Investigate Voice Over Class

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Start date: Sat, Apr 26: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
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Location: Studio City
12215 Ventura Boulevard #205
(Between Laurelgrove Avenue & Laurel Canyon Boulevard)
Los Angeles, CA 91604

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Class Information

  • Class Level: Beginner
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 10

What you'll learn in this voice over class:

(*At Edge Studio, one of the busiest VO Casting & Recording Studios*)..... Here's a practical way to determine if you and your voice are really marketable..... (1) We'll tell you how your VOICE fits in: Have a top-working pro candidly assess your potential and gain a realistic evaluation report..... (2) You'll also discover if YOU fit in: Learn about the 27 genres, home studios, rates, agents, and a practical look at the biz. If you appear marketable, we'll tailor a game-plan and match you with coaches based on your voice, interests, and budget. IN THIS CLASS, YOU WILL: • Gain a general comprehension of the industry. • Learn the 20+ genres the industry presents. • Gain a sense of direction. • Hear common mistakes that keep many aspiring voice actors from reaching their full potential. • Become able to make an informed decision about your next steps.

This class is for newcomers who are unsure how they fit in, who need to learn about all opportunities, and determine if they have potential. It’s a practical and comfortable way to determine if voice over is for you. The instructors of this voice over class will tell you for real. (They are polite, but candid.) 

The 3-part process:

The Investigate Voice Over Class starts with a fun, exciting 4-hour session.
Your coach will outline the entire industry and sample your voice-over performance. The voice over class candidly assesses the marketability of your voice and talent, pinpoints your most marketable genres (audiobook, animation, commercial, documentary, etc.), and provides an in-depth understanding of the skills required to be successful in voice over.

Specifically, you will be assessed on 3 attributes:
  • Your voice (do casting agents hire your type voice?)
  • Your delivery (do casting agents hire your delivery style?)
  • Your marketability (comfort, desire, passion, ability, excitement… is this for you?)
The voice over class is small, and has just enough participants to give you a sense of how you stand among others, and your coach how you perform in front of others.

After the voice over class, your coach prepares a detailed and candid evaluation.

This report will cover:
  • Voice type - Is your voice distinctive? Neutral? In need of training?
  • Delivery - How well do you read aloud? Can you vary your delivery?
  • Innate ability - Some people come by performance naturally, others need more training.
  • Training - How much will you need to become successful? How much related training do you already have?
  • How quickly did you pick things up in the voice over class?
  • Marketability - What genres (audiobook, animation, commercial, documentary, etc. ) are you best suited for in voice over? (In this voice over class, you'll learn that there are more than two dozen VO genres.)
  • Potential - Are you likely to find enough work to pursue VO full-time? Or should you consider it part- time? Or maybe you and voice performing aren't a good match.
  • What kind of demo(s) would you need to become successful?
Then, speak openly with their career consultant. Review your performance. Discuss opportunities. 
Using this evaluation report, a Career Guidance Specialist will call you after the voice over class. At that pre-arranged time, you will receive their honest assessment of what path you should (or should not) take.

In this conversation, your Specialist will candidly review your coach’s evaluation report with you, and discuss the sensible next step: Move forward or not.

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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and rescheduling require a minimum of 48-hours advance notice, by telephone, and during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 9am-6pm (ET) and Saturday 11am-3pm (ET). If you cancel or reschedule with more than 48-hours notice, there is no fee. If you cancel or reschedule with less than 48-hours notice, the following fees apply: $25 charge for group events, $75 charge for private training, $400 charge for demo recording session.

Teacher: Noelle Romano

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As a voice coach, you will never hear me say the words “you’re not getting it”. I consider it my mission to try different approaches, techniques, and exercises until something clicks. My coaching style involves a lot of dialogue between teacher and student, and I like to use my sense of humor to keep things light and fun, even as I challenge you to go further than you thought possible. When it comes to animation, cartoons, children's e-learning, and video games, I am very grateful to have had experience on both sides of the window. On the production side, I served as voice director and talent supervisor for the Emmy Award-winning PBS cartoon, "WordWorld". I’ve also voice directed various games and toys for The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go!, Dora the Explorer, as well as numerous children’s audio books for Scholastic. As Head of the VO Department at Animation Collective, I oversaw the records and casting of nine shows produced for Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, and AOL kids. My TV production career started on the show "Blue's Clues", where I won my very first VO role—that of a talking mailbox! As talent, I have narrated projects for Blackberry, Cincinnati Bell, Harrah’s, Hilton, Taximagic, Petflow, WatchDox, Twilio, Green Nissan, Slendertone and among others. For more than three years, I have been the main voice of the award-winning Kognito Interactive, which creates web-based e-learning simulations for various clients including Starwood Hotels, Rutgers, CUNY, Baruch, Fuji Film and the Veteran’s Association of NY/NJ. I graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, and also trained in improv through Second City. As a live performer, I have four years of stand-up, and eight years of sketch comedy under my belt. I moved to the City of Angels in 2010, and have had a great time heading up Edge Studio’s LA studio!

Start Dates (3)

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Noelle Romano

Sat, Apr 26 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Studio City, All Other Neighborhoods
12215 Ventura Boulevard
Between Laurelgrove Avenue & Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91604


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Between Laurelgrove Avenue & Laurel Canyon Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91604

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One of the busiest VO Casting and Recording facilities, with 9 studios.  IN ADDITION, 30 industry-leading voice actors provide "give back" training time to aspiring voice actors.  Edge Studio organizes this all. 

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Attended: Investigate Voice Over Class

MY GOAL My primary goals in registering for the Investigate Voice Over (IVO) class were to learn more about the qualities of people's voices and what the world of voice over entails. These goals were achieved! And I learned more about an interesting industry. IDEAS LEARNED Within the 4 hours for this course, I learned about (in loose order): - An introduction to the many different types of voice over categories that one can specialize in - An introduction to the industry - How aspiring voice talent can get started in the voice over world - Several exercises for students to practice in order to warm up the mouth, tongue, and vocal cords - Certain pitfalls made by inexperienced or untrained voice talent - More areas I don't remember without checking notes! PERFORMANCE / EVALUATION At the end of the course, with around an hour or so left, the instructor assigned each of us a script that we would be reading. We were given maybe 3-5 minutes to get a feel for the copy before we were summoned back to main room. The format for our read-throughs were as follows: - Student reads the script according to their best interpretation - Instructor provides feedback and suggestions for how to improve the read - Student tries to incorporate changes into delivery - Instructor takes the recording and adds appropriate music and plays it back The instructor takes notes about our voices and delivery, which he later writes up and sends through Edge Studios as your Evaluation. Watching the feedback and instruction provided to fellow classmates was one of the most interesting parts of the day—it's no exaggeration to say that one or two changes to a student's approach could lead to an enormously different (and often more successful) delivery. My classmates and I were fascinated by how something as seemingly simple as swinging your arms around when speaking could change the speaker's voice (by releasing tension); this technique actually helped several of us improve our reads. INSTRUCTOR Our instructor was David Guzzone, who's had years of experience performing, casting and producing. He was friendly, knowledgeable, and willing to answer any questions that our class asked—I point this out because, as a curious person who usually has plenty of questions, I tend to prefer teachers who are willing to engage with their students over those who discourage questions. Thanks for an informative and interesting class! ADDITIONAL RESOURCES - The Voice Over Technique Guidebook that we receive from signing up was also a great resource both to preview before class and for further reference afterwards; while the class only takes us through Chapter 4, the entire book provides a wealth of information into specific topics about voice over. - The instructor mentioned a bunch of additional resources available on Edge Studio's website. FOLLOW UP I received a call from Kendra from Edge Studios this afternoon (students sign up for time slots to have follow-up conversations both to answer any questions that students have about their evaluations, and about about signing up for programs); she happily answered all of the questions I had, as well as providing additional insight into possibilities afforded by my particular voice and situation. I'm pretty impressed by the caliber of follow-up and care; this gives me faith that their program would be worth the investment. IF YOU TAKE THIS CLASS Having a bottle of water is handy for staying hydrated; bringing a notebook and writing utensil will give you the option to jot down many of the lessons that you'll learn. IN SUM This class provided just what I was looking for: a high-level, informative view of the voice over skill and industry. The evaluation that is included with the cost of class—while a bit nerve-wracking in the way any unplanned performances can be—was valuable for helping me to learn more about my own voice, the marketability of my voice, and those areas that I can improve with training. I'm now considering investing in Edge Studio's program in order to be able to do voice over part-time. Thanks, CourseHorse+Edge Studios!

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