By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 17, 2008
Ever heard of VOWOL?
Until a few months back, neither had I, but I'm very glad that I did!
I'd like to introduce you to Roy Samuelson, founder of VOWOL, also known as the Voice Over Work Out Lounge.
Roy and I first got talking when I discovered VOWOL a few months ago. When I read about what they were up to, I just had to speak with him and find out what on earth was going on in Hollywood at this place called "VOWOL".
Right off the bat, Roy was a pleasure to speak with and his passion for bringing people together to hone their craft was simply contagious. You've got to love that about VO folk ;)
VOWOL started in 1996 as a way for actors to split studio time and play in the booth, essentially, "working out" together vocally to sharpen their skills and mastery of voice over techniques.
Since then, the Voice Over Work Out Lounge has been a playful, informal, and nourishing place for working VO actors and others to get together, meet coaches, producers, agents, and directors.
According to Roy, the recent billybobvo.com intensive weekends with Bob Bergen and Bill Holmes have been wonderfully successful to the students in attendence. Also the first "Not A Demo Demo" series sold out, with 2 more (focusing on commercial demos and animation demos) accruing top masters in the profession, talking about VO demos, what works and what doesn't.
The word about http://vowol.com has been spread word of mouth, and with a working web-based scheduling program near completion, VOWOL hopes to get even more positive growth and VO actors into the booth. Most home-based recording studio actors have enjoyed getting additional feedback and networking opportunities.
If so, leave a comment below!
StephanieRelated Topics: agents, animation, Bill Holmes, billybobvo.com, Bob Bergen, booth, classes, Hollywood, Roy Samuelson, voice acting, VOWOL