VOICE OVER TRAINING CLASS
Great Training for Authors, Teachers, and Speakers of any Kind
Developing and Marketing Your Voice
Instructor: Ed Green
You're about to take a major step in your life experience. Not because you're devoting time to a learning program—you devote more time to watching your favorite TV series or following your favorite team. It's because of the unique commitment you are making to your future. Thirty years ago—when I had my very first audition - the industry was a different place. There was only a fraction of the amount of programming production and types of productions that exist today in all media... All as a result of the new communication technologies: cable, satellite broadcasting, digital telecommunications, computers and the Internet.
But even with the awesome wave of technology that changed our industry so dramatically, one thing remains the same: The Voice-Over professional still positions himself or herself in front of a microphone and reads a script. And to do that really well, the old verities still apply: effective, one-to-one, human vocal communication ...just as it was before there was any documented civilization at all. The skill set you are about to acquire is not very complex.
The basics rest on remembering all of the emotions you've ever felt ...and all of your senses: what you see, hear, taste, touch and smell. How you integrate all of this to make a series of words someone else has written for you sound like a heartfelt, credible, memorable and persuasive appeal from the depths of your own being ...well, that's a little harder. And that only comes with serious, long term commitment. So if you're ready for that, then this is here for you.
Who needs this course? You should ask, who doesn't? In other words, this course isn't just for those who wish to make a career choice, this is equivalent to a great public speaking course as well. If you're a teacher who wants to make greater impact on her students, a business person trying to climb the corporate ladder, a writer promoting a book doing book signings, readings and giving live radio and TV interviews or perhaps even a student who must give presentations, this course is for you! Your voice is your image - make a great impression when you speak and success will follow. Your fears will be assuaged, and you'll speak with the confidence you desire. Let's get started!
1 INTRODUCTION TO VOICE-OVERS
In this session, you'll learn how to get your studio arranged, which tools you will need and do a practice recording. You'll listen carefully to some vocal techniques and reading styles in Ed's t? voice samples for product commercials. Then compare them to the program promos and movie trailers. Each style has a different attitude and approach. From voice-overs to movie trailers, the pacing and styles are different. Learn to recognize this when listening to radio, TV or at the movies. This is your territory now.
2 INTRODUCTION TO THE RECORDING STUDIO
In this session, you'll learn all about the recording studio, equipment, how to pace yourself, voice inflections, keywords for emphasis. They you'll practice placing break marks for your particular breathing and reading style. You'll try different placements and practice commercials until you’re comfortable with the results.
3 RECORDING A SCRIPT
In this session, you'll read and interpret copy by answering the questions: WHO... WHAT… WHERE… WHEN… HOW whenever applicable. You'll practice various scripts working on timing until you'll start to understand the various styles and techniques of advertising, and begin to develop your ability to shape your reading styles.
4 DEVELOPING TECHNIQUE AND STYLE
While developing range and technique is critical to your growth and success, it's equally important to become acutely aware of the limitations of your particular instrument in terms of level and forcefulness. In this session, you learn how to stay within the range you're comfortable with, to maintain the consistency of your delivery.
5 FINDING YOUR VOICE
As a rule, you were chosen—or are being auditioned— because you fit a profile envisioned by the project creative team. Your job is to realize their vision by assuming a role, even in a factual 'announcement' script. Your role in the performance will define and refine your voice. In this session, you'll find your voice.
6 SHAPING YOUR VOICE INTO A UNIQUE INSTRUMENT
In this session, you'll begin to develop distinctive sound more from competence than any other factor. Your signature sound (or voice) will emerge as you practice and develop your skill set.
7 MARKETING YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS - YOUR DEMO CD
In this session, you'll create a brief, focused presentation of your capability to the industry by exposure to agents, ad agencies, broadcasters and production firms. You'll present your performances in professionally produced demo spots, promos and long narration pieces, so you sound like the real thing.
You experience the studio production process end to end, working with a recording engineer reading, slating, picking 'takes', observing the mixing in of sound effects and music, as in a 'real' spot.)
8 MERCHANDISING YOURSELF & YOUR DEMO CD PACKAGE
In this session, you'll learn about and practice for the auditioning process utilitizing numerous scripts. As you read the scripts, you’ll see various formats being used because every ad agency has its own particular style.
Private Tutoring: $150 per hour