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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The class was intense, informative, and packed with information, and the group activities really encourage you to come out of your shell and express yourself.
I was a little nervous at the beginning of the recording session but ended up having a lot of fun with it and find myself wanting to do more and explore the possibilities.Paul B. - CO
SUCCESS UPDATE: I completed the VFA Master Class in July of 2007. Upon returning home I quickly purchased my first Mac computer. I then ordered everything I needed to get started on my voiceover career. I converted my small extra bedroom into a studio and off I went. Learning Pro Tools was an adventure to say the least--as Paul can testify to--I was emailing him all the time. He was great! He was very patient with me and walked me through my learning curve.
Since then I've had a couple of clients from a large insurance company hire me for some of their OGM menus. That lasted for awhile but then moved-on. I've done some voiceover work on a couple very low budget personalized/family documentaries. Not much money but lots of experience was gained on the technology side. I began to realize that the technology used in audio and video recording appealed to me. I wrote, edited, and produced 2 DVD movies last year. I'm currently in the middle of the production phase of another family documentary with 2 more scheduled for later this year.
When I started my business 2007, I was focused on the voiceover aspect of the business. Though I continue to offer that element to my perspective clients, I've gravitated more to DVD movie production. I'm given family photos and home video and assemble the "raw" material into full-length DVD movies showing everything from family vacations to family genealogy documentaries. The documentaries are where I do much of my voiceover.
I have started gathering "still" photos and video recordings documenting the creation and transformation of a local national wildlife refuge. This particular project will take approximately a year and a half to complete (to capture the changing of the seasons). When completed, the hour-long DVD will be used to promote the refuge as well as a fund raiser for the youth wildlife program. I will be performing all the voiceover for this project in hopes of getting my voice "out there" a little more.
My life would have never taken this turn were it not for you folks at VFA. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time when we went back in 2007. You showed me what could be. Your support after I returned home was "second to none". You were always there for me. You answered all my questions and offered advice which proved to be invaluable. No matter where my business takes me, I have you to thank for my new "life path". Thank you and keep up the good work!
Wishing you well!
Paul, I have to tell you how impressed I am with the people in your organization: Eric, whose "intro" really got the ball rolling for me; Sherrill, whose follow up analysis of my voice sample led to my enrolling in the Master Class; and John Pruden, an extraordinary instructor.
Let me briefly establish my credentials for the evaluation that follows. I spent 30 years with a major utility company: 5 of those years as a corporate instructor and the balance managing various departments. As an instructor I spent many hours in preparation, presentation and follow up. As a manager I also spent many hours in classrooms but as a student receiving refresher training.
With that background in mind, and having completed the Master Class weekend before last in San Jose, I have to say I have never encountered another instructor, including myself, who could come close to the energy, enthusiasm, effectiveness and commitment of John. When he opened the class Friday evening my first thought was, "What am I doing here? I'll never be in this guy's league." It turns out I was right about that but, thanks to John's unique presentation skills, I discovered my own set of skills.
From the opening bell until the parting handshake, John continually motivated people and coaxed from them performances they probably didn't think they had within themselves. John's energy level never flagged nor did his enthusiasm for instilling in the students his love and knowledge of voice acting.
But John's biggest accomplishment remains a mystery: our group was very diverse with different skill/motivation levels and yet, I sensed when we departed that we each felt good about ourselves, the time we spent in class and our prospects for a voice acting future. How did he do that?
In summary, it was a great experience. Thank you.Wes R. - CA
WOW! WOW! WOW! That was fast! I am very pleased with my demos. The music adds so much energy and diversification. Thank you very much!
Iâ€™d also like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a wonderful experience with your Company. I really enjoyed Ericâ€™s class at the College of San Mateo. He had great stories and gave me enough information and inspiration about the industry to whet my appetite. Then talking to Sherril, she really explained the Company and the Master Class while giving me my evaluation. She was a wonderful resource for me. Johnâ€™s Master Class was excellent! He kept a great pace and presented a lot of information through his experience and in a very entertaining way.
The binder is an invaluable resource and the chance to put my new skills into practical application in the recording session was fantastic. John is a wonderful director and has an easy going way of getting what he wants out of the voice actor. I really appreciated the fact that he allowed my husband, Joe, to sit in on the recording session so he could familiarize himself with Pro Tools and see it in action. Both John and Mason were so helpful to Joe and he learned a lot! He has received all of the equipment from Martin (also so nice and helpful!) and weâ€™ll be doing our test recording this weekend so you can do a â€œsound checkâ€� for us Paul. Next we have to get our marketing going!
Thank you again for your excellent program! Itâ€™s organized, itâ€™s fun, itâ€™s challenging, and itâ€™s easily translated into a practical business plan. I wish you all continued success and look forward to your support as I embark upon this exciting adventure!Beth G. - CA
A terrific introduction! The VFA Master Class is a sharp, intense and well-focused step towards a fascinating new career.Linda B. - NY
SUCCESS UPDATE UPDATE: Since I last talked to you I have done several commercials. I did one commercial for my husband's business on the radio last year; and he actually was called several times in one month. The producer said that I was a natural and did not make one mistake. I wrote my whole commercial. Then, last month , I did another radio commercial for my own tutoring business; and this producer also said that I was a natural and no mistakes. I Never get nervous. I have never had so much fun. My bank, friends, etc. have been trying to find me some more work. One of our friends just took my demo to his boss because he needed a voiceover commercial; but, he needed a man. He did say, however, that my demo knocked his socks off. He also said he would keep me in mind so that if anyone needed a woman's voice; he would call me. I have never had so much fun. Thank you for all the great fun training.
SUCCESS UPDATE: So far, I have done three commercials on the radio for my husband's welding business. The producer said I was a natural and I did not make any mistakes. It was so much fun. I did not get nervous; just had a ball. I love doing commercials and hope to do more eventually. Thank you all for your great help.
Hi everyone, I have NEVER met so many great, caring, fun people in my life in one company. I have been so excited since I returned home from the training in Milpitas, Ca in Feb. 2009. John suggested that I tell the whole town and find a company who wants a free commercial. I took one of my demos to my bank and the whole bank said I sounded better than most people on radio or tv. They even gave a demo to the radio station. I am in shock. Thank you for giving me the confidence. My husband is (within the next 3-4 months) going to make half my classroom into a recording room. Saving our pennies. I am looking forward to the advanced training class. Please keep me informed early enough to save some more pennies.
Elaine A. - CA
The Masters Class was a great learning experience for me, as well as a fun one. Our teacher, John, made every minute interesting. He provided opportunities for all the students to practice the techniques he was teaching and to get any questions they may have had answered. The curriculum was well-organized, covering all aspects of the voiceover business. The highlight of the class, of course, was the studio recording session. It was so much fun getting the practical experience of doing voiceovers in a professional environment and the demo resulting from that experience will be invaluable in helping us get started as voiceover artists. The workbook we were given to take home is very thorough and serves as a great reference. Finally, it's great to know that we will always have professional support at this site whenever we need help. I would highly recommend Voices For All for anyone interested in learning to become a voiceover artist.Mona N. - CA
SUCCESS UPDATE: I got my first job! Andrea Langworthy, my VFA Master Teacher, was kind enough to refer me to a client, and I got my first job. I'm not sure what is more exciting- being successful at a voice-over, or knowing that people like Andrea at VFA really do back you up and do their best to nudge you forward into this business. Thank you, Andrea, for being a caring teacher. Thank you, VFA, for being a quality company.
The VFA Master Class was an excellent experience. As a retired teacher, I really appreciate an instructor who knows exactly what she wants to present and knows how to present it effectively. This class takes all the mystery out of voiceovers. Andrea Langworthy's supportive coaching made the demo experience stress-free and extremely positive. I feel very prepared to enter this field, both from a vocal and a business standpoint. Thank you very much.
The people at VFA have been great from beginning to end--from scheduling the class to post-class questions. Paul is always available to help with question and recommendations and they have a wealth of information from which to draw. It's a great starting point for a career in voice overs.Daniel B. - OR
I was very impressed with the Master Class and the materials provided by Voices for All. Having been in radio for a number of years and also doing television voice overs, but out of the business for several years, I already had some experience. I can honestly say that the materials are accurately presented and helpful to anyone just starting out in the business, as well as someone like me who needs a refresher. The marketing ideas, alone, would have made the two days spent in the class worthwhile. But interacting with others of the same interest and picking up tips on how to be an independent voice talent made the class that much more valuable. And the support available to "graduates" down the road just adds that much more. I wholeheartedly recommend VFA's Master Class to anyone seriously considering working as a voice talent.
Carl A. - NY
When I say "Thanks for Listening" at the end of my VFA Demos I really mean it!!!!!!(This is meant for the VFA staff)
Everyone I have had the pleasure to work with associated with Voices For All have been totally impressive.
I was kind of skeptical when I signed up for the Master Class truthfully. The Intro, Master Class, and beyond are very "SOLID". You are not forgotten after you make your Demos. The follow through is amazing.
I learned so much in the classes and hope to apply it. The experience of being in the Studio was priceless.
Grazie !!!! xxoxoxoMaria P. - IL
I really enjoyed the class! Our instructor, John, was obviously very knowledgable and kept the class moving at a good pace.
I'm excited to begin my voice acting career - many thanks to the folks at Voices For All!John H. - IL
What a great experience!! The Masters Class was really informative and ALOT of fun! The Voices For All support system is just great and very helpful in getting started.Joan C. - IL
So far my experience with Voices For All has been absolutely wonderful!!! Everyone that I have been in contact with has been great. The class I took with Andrea is the best class I've ever taken. I'm really into this and I know whatever help I may need along the way...I'll get from this wonderful group of people.Diane D. - CA
This is a fantastic course! This company is a valuable resource and the course was an excellent use of my time and money. This made me feel like I could actually do this and do it fairly well. Thank you so much!Janice W. - OH