Peter Coyote On Voicetrax:
Taking Voicetrax Training On Line…
“What a great way to learn and participate in voiceover! Being able to see all the participants go through their exercises as if they were sitting right next to you. I think using Zoom opens up the experience and greatly enhances it. I am looking forward to the next class!”
– Les Villanyi
“What’s really dropped my jaw is just how completely the Voicetrax class format carries right over online! The breakout rooms are just like stepping outside to rehearse with your partner. The classes feel just as engaging as when we are in-person. We actually get to watch our peers perform, rather than just hearing them. And we’ve still got recording and playback – I would NEVER have expected that from a Zoom conference! We can even get those recordings after class just like we did before sheltering in place. There really is ZERO lost in translation learning VO over Zoom.
I swear, all that’s missing are the high-fives, hugs, and Graziano’s food! This online format is that good.”
– Matt Slavin
“Can I just say WOW!!! about last Saturday’s Zoom class? Peter Coyote could not be a more generous, sincere and creative teacher. But his ability to come up with new ways to challenge us to “get out of our own way” in this new Zoom remote learning format was fantastic. The selfie exercise was just pure genius. He created a space for us to safely let go, be brave and play!
And the afternoon session with (the LA agent) was amazing mostly because everyone was sooooo fantastic. I was really inspired by my fellow actors and their commitment and bravery. It was great to watch everyone be their best selves. And it was also nice to have (the LA Agent) kinda gushing about how good we were 😉
Thank you, thank you, thank you Sam, Chuck, Vicki and Roni for always creating such wonderful opportunities to grow and play in this crazy world of voice acting! I am truly grateful.”
– Lara Asmundson
Thank you all for treading these murky waters to ensure that, in uncertain times, we can still “come together” to create and explore.
I appreciate you!”
– Amy Stafford
“Dearest Sam, Vicki, Roni & Chuck,
Biggest (virtual) hugs to all of you!!! I can only imagine the tip of the iceberg of the impact this pandemic is having on you four as you sort through this mess. I just wanted you to know how loved and cared for I feel because of your emails. I appreciate all the work you do in the course of a normal day, and certainly the extra work that you’re having to put in as a result of this crisis. I am so very thankful that you and Voicetrax came into my life.
My love, light and 10,000 blessings to each of you and your families (“gifted” by birth or chosen consciously). Here’s to us all staying safe, healthy and sane as we get through this! Until i can bake real cookies and deliver them in person, please accept these virtual ones in their stead. 🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪🍪
With a heart full of love and gratitude,
– Theresa Knott
“You did a fantastic job of running the virtual class last night. I honestly didn’t know how well the dialogue scripts would work, given varying upload speeds/lag time, but it worked nearly seamlessly, particularly with your direction re. jumping on lines to compensate for the lag.
I did not feel as though much of the in-person camaraderie was lost in the virtual format, due to 1) everyone’s enthusiastic engagement in the new process, 2) the ability to watch each person perform (this in fact is an added bonus over the in-person format and served as an additional teaching tool), 3) the ability to mute everyone except for the performer/s, which cut down on in-person distractions, and 4) your facility with the technology that helped us as a group have fun with it ourselves. There are obvious intangible benefits to being in person, but there are benefits to the virtual format as well. I could see offerings of both formats being a regular part of the curriculum as time goes forward.
Looking forward to next week–“
– Stacey Anderson
“Just wanted to send a quick note to y’all that class went waaaaaay smoother than I anticipated. The format actually worked quite well. (At least for tonights class with Brian). Miss and love you all of course, but I’m super impressed by how well virtual class worked.
Keep on keeping on. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. (I use Zoom heavily at work and am relatively familiar with its ins and outs).”
– Adam Wooley
“Thank you for taking the time to have class with us this weekend. I’m so grateful for you and Aaron and everyone who joined. With everything going on in the world, it was a welcome distraction to to focus on voice over, acting, and practicing with everyone. I got SO much out of class, like learning more about my vocal print, where I can improve, and a playbook for how to work on narration scripts. Thank you, thank you!”
– Lucy Parkinson
“I really want to thank Voicetrax for converting these classes online during these hard times. I didn’t know what to expect given no classroom setting, but to my surprise it exceeded expectations. Class was so informative, and very interactive over Zoom. I left feeling encouraged and pumped for whats next. Vicki and Aaron were superstars. Vicki is such an amazing teacher, giving us so much great insight into narration and providing us with the tools to get started into honing our craft. Voicetrax you guys did it again!
– Veronica Dennys
It was GREAT! It gives a different vantage point of view. You can see everyone’s face in the class the whole time, including the actors while they are performing. We don’t normally have that opportunity when onsite because the actor is in the booth. So instead of listening while staring at the back of someone’s head in class, we could see the facial expressions that the actors made while also seeing the expressions of all of the students at the same time. So awesome class! The set up and streaming were easy to use. The format worked great. Thanks so much.”
– Kevin Busch
“Cyber Sam’s class was great, I learned a ton, this format creates a new interactive way of listening, recording, and Performing voiceover . I enjoyed everyone’s facial reactions, applause and giggles during some of the reads. It was like the Brady Bunch opening – what fun! I would totally do it again. Thanks so much.”
– Katy Lawrence
“I was pleasantly surprised at how little the separation actually got in the way of things. Sam seemed absolutely comfortable being in the driver’s seat; I saw no difference between how she conducts her class in person and how she did it on Zoom. It was also fun to see people’s faces reacting to the performances, something that you don’t get to see in studio even with everyone physically there.
I feel fortunate that this little community of ours can stay connected during this time and that we can push through to further our skills.”
– Steve Fait
On Voicetrax Guest Directors…
“Wow as Samantha would say! Unmasking Your Infinite Potential! with Peter Coyote this past weekend was a life-altering experience bringing spirituality through meditation to light within our acting profession. Peter’s techniques shared and learned regarding the value of the breath, being true to ourselves without self-judgment, and mindfulness, are some of the inspirational nuggets I will carry with me throughout my career. Thank you Voicetrax and Peter Coyote!” – Patti Gribow
“I’m always in awe of how Thom Pinto just comes up with instantaneous, spot-on critiques and suggestions to anyone’s read, and when I’m able to just as quickly adjust my read to meet his direction I feel like I’ve somehow reached his level even if only for a moment.” – Pat Foran
“Scott Parkin creates an atmosphere that makes it feel like you’re more at a party or casual gathering rather than a class… quite helpful for a class about “natural reads.” The most amazing thing about the class was the very next day I had another class in something seemingly unrelated (Chuck and Brian’s “Got Game”), and I was able to use something he taught IMMEDIATELY to make my character read that much better. It was the first time I’d learned something one day and used it the next. That guaranteed him a vote right there.” – Alex Drude
“If I could have anyone’s job, it would be Ned Lott’s. Not because of the nuts and bolts necessarily or the perceived and real fame- but because of the opportunity to coach forth the best performances from each individual I came into contact with. I’ve never met anyone with such joy, optimism and playfulness while at the same moment able to hone in on the most minute detail that would take a performance to new heights. All the while, he’s encouraging each person and acknowledging their artistry whether full on Disney princess or any level in between. He knows that magic abounds and is open and determined to encouraging it to come forth.” – Lisa Star
“Townsend Coleman is one of the most giving and kind-hearted guest directors I’ve had the pleasure to be taught by. I always feel that he is extremely grateful for the success that he’s been blessed with and wants to share his knowledge with any student that comes his way.” – Doug Perryment
(The LA Animation Agent) is straightforward, honest and encourages you to perform at your highest level and take risks. She gives great advice about how to succeed and stay competitive in this business. And her classes are always fun.” – Rhiannon Brogan
“Audiobooks are a genre that I love and have had some success at prior to taking his first class at VT. Scott Brick is a HIGHLY accomplished audiobook narrator and was so genuinely open and generous about the work of audiobooks. I learned so much from him about both the acting/performance side and the practical/business of audiobook narration.” – Lara Asmundson
“Jeannie Elias keeps acting simple! Her organic approach works perfectly for the inherently analytic mind … someone at risk of “analysis paralysis”. No rules. Just engage, relax, explore, and let the character come from a real place. She leaves me truly inspired and energized!” – Elaine Cardiel
“Chopper Bernet’s class was incredibly influential. This was the first time I was able to connect with a character I initially had no idea about! This led me on a journey to become a better actor overall.” – Jonathan Lim
The heart of any community is its people… and with people like our students,
Voicetrax has one of the most extraordinary communities around!
“Sometimes there is a decision you make in life, and you look back on it, and realize…that moment changed your life. I remember the moment I had the courage to pick up the phone and call Voicetrax, and as I think about that first conversation with Vicki Baum, I realize that moment changed my life.
I have worked as a professional in performance (dance & music) for my entire life and have the pleasure of having worked with some of the best artists in the world. I can say with confidence that the teachers and program at Voicetrax are world class. Every single teacher is a working professional in the field. I have received incredible training in acting, script analysis, audio engineering, improvisation, character, commercial, narration…and yes, how to make the business side of it work. It’s incredible for me to write this, because I wondered if it would ever happen. But I am now a working voice actor!
I have a long list of jobs I’ve done, a growing list of repeat clients, a nice portfolio of work I’ve completed.
Sam is a genius. Truly. But she doesn’t impose her ideas on you, she listens to what YOU want to do with your life and helps you find that path.
Wait, the most important thing: The community. Maybe voice actors are just cool people in general, but my fellow classmates are hardworking, supportive, wonderful people. Our instructors? World Class – absolutely – and also incredibly warm, compassionate people. They have celebrated my progress with me…and perhaps even more importantly, in moments when I’ve needed someone to look me in the eye and say “You’re doing great. Look how far you’ve come. Don’t be discouraged.” They’ve been there for that too.
Voicetrax is a top notch place to train as a voice actor, and it is an incredible community of amazing people. My life is so much better because I am here.”
– Emiko Susilo
“For the bulk of my life I thought I was the only one who paid attention to who did the voices in the cartoons I grew up watching. It wasn’t until I attended my first class at Voicetrax that I learned I was very much not alone. I found my tribe here. And if there’s a more supportive environment for students anywhere, I’d sure like to know about it, because I dare say that I got more nurturing and encouragement from just a few classes here than in all my years of college. Anyone who has the dream of using their voice to tell a great story, whether in 15 seconds or the entire length of a book, needs to check out Voicetrax.”
– Pat Foran
“Voicetrax is the best resource for anybody, in the Bay Area or beyond, who is trying to get into Voice Over/Voice Acting. Their interesting, insightful and super fun classes don’t JUST focus on the craft either! They actually teach you the business side of the industry to really fully prepare you to be a working voice actor. Plus, all of their teachers are working professionals in their particular field (and some are straight up legends!).
I’ve spent the last 4 years taking classes at Voicetrax and I couldn’t be happier with the progress they have helped me make in my VO career. And as an added bonus I’ve formed a wonderful second family with my teachers and classmates. 20/10 would recommend!”
– Matty McLaughlin
“I’ve cried several times this week since receiving Nate Tico’s offer. Tears for 5 year old me who never let me give up on her. Tears for 80 year old future me who would say, “Get shit done, baby – we got a lot to do!” Getting signed this week has been so emotional because there were so many times in the last three decades that I never thought I would get here….that I felt like a failure and thought I should give up. I’ve beat myself up constantly over the years for “not doing this sooner”, for “not working hard enough”, for “not being good enough”. And for the FIRST TIME…these tears are about a joy and pain that I cannot totally describe. I can barely even get through writing this right now, because I keep sobbing. 17 years ago, Sam believed in me and told me I could do this. I didn’t believe in myself. 6 years later, I came back but I couldn’t really keep up my studies at the time. Sam made me promise to come back – that she believed in me. 2.5 years ago, I came back. For good. I told Sam: this time it’s for real. And today it feels realer than real. Thank you to Sam, Vicki, Chuck, Roni and the entire Voicetrax family for being with me on this journey!! Time to get (more) shit done!!
Thank you!! For all your love, support and encouragement!!”
– Ning Recio
“Well, it happened! Stars is representing me!!!!
I really can’t thank all of you enough! Seriously. Your knowledge, support, and encouragement has been (and continues to be) invaluable. I was at such a transition in my life when I showed up here. I wasn’t quite sure what this next chapter would hold, or if it was even too late for me to start something new. I knew I didn’t want to go back to practicing law now that my kids had grown. I wanted to do something that I really loved, and I wasn’t sure what that would be. Thankfully, I have the ever enthusiastic, “You can do anything!,” Frank, who encouraged me to check this out.
I remember being so afraid to get behind the mic, so unsure of myself. But, you have all created such a safe space to learn and grow that I got through it. I was hooked after my first class. All my love of acting came back to me (something I had ignored for many years while pursuing a career and raising a family).
So, thank you for doing what you do, and for being wonderful people while you do it!
Here’s to second acts (or, in my case third, or fourth?!)”
– Lisa Williams