You spoke and we’ve listened! We had such an amazing response to our Cyber Monday sale that we’ve decided to do it again. So for those of you who weren’t able to catch our one day price of $14.95, don’t worry because we’re doing it again – and this time for 3 straight days!
From December 11th through December 13th we will once again offer the DVD at a 25% off the normal price just in time for the holidays.
“…This is a DVD you need to pick up.” Anime News Network Theron Martin Get it now!
The Adventures In Voice Acting Workshop continues to grow as we take them on the road across America. As well as the regularly scheduled workshops in Burbank, California this year we’ve brought the workshops to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Seattle, San Francisco, Virginia Beach and Miami. In 2010 we plan to continue to take the workshop to a city near you. Stay tuned to the website or sign up to be on the e-mail list for more information; and if you’d like a workshop in your city, let us know. The Adventures in Voice Acting workshops are taught by veteran voice actor and director, Tony Oliver. It’s the closest experience you can have to the real world of professional voice acting without having to actually audition and be cast in a show!
Around this time of year it’s easy to get a little sentimental, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. In fact, lately I find the best way for me to start the day is to think about some of the things I’m grateful for. It’s easy to focus on all the negative stuff going on in our lives. Life can be very difficult – and I dare say most people face hurdles and challenges on a daily basis. It’s easy to think to yourself: “Gee – I really envy those people who work in the voice acting industry. I’ll never get to do that. It’s so far removed from my life.” But if voice acting is something you want to do, then my advice is to decide that you are GOING TO DO IT. Make it a goal to reach for. And I don’t mean you should say “I sure wish I could do that. Wouldn’t that be nice.” I mean that you should write down that you are going to do this. Anything worth doing is worth committing to by writing it down. By doing that one thing, the act of making that decision and making that goal for yourself, you have taken a giant step closer to making it happen. So Step One: Make it a goal. Step Two: Do not give up. Step Three: Persistence. Persistence. Persistence. Those three things will get you anywhere you want to go. Anywhere.
Happy Holidays! See you in the recording booth.
This month’s shout-out goes to Laura Post. Since taking our voice acting workshops she’s been cast in a wide array of shows and promos including: Aria Lieze and Linith in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s, “M” in Tweeny Witches, additional voices in AiKa R:16, and Ophelia, Wretched Hag, and Arachna in the upcoming video game Heroes of Newerth. She has also done promos for AOL and Dell computers.
We asked Laura to give us a little insight into her process and this is what she had to say: “One of the most important aspects of Voice Over is the work that gets put in ‘behind the scenes,’ so to speak. For every line of dialogue we see a character speak, there are hours of training, practicing, and auditioning that go into reaching that point. However, when you truly love what you are doing, it never feels like work. Of all of this behind the scenes practice, taking classes is one of the most important, and one of my favorite, parts. Getting live feedback from a real director is absolutely priceless in regards to growth as an actor.”
If you’ve taken VA Workshops or Classes, and want to fill us in on some of your latest achievements, let us know! We’d love to hear from you.
Here’s a question from Dairien Finney: “What is the best way to get started/established as a voice actor? What kind of college classes should I take for this?”
Good question, Dairien. The best way to begin this journey is to start taking acting classes. If you can find voice acting in your area, great; but if not, voice acting is still a form of acting. Any acting classes you can take are going to help you refine your craft, be it a theater class or an on-camera class. If your school doesn’t offer acting classes then try a public speaking class. The important thing to learn is the basics of acting because a voice actor is first and foremost an actor.Got something you want to ask us? Think others may want to know too? Then feel free to take advantage of us.