Voice acting class coming to the college
— A New York-based voice acting company will bring its services to Cecil College on Thursday.
Voice Coaches, one of the largest voice acting training companies in the country, is offering a one-night introduction to the field. It’s directed toward those looking for another source of income, and just maybe have been told throughout their life that they have a good voice.
The company’s president and creative director, David Bourgeois, explained “Getting Paid To Talk”
as “an upbeat but realistic introduction” to voice acting. It won’t turn anyone into a voice actor, he said, but it can give some insight as to what one does. It costs $49 and will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The company hosts these introductory classes throughout the country, as evidenced by recent articles published by news outlets in Michigan and New Jersey, for example, and according to Voice Coaches promotional material, the profession is booming.
“One of the things that I think appeals to people about this,” Bourgeois said, “is it’s not about how old you are. It’s about what your voice sounds like.”
Participants will learn about the basics of getting started, working in the studio and about industry pros and cons, among other potentially useful tidbits. They’ll also receive guidance about where to look for opportunities in the community.
At the end, the class is usually broken up into smaller groups to read sample scripts under the direction of a producer. And if anyone wants feedback on their voice, the Voice Coaches instructor will give it.
“For years I’ve been asked, ‘ Is there a common trait that successful voice actors have?’” Bourgeois said. “And I used to sort of dodge the question, but the past several years I haven’t, because I’ve figured it out. It’s simple, there is a common trait: They love it. I can literally take a mental inventory of every professional voice actor I’ve worked with on a weekly basis, and the thing they have in common is that they get a kick out of doing this. It’s fun, and they enjoy it, and that is a recipe for success.”
”Getting Paid To Talk” will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cecil College, instructed by John Gallogly. Class fee is $49 and has a 25-student limit. Call 410-287-1078 to register.
David Bourgeois is the president and creative director of Voice Coaches.