We welcome you to read the thoughts and sentiments of some of our upper level graduates. See what they think, and read about their experiences with Voices For All from their own personal perspective. Students from all over the country choose to start and further their career in the voiceover industry with VFA, and we are proud to display some of their feelings about us here in their own words, unedited. Some students even choose to send us success updates. Please visit our Success Updates section to view them. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries you may have.
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I decided to pursue an opportunity with Voice Acting late last year after numerous years with receiving positive feedback about my voice through corporate presentations and public speaking. It was through a VO introduction class at a local middle school in my area that led me to VFA. The VFA program and staff blew me away and went way above my expectation. They are genuine and care about the success of each student that shows willingness to succeed in this business. They took the time to work with every student. The class was very informative while being fun. It was engaging and got everyone's creative juices flowing. Andrea is an elite instructor and as a public speaker conducting corporate presentations I was quite impressed. She is very professional and highly enthusiastic about this field. She made this class quite enjoyable one of the best I ever attended. It feels comfortable to know this organization will be at your side every step of the way in this business. The resources available are plentiful to any one thinking about getting into this business. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction to pursue my passion!Chris S. - CT
After completing the VFA Master Class I feel that I now have attainable goals, a strong sense of direction, and a better understanding about the voice over profession. The class was easy to follow with clear objectives and invaluable hands-on exercises. Eric Hunts teaching style brought excitement and energy to the class. He made the content of the class fun and entertaining, effectively engaging the class in lively discussions and productive sessions. One of the best courses I've ever taken!Laurel L. - WA
SUCCESS UPDATE: Hi VFA, Wanted to let you know I had my first VO job this past weekend. Every year the Rockefeller Group has their version of the Academy Awards and they will hear my voice announcing the different types of awards being presented next week. They had requested a robotic GPS like voice and I had a blast. My girlfriends husband works for them and he was in charge of putting the whole soundtrack together. There was no money in the budget but I am so excited to have something to put on my resume now, and he said he will call on me again.
Tell Andrea she would have been proud we only did a few takes and it was done quickly, I had remembered all she told me. Hope all is well with everyone. -Susan
Voices For All Master Class was so much more than expected. The entire weekend was so exciting and informative. I was so eager to absorb as much information as I could and I was lucky enough to be sent home with a workbook with any details I had not retained. Andrea was sensational as our instructor with her vibrant energy and enthusiasm, her belief in me helped accomplish the desired result. I am so fortunate to know that I have the support of VFA. Every single VFA staff member had taken the time to encourage continued communication, it is so comforting to know assistance is just a phone call away. I am certain I will be back for the Advanced Master Class. Thank you so very much for a life changing weekend.
As a newbie to this business with nothing but a long-time desire to join in the fun of acting with my voice, I found the whole experience of the Master Class so satisfying. Eric made us feel so comfortable in class. There is so much more to learn about doing voice-over work, but the whole VFA team is there to help us any way we need. It's a great feeling to know I am not out there alone. Looking forward to realizing the dream; not minding the work ahead. I'm pumped!Mary W. - IL
Walking into the Introduction to Voice Over class at my local community college was one of the best steps I've ever taken! Having recently been laid off from my job of 16 years, I was looking for my next great adventure. After the intro class with Mike Elmore, I knew that voice over was it. After speaking with Sherril Stewart about the Master Class, and with the full support of my wonderful husband, I signed up for the next class in San Jose, CA a few months later. Now that class is behind me, and I'm soooo excited to begin this new phase in my life. Mike gave me the tools I needed to begin. The class was exciting, informative, awesome, and I didn't want it to end! My recording session was so much fun ... it went by so fast and Mike made is seem so easy and natural. I couldn't have asked for anything more or any more knowledgeable and interesting people to work with. Soon, I'll be setting up my home studio, and, most likely, calling on VFA for help - I know they'll be there for me. The VFA family does seem like that ... a family! And I'm so proud and happy to have become a member. I can't wait to get my voice over career started. Thank you VFA, Mike, Sherrill, and Andrea, for helping me find my passion and purpose. You'll be hearing from me when I win my first paying gig!!Cheryl M. - AZ
Thanks, Eric Hunt, for presenting the VFA Master Class in such an interesting and FUN manner! There was tons of information to absorb but having the Master Class manual will be a great resource to refer to in case we have questions. I really enjoyed the opportunities in class for us to try out our voice acting chops and learn various ways to interpret scripts. Our group was interesting in that we all were very active participants and the support we gave each other made it a safe environment to try new things. Eric, your creative and humorous teaching style helped bring out things in some of us that we didn't know was there. I especially enjoyed being in the studio on my final day to record my demo. It was a real-life, professional experience and Eric, your positive and honest feedback put me at ease and allowed me to be creative and to be myself. VFA, you put me on the path of fulfilling a life-long dream and for that I am truly grateful!Jackie T. - IL
Taking the Master Class from Voices for All was one of the best things I have ever done for myself and my chosen profession. I had an Agent within two months of graduating. Recently I read a book for the blind for an exclusive radio station for the sight impaired. It was a Christmas book and I will admit I was having a hard time making everything work. I have a new MACbook that I had never really worked with. Before that I had been sold a PC that really wasn't up to the job of handling large files such as audio books. I thought it would be a snap but I found out otherwise when I started to work with it. I had never had a MAC before. I called VFA each and every time I was experiencing a problem. Courtney Thayer was always there to help me. Sometimes by e-mail and sometimes by phone. She made it her mission to help me get this Christmas book done in time. Paul Benedetti (the Founder of VFA) was also there to help at times. Miraculously I finished the recording just in time. I heard from the engineer at the station that my timing couldn't have been better. They needed to start a new book the next day. My book played in 1 hour increments for 4 days with the last segment airing on Christmas Day! I couldn't have asked for a better time slot. Thank you Courtney and VFA!
I am proud to say that I will be in the very first Advanced Classes for Audio Books and Animation & Video Games that will be taking place in Seattle at the end of January. If you are a Master Class Graduate I strongly suggest you invest in your business and take these classes. If you are serious and believe in yourself you will not be sorry!Jan C. - MO
SUCCESS UPDATE: My adventure started in the winter of 2008 when, on a flook, I took the VFA intro class at the local community college. Little did I know how it would change my life.
I then continued this journey by jumping in and taking the VFA Master Class in the Spring of 2009. What a wonderful experience it was. Mike opened up, with great expertise, the encompassing world of Voiceover to me.
With information in hand and motivation in my heart, I immediately started to build my home studio, procure all the necessary tools, and create my voiceover identity - ALL with the help and support of the VFA team.
Once I felt I was fully prepared and ready to search for work, I started the job search. Confident that I do have the voice people want, and being fully aware of the entertainment/media world - where you need to pay some dues before getting that proverbial foot in the door - I pursued my new dream. My first job was an IVR for a large Canadian Company - in English and French. This job should have taken no more than an hour or two to record and edit - but.....my final hour count was 10!!!
After this eye-opening experience, I started to work on my editing skills a little every week - and continue on to search all those gigs waiting for me. I responded and responded to audition requests. Several months went by without a bite, but not giving up, I got a surprise regional TV ad gig from a large LA production company - they saw me on the VFA site. The producer directed me with his client via a phone call. It turned out great and gave me confidence to go on.
In the tunnel of my new founded career, the slightest glimpse of that light at the end kept on flickering, but wasn't quite bright enough to lead me out.
Keeping my motivation going, I marched on, never faltering in my pace and got a great gig with an established NY Photographer and Art Director - NON-PAYING - to create a concept ad. What a good thing that was! As this was a collaboration, we worked TOGETHER on this, each one feeling free to add any and all input into this project. I was able to prove myself to him, with both my voice skills and my creative insight. We are beginning a new perfume concept ad. Not only did I gain experience from this collaboration, I had several doors flung open for me - that light was growing brighter. I also got another gig for an Ohio Cable Network Promo. The contacts and networks start to grow. I could now actually feel the warmth from that light.
I have been spending time submitting my demos everywhere and anywhere. I've gotten great feedback and interest. These grueling hours are definitely paying off. The more people hear from you the more responses you get. It's a no-brainer. I have been signed with Vox Talent, Inc., Toronto - the largest voiceover talent agency in Canada! Creative Media Design in New York is interviewing me as I write (difficult to multitask) and I've been accepted as talent on several voice sites. So Williams Morris here I come!!!
My adventure is far from over, it is just beginning. With the support of all those around me, the excellent VFA Team, colleagues old and new, I will continue to strive this course - though bumpy at times and not too green ($$$) yet - with the motivation I still hold in my heart and a lot more information under my belt!
Leah and I finished our video conference a little bit ago and I just wanted to say how great it was to have her coach me today! The 3 character voices I am working on for a web comic had very little discription, but with Leah at my side everythig became clear. We worked on the voices together. She had lots of great feedback and advice. Needless to day at the end of our 1/2 hour master coaching session I felt confident and capable to perform my characters. I will keep you posted as to the outcome!Dana A. - CA
Eric Hunt was by far, the most insperational and up beat person you will ever meet. The class was, by far, the most incredeble experence I have ever had. Thank you all.David P. - WA
Just came out of the Masters class with renewed enthusiasm! It's a compressed weekend including a ten-hour Saturday, but the exercises are fun and make the time fly by. Having seen two instructors and worked with several VFA support staff by now, it's clear that their passion is selfless to help others succeed. They're smart and organized and have their act together. The investment is nothing to sneeze at, but the benefits are beyond what I even expected originally. The value of the demo and web site alone makes the rate competitive. The promise of lifetime support includes the ability to submit photos and sample recordings from your home studio, for advice on how to improve it. VFA class alumni get a discounted rate on equipment and can ask for coaching questions at any time. Not to mention the detailed 150-page class workbook written in plain language. The class provides practice in the B.A.S.I.C. technique, which was a revelation for me because it looks deceptively simple on paper but works wonders for throwing yourself into character. The demo studio session was energetic, the scripts are provided and our instructor Eric brought all kinds of creative ideas himself. We learned about marketing and saw photos of sample home studios to stir ideas. I'd recommend to others to give VFA a try! It's got a family feel, not just some assembly line to make a buck. They're true professionals and the network is first-rate.Joe M. - IL
SUCCESS UPDATE: I've been sharing my voiceover adventures on my Facebook page, and last week a friend contacted me. He was producing a 30-second spot to promote an event at a local Performing Arts Center and asked me to do the VO. (My home studio wasn't quite ready to use, so we went to a sound engineer downtown.) He didn't have the budget to pay me, but he negotiated with the marketing department at the Arts Center. They provided me with 6 event tickets, a $196 value! You can check out the spot at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZWWzhnxlWo
I attended the Master Class the first weekend in October 2009. I try to mention my new adventure whenever possible in conversation, and already have gotten some leads on where to submit my demo CD! Thanks to Voices for All for giving me the tools and the confidence to finally pursue a long-time dream.Rebecca F. - WA
My first exposure to VFA was through the Intro to Voiceovers class at one of our local junior colleges. I was fortunate to have had Leah Frederick as my instructor. Leah was extremely informative about the voiceover industry, as well as funny! Between what I learned in that short class, the practice scripts that we read and the ultimate assessments of my voiceover potential, I was motivated to take that next step! Dustin DeLuke gave me Leah's assessment of my voice and booked me for the Master Class - he made the process easy! I just completed the Master Class with Eric Hunt. Eric's gifts as a voiceover actor, a patient instructor and motivator, were truly appreciated as I embarked on my dream to become a future voiceover actor myself. The Master Class was an intense class, but Eric made the information easy to understand and encouraged each of us to want to actively participate in every exercise. He has an easy-going and humorous way of presenting the material and has an amazing ear for how a script should or could be read, critiquing us in only the most positive ways. We had a GREAT collection of voiceover wannabees! (You're all gonna to be stars!!) Lastly, the demo recording session in the studio was an incredible experience! Eric was the reassuring and fine-tuning voice in my headset, allowing me to be the best that I could be. I look forward to that first big voiceover break and, thanks to VFA, I feel prepared to do so. Thank you!Louis C. - CA
One of my favorite quotes, from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., says that "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." For me, that first step (or leap of faith) was signing up for the VFA Master Class. Between what I learned in this class, the manual they provided me, and the lifetime support, VFA has shined a big flashlight on the next few steps. Plus, my classmates brought a wealth of lifetime experience and useful advice to the class. What I make of this opportunity (as in any small business venture) will be up to me. Unlike a lot of people who take the Master class, I am currently over-employed in my day job (by that, I mean that I work really a lot of hours), and I am having to take baby steps toward creating this new career ... which can be frustrating. That's why the lifetime support of VFA was a big selling point for me. Are you willing to work hard? Is this what you really want to do? VFA can't do it for you, but they can point you in the right direction. Thanks, VFA!Sheila S. - MN
Hello Voices for All! I can't find enough positive adjectives to use to describe the wonderful experience of attending the Master Class! This class exceeded my expectations and has me wanting for more. Everything about this class was professionally handled - from the initial introductions to the teaching staff and other class attendees to the individual work sessions in the demo booth with the production staff. The classes were intense but the information provided was exactly what was needed to prepare me for a career as a voice-over artist. Mike and Andrea: you both were super! Thanks for sharing not only the technical information but also the experiences that you both have had to help us newbies. As intense as the class was for us students, you both never wavered in your enthusiasm, interest and goal to prepare us for the future. Brian: Thanks for your production skills. I just love my demos! Another big Thanks to the entire VFA support staff, especially Sherril who spent so much time convincing me that I really should take the class. She was right!Vivian P. - NY
I can not thank Andrea enough for all her patience, coaching and talent. I enjoyed the intensity of the workshops from the beginning to the end, especially the recording with Brian at the end of the class. Andrea made sure everybody in the group felt a part of a team looking to breaking in this industry. Taking the Master Class at the Albany, NY facility was the best investment in time and money to start a career in the Voice Acting Industry.
I can only wish to my fellow graduates all the success I hope for myself. Thank you VFA.Jose Antonio O. - PA