I just finished Naomi's class today (Saturday, July 27, 2013) and would like to share how much I enjoyed and appreciate her approach to coaching and her formula for benefiting the audience. I've been on MANY excellent Saturday Spotlight and Audition Ringer classes and each coach offers such valuable and helpful information. Naomi's class today was no exception. She focused on looking at the copy by evaluating it through the lens of Know, Do, Feel. This really helped me stay in the moment while reading the copy and connecting with my message. I frequently receive feedback that my reads tend to be choppy and I sound like I'm reading. Using Naomi's technique, I didn't over-think it, had more fun with the read and felt like I was talking to one person. As a result, Naomi gave me an enthusiastic evaluation. While that feedback felt wonderful, it was so great to feel like I was really "getting it," and not just having good luck with my read.
In addition, I'd also like to share how much I appreciated how she dealt with some other students in the class who, to my surprise, got very defensive with the feedback she gave them. A particular student was having a "sensitive" day and took Naomi's very positive and constructive criticism very unprofessionally and poorly. Without coddling the student, Naomi stuck to her guns about her assessment and refocused the feedback on helping her improve and grow. There was nothing negative or inappropriate in any of Naomi's comments - they were all encouraging, positive and constructive. But this situation, and how Naomi handled it, was a good reminder that voice over is about acting and with acting, there's rejection. These classes are about helping us strengthen our skills and resolve so that when we're in the "real world," we'll be prepared. Because, when working a real job, the feedback given to us might not always be so gentle and kind. It was unfortunate that the student didn't get the feedback that she wanted and that she allowed her frustration to dominate a chunk of the call, but I truly admired how Naomi handled the situation.