Voice Over Training and Coaching
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A class led by 30-year industry veteran Dan Popp
10 hours of instruction, coaching & performance.
The cost is $400 (plus tax for Ohio residents).
The place is Colors Audio in Akron.
Class size is expected to be 7 students. Yeah, small. That means more mic time for you.
What can I learn?
Creativity - with consistency.
Am I telling a story or having a conversation?
Mic technique, studio etiquette, working like a pro.
Copy analysis - Most of us are not truly reading.
Voice acting - it's not what you think it is.
Styles of voiceover.
How to take direction, handle conflicting direction, work without direction, and raise your performance beyond the direction.
Breathing, smiling, vocal production, voice placement.
A technique for bringing life to boring copy (no, it's not talking louder!).
And much more.
Discovering what voiceover really is, and developing skills that clients will want to pay you for - that's our journey.
This is career training. It is NOT a place for you to "try" voiceover because "it always seemed like fun." We're not dipping toes in the water here; we're forging a new future for you.
Who is teaching this?
I'm heard daily on national and local spots, new media, training presentations and more. Even though I've taught successful voice actors for years (and some not-yet-successful ones, let's be honest), my main gig is still doing this stuff. I'm not an ivory-tower educator who lands a couple of v/o jobs a year; I'm in the trenches, and with some good training and a lot of effort, there's a chance you could be, too.
How do I find out more?
Email questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sound Czar, Colors Audio
Dan...I literally just was talking about you and the top-notch treatment and demo I received at Colors. In fact, I had a new one done in Atlanta this fall and was told by industry folks who listened to both to stick with yours. You're the best!
— Terri-Nicole Singleton
So You Wanna Be a Voiceover Star? - Article
Dan is the go-to guy for Voice Over and Commercial Production. He helped me tremendously. He truly is the 'Simon Cowell' of Production Directors. If you're not prepared to hear the truth then don't show up. He is the real deal!!
— Jim Midock
It was wonderful working with you, Dan. Thank you for all of your thoughtfulness and hard work. You made it so fun and easy.
— Michelle Chaho
Dan...stretches your voice, your talent, and your mind. So make sure you bring a bottle of water, a notebook, an open mind, and maybe even a yoga mat.
— Carrie Doak
Dan Popp and Colors Audio worked with me to produce a stellar professional VO demo! From start to finish - script selection to coaching to mixing tracks – the work was everything and more than I expected. Dan’s balance of challenging and encouraging brought out the best in my voice. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.
— Glad Faith Klassen
You are a marvelous teacher. I learned so much and had a great time becoming more professional and skilled.
— Phil Scrimenti
Can you teach yourself voice acting? Here's what I'm seeing. Several miles down the wrong road
It was wonderful working with you on my demos. I really appreciate the attention to detail and individualized feedback that you gave me....
— Rosy Hong, Voice Actor
Here are some answers to the most-asked question in this field. How to Find Voiceover Work
OMG...you are a MAGICIAN! Or GENIUS? Take your pick...I sound AWESOME! I love it Dan!!!! Thank you so much. Ok...I'm excited to see what happens when I put it 'out there'.
— Cherie McClain
What happens in coaching? We learn new techniques and apply them! Here's a sample with student Rob Grant, used by permission.
Do they create more problems than they solve? A rant voice actors should read: Why I Hate Pre-Fab Vocal Booths
I can't thank you enough for all the instruction, correction, criticism, and encouragement. I'm looking forward to continuing to learn and to what the future may hold.
— Leonard Grabowski
And then the explosion exploded - Article
Working with Dan enables me to reach a new level of performance. Dan...will put the most nervous artist at ease and bring the best out of them. He shares his knowledge in a fun, pressure-free atmosphere, so you can be yourself and really let it fly. Bravo!
— L. Victoria Buss