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Hi Kristen,
I really enjoyed your class this evening on storytelling. I picked up some great concepts and new ways to practice as well. I never thought of just free-styling off of a picture before!

I 'm sorry I could not stay online for the Audition Ringer class. I'm sure it was amazing and (crossing my fingers) hoping there is maybe a recording. I get a lot out of listening to the other participants.

Dallas

Hi Edge!

Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed and learned so much this past weekend from the Tech. 101 class with Danielle, and the Saturday Tech and Audition Ringer class with Naomi. Both are brilliant teachers, and their comments and criticisms were helpful, spot on, and constructive. I am glad to be able to learn from and work with such honest, open coaches.

I am wondering if Naomi had a degree in psychology, considering her incredible insights! And Danielle teaches with such wonderful, memorable analogies!

So, I just wanted to pass along my thanks to both Naomi and Danielle. And to Edge, as well!

Patty

I just wanted to say that I've had a few Audition Ringers with Marjorie Kouns, and she is fantastic at keeping the mood up-beat, educating in a way that is entertaining, and Marjorie provides very valuable feedback and "homework" during the audition ringers. Marjorie is a great teacher/director!

Nick w

I really enjoyed the Tech and Audition class with Rob Schuller 2 weeks ago. He is obviously quite talented, it was fun listening to everyone work with different voices, and he brought in a whole new set of helpful tips to keep in mind.

Last Saturday's Tech and Audition class with Marjorie was brilliant! Her honesty and bravery in being so open was very inspiring, and her suggestions and tips can be used and helpful in all aspects of life. Thank you and Bravo, Marjorie!!!

Patty

Do I love the people at Edge Studio? Why yes I do! Seriously! Love working with you! Looking forward to a long and fabulous work relationship!

Susan

Kristin,
I just wanted to send a note to say thank you for facilitating the webinar tonight-your feedback for each person's read was very insightful and helpful as well you kept the webinar engaging.

Christine

I just wanted to say that my classes with Mr. Ingram and Ms. Quisenberry were pleasant and informative. They both have comprehensive approaches, and show sincere interest in each student. Although working under tight time constraints, they balanced the task of discovering subtle nuances in each voice with the mission to push each student to the proverbial "next level".

Brianne

Noelle is wonderful. She gave great direction and helped us to reveal different parts of ourselves to serve the scripts. I liked the format of today's class. Having call backs not only upped the stakes for us, but really got me listening. I also enjoyed the call back section and hearing all the call back reads for the same scripts in a row. I learned a great deal on today's call. I felt like Noelle built a nice community for all of us on this call; made me want to stay in touch with everyone who participated. Thank you Edge, Noelle, and my fellow students for a valuable learning experience.

Shannon C.

Thank Marjorie for her time and effort in giving us instruction based on our learning curve. She did such a wonderful job helping us understand what we personally can work on. Hearing what others did - then hearing the instruction is helping me fine tune my ear. Just wonderful wonderful stuff. Thank her for me.

Amy D.

Hi Edge,
I'm writing to provide some feedback for this week's Technique Spotlight/Audition Ringer (Tuesday, March 25).

Kristin Price is, as you probably realize, a terrific group teacher-- and I say this quite aside from the fact that she has been coaching me individually. I'll give a few examples as to what she does as a group teacher (and specifically, as a TS/AR instructor) that I think are exactly on target:
-Specificity. Everything from the topic of discussion, to the goals of the session, to the talking points and tips-- and, most importantly, the feedback on each person's audition reads, is extremely specific and relevant, and thus very helpful for everyone, whether reading or listening.
-Engagement. Partly because Kristin was very organized and kept a good momentum throughout, no time was wasted, and she was able to make sure that each participant had enough time to do enough takes to improve their read; most people got 3 takes, and even people that "nailed it" on the first take were challenged to do it differently the second time (rather than just praising them and moving on).
Additionally, Kristin had all of the participants play the part of "clients" during the AR, and submit written comments about the reads (many of which Kristin would share out loud) as well as select the winner in each category of read. This was a great way to engage us and get us to listen really specifically and critically to each person throughout the whole session (so it was less tempting to just practice the script while waiting for one's turn, and tuning out thereafter!)
-I'll note that in a couple occasions I've heard the TS/AR described as a setting resembling an actual audition, in which the instructor lets us know who would have booked the job in real life; Tuesday's session was the only one I've had so far in which this was implemented.

I've had TS/ARs with 6 instructors so far, and while I've certainly learned from all of them, I must admit that these above points (focused topics, specific talking points in the TS which we then try to specifically implement in the AR, specific and unapologetically critical feedback, enough takes to make improvement, a highly engaging 'real-audition' type setting) have not been the norm in the TS/AR sessions that I've been a part of.

I love the Edge group classes in general, and I hope my 2c are helpful: it would be great to see more specificity and focus in the TS/AR sessions-- and great to see Kristin on the TS/AR rotation more frequently!

If you have any questions about my feedback points, feel free to ask me for clarifications or further details. I don't usually give much written feedback, but wanted to pass along how much I'd gotten out of this particular class.

Peter

Dear Naomi,
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for a very informative, insightful session today! Your “Know, Do, Feel” questions are an invaluable tool when approaching each read, allowing one to shelve their “authentic self”, freeing the path to color the essential elements of the script with the appropriate personalization and share the message of the copy as effectively as possible.

Scott

Also can since I do not have an email for Marjorie Kouns and I just wanted to send her a note and thank her for all her help. I have been on the Audition Ringer class with her for the past few weeks and she has been so helpful and works so very hard at making the class informative and entertaining. Please let her know she is helping me so much to be more conversational and break old radio announcer reads. She is moving me from voice announcer to voice actor and I cannot thank her enough. Please let her know how much she is appreciated!

James

Just wanted to let you know that, once again, I truly enjoyed this past Saturday's Tech. Spotlight and Aud. Ringer classes. Marjorie's tips for saving and improving our voices were incredibly helpful, and she gave great pointers throughout the Audition Ringer.

Patty

I wanted to mention how much I've enjoyed the last couple of Tech Spotlights and Aud. Ringers with Noelle. The topics were great, her methods of coaching and teaching were very helpful with wonderful descriptives that really let everyone hear what she was hearing or was looking for, and her energy is just wonderful! I look forward to more webinars with her!

Patty

Kristin did a fantastic job helping me understand the topic through examples and practical application. Her producer's experience goes a long way in giving me valuable tips. Thank her for teaching these classes on Pacing and Phrasing. Very important "back to the basics" topic!

Amy

Dear Team,
Tonight's webinar,Train Your V/O Mindset... with Marjorie Kouns was Outstanding - instructional, uplifting and fun! I love the way she guides us with a kiss and a very painless kick. Actually I look forward to her non-threatening style of "kicking." I love participating in her sessions. I came to the class feeling totally exhausted and worried if I would even last a 3 hr sessions. I did, I'm glad. I even feel energized!!! Now, my problem will be settling down before daylight.

Cecelia

Hi Michael,

Just wanted to say thank you for your excellent,
exciting, inspiring, challenging Who's and Why's of
Voice-Over Technique class on Saturday.

Voice-Over is proving to be so much fun, I feel guilty!
But with your great class today, I feel all the more
challenged and inspired to work hard. It was tough to
go back to ordinary life today.

A friend who is an actor once told me he loved the 'colors'
in a script he was reading and signing on for. I remembered
what he said when you were talking about emotional colors
in class.

Thank you!!

Mary

Hi Kendra, I wanted to pass along what an amazing job Naz did with the class.
It was a pretty large group and her enthusiasm towards helping each of us thru our reads from the first person to the last never wavered. All while battling a cold and some technical glitches here and there. She is a definite asset to Edge Studio.

Terry

Although I was unable to stay for today's audition ringer, I just wanted to give some feedback about the Technique Spotlight about creating characters for animation with Deb Munro. She is FANTASTIC! She not only spoke with us about vocal health and observations about the business but also demonstrated how she jumps from character to character. It was extremely helpful and I do hope that you will offer this class again soon.

Thanks again, Edge, for rockin' my Voice Over World!

Vanessa

I know this is a bit of a delayed feedback, but I wanted to mention that I LOVED the Tech Spotlight class last week ~ 'Pitch with Purpose' ~ with Scott Harlan! These are the types of things I know I need to really focus on for reading script, and his tips were helpful and made so much sense! And it was great to have him choose scripts for the audition ringer that really applied to what we had discussed during the tech spotlight.

Patty

Kendra,
First: I LOVE the articular aerobics webinar. The basics are fun and always helpful.
Also: Marjorie has been so encouraging this week. After her critique of my audition (great unbiased information I can work on) she gave me the impression that I could (with effort and repetition and experience) audition and get work. Her pushing us to do better is wonderful as always, then she tells us at the end that she hears improvement and is encouraging us to continue working on our personal homework. It gets me excited for coaching!

Thank her for me!

Amy D.

Hello Edge Studio Training Department,

I just attended my first Phase III "Technique Spotlight & Audition Ringer Class" with Marjorie Kouns on "Train Your VO Mindset the Moment Before You Speak" and I am incredibly grateful for the timely, concise and relatable information and tips she presented and added her own personality and sharing to.

Then, I couldn't believe how incredibly kind she was in the critique section. I expected pretty harsh feedback so it truly helped me relax and not fear future ones.

Thank you for the Weekly Script Contest and I look forward to more classes and more learning.

Allison

The tele-class with Marjorie on Saturday was incredibly informative.

Hi Ladies and Gentlemen,

I just wanted to express my appreciation for Naz Chaudhry's " Tell it, don't sell it! " class this past Wednesday, April 1st - I was surprised at just how quickly 3 hours could pass. Her ability to listen and critique is admirable and the comments and direction were spot on .

Alex

Hi Deb!

Just wanted to thank you very much for the great Technique Spotlight and Audition Ringer sessions you gave on Saturday. The exercises were fun to do and very effective, as was your great advice on how to avoid damaging your throat.

It was a great stretch for me to be a bee, even a Queen bee (LOL)! Like another participant, my niche is as a narrator/storyteller, but you gave me some great coaching on how to improve my read, regardless of the type of project, and being able to listen to the tips for improvement you gave to the others in the session was invaluable.

Many thanks once again!

Jannie

I have been "Edging" for a handful of months and, after this evenings "technique spotlight", I am compelled to say that Noelle Ramano is the best Webinar host that I have come across! She exhibits the most consistency, demonstrates the best organization and class format, and most importantly, the most thoughtful feedback.
I have had the pleasure of working with Noelle a number of times and am always left feeling like I have taken my practice to a new level. She is always very present when teaching and maintains an approachable professionalism that has been such a relief as a student of this industry. She is an Excellent asset and the model of what the technique spotlight should be.

I am happy to praise good teachers and she is one for sure!

Jeremy B

Hi David,
Just writing to say thank you for the tele-class you did last night. I don't know if you remember me, but I met you last fall at an evaluation class. As always, I appreciate your candor and skillfulness in coaching new talent (like me.) Again, thanks for all your guidance, honesty, and kindness.

Kathy Broderick

Once again today's session in Act- Up "doubles" was great ....I think this was much harder than being on your own in the booth ....I know you have to think about all the techniques when you are on your own , but to have another person with you there is far more to think about and I felt like I had run a marathon ? I think if you can master the art of doubles it opens up areas of voice over that maybe some people would not think of venturing .I don't know if other people walk away from your classes with this thought in mind , but for me being able to learn all areas of voice over has really opened my mind up to further challenges that I may never had thought of doing ....and stops you from going in just one direction .....These classes are two hours of great inspiration ......
Many thanks

Rebecca

Good morning, David!
I wanted to thank you for an excellent Auditioning workshop last evening. It was extremely helpful and informative. After the tele-class I had to do an mp3 audition for one of my clients - the timing was perfect!
Thanks again and hope to speak with you soon! I'm going to call the office and express my interest in the Talk with Pro workshops - what a great idea!
Warm regards,

Sally

Well, the vo went very well with Fortunoff. They loved my work! I just can't thank you enough for your invaluable training and guidance. Whatever you are doing, it is working. I'm getting better all the time. It took about four hours and the price was right! I loved every minute of being in the studio. The Creative Director of the ad agency found me on voice123.com and contacted me directly. He said he listened to 80 demos and loved mine. He said he loved how I was "so New York". Wow, how flattering. This was just such an amazing experience and I'll tell you more in person.

Christine

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