Bob Bergen's Workshop and So Here's the Deal

This past weekend was absolutely exhausting... and entirely elating.

On Friday night, I attended Bob Bergen's one-man show, So Here's the Deal, at the Del Close theater in iO. Despite Bob's saying he will never perform another 10:30 show again (he got four hours of sleep that night before kicking off his two-day workshop the next morning), he did a heck of a job! From hilarious anecdotes to amazing recordings from his youth to simply his boundless energy, the show was a delight.

With every name he mentioned, I had to let out a groan of jealousy. Bob personally met (and recorded!) Daws Butler, watched Mel Blanc in the studio, personally knows June Foray... all these people I idolize, many of whom I will never meet because they have since passed. Though, from how I reacted, I can only imagine how much all these people meant to the man who actually met them.

I didn't get to bed until 1:15 that morning, and was up again at 7:30 to get ready. The workshop took place at Cerny Studios, a great production facility with a cool vibe. It reminded me partly of a billiard hall, partly of a very comfy living room. Craig, the engineer, gets two thumbs up--he was fun to have around!

The first several hours were intense--almost solely because of the amount of information I was trying to cram into my head from Bob's lecture (but also because: no potty breaks! No way was I missing anything!). After lunch, we started going into the booth to read the audition copy Bob had given us. I had been handed a temptress who can turn into a five-headed dragon. Working with Bob one-on-one in the booth was a blast. He really knows how to get the best out of people. I'm looking forward to hearing the recordings of that one! I'll post pictures and audio once I get them.

I could not have asked for a better group of people. We were all so supportive of each other, clapping and cheering, joking with one another. It was the biggest workshop I had been to, and it was like a party. Not only was camaraderie great, but everyone was so talented. There were some positively amazing and amazingly hilarious performances, which were a delight to hear.

The next day, we all did another piece of copy. This time, I had an eight-year-old girl named Lola, who I ended up playing as five. I didn't spend very long in the booth at all, which I would say is an achievement! I wish I could have gotten twenty more pieces of copy, but I guess I'll just have to take Bob's advanced class, which sounds like so much fun.

There was a lot of time for lecture and Q&A throughout, all of which was extremely helpful. Bob knows what he is talking about with the business, and he is such a genuine guy, which is truly refreshing. I am so empowered by how nice and giving everyone I have met in VO is. I wish I could better phrase how great Bob's workshop was, but I think the only way to know is to take it for yourself. The waiting list in LA is two years, so put your name down now! Let me know what you think after you go.

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Comment by John Taylor on October 12, 2009 at 12:58pm
I did the 8 week Bergen journey a few years ago...highly recommend it. Bob's a great guy, amazing talent, and gifted teacher.....and I am proud to say a friend.

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