Voice act­ing class com­ing to the col­lege

Cecil Whig - - ACCENT - By JOE ANTOSHAK

jan­toshak@ches­pub.com

— 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”

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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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF VOICE COACHES

David Bour­geois is the pres­i­dent and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Voice Coaches.

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