By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 24, 2007
While many kids and teenagers may be singing the refrain "School's Out For Summer", there are still workshops and classes going on in the world of voice acting for you to participate in.
If you are craving professional development, check out some of these courses being offered in the final days of June, and the months of July and August, 2007!
Just because your kids, nieces, nephews or grandchildren have ditched their books for the next couple of months doesn't mean that you have to do so too!
We've consolidated many of the learning opportunities going on in the next couple of months here on VOX Daily to give you an idea and preview of how you could be spending the Dog Days of Summer.
For simplicity's sake, here is your Summer 2007 Voice Acting Workshop Schedule in chronological order:
June 30, Fort Myers, FL - Welcome to the World of Voice Over - Randy Thomas
June 30, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion - Joan Baker
July 7 (4 classes starting on Saturday July 7), Boston, MA - Voice-over Toolbox - DB Cooper
July 7 (free seminar), Sherman Oaks, CA - All About Voice Over - Becky Bonar
July 9 (free seminar), Sherman Oaks, CA - All About Voice Over - Becky Bonar
July 14, Los Angeles, CA - Voice-over Workshop - Rodney Saulsberry
July 21-22, Los Angeles, CA â€“ "Silly, Serious & Subtle" An Animation, Interactive & Audiobook Character Voice Event - Pat Fraley
July 21, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion - Joan Baker
July 21-22, Dallas, TX - The Business of Voiceovers & Voiceover Techniques for Today's Worldwide Marketplace - Bettye Zoller
July 23, Dallas, TX - Character and Cartoon Voice Techniques - Bettye Zoller
July 28, Dallas, TX - Singer's Workshop - Instructor: Bettye Zoller
August 4-5, Buffalo, NY â€“ 56 Slick Tricks/9 Critical Skills Event - Pat Fraley
August 11, San Francisco - Voice Over for Teens - Elaine Clark (Voice One)
August 11, Los Angeles, CA - Voice-over Workshop - Rodney Saulsberry
August 17, Los Angeles, CA â€“ Dan O'Day Radio Summit - Pat Fraley participating
August 18, NYC, NY - Voice Over Immersion - Joan Baker
August 26-27 Calgary, AB Canada - Creating Voices 1 (Private/demo sessions Aug 24 or 28 near sold out) - Deb Munro
If you know of any other classes going on that are not mentioned here, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll gladly update this page :)
About the Instructors
Joan is the author of Secrets of Voice-Over Success: Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It. She's been teaching and lecturing nationally for over 12 years and is one of New York's top coaches and voice-over professionals. Clients include HBO, Olay, NBC Sports, ABC News, Learning Annex, Nickelodeon, and American Express. Joan is also available for private coaching.
Becky Bonar has been an award-winning writer/producer/director for radio commercials and promos since 1984, both with Dick Orkin and The Radio Ranch, and as a freelance talent. Also, Becky is a voice over actress, currently with the William Morris Agency, where, prior to returning full-time to the Ranch, was a Booth Director for two years. Becky Bonar has taught in various workshops in the Los Angeles area, and is looking forward to developing an acting-based curriculum for the new school.
Elaine Clark is an award winning actor, director, producer, certified teacher, playwright and the author of the quintessential voice-over book, There's Money Where Your Mouth Is, in addition to being the owner/founder of Voice One. As an actor, she is a member of SAG and AFTRA, having performed in hundreds of voice-over and on-camera commercials, industrial narrations, video games, cartoons, film and made for television movies. She also serves as an audio engineer, casting director, and multimedia & anime director.
DB Cooper is a voiceover artist as well as a film and stage actor, director, and radio personality. Sheâ€™s a staff commercial announcer for WBZ Radio and traffic reporter for a number of Boston-area radio stations. DB does character voices and sound effects for web comics and interactive games, is the call center voice for Northeast Utilities, and has provided voice for corporate video, web presentations, and television commercials.
Patrick Fraley has created the voices for over 4,000 characters, placing him among the top ten performers of all time to be cast in animated programs. He has taught voice over for 30 years and holds his workshops in L.A., San Francisco, and New York. His is the only character voice curriculum ever to be accredited at the university level. He holds an MFA degree in Acting from Cornell University, and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers of America.
With over a dozen years in broadcasting, 5 years in animation/freelance voicing and over 6 years training in acting both on and off camera, Debbie Munro is able to offer a unique perspective into the Voice-Over industry. Debbie is able to incorporate her incredible training, her broadcasting degree, years in theatre and on camera acting, experience as a Casting agent and more into doing what she loves best, spreading her passion for this incredible industry.
Rodney Saulsberry is the author of the best sellers, You Can Bank on Your Voice and Step up to the Mic. The voice of Twix Candy Bars, Toyota Avalon and the Zatarainâ€™s Jazzman, is also in demand worldwide for his voice-over coaching and commercial workshops. For more than two decades the Detroit native and University of Michigan graduate has given voice to many movie trailers such as, Finding Forrester, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Dumb and Dumberer, The Best Man, and Friday After Next. As an announcer, he has worked on the NAACP Image Awards and the Essence Awards television specials. Saulsberry, the voice of Joe Robbie Robertson on the cartoon series Spider-Man, resides in Agoura, California.
Randy Thomas is one of the most recognized female voices in America. Randy has the distinguished honor as the first and only woman to announce the biggest and most prestigious award show in the world not once but six times including her most recent return in 2005 for the 77th Annual Academy Awards. In 2006 Randy returned to the Tony Awards in NYC for her sixth consecutive appearance as announcer. The American Film Institute brought Randy back for her fifth time to announce their continuing series of â€œ100 Years...100 Greatest Movies.â€ Randy can be heard daily on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider television shows from Paramount Television.
Owner, voiceover professional and educator Bettye Zoller, with 35 years experience as a degreed educator (colleges and universities, workshops, private coaching and consultations) and 50 years as a professional performer. Bettye began at age five when she was signed as a contract player and went to school on the famous movie lot at MGM Studios in Hollywood. Bettye is the owner of Voicesvoices Educational Events and the Voicesvoices Recording Studio in Dallas. Bettye also is a professional audio engineer, producer and a Simon and Schuster audio author and narrator.
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