1| People have told me I have a good voice and should do voiceovers. Where do I start?
If you’re new to the voiceover world and have never had any experience, then we ask that you take our Intro to VO workshop (if you haven’t taken a similar workshop elsewhere) as a pre-requisite to taking classes or private coaching with us. The Intro to VO workshop is geared to give you a ton of information about:
* the basics of voice performance & technique
* what it takes to be a successful VO talent
* the business of voiceover
* and you’ll receive practical experience in the booth recording and being directed, so you’ll know what it’s like. We’ll send you an mp3 of your recording after the workshop. Sign up here.
After that, you’re ready for classes!
2| Does Atlanta Voiceover Studio help students find jobs?
Occasionally, we have clients who come to us and give us auditions which we pass on to our students, giving them the opportunity to vie for a voiceover job. However, we are primarily a teaching/instruction studio that also records talent if they have auditions; and writes and produces commercial/narration/IVR demos.
In our classes, we help each student understand that their VO career is a business…THEIR business, and that it’s their responsibility to treat it as such. We give each student the tools they need to start their career in this field, progress, and make ourselves available to answer any questions that will help them kick off this exciting business!
3| What do you mean by “audition recording?”
If you have an audition that you’ve been sent, either by your agent, manager or an online casting site, then you can schedule an “audition recording”. That means you book a time with us, come in and record, and we edit your audition. Afterward, we either send it to your agent, manager or you directly for you to upload.
**WE ARE NOT AN AGENCY, SO WE DO NOT OFFER ON-GOING AUDITION OPPORTUNITIES.**
4| If I have general voiceover questions, where do I go to find out the answers?
Sign up for our Monday morning email newsletter, which gives VO news and tips.
Watch out for and sign up for the Atlanta Voiceover Studio “VO Spotlight” nights that you can attend virtually. Every so often, we’ll host different people in the voiceover industry who share their experience, training and wisdom as to how to make it in this business.
For more information, check here.
5| Does Atlanta Voiceover Studio offer private coaching?
Yes! We’ve got a team of industry professionals who have been vetted and can help you. Click here for more information or to schedule an appointment.
6| I’m new to VO and need a demo made…how soon can we do that?
If you’re brand new to this industry, our policy is to say no to creating a demo for you right away. First off, we can honestly say: you are not ready. AND we’re not here to simply take your money and run. Our GOAL is to make sure you have the tools to 1) be ready; and 2) know that you have the experience, technique and training to handle direction as soon as you step into the booth.
Creating a demo is a big investment. If you get it as soon as you start out, then you start taking training, within 6 months to a year, you’d need a whole new demo because you’d have learned so much and gotten better. It would have you kicking yourself for spending so much too soon!
We are here for you and want to see you succeed. Sometimes that includes saying, “you’re not ready yet.” But we’ll help you get there!
7| What type of demos do you offer?
We specialize in commercial, narration/industrial and IVR demos.
For any other genre of demo, email firstname.lastname@example.org for referrals.
8| What’s the demo process like?
If you’re a working VO talent and need your demo updated, send your current demo along with a brief summary of your training and experience to – email@example.com. We’ll go from there.
If this is your first demo and you’ve been through our training your coach/teacher will let you know when you’re ready. If you’ve been through another facility’s training, we ask that you do a quick audition for us. I’ll send you a couple sample scripts, just voice them and send them back to me.
Once we’re ready to get started, you’ll be added to the queue if there’s a waiting list. When your name comes up, I’ll email you a little questionnaire and an invoice for 50% of the demo price. As soon as that is paid and the questions answered, I’ll get started writing your demo. I write scripts for your demo that reflect your goals, vocal range and you as a person. Then I’ll send you your scripts and we’ll set up a time to record you at the studio. Once the demo is recorded, we’ll get it edited and add music. When it’s completed, we’ll invoice you for the demo balance and send you your demo.
9| How much is a demo?
As VO talent ourselves, we understand that creating a demo is a big investment, as it’s your “vocal calling card” that you’ll want to use for a couple years. Our price is $1000, which is mid-range of what you’ll find around town.
We set ourselves apart from many others, however, because we write, choose or create copy that is catered to you, your personality and fit your voice – the types of commercials YOU would get sent to audition. And then we professionally produce the demo to sound like they were actually recorded commercials.
Do your due diligence. Check around, and find the right place for YOU! You have to feel comfortable with the whole process, and who you’ll be working with as they direct you in the booth.
10| I’m a VO talent but I sometimes need to book a studio for a phone patch or source connect session. How do I book Atlanta Voiceover Studio for something like that?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what times are available.
11| Where is a good place to find industry standard VO rates?
Click here (link ‘here’ to blog page) for a link to our blog and quick reference on standard VO rates guidelines. Or you can go to GVAA for a full list. There’s also a good rate sheet on the SAG/AFTRA site for what the union rates are.
12| Why are audition recordings $20/20 minutes but to book the studio to record an actual job, it’s $125/hour?
Audition recordings are specially priced for local VO talent. They can book a time online, come in and record a quality-sounding audition that will help them in their quest to book the job for which they’re auditioning.
An actual job that is booked is more per hour, because typically, the job will require either a phone patch or Source Connect. It is priced to help us provide this service, our time and to pay for space.
13| How should I prepare for an audition session at Atlanta Voiceover Studio?
Make sure you hydrate, email us or bring a copy of the script with you, know how you should have the file labeled and if you need a slate.
*All Group Classes require completion of our Intro to Voiceover Workshop, or equivalent somewhere else.
BEGINNER VOICEOVER INTENSIVE CLASS
3-Month Commitment | $250/month*
What: The beginner voiceover intensive is comprehensive and the perfect starting point for someone serious about a career in voiceover. It’s a 3-month commitment where you will learn. Classes taught by Mike Stoudt & Heidi Rew (owners & full-time voice talent), Jill Perry OR Trevor Johns.
- About your voice – how to use it as an instrument, vocal health, accent/impediment reduction, and vocal exercises.
- Script Analysis – how to interpret commercial and industrial copy.
- How acting fits into voiceover – what tools to use & when to use them
- How to use improv for voiceover.
- How to create voice versatility – what is your sweet spot & discover your range.
- How to Audition – the process & understanding the client.
- What to do after you book a voiceover.
- Bonus!:Toward the end of the 3 month class, we’ll have an industry professional (agent, producer, etc) come to class to evaluate your reads and give feedback.
- Any participant that completes the 3 month class also gets $100 off a demo.
*Students are billed $250 at the beginning of each month.
SMALL GROUP COACHING CLASS
Month by month committment | $200/month*
Instructor – Sally Neal, 30+ years experience as VO Agent
- What: Whether you’re just beginning your voiceover journey or you’re experienced and need a tune-up, this is a great class for you! It’s limited to around 5-7 people, so you get individual attention. Each week, you’ll go through a variety of scripts, receive coaching & feedback from a voiceover agent with 30+ years of experience.
TESTIMONIALS/WHAT DID PREVIOUS STUDENTS LOVE ABOUT THE CLASS?
“Very valuable feedback from Sally and peers. The honest, supportive, holistic nature of my classmates and Sally.” -Joshua
“Sally is very knowledgable, straight forward, and helpful. The free flowing input into each read from Sally and the class.” -Will
“Highly recommend! Sally is amazing!”- Linda
TESTIMONIALS/WHAT DID PREVIOUS STUDENTS LOVE ABOUT THE CLASS?
“Jill! I love her energy, knowledge and her critiques. She is awesome! I love the small class size so we can get personal attention.” – Erin
“LOVED the entire 12 weeks. Very informative” – Sherrie
“Everything was lovely, from the guide, booth practice, and Jill was so great and charming.” -Eugenio
“Trevor’s knowledge and positivity.” -Jessica
“Booth time from day one. I am an audio kinesthetic learner, and it was great to practice and get feedback from the start.” – Kimberly
“Being in front of the microphone, receiving feedback was invaluable.” – Matthew
“Aside from learning a great deal about VO, it was such a comfortable environment. Made it easy to try different things and also allowed for shaking off a bad day. Also loved interfacing and receiving feedback, direction.” – Michelle
“The personalized care of both Mike and Heidi for my own VO journey has now become part of my voiceover career FOREVER. Thank you so much to the both of you.” – Victor
“Small class size allowed for more time in the booth. I also enjoyed hearing feedback from everyone.” – Christina