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Sign up now for the best voice over workshop in the industry. VO Workshop Details Spring 2013 Core Basics and The Intensive Master Workshops return March 9th and 10th. Call Katherine at Groundcrew Studios to hold your space now. (704) 342-9900
Save the dates March 9th and 10th 2013, for Groundcrew’s Voice Over workshop with Hollywood agent Lynda McCarrell and National Actor Nick Omana. PLUS all new this time: one on one coaching sessions on Friday March 8th. First come first serve. More details soon–right here. Sign up (704) 342-9900.
This spot for the YMCA features the talented Andy Boswell doing BOTH voices. Engineer Gerar Batrouny mixes the two voices perfectly. Just listen!
It’s a holiday spot that stands out and also goes the distance:
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE YMCA SPOT “FRUITCAKE”
About Andy Boswell: Renaissance Man and fantastic Charlotte NC talent Andy Boswell was a child star extra in Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” and is one of our area’s standout actors. Andy has also worked extensively in special effects makeup on films such as “The Patriot” and “Evil Dead II”. Additional trivia fact for old-school Charlotteans: Andy’s family owned the original White Horse on East Boulevard. He’s also one of the creative restaurateurs behind Boswell’s Sandwich Salvage Company.
For anyone who wants to supercharge their VO career and get more national work– or if you are just starting out–this is it! Lynda McCarrell, head of the Voice Over Department at the Daniel Hoff Agency in LA, and Nick Omana National Voice Actor are teaching a two day class with lots of options: A beginners class (Core Basics) and three half-day intense master classes. Fliers with details are attached. Click here for Core Basics And click here for Intensive Half – Day VO Workouts.
Most people like to do both. Core Basics is required before the Intensive Workouts. If you have already taken Core Basics, you can take any or all of the half day workouts you like. Believe me – you will get great results. Hope to see you here!
We have had so many request for another workshop–well here it is. The next weekend Voice Over Workshop with Lynda McCarrell and Nick Omana will be held here at Groundcrew Studios October 2nd and 3rd, 2010. We will be posting more information as is becomes available. This is a workshop not to miss.
Groundcrew Studios hosted a great voice over workshop this past weekend. For those that did not get to participate, we are looking to do another one in October. We also might do some quick two hour workshops one night a month. Big thanks to Lynda McCarrell with the Daniel Hoff Agency and Nick Omana National VO talent/actor who are incredible teachers. More to come!
You can sign up now for a great Voice Over workshop to be hosted at Groundcrew Studios Saturday, May 15, 2010. Cost is $350 for the day and will include recoreded material you can later use in a demo (but does not include demo.) To sign up, contact Katherine Goforth at (704) 342-9900. To reserve your space a deposit of $100 will be needed. Also on Sunday May 16, 2010 an intensive 3 hour advanced worshop will be offered for $200. Same sign up procedures apply. You can click on this link Voice Over Worshops – Details for more details. Demos can be arranged through Groundcrew for an additional fee of $250. We look forward to some good work.
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Yes, we are hosting a Voice Over workshop May 15-16 2010. I will provide details, costs, sign up, etc. by the end of the week. This is the one to attend. Los Angeles agent Linda McCarrell (With the Daniel Hoff Agency) and National Voice Over Actor Producer Nicholas Omana will be conducting the workshops here at Groundcrew Studios. It is this very workshop that helped me get more national work (well, really more work…period.) More about this exciting work shop this week, so check back.
I look forward to it!
To expand a bit on our last blog, here is a really great way to guide talent to a very believeable read. First, be open to interpretation. If you have it in your head a certain way, it might end up sounding contrived unless you cast someone you know will give you that exact read.
Ask the talent to pick an imaginary friend they know to talk to. Then ask them to pick an environment. If the read requires energy, they might pick a lively place – the mall or a bar. Finally, choose a reason to be relating the information to the friend (or motivation.) If you really want conversational, you might invent a sentence or two before the copy starts to help it sound like you are actually eavesdropping on a conversation. (Of course the extra imaginary copy can be edited out.)
Adjustments can be made depending on the project. Just remember: don’t focus on the end result. Focus on the front end and good creative input and be open to the possibilities.
More later. Visit us at www.groundcrewstudios.com or call us if you need help with anything.
Voice talent want to please you. They really, really want to do a good job. You just have to guide them and be open and supportive to what they give you. Here is a scenario of what you might say and what talent hears. First bad, then good.
|What you say:||What the talent hears:|
|Stop!||What the hell were you thinking?|
|I want more energy.||You sound like you just woke up.|
|That’s not quite it.||We can hire someone else, can’t you get it?|
On the other hand you could try:
|What you say:||What the talent hears:|
|Wow, hadn’t thought of that. OK let’s try an adjustment.||I’m at least in the area, ok I can do this.|
|Talk to your friend.||Oh, not announcer. OK I’ll picture Jeff.|
Anyway you get the picture. Try to give talent organic direction so they can come up with a read on their own. It will be more believeable.