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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John really knows his stuff, both in theory and in practice, and shared it in a way that was fun and understandable. Our class was full, intense and set the table for us to succeed.Al A. - VT
The Master Class I took with Andrea Langworthy was top notch. The session was well organized and Andrea is both an excellent listener and helpful coach. I recommend this course to anyone wishing to learn how to be knowledgeable and successful doing voice overs.Dr. Ann E. - NJ
SUCCESS UPDATE: I wanted to let Voices For All know how the Master Class has impacted my life. I completed the class in June of 2008 in Bellevue, WA. John Pruden was the excellent and encouraging teacher. It was the highlight of my year building my confidence and inspiring my imagination. While it was clear that one could expect to make money with this training, I am enjoying a reward of another kind. I work at University Presbyterian Church (UPC), a very large congregation in Seattle, WA. We have about 3500 people in worship on Sundays. My pastoral role involves developing ministry for those in the second half of life. As our church is getting more and more tech savvy, with many web-based communications and opportunities, it occurred to me there is still a layer of oldsters who are not computer people. So with the encouragement of my husband, I began a ministry out of our home that anyone with a phone can easily access. It is called Pray the Word. I brought in a 2nd phone line and every weekday, I prepare and record a 4-minute outgoing phone message of scripture and prayer that people can dial up and hear anytime of the day. The recordings are produced out of our simple home recording studio, which the VFA class helped me design. After a couple of weeks, UPC asked us to put Pray the Word on a church phone line, which we did. In the course of a few weeks nearly five dozen people stopped me in the halls of UPC or emailed me with words of appreciation for this offering. I was somewhat surprised that people in age groups other than seniors were listening. A request for a podcast soon followed. At the beginning of May, a Seattle radio station, AM 630 KCIS Radio picked it up for their Quiet Time program which reaches 50,000 listeners every weeknight.
SUCCESS UPDATE UPDATE: Our audio ministry, Pray the Word, (PTW) is celebrating its 1 year anniversary on Jan. 13. PTW is a 4-minute recorded message with a few verses of scripture and a brief reflection on that scripture. As of today I have written and recorded 255 different scripts which are now heard every weekday on two telephone lines, online at www.upc.org/secondwind, and on AM 630 KCIS a local radio station. I've developed quite a "tribe" of listeners! What a ride! The Lord is good! So is VFA-- Thanks! ~ Ann
My purpose for making the investment in the VFA Master Class and the creation of the demo has to do with the Call I believe God has on my life using the gifts He has entrusted to me. It has been a great blessing to be able to use my voice in ministry as a pastor over the last 16 years. The VFA Master Class has offered a positive and natural next step in my pursuit of that Call. My personal mission is to use the spoken word to encourage people to recognize God's sincere interest in the daily doings of their lives. Through voicing audio books, narrating documentaries, and/or instructional materials, or developing "slice of life" commentaries I can encourage people with humor, hope, and wonder. The instructive guidance I received in the class and the high quality demo that is now posted on my Webpage confirms my desire to continue on the path toward the dream that has been rummaging around my heart ever since I could speak. John Pruden is an inspiring teacher. He demonstrated a depth of patience that got the best reading out of every person in the class. For my demo, he selected scripts that not only built on my strengths but also zeroed in on my personal convictions. He directed my recording session (at the end of a very long day, I might add) with focus and great encouragement. The resulting demo is drawing positive comment. I wouldn't be hearing these heartening accolades without the incredible Master Class. Thank you, Voices For All, for this professional and hope-giving experience. It has been a blessing!Ann T. - WA
I had a great time at the Masterclass Workshop. Andrea is a wonderful teacher, making things clear, understandable, and fun. I'm looking forward to an exciting new career using everything I've learned at VFA. Thanks guys!Elaine O. - FL
Hi Andrea, I want to thank you, and everyone at the studio, for the wonderful seminar and studio experience that I received. I believe this foundation will help me to achieve my goal in voice acting and I look forward to staying in touch with you and all of my classmates. Their strong interaction and support made my experience rewarding.
Best regards. P.S. "Covergirl"Mark S. - OH
Attending the introduction to voice-overs in June really peaked my interest. Mike was a great instructor. It was fun and informative. Then, after talking with Levi and getting some feedback on my voice, I knew taking the Master Class was for me, so I signed up immediately. John Pruden was a wonderful instructor for the VFA Master Class. He applied just the right combination of knowledge, passion, humor and coaching. We covered everything we needed to know to get started and more importantly staying on track.
Johns positive attitude, knowledge and humor made this class successful. I walked out of the class confident I was off to a great start. I had a good idea of what I needed to work on and what I did well in. The recording session was fun and challenging. It was great and I was amazed when I heard my demos. I have also received additional support from Casey, Andrea and Paul. Everyone has been very helpful.
Thank you VFA!Linda D. - WA
I cannot say enough about John Pruden! He was my master class instructor, but his encouragment and support did not end there. There have been numerous e-mails of questions sent to him along the way, and he has answered all my questions quickly and more thoroughly than expected. His help is invaluable!Rosalie R. - WA
SUCCESS UPDATE: It was a cold but sunny morning in Bellevue, WA. I was driving down Highway 90E heading to my water aerobics class as I listened to Star 101.5 . As I was exiting the highway the moment I have been waiting for unexpectedly happened ! I heard Becky saying : "Rachel! Great to see you!" Becky was me! My first paid radio commercial. I couldn't believe my own ears. It was a rush ! I had found a gig a while back on Craig's List. A company was looking for a female voice talent. I responded to the ad but they replied that they had already found someone for the spot but that they really like the ranges in my voice and would keep me in their database. And then a couple months later without any action from my side I got the email: "Would you be interested in auditioning for a Sono Bello commercial? We found your VFA demos in our database and would like to hear you." I went to the audition which turned out to be a "non audition". We talked for a while and then the producer took me to their studio. In 10 minutes after 3 takes we had the spot recorded! It was amazing. Thank-you VFA for helping me get closer to my dream job!
I am flying so high in this experience! It's like a drug that I am addicted to now. All my friends that have heard my demo just can't believe their ears. It feels awesome to hear statements like "You are so great, very sensual and relaxed. I could not stop listening to your recording because listening to your voice was so soothing. Why do I go to de-stressing clinics when I could be listening to your voice instead?" John taught an unbelievable class, and was an incredible coach at the recording studio. He has amazing voice coaching and directing talent, and knows how to transport you directly into the script you are reading at the time. His passion and talent for this field is very evident. I see that there a lot of resources to refer back to on your site as well! This is just too exciting!!!! I encourage everyone to take the Master Class: "Fasten your seatbelts and let the journey begin"...
Helena M. - WA
SUCCESS UPDATE: 2011 has been the most rewarding year to date for my voiceover career. I completed a project for my town of Apple Valley, CA called "State of the Town" which, as the name implies, gives the citizens a snapshot of where the town is economically and where it is headed. It is currently on their website, www.applevalley.org.
An even more rewarding experience was completing an audiobook entitled "Ace of Hearts" by internationally known author Jean Holloway. It was quite a challenging endeavour, however I loved doing it. Trying to do several character voices, some female, was the most difficult part. I worked with a great engineer locally and the author was very pleased. It is currently available on iTunes, CD Baby, and the author's website, www.deckofcardz.com.
I attached a small snippet. A sample is also available on my website, www.mrkeysvoices.com.
Thanks to what I learned at Voices for All for making this possible.
I never thought this was a reality until I heard MY demo! Voices For All has helped me realize a lifelong dream I've had to use my natural talent to reach the ears of anyone and everyone who cares to listen. I am in awe of, and very thankful towards, VFA's amazing teachers (specifically John Pruden) who are indeed anxious and happy to see their students succeed!
Thank you all once again! You are life changers; you are impacting society, and more, in a very positive way!Dean S. - OH
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