

When we hit upon a popular format, we have no shame in going back to the well and “gently petting that alive-and-kicking horse” (Get it? We’re lovers, not fighters). Our troubles emerged when we were trying to decide WHO should teach the class: Brian or Townsend, Townsend or Brian? Finally, a member of the legendary Voicetrax Think Tank said, “ummm… why don’t we just have them both do it?” Brilliant! Format refresher: you’re invited to create a personalized lesson plan based on your specific needs. Before class you’ll choose three categories from a menu of voice-over specifics to work on with Brian or Townsend (Brian will concentrate on video games and Townsend will focus on animation & promo). So not only do you get to place your order on the stuff you’ll be working on, you’ll also place your order for the teacher of your choosing. It surely doesn’t get more customized that this, does it? Join this “weekend (or four weeks) of whatever you want” and remember to tip your waiter.


PRIME TIME NARRATION 2.0   

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: Class May Be Repeated.

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


PROCESS PURIFICATION

Director: LA Booth Director

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

Ruts and plateaus in the creative audition process are frustrating, yet ironically are an important part of developing yourself as an artist. Without these obstacles to push us forward, we don’t grow, and embracing these moments are a part of every successful career. Lucky for Voicetrax students, we have our favorite Los Angeles Booth Director to help you break things down, discover where you might be stuck and help you move forward. You’ll open up your modus operandi for inspection and glean valuable information about techniques you may or may not be applying when your fellow students do the same. Your Guest Director will use that data to not only give you incredibly specific feedback on in-class performances, but also to identify habits that are getting in the way of you booking more jobs. It’s nearly a private lesson in class form. Remember there’s a difference between being stuck and choosing to stay there. Set yourself free to realize your full potential.


SAY NO TO THE “GO-TO”     

Director: LA Agent

Length: 10-hour weekend 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 a changin’, and the world of animation is not immune. While there will always be the need for cute, outrageous animated voices (whew, thank goodness, we love those), current trends are 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, developing your acting choices 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 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.


TAKING ON THE PROTOTYES II: YOU!

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

While producers constantly ask for a tone, attitude or performance that requires channeling the vocal style of a celebrity, we working stiffs must also learn to develop our own signature styles. In this seminar by disseminating all the different aspects of celebrity prototypes, Thom helps you to discover what makes you special and marketable as a voice talent. And the ability to match your own performance (basically prototyping yourself) comes in pretty darn handy when you’re asked to do subsequent pick-up lines weeks after a session is done and dusted. Through experimentation and the wisdom of a voice-over authority right by your side, it all boils down to deftly incorporating some celebrity vocal traits into…well, YOU!


TECH SUPPORT TUNE-UP

Director: Jim Edgar

Length: 4-hour lab

Class Notes: Limited to six students. Prerequisite: Intro to Home Recording/Audio ER or prior approval of Voicetrax.

As a working voice actor, you ultimately end up using recording software, but are you using it efficiently? Designed for graduates of Jim’s other tech classes, this lab will delve deeper under the hood into the different recording softwares there are out there to choose from. This time around Jim’s focusing on the Mac offering: Twisted Wave. If you use this particular software to record (or are thinking of a change) and feel as though you’ve only scratched the surface on all the wonderful tools it includes, then this gathering is meant for you. Jim will go “deep nerd” as you explore the many facets you likely didn’t know existed and how knowing your recording software better can improve workflow which will fundamentally and inevitably help your voice-over business $oar.


THE NARRATION VARIATION

Director: Dave Fennoy

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

Wait, he does narration, too?!? Is there nothing he can’t do? That’s right folks, video game extraordinaire and Mr. Hulu promo voice himself Dave Fennoy does narration and does it very well we might add. His range is limitless… he is a Voicetrax alum after all! Dave brings his encouraging teaching style and decades of acting experience to the challenging world of narration. And as we all know that narration is more than just reading, Mr. Fennoy will impart his trademark emotion-based perspective to the art of storytelling, covering several of the most popular sub-genres including corporate narration, explainer videos and lifestyle narration that is heard on a variety of shows aimed at specific audiences.


THE POWER OF PERSUASION

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

As another election cycle comes around in the Fall of 2020, 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 SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY   

Director: Ned Lott

Class Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: Prerequisite: Sound-A-Like Savvy or prior approval from Voicetrax. This course includes a pre-class homework assignment. Students must have home recording capabilities.

In the first level, Sound-A-Like Savvy, Ned gave you an overview and a chance to practice the super challenging, but incredibly fun sound-a-like performance process. In this class, you will dive into the specifics of how sound-a-likes are cast first through talent agency submissions, call-backs and then finalists competing against each other. Pre-class recorded homework will be played back in class as everyone takes part in the call-back process, where you’ll work on getting your performance even closer to the intended target. Similar voiced students will compete against each other to see who can get the closest! Other exercises will include sound-a-like singing (please don’t fret non-singers, it’s no biggie) and as a special treat, you’ll work on amusement park rides that have voices from long ago that need new, but exactly the same voices for iconic rides.


THE TAMING OF THE MIC, PART DEUX         

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

Do you weaken or lose your home auditions because you forget to incorporate the often-overlooked technique of using the microphone to create environmental shape and space? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Mic technique is one of those things that auditioning voice actors know about, but they forget to implement, even though it is incredibly effective in producing a dynamic audition that will cut through and positively get the attention of a casting director and separate you from the pack. In Taming of the Mic, we held your hand through figuring out p-pops, over modulation, proximity effect, as well as the Fred Astaire footwork needed to call from hallways, across the street, or across a battlefield and then return to your nominal mic position “mark”. Part Deux will feature a greater emphasis on actual audition copy which demands script analysis and self-direction skills, plus in the grand tradition of Voicetrax classes there’s bound to a surprise or two. Get ready to master the mic to give your auditions a fighting chance.


THE VERSATILITY FACTOR

Director: Chuck Kourouklis

Length: 12-hour four-week workshop

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

It’s no secret that flexibility and adaptability are major ingredients to achieving success in the San Francisco Bay Area voice-over market, but let’s get real: it’s important everywhere. Do we honestly think there are a bunch of “one-trick pony” actors crushing it in Los Angeles? Not likely… And even more relevant is in the course of one day of home auditioning, an actor can very easily be asked to audition numerous different styles. In the four weeks of this workshop you’ll expand your skill set by covering four different genres of audition exercises. Unearth the secrets of delivering a memorable monologue, compare and contrast new school and old school narration, fine tune the art of acting in a vacuum with wild lining and navigate those pesky, deceptively difficult tags. You’ll traverse the rocky landscape of multiple genres and develop “the versatility factor”.


THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PROMOS       

Director: LA Agent, Ryan Clark

Class Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

Enter the Magic Kingdom of promos, a very prolific and profitable slice of the voice-over industry. Join one of our favorite LA Agents 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.


WHEN ART IMITATES LIFE

Director: Samantha Paris

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

The most accomplished actors in history all have one thing in common: they bring themselves to their performances, whether it’s a dramatic court scene in a movie, a tender dialogue between father and son on stage, or the harried mother with her three kids running errands in a radio spot for McDonalds. No matter the words you are tasked to bring to life, utilizing your own life experiences – and dare we say feelings – is what separates greatness from brilliance. Samantha will tap into those rich experiences you may not even know you’re suppressing within you to work on scene monologues and dialogues, no voice-over copy to be found. She’ll challenge you to truly put yourself in the scene and make realistic choices based on what you would actually do if faced with the same scenario in real, REAL life. You may even be forced to look in the mirror and ask yourself what’s holding you back from really “going there” and ultimately letting your art imitate life.


WIZZARD OF BLIZZARD: END GAME

Director: Andrea Toyias

Length: 14-Hour Weekend Seminar

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

The name of this class sounds like a bad-ass, Hollywood superhero mega movie that stars Chris Hemsworth or Robert Downey, Jr. (Weird Science anyone? Aww… #memories), and that it absolutely, positively by design. Leading you into battle for this gaming weekend is none other than Andrea Toyias, casting and voice director from video game developer juggernaut Blizzard Entertainment, the publisher of numerous titles including World of Warcraft (oh, you’ve heard of it?), the Diablo series and the stupidly successful Overwatch. She will share her insights on what it takes to be an actor in the crazy world of games, impart her hints for successful auditioning, along with running a mock audition as she narrates her thoughts out loud through the casting process. You’ll dig up your best Tolkien voice, sculpt your craziest non-verbal creature sounds and learn what it means to die (in video games, of course).


WILD GAME HUNTING   

Directors: Tasia Valenza

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

Class Notes: None

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! J


YOU TALKIN’ TO ME?   

Director: Samantha Paris

Class Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

With so many dry, unimaginative solo and monologue auditions, it’s quite easy to get stuck in a rut. Your creative edges start to fuzz without the opportunity to work beside another actor. In this “dialogues only” weekend, you’ll free up all that imagination that might be atrophying after months in your closet auditioning alone. From a script analysis perspective, dissecting dialogues forces you to be more creative and see more in the copy which will in turn help you see more in your dry monologue copy. See how this fits together? And a little-known, secret benefit about practicing dialogues? Well, since every monologue is actually an inner dialogue, these scripts will help you work on your conversational read, which as we all know is the most over-used word, yet still most desired performance element in all of voice-over. And just to spice it up a little, your pre-class assignment of writing your own dialogue has a prize attached to it: a free private lesson with Samantha. Punch your ticket now for this non-stop Dialogue-a-palooza!


YOU’RE ON YOUR OWN: THE ART OF SELF-DIRECTION

Director: Thom Pinto

Length: 10-hour weekend seminar

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

A world-class authority on the intricacies of home auditioning, Thom will guide you through developing a critical ear on playbacks, examining your initial tendencies (good or bad) when left on your own, covering the bases for an audition with no outside direction (minus some likely confusing and unhelpful specs) and finding the best rhythm for auditioning amid demanding day jobs and all the responsibilities that stem from that little thing called life. After class is finished, Thom will provide each student with a customized analysis, a cheat-sheet if you will, based on what he observed in class to keep you on the right path as you record at home and will enable you to produce consistently impressive home auditions all on your own.


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