Inspired Voiceover Coaching
All great voice acting is rooted in authenticity, in revelation rather than external character creation. We don’t “put on” voices, like a queen dons her cape. The characters we create are born of the magical confluence of a copywriter’s words, a visual artist’s images, and an actor’s grasp of the human condition as expressed in her voice. The best voice actors know they are team players, not stars – even when their voices are attached to legendary characters. Whether we work in commercial, narration, video gaming, or animation, we work in concert with other creatives to make a piece of vocal, visual, and musical art.
I approach each actor as the unique human being s/he is. Together we toss off commonplace misunderstandings of what makes a great voice actor. The sound of one’s voice is but a small piece of the puzzle. Unless we’re certifiable, we humans never speak simply because our voices sound interesting. We speak in response to others. Responding implies listening, and listening is first in any great acting method. It’s primary to the approach in which I’ve been trained – Meisner Technique. How do you listen when you’re alone in the booth and your job is to speak?
The foundation of my coaching is encouragement. I aspire to find what is unique to the person I’m coaching and bring it to the fore. I aspire to allay the fears and anxieties that come with jumping into a career in voiceover or revitalizing one that has gone quiet. Too often we think there is only one road to success, or that success happens in only one region of the country. This is entirely untrue. I seek to help students understand they can and most often will do best by blooming right where they are planted. There are no hard and fast rules about what makes a successful voiceover career. Ideally, yours will be as unique as you are.
Private Coaching – In-Person or Online
My introverted self loves teaching a willing student the finer points of voiceover in one-on-one sessions. I particularly enjoy guiding someone with inherent talent to a higher and more competitive level of skill. I enjoy teaching most anyone who has a genuine desire to learn the craft – as opposed to those who are quick to want to make a demo and hit up pay-to-play sites, take the lowest rate, and “make some fast money.” If a student comes to me with such a goal, I do my best to steer him or her onto a new path, one that respects the craft and those who seek excellence in it.
Private Voiceover Career Guidance – booked as needed, one session at a time – for an overview of the business and/or an examination of your career goals, along with guidance and encouragement for next steps.
Rate: $175 per 55 minute session
Private Voiceover Technique – packages of 4 and 6 lessons at reduced rates. In these sessions, I provide my perspective and approach to commercial, promo, and narration copy. When these packages are concluded, students can re-up or take a break. I heartily encourage students to try other coaches and build their own customized voiceover tool belt. I can recommend several with varying styles of coaching.
4 Classes: $600 paid at first session. Four 55-minutes sessions in voiceover technique at a reduced per-session rate: commercial, promo, narration, extended career guidance, or any combination thereof.
6 Classes: $750 paid at first sesson. Six 55-minute sessions in voiceover technique at a further reduced per-session rate: commercial, promo, narration, extended career guidance, or any combination thereof.
Weekend Workshops in commercial and/or promo technique for between 8 and 12 students.
Teaching workshops is a thrill, as they provide a lively atmosphere where students can learn from one another. Workshops provide a greater opportunity for more varied and detailed question and answer time. They provide the opportunity for more in-depth training in a shorter amount of time. Two day workshops are ideal. One evening, and one full day.
Do you have a group of voice actors in your area who’d like a weekend workshop? I travel and teach all over the country and various parts of the world.
Keynote and Conference Speaking
Keynote Speaking at voiceover conventions and seminars, highlighting, in particular, my experience as a 3-decade-and-still-going-strong female voice actor, as well as the highs, the lows, the hurdles, the road blocks and, most importantly, the gifts of re-creation and re-focusing in cultivating a lifelong career.