This isn't just a "class"--it's a fully comprehensive training program specifically designed to equip you with the skills, connections, and practical knowledge you need to understand and work in the NYC voiceover industry.
As the advertising capital of the world, NYC has the most (and the highest-paying) voiceover work available in commercials, and over these eight weeks, you will learn surefire techniques to skillfully handle ANY commercial voiceover opportunity that may come your way. Topics covered include understanding copy, specs and direction, different types of commercials and how to handle them, mic technique, interpreting copy, audition and studio etiquette, how, where and when to find voiceover work, and finding YOUR personal niche within the NYC voiceover market. You will get to practice different kinds of commercial voiceover copy on-mic at each class, and take home professionally-recorded samples of your work. Over the course of the class, you will have the opportunity to showcase your work to and receive feedback from FOUR special commercial voiceover industry guests!
At the end of this class, you will receive a FREE Voiceover Demo Assessment ($99 value) to help you assess your best next steps!
CONFIRMED guests for this class include freelance casting director Andy Roth (Sound Lounge, Bar 1, and more) and Alice Skiba, head voiceover agent at About Face Agency!!
Previous guests for my classes have included Judy Keller, owner of Judy Keller Casting; Barbara Vlahides, head of educational narration at John Marshall Media, Phil Lee, owner of CityVox NY; Dave Gilbert, owner of Wadjet Eye Games; and Jason Sasportas, head voiceover agent at Stewart Talent!
In this class, you will receive the following:
There's a reason my 8-week classes sell out every time I offer them--they are incredible, one-of-a-kind opportunities to learn from and work with some of the busiest professionals in the voiceover world. Capacity is strictly limited, so sign up early to secure your spot!
Class dates: Monday, Feburary 1st
Monday, Feburary 8th
Monday, Feburary 15th
Monday, Feburary 22nd
Monday, Feburary 29th
Monday, March 7th
Monday, March 21st
Monday, March 28th
Hold date: Thursday, March 24th (***Please hold this date in the event that a class needs to be rescheduled.)
Class time: 6:30PM
Class location: The voiceover studio at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets), 10th Floor
Tuition: $849 or two payments of $449 (for a $2700+ value of weekly group instruction with TWO industry pros, sessions with FOUR commercial voiceover special guests, on-mic time EVERY week, scripts and other materials, class recordings, valuable information, and more!)
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You may pay with Paypal using the link above. You may also pay via Chase QuickPay, which does not charge any additional fees. You can sign up for Chase QuickPay here and send your payment to melanie(at)listentomelanie.com. Your payment doubles as your registration, so please include your full name, email address and phone number in the notes of your payment! Click here to view applicable discounts and special offers for this class (including a $50 cash discount).
About Sam: Sam Haft has been a professional NYC voiceover actor for 8 years, providing the voice for several dozen national commercial campaigns, for major clients including Hasbro, Doubletree, Honey Maid, Ruffles, and Samsung. He is an experienced voiceover coach and, having worked in advertising as well, brings unique actionable insights into what commercial clients are looking for. As a screen actor, he's appeared on NBC and FX, and worked with Debra Messing, Louis CK, and Joel & Ethan Coen. Sam is represented by Innovative Artists and managed by 3 Arts Entertainment. For more info, visit www.SamHaft.com.
"I'm definitely using a lot I've learned from your classes...so thank you a TON. Seriously."
- Matt Shipman
***After attending my animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting and voice director at 4K Media, and honing his skills in my Voiceover Sampler Class, Matt BOOKED a recurring role on the animated series Yu-Gi-Oh!!
"I'm compelled to write a quick note because come Thursday, I step into a recording booth to voice a character for a web radio commercial for the first professional (paid) VO job I've ever booked...with all the variables leading to this point, I have to say, if it weren't for you and your VO for video gaming class, I would not be walking into that studio on Thursday."
- Rick Bean
***After taking my Character Industry Intensive, Rick BOOKED his first paid voiceover gig!!
"I first met Melanie at PAX East and learned of her classes. I decided that the 8-week Voiceover Sampler Class would be the best pick for me. First off, she named the course wrong. This should be called "Melanie's 8-week CATAPULT YOU INTO A VOICEOVER CAREER SO QUICKLY YOUR HEAD MIGHT EXPLODE class."
Seriously. In 8 weeks, I went from not knowing what a "pick-up" was, to booking jobs in the voiceover industry. If you want to explore a career in voiceover or expand upon your VO career, YOU NEED TO STUDY WITH MELANIE!
"Thank you for the last 8 weeks! The class was a great combination of education, meet & greets, and business. I was feeling stuck and this class really gave me direction on where to go next. Thank you!"
- Crystal Lonnquist
***After taking my Voiceover Sampler Class, Crystal BOOKED narration VO work with our educational narration guest AND a LEAD role in the newest game from our video game guest!!
"I'm used to talking a lot. But I'm at a rare loss for words - Just, thank you so very much for our class these past few months...
Your class made me realize that contributing my vocal talents to quality projects is not just possible, but valid, important, and "about to happen." My skills are, and will always be, a work in progress - and I love that! Your class really fostered a discipline in me that today is as good a day as any to go for it. For a few years, VO had been a kinda vague "would be nice, but ya know, [excuses]" dream of mine, and now it's a goal with a timeline. I frickin' owe you, pal.
Honestly, your class was such a great blend of practical tips, mixed with encouragement of a healthy but ambitious outlook on how to get this wonderful work done. I would recommend your class to anyone."
- J.B. Burgess
***Shortly after finishing my Voiceover Sampler Class, JB booked his first ever video game voiceover role!!
"If you walk into Melanie's class having never stood in front of a mic, she'll make you good; if you walk into her class already good, she'll make you better; and most of all: well rounded. You'll get experience on the mic, a healthy dose of info on just how important the business side is, and the opportunity to hobnob and rub elbows with people in the industry. I've been taking classes with her for less than a year and I can honestly say that I wouldn't have booked the jobs I've booked without her. Her classes are an incredibly supportive environment, her insight is top notch, and she genuinely wants you to succeed."
- Sam Kurnit
***After taking my Voiceover Sampler Class and some private lessons, Sam BOOKED a voiceover role in the newest game produced by our video game guest and was called in for auditions by TWO of our other guests!!
***Truly, the student has become the teacher: Sam is now one of the leading authorities on voiceover and improv at the Vermont Comedy Club, where he performs weekly with their house team Napoleon, and has a D&D podcast called Improvised Weapons!
"Thanks for class today, it was awesome! A special shout out to [last week's guest author and speaker], too, for his contribution and insight!"
- Derek Lettman
***After attending my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class and continuing with private lessons to work on an audiobook demo/samples, Derek BOOKED his first audiobook series!
***Update: Derek just BOOKED his second audiobook after receiving an offer on ACX! Click here to check out High School Heroes: Secrets of the Past!
"Melanie, I think you are probably the best voiceover coach I have had to date. Your technical insight and criticism is so dead on. You make it easy to perform in the booth."
- Bruce Hawkins, actor and dancer (with 30+ years in the industry, on TV, in film, in voiceover and on Broadway!)
"Can't say enough how great these classes have been."
- Corinne Sudberg, voice actress (and member of Team Four Star, the group behind the Dragonball Z Abridged series, among others. Check out Corinne's website for her upcoming convention appearances!)
"Your voiceover class is life-changing!"
- Hana R.
"Your Business and Marketing for Voice Actors was a HUGE help!"
- Devon Talbott
***After attending my Business and Marketing for Voice Actors class (now taught as part of my Voiceover Sampler Class), Devon BOOKED an animated short (and successfully negotiated the terms to his satisfaction)!
I offer the following discounts and offers for this class: