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Comment by Pat Fraley on July 28, 2010 at 8:45pm
Dear David,

I"m planning an event in South Florida, perhaps in October. Please e-mail me at patfraleyteaches at aol dot com if you would like me to keep you abreast. Regards, Pat Fraley
Comment by David Cameron Griffith on July 28, 2010 at 6:48pm
im in Jacksonville, Florida... does anybody have an idea when's the next VO workout?? Preferably in Florida!
Comment by valerie smaldone on May 31, 2010 at 11:37pm
Learn the art of handling voice over copy. Whether you are new to the field or want to brush up on your craft, this fun and encouraging course in a workshop setting is for you. 5 sessions beginning June 7th at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The course is really reasonable too! Two different sections to choose from. Check out the site:
Comment by Jean Zarzour - LIPSCHTICK! on May 19, 2010 at 9:20pm

FIND YOUR VOICE in Pittsburgh!
Voice Acting Class with Jean Zarzour
THURSDAYS, June 3 - JULY 22, 2010

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

New Student Tuition: $450
Returning Student Tuition: $425

or visit
to register

Returning students, select Check or Money Order
method of Payment when you register and make payable to:
Donna Belajac Casting
109 Market St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Learn all of the technique and gain real world experience toward becoming a working voice-over artist with Jean Zarzour and Market Street Studios.

All recording equipment and copy will be provided. All you need to bring is a bottle of water to cool your chords! You’ll learn Proper Studio Etiquette, Industry Terminology and Microphone Technique with the option to explore a variety of "reads" like: Announcer - Character Voices - Dialects - Industrial Narration - Real Person - 2 Person Dialogue - Hard & Soft Sell - Cold Readings.

Your final class will take place at Market Street Sound Studios, where you'll get the experience of working on commercial copy in a full service recording studio and receive an mp3 of your voice, on one, fully produced radio spot.

Visit http://findyourvoice-voiceactinginstitute.blogspot.com to hear class recordings and full length demos.
Comment by Bettye Zoller on May 15, 2010 at 2:45pm
My NEWCOMER'S WEEKEND is June 12-13 in Dallas. This is a workshop I present only once or twice each year so please spread this news. This weekend's great for those new to voice overs or for those who are not "brand new" but need momentum, business savvy, more voice acting skills, help. Many have credited attending this workshop with getting a successful start. I traveling to Dallas, contact us for travel advice. http://www.voicesvoices.com Phone: 214-638-TALK (8255)
Comment by Bettye Zoller on May 15, 2010 at 2:42pm
If your child is into voice overs or acting, my children's workshop in Dallas is June 5. Ages 4-7 attend 10 a.m. to noon. Ages 8-12 attend 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. One adult must attend per child (free) See details on my website. http://www.voicesvoices.com and please pass this along to people who may need this for their children. I work on on-camera acting too and posture, facial expressions, overcoming nerves, cold scriptreading and more.
Comment by Lynda McCarrell on May 3, 2010 at 9:38pm
For those of you in the Charlotte,NC area, I will be teaching(along with Nick Omana, Producer/Talent) an all day seminar there on May 15th. Also teaching an Intensive on Sunday 5/16. If you need more information, contact Katherine at Groundcrew Studios: 704/342-9900. It will be an exciting, challenging weekend!!
Comment by Lynda McCarrell on May 3, 2010 at 9:31pm
Pat Fraley gives a wonderful informative class on audio books - he's a great teacher.
Comment by Darla Middlebrook on May 2, 2010 at 4:22pm
Can anyone tell me which coaches are specifically for those of us interested in doing audio books? This newbie (me) needs some help. Thanks, in advance.
Comment by Pat Fraley on April 22, 2010 at 1:31am
I'm grateful for the kind comments. Here's a link to my Free Lesson Page. Just put a lesson on a new method for creating character voices, which is rapid and addresses uniqueness, and the inner life of the character. Look for, "Working Inside Out." http://patfraley.com/Free/FreeLessons.html Enjoy.
Comment by Jean Zarzour - LIPSCHTICK! on April 22, 2010 at 1:12am
Find Your Voice & Market It! In Cleveland and Pittsburgh
Whether you are just curious or already have a demo to market, this seminar is for you!

Next Seminar in Cleveland (Lakewood)
Saturday, May 1
2300 McKinley Ave. Lakewood, Ohio
Fee: $150 ($100 if you are a returning student or taking the class 5/17-6/21)
Call 216-521-3831 to register
Limited to 10 people.

The Next Seminar in Pittsburgh
Sunday, May 16
Donna Belajac Casting
109 Market St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Fee: $150 ($130 if you are a returning student or taking the class 5/20-7/8)

This 5 hour seminar will cover the following:
- How to find the best Voice Acting Class or Private Coach
- How to create a competitive VO demo that reveals your niche and gets you work
- How to market your demo effectively in your region, with and without an agent
- How to get an agent
- How to get work without an agent
- How and when to join a union or compete without one
- How to keep your instrument (voice) and tools (technique) sharp with tricks and tips, before, during and after sessions
- How and where to buy the best and least expensive recording equipment.
- How to keep your demo updated
- How to create your own niche business for regular VO work

Seminar hand outs will be provided, but bring a notepad and pen. Audio or video recording of any kind is prohibited.

Want feedback on your current demo? There will also be an opportunity for a few participants to have their demo assessed during the 4 hour session. Honest but thoughtful feedback is always provided. I want you to succeed!
Comment by Johnny Heller on April 22, 2010 at 12:04am
Here's some info on an audio book seminar I'm teaching May 1 in New York.


with Multi-Award Winning
Narrator & Instructor


May 1, 2010 / New York City
@ Recorded Books
826 Broadway (Union Square), 10th Floor
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Presented by VoiceOverXtra

In this exciting full day, you will
read audiobook scripts
and be directed by
acclaimed and multi-award winner Johnny Heller

And you will learn ...
the job of the audiobook narrator
expectations and how to deliver on them
what to bring to the narration job
how to prepare a script
how an audiobook is selected and produced
what to put on your audiobook demo
how to find audiobook producers
the difference between audiobook narration and commercials
home studio considerations, and
the business realities of audiobook publishing

All this for Tuition of Just $395 ... But Hurry ...

Johnny Heller: Masterful Narrator & Instructor

Johnny Heller is a 2009 and 2005 Audie Award winner with numerous Audie nominations.

Praised for his narrations of adult, personal development, history, humor and children's books, he has what the Library Journal says is "the voice of a master storyteller."

Named a top voice of 2009 and 2008 and selected as one of the Top Narrators of the 20th Century by AudioFile Magazine, Johnny is a multiple Golden Earphone Award winner, a Best Audio Book of 2009 and 2009 winner, and a 2009 Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award Winner.

AudioFile Magazine says: "He's the best narrator for children's books around." And, "Heller makes non-fiction as thrilling as any action adventure."


Presented by VoiceOverXtra ... the voice-over industry's leading online resource for daily news, how-to features and voice-over success (www.VoiceOverXtra.com)

Located in Manhattan' Union Square ... this workshop is also the perfect reason to visit the greatest city in the world! RECORDED BOOKS is located in vibrant Union Square at 12th & Broadway ... next to the fab Strand Bookstore ... near great restaurants and shopping. Plenty of parking nearby, or take the subway to Union Square.


Or please contact John Florian @ 203-459-8834
Comment by AMILCAR VASQUEZ on April 21, 2010 at 11:06pm
Comment by Bettye Zoller on April 9, 2010 at 12:27pm
My Dallas University ParkVoiceovers Meetup Group meets May 13, 6:30 pm. $20. Special instruction on in-home studio from expert guests too. Join us. Eat dinner there too. Sign up at http://www.meetup.com/BettyeZollersuniversityparkvoiceovers No walk ins.
Comment by Bettye Zoller on April 9, 2010 at 12:24pm
My webinar May 3(evening) hosted by John Florian and http://www.voiceoveruniverse.com is on your voice and improving it (I'm a voice speech coach degreed in this area through therapist level) and this will be like a private lesson with me! Pluse I'll discuss "finding your money voices" and "finding who you are as a vo talent." Good stuff. Cheap price. Go to the voextra site to see more.If you can't attend live that night, John lets you download the audio afterwards.
Comment by J.V. Martin on March 28, 2010 at 6:53pm

Admit it. You’ve watched documentaries for years and thought, “Hey, I could narrate one of those!” Well, you know what? YOU COULD! But it’s not as easy as it looks (or sounds!)
Want the inside tips and techniques of a top documentary narrator?

How about being directed by a top documentary producer--
someone who actually casts voice actors for documentary narration and directs their voiceover sessions? This one-day workshop is your chance to learn from one of the top documentary narrators in the country: J.V. Martin
A former documentary writer/producer/director,
J.V. Martin has narrated nearly 250 documentary and
reality television programs since becoming a voice actor
in 2002. He is currently the voice of the History Channel series
“Mega Disasters”, the Discovery Channel series “Monsters Resurrected”, and the National Geographic Channel series
"Egypt Unwrapped”, as well as the voice of many specials for those and other networks.


Be directed by one of the top documentary producers in the U.S.:
Rob Beemer
An Emmy-nominated, award-winning production executive
of documentary and reality-based programming,
Rob Beemer has delivered more than 150 hours of broadcast television programming for networks such as A&E, Court TV (now truTV), Discovery, Discovery Science, History, TLC, Travel Channel
and national syndication.

J.V. and Rob will direct you on real working documentary scripts, and have you reading to picture in the studio. They'll show you exactly what’s involved in passing muster in the world of documentary narration, and give you insights into:

-Narrating diverse documentary genres
-How to prepare for a narration session
-The skill-sets required of reading to picture
-Secret techniques not every documentary narrator knows
and much, much more.

Want to find out if you’ve got what it takes?
The DOCUMENTARY NARRATION WORKSHOP is a terrific, challenging day for advanced, part-time and full-time voice actors who want to learn the ins and outs, top techniques and get a sneak peek behind the curtains of the real world of documentary voiceover. You’ll also receive objective, critical feedback on your performance abilities. This Workshop is limited to just ten participants and it’s scheduled for:
Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 10AM to 6PM,
at VoiceTrax West in Studio City, CA.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.
The cost is just $495.

Call Marc Cashman at (661) 222-9300 to reserve your seat!

(Both J.V. Martin and Marc Cashman are VU members)
Comment by Cowboy Dave on February 12, 2010 at 12:07pm
Thanks to Buck Choate over at Graphics II Advertising Agency in Witchita Falls, Texas for letting me do the political spots for Judge Fudge. Now I can buy more hay for my horse.
Comment by Rodney Saulsberry on January 24, 2010 at 4:45pm
Attend my Commercial Intensive Voice-Over Workshop in Los Angeles on March 13, 2010. http://www.rodneysaulsberry.com/classes2.html
Comment by Randye Kaye on January 10, 2010 at 12:53pm
You should know about this: 2010 VOICEOVER FORECAST. Never before has a group of VO industry experts been compiled to give this type of candid information about the industry. It will be the most defining panel discussion on the industry of the decade. I most definitely will not miss this one. (OK, yes, I'm part of the panel -- check it out to see who else is !)

You can register too at www.edgestudio.com/2010Forecast.php. Enter "VOD" when you're asked how you heard about it and save $5.
Comment by Jean Zarzour - LIPSCHTICK! on January 8, 2010 at 4:37pm
Cont'd from last post......

director, producer, engineer or ad agency exec, but has never been a voice over artist - especially if you are new to this sort of acting. Voice over work is acting work, no matter what you are voicing. You'll gain much more knowledge from someone who has been successful behind the mic and behind the desk.

Even if you are an experienced stage or film actor, there are specific techniques that you will only learn in a class or on the job. (but trust me, no one wants to pay you to learn!) Even if you were born with a warm, rich voice, it doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to interpret the copy with the proper 'point of view' and acting skills needed. Some of the most unusual voices work behind a mic because, in part, they have learned to interpret 1 piece of copy in a variety of ways and how to market themselves like a business owner.


1. Get a few books on the subject:
A book won't teach you how to do voice over work, but it will reinforce what I'm telling you about training and give you a good idea about the business end. You'll also read great war stories from the most successful voices in the business.

2. Listen to professional voice over demos so you can compare any instructor's demos with the ones from the top artists who are making a living doing voice overs. www.talentdemos.com/female_voice_talent.htm is a good place to start for Cleveland talent demos.

3. If you are interested in Find Your Voice-Voice Acting Institute classes, visit www.findyourvoice-voiceactinginstitute.blogspot.com for demos that I've produced at area recording studios, class info and more.

The next class in Lakewood is on Mondays, January 11-March 1, 6-9pm and in Pittsburgh on Thursdays, February 4-March 25, 6-9pm at Donna Belajac Casting www.donnabelajaccasting.com

Now, more than ever, your investment should produce measurable results, whether you pursue a voice over career, or not.

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