Students occasionally take time out of their busy schedules to send us updates on their progress in the voice acting world. We are proud to display some of those stories here in our Success Updates section. We also welcome you to read the thoughts and sentiments of some of our upper level graduates in our Testimonials section. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries you may have.
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I completed the Master Class shortly after retiring from 37 years in a profession that involved many public presentations. For years people have been generous with praise for the voice I have been given, and retirement seemed to be a good time to see if I could put my voice to work in a different way. An interesting opportunity came my way from our next door neighbor who works for a state government department where her job is to seek out federal government grants. Instead of merely filling in the forms she decided to create and produce a video presentation that would accompany her annual application. She asked her boss to write a song and sing it. Other co-workers provided expertise for filming and recording, she gathered dozens of photographs, and then she put it altogether. "You took some kind of a class, didn't you?" she asked one day. "Would you be willing to do the narration?" I was more than willing. I volunteered, in the same way her boss and co-workers volunteered, and together we created a mighty fine video presentation. She gave me a $49 gift certificate to a bookstore to show her appreciation because if she would have given me $50 or more the bureaucratic wheels of government might have screeched to a halt. Oh, lest I forget, the grant application accompanied by the video narrated by a Voices For All Master Class graduate earned $11,000,000 for her department!
Paul, tell the gang I just nailed another VO. This time for a Nintendo video game!!!! I am the main character Margot of Margot's Word Brain. It's a hoot! I'm actually very excited about it, since the recording included narration for PC, PS2, WII, and DS systems. The folks are even going to send me a copy of the game (which will be a bit surreal, I'm thinking). As always, I appreciate your advice. Being able to tap your brain on occasion is one of the best parts of the VO Masterclass investment! Hope all is well with you. Thanks, as always, for your help!
Hi guys! Wanted to let you know the latest...Todate, I've done on-hold messages for Madeira Station and the narration of flash presentations for several Glencoe/McGraw-Hill textbooks. Future ventures include more flash presentations for the educational industry (I've got about 20 more hours on the docket...ka-ching!), expanding within my hometown market, and even recording an album. Of course, I'm still trying to get in with the Big Leaguers on the national level and send my demo out to several job postings a week. Just last week, I received some very encouraging feedback from one potential client complimenting me on the demo (but alas, he opted to go with a male VO talent). VFA is AMAZING (kudos ESPECIALLY to Paul and John) and continues to be instrumental in the success of my VO career. Thanks as always, y'all! -Leah
I decided to send out my demos first before getting into the home studio. I cannot tell you how excited I was to get a call after only sending out ten demo packets!! The call was from a local sound equipment company who was creating a DVD explaining how to put together a church sound system, step by step. They needed someone to do an intro. and outro. The company owner told me he was ready to hire someobdy in another state because he did not know anyone locally who did voiceovers. He received my CD and I got my first job in the industry! I recorded in a small sound booth using the client's equipment. I felt confident about the recording session after having gone through the class. The DVD has gone to over 200 churches across the country and can be purchased by many more. I was not only exhilarated, but proud.
I took your class in L.A. a couple of years ago. I was slow at putting all the pieces together, but I am now into doing some audio book work. I recently narrated a little book, â€œMidlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten, which is now posted on You Tube. I did all the voices, including the little kids. I'm now narrating a whole self-help book for parents by the same authors. It's been a fun challenge, and I'm looking forward to doing more books.
My motto: Keep Smiling!
Hey Everyone, I am so excited to be able to tell you that I have worked in national ad campaigns for AmeriValue Tax Relief and Home Services. I have recorded an instructional video narration for a manufacturer of windows called Hy-Lite. I have narrated for an Alaskan Lighthouse project, and recorded a commercial for Fortune Valley Casino in the Rocky Mountains! Things are going great. Thank you VFA!
2011 was a good year for me and my business. My big success was booking a series of four radio commercials that ran on Reds Radio in Cincinnati and other regional markets throughout the spring, summer and fall. The spots were for the Regional Tourism Network and encouraged people to come to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and experience all the sights available to them. One spot even ran on Fox Sports Ohio TV station with a montage of pictures behind it. I was very excited to be selected for this role. I also did a few on-hold messages for a local chiropractor. He has been a client for a while. As a matter of fact, he was my first client. We actually barter for services for the work I do for him.
I did a couple of interesting gigs in October. THe first was an On-Hold Message for Mt. Lookout Chiropractic and Sports Injury Center. I created that voiceover in my home studio. The second gig was a series of three political commercials working live with another voice actor in a studio. This was my first time to work live with other voice actors and I really enjoyed the creative process..
I recently landed a small role in an animated, interactive, federal agency training video. With the excellent training/coaching from VFA I was able to enquire, assess, and respond to the needs of the director and consequently was able to nail all the lines, first take! I'm also lined up to work on translating books to CD for the blind at Cal Poly, and can give something back to the community in this way.
Thanks Andrea, Paul, Stan and Brett! Couldn't have done it without you!
I heard back from the audition a couple of months ago and I got two roles! I'm thrilled and slightly petrified. I go in to the studio on the 12th for 2 hours per character and an acting coach will be present apparently. Any sage advice from you, my VO gurus, would be well appreciated; you've done a fabulous job of prepping me so far, so thank you kindly. Take care and thanks for being awesome.
I am so thrilled about the training at the Master Class. I just got my first Narration job this month and had fun doing it. There is always so much to continually learn to perfect your talent, but I definitely feel better prepared for the job I did, having gone to this class. Thanks!
Last week I recorded my first paid voiceover with a local radio station (less than 4 months after the Master Class)! We recorded 6 or 7 advertisements in 45 minutes; I was amazed at the fast pace after spending 2 hours in the booth at the Master Class. I felt extremely comfortable with the equipment and the lingo used by the radio station's owner. It was exhilerating to finally put it all into practice!
I've been making phone calls for political candidates, for which I am receiving a salary. I've also done some unpaid but very fun voice acting in some Internet audio productions. I starred in their production of "The Pit and the Pendulum," played a humorous (and very Scottish) Dr. Jekyll in the Jekyll and Hyde episode of their "Two Sides to Every Story" series, and played multiple roles in several episodes of their series "The Misadventures od Sherlock Holmes." The show's producer, who is English, said of one of my voices, "That's one of the best English accents I've ever heard!" And of course I remain active with the Those Were The Days Radio Players. So I'm still chasing that elusive voiceover career, but in the meantime I'm getting lots of practice!
So I'm looking through some old networking contacts and decide to say "Hi" to someone that I have not seen for a while (She owns a web development company). Not two weeks later, I get a note saying that a friend of hers owns a Ski Shop type retail store and they want me be the voice for their next FM Radio Spot. Great, right? Well, then some weeks after that (and my thank you notes and calls to her) she contacts me again and says that she wants to recommend that a client use me as the voice of their company web site. Two jobs came out of one follow up email! I could not do this without VFA and the Resources that you provide to us Master Class Grads!! Many, many thanks!
Hey VFA Friends, I just want to update you on another job that I got - ONLY because VFA helped guide me in how to market my voice! As part of my marketing, I approached a company that makes training videos for the corporate market. After some back and forth, I landed the part of "Mark", the facilitator and narrator in a Software Training Video to be used by at least one Fortune 500 Company. Nice payday too! :-)
I did it! I got my first, real, bonafide, paying voice over job with McGraw-Hill's educational division here in the Northwest. I start next week, and will go into their studio every other week between now and January. Amazing. I really haven't been looking, just volunteering a lot at the radio station. I answered a posting from a free-lance job list over the summer, and they'd already chosen someone. But they've come back and would like me to do the VOs for some animations for an e-learning series on math. Did I mention it pays? Real money. OK, so it's not glamorous, but it's a start.
Thank you, both Andrea and Paul, for your willingness to help me out with the Pro Tools stuff and just general encouragement. Paul, I've finally got my home studio working and will send you a recording later this week to see if my levels are correct. Even though I won't need it for this job, this has given me the motivation to get my studio pulled together and go after more jobs.
The information in our book about how to use ProTools and the template that sets everything up for us is AMAZING. It took a complicated procedure and made it simple. Also downloaded iTunes to use for MP3 conversions...worked great. I have a lot of practicing to do both with my voice, my mic, and equipment and with ProTools, but you have given me a fantastic start. Thanks
I am pleased to inform you that I just completed the VO for a television commercial, Swimways-Subskate. I am very excited about this because it was for a production company here in NYC. I am also about to start recording the VO for an educational movie and on May 8 I begin a corporate narration for a foreign based company.
I just completed my first job as the voice for Breezedate.com. Thanks to your training and help setting up my studio, I was able to complete the work at home like a seasoned professional. I cannot thank you enough for all your support!
My lifelong goal was to be a cartoon character voice. Not a month after attending the Master Class at VFA and I was cast as the voice of Rupert the Magnificant in a Donkey Ollie full length animated movie! If it wasn't for the direction and insight from the wonderful staff of VFA, I don't think I'd ever have been able to achieve this dream of mine! Thanks guys you rock!