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advanced voice over trainingTen 2 1/2-hour sessions: 25 hours of instruction.

The definitive classroom experience for refining your skills and expanding your expertise. Utilizing his landmark book, The Voice Over Actor’s Handbook, John will teach you how to analyze and explore scripts for meaning, mood and message, how to talk the script (not read it), and most importantly, how to identify words that need emphasis and those that need no emphasis.

The overriding purpose of this course is to teach you to deliver with an acute sense of awareness, concern, determination and resolve, to make every script you read convincing and believable, and to prepare you for preparation and production of your demos.

Session 1:   Attributes of the Voice Over Actor

Assessing the “competition”. Voice quality. Personality and natural talent. Reading ability. Confidence. Imagination. Awareness. Imitation skills. Life experience. Ability to visualize and react.

Session 2:   Diction and Articulation

Clarity–making sure you are understood. Sibilants. Back-to-back consonants. Reading of tongue-twister exercises for diction dexterity.

 Session 3:   Mood and Emotion, Breath Control

How to smile the script. Observing yourself. Controlling volume. Intimacy vs. projection. Animation. Key ranges. Importance of slowing down. Staying relaxed. Progressively slowing down endings.

 Session 4:   Pitch, Pace, and Pause

Animation. Key ranges. Phrasing–separating ideas and events. Opening statements. Settings. Commas and periods. Using the pause as a dramatic weapon. Staying relaxed.

 Session 5:   Destinations, Redundancy and Reiteration,  Comparing and Contrasting

Identifying destinations. Keeping track of the story. How to handle multiple takes. Repeating redundancy. How to compare and contrast all parts of speech. Implied comparisons and contrasts.

 Session 6:   Dialogue and Quotations, Colloquial Recognition, Active and Passive Voice, How to Inflect Questions

How to identify and deliver dialogue and quotations. How to identify colloquial phrases. Rhetorical vs. insistent or emphatic questions.

Session 7:   Lists and Patterns, Numbers and Colors, Emphasis/De-emphasis Consideration

Lists read as individualized. Lists read as a group. How to identify patterns. Numbers and Colors as nouns or adjectives. Street numbers. Phone numbers. Very large numbers. Identifying words that need emphasis and those that need no emphasis.

 Session 8:   Understanding and Interpreting the Script

Analyzing the message. Billboarding key nouns. Understanding relative emphasis. Controlling energy. On-stage vs. studio environment. Amplified intimacy. Identification of speaker and listener. Living the reality. Reaction. Focus. The reality of playback. Making mistakes.

The pedestal effect. Savoring the moment. Read vs. talk. Delivering in statements. Why we read aloud the way we do. Importance of imitation.

Session 9:   Grama-Drama: The How and Why of Word Interaction

How to identify parts of speech and how each functions in the construction of a script and its message. An entire course could be given on this subject alone.

Session 10: Reading Intensive/Summary

In-depth review of the course events, questions and answers, and reading intensive by all participants.

 Advanced Voice Interpretation and Delivery

Schedule of Class Sessions:

 Fall Class

Session 1:    Wednesday, Sep 13th    6:30-9:00 PM

Session 2:    Wednesday, Sep 20th    6:30-9:00 PM

Session 3:    Wednesday, Sep 27th    6:30-9:00 PM

Session 4:    Wednesday, Oct 4th      6:30-9:00 PM

Session 5:    Wednesday, Oct 11th    6:30-9:00 PM

Session 6:    Wednesday, Oct 18th    6:30-9:00 PM

Session 7:    Wednesday, Oct 25th    6:30-9:00 PM

Session 8:    Wednesday, Nov 1st     6:30-9:00 PM

Session 9:    Wednesday, Nov 8th     6:30-9:00 PM

Session 10:  Wednesday, Nov 15th   6:30-9:00 PM

Class size limited to 12 participants

Admission to this class is limited to those who have taken the Fundamentals course, or who have qualified through the 2-hour evaluation.

All script materials and online instructions will be e-mailed to each participant prior to the first class.

You must purchase The Voice Over Actor’s Handbook from Amazon prior to the commencement of the first class. It is available on AMAZON.

Registration Fee: 375.00