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An Animation Voice Acting Workshop For Actors
with Catherine Cavadini
6 Sundays: July 19-August 23, 2020! from 10:00 am-1 p.m.
At Voicetrax West Studios
12215 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
*Also included is a one hour private session with Catherine
This is an intensive course covering everything an actor needs to know to dive into a career of animation and interactive game voice acting. Designed to assist experienced and professional actors in building their vocal repertoire of characters, the goal of the class is for each actor to develop at least 10-12 distinct voices by the end of the workshop. During the course, actors will expand their stable of characters as they acquire the material, tools, and knowledge they will need to eventually create a successful animation demo and career. Prior voice acting experience is not required but prior acting experience is a prerequisite due to the amount of information that is covered and the accelerated pace of the class. Acceptance is upon teacher approval.
Some of the subjects and skill sets covered are:
- How to create, sustain, and retain animation character voices.
- How to stand out in an audition. How to recognize and execute all of the important beats in a scene of audition copy. How to make viable character choices based on the character description and the script.
- What to expect on the job. Recording studio etiquette and mic technique.
- How to set up a basic home studio to record auditions at home.
- The business of voice acting and the growing importance of social media and self publicity.
- Interactive game voice acting.
- What makes a good animation demo.
- ADR in the context of animation.
- How to write your own scripts and choose characters within your castability in preparation for making your animation demo.
- How to prepare for a general agent/casting director audition.
- A one hour private session (to be scheduled with Catherine after class begins).
- Audio files will be emailed to participants after each class.
Rather than giving long lectures, I believe in a somatic approach to learning voice acting. In other words, you need to actually do it and experience it in your body, in order to learn it. My top priority is that all of my students get as much recorded mic time in the booth as possible. For this reason, I implement a flipped classroom style where essential material regarding V.O. Acting is emailed ahead of time and read by the student prior to class. Discussion and answering of questions will be included but the main emphasis of the class is one on one coaching while being recorded in the booth.
Each day of the workshop will focus on a particular aspect of the animation voice over business. For example, one of the sessions will be dedicated to interactive game voice acting covering the unique skills and challenges associated with that genre. Another session will be set aside for group recordings of scenes from a variety of animated tv shows and movies. Recording group scripts in the studio provides actual experience of what an ensemble cast recording is like. The course culminates with a simulated general audition where the actor will perform 10-12 characters back to back in front of the class. Most students will be prepared to perform a general audition in front of an agent or casting director directly after this experience. After the class is over, some students choose to take the workshop again or continue studying privately with me to prepare for and make their animation demos. To hear demos that I have produced for former students and professional actors click here.
Homework will be assigned each week. Students who want to gain the most out of the workshop should plan on taking the class at a time when their schedules allow time for extra work outside of class. During the class, I work individually with each student and carefully select scripts that will show off their strengths and develop their talent. I strive to create a fun, supportive atmosphere in my workshops. It truly brings me joy when my students begin to “get it” and I love hearing about their successes after the class is over.
Class sizes are limited.
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