PHASE 1 Investigate

Voice Over Class

$99

With evaluation report

About

Meet Your Evaluators

Kristin Price

Voice Coach and Marketing Expert

Location: NY - New York City

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Commercial, E-Learning, ESL, Kids, Marketing, Narration

Working Knowledge: Audiobook, Audition, Commercial, Narration

To schedule with Kristin call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

Kristin hit the stage running in her first dance recital at the age of four… then spotted the audience and ran right back off. Much to everyone's surprise, she jumped back on a few years later, and hasn’t left since.

As a voice coach, she loves figuring out how to make you shine, no matter what your background is. Can a musical theater pro accustomed to projecting to the back of a theater successfully “tone it down” enough for voiceover? Can an accountant set his numbers aside and learn to play with words? Do you need to approach scripts as an actor? Do you need a technical checklist? Do you just need permission to let loose and have a ball? What is your comfort zone… and can you surprise yourself by pushing outside of that? Everyone has a different style of learning. The most important thing is to enjoy what you’re doing.

Her philosophy of working with kids is the same. Over five years of teaching youth acting, dance and musical theater classes for The Willows Theater and the Marin Theater Company in the San Francisco Bay Area, she learned that the most important thing is to find the child’s natural strengths and build from there in a positive and encouraging environment.

As a voice actor, Kristin keeps busy recording commercial and narration voiceovers at her home studio and at production facilities around New York City (including Edge Studio!). The occasional on-camera commercial sneaks into the schedule as well. Recent VO work includes narrations for Disney, Crisco, Nikon, GE, Doubletree, Swarovski Crystals, H&R Block, Office Depot, Crest Spinbrush, the U.S. Army, Yale University, and lots of corporate training and e-learning programs; the videogames “Silent Hill: Downpour”, “Puzzle Chronicles” and “Enigmatis”; and commercials for Vitamin Shoppe, Ortega Tacos, Vertex, Alfred Angelo wedding gowns, Hannaford grocery stores, Paradise Bakery, Kaboom! and Peter Piper Pizza.

Most of all, she is proud to have recorded a series of children's audiobooks for MitSo Media which received the highest award possible: a room full of pre-schoolers sat absolutely still and listened!

Click to hear Kristin's Narration Demo
/sites/default/files/demos/Kristin_Price_narration.mp3
Click to hear Kristin's Commercial Demo
/sites/default/files/demos/Kristin_Price_commercial.mp3

Randye Kaye

Voice Coach

Location: CT - Fairfield

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Online Checkups, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Commercial, Corporate Industrial, Medical, Narration, Telephony

Working Knowledge: Audiobook, Unions

To schedule with Randye call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

Randye Kaye began her voice-over career as a way to keep acting while pregnant with her first child - and has been working behind the microphone ever since. Her credits include commercials - Kyocera printers, Betteridge Jewelers, Big Lots, Dove - Narrations - Continental Airlines, Medicare, Burger King, MISTO, Verizon - audiobooks, phone systems - Priceline.com, Executone, Elizabeth Arden - websites, video games, medical narrations - CVS, , Medicare, fibromyalgia management - and live announce events - Effie Awards, Echo Awards.

Randye has also voiced many medical scripts, websites and telephony for major clients including hospitals (St, Raphael's in New Haven, Tanner Health systems in Atlanta), pharmaceuticals (Seroquel, Savella), patient care (The Newborn Channel, CVS, caremark.com, Medicare, fibromyalgia management) and e-learning sites (migraine prophylaxis, NAMI).

She has also worked as a radio morning personality, and has acted on stage, in improv groups, and in TV/film. And – oh, yeah – she also writes. Her book and audiobook (guess who narrated?), Ben Behind His Voices, were published this fall.
She lives with her husband in Trumbull, CT where her son, daughter and son-in-law visit often to raid the fridge and use the washer and dryer.

Click to hear Randye's Commercial Demo
/sites/default/files/demos/Randye_Kaye_Commercial.mp3
Click to hear Randye's Narration Demo
/sites/default/files/demos/Randye_Kaye_Narration.mp3

Michael Ingram

Voice Coach

Location: NY - New York City

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Online Checkups, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Acting, Audition, Commercial

To schedule with Michael call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

Michael has narrated over 500 commercials both on-camera and voice-over.

He was a vocal scholarship undergraduate at Hofstra University and holds a Masters degree in Musical/Liberal Arts. He studied Audio Engineering under Phil Ramone and owned his first studio in 1975.

When helping aspiring voice actors, he understands that you are the most important thing in the learning process ... and he uses humor to make the process FUN. His unique approach to making the actor react, allows each “read” by the actor to come alive with the emotional life of the performer. He teaches these powerful voiceover techniques in-person, by Skype, and by telephone. He also teaches acting techniques using the same techniques he learned under Sanford Meisner.

For 2 ½ years he was a member of the original Broadway cast of Jekyll & Hyde. He was featured in Sweet Charity directed by Bob Fosse. As a member of the Robert Shaw Chorale, The Bach Aria Group, and The Camerata Singers, he has recorded with The New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Detroit Symphony.

His dramatic roles on television include – Orange is the New Black, Unforgettable, The Bronx is Burning, The Sopranos, One Life to Live, Law & Order, L&O Criminal Intent, L&O SVU, 100 Centre St., Sex in the City, and 3rd Watch.

His major films include featured roles in 1st Deadly Sin, Perfect Murder, Trouble with Cali, and You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino, in this HBO movie, Emmy Winner.

Click to hear Michael's
/sites/default/files/MICHAEL INGRAM VOICE 2010.mp3

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Noelle Romano

Voice Coach, Director, Producer, and Animation Expert

Location: CA - Los Angeles

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Online Checkups, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Animation, Cartoon, Character, Commercial, Kids, Narration

To schedule with Noelle call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

As a voice coach, you will never hear me say the words “you’re not getting it”. I consider it my mission to try different approaches, techniques, and exercises until something clicks. My coaching style involves a lot of dialogue between teacher and student, and I like to use my sense of humor to keep things light and fun, even as I challenge you to go further than you thought possible.

When it comes to animation, cartoons, children's e-learning, and video games, I am very grateful to have had experience on both sides of the window. On the production side, I served as voice director and talent supervisor for the Emmy Award-winning PBS cartoon, "WordWorld". I’ve also voice directed various games and toys for The Backyardigans, Go, Diego, Go!, Dora the Explorer, as well as numerous children’s audio books for Scholastic. As Head of the VO Department at Animation Collective, I oversaw the records and casting of nine shows produced for Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network, and AOL kids. My TV production career started on the show "Blue's Clues", where I won my very first VO role—that of a talking mailbox!

As talent, I have narrated projects for Blackberry, Cincinnati Bell, Harrah’s, Hilton, Taximagic, Petflow, WatchDox, Twilio, Green Nissan, Slendertone and Howcast.com among others. For more than three years, I have been the main voice of the award-winning Kognito Interactive, which creates web-based e-learning simulations for various clients including Starwood Hotels, Rutgers, CUNY, Baruch, Fuji Film and the Veteran’s Association of NY/NJ.

I graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama, and also trained in improv through Second City. As a live performer, I have four years of stand-up, and eight years of sketch comedy under my belt. I moved to the City of Angels in 2010, and have had a great time heading up Edge Studio’s LA studio!

Click to hear Noelle's Commercial Demo
/sites/default/files/NOELLE ROMANO MASTER 2011.mp3

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Carol Monda

Voice Coach, Director, and Audiobook Expert

Location: NY - New York City

Coaching Formats: In Studio, Online Checkups, Skype, Telephone

Specialties: Audiobook, Audition, Commercial, Narration

To schedule with Carol call 888-321-3343
or email training@edgestudio.com

Carol is an actor, voiceover talent and Audie Award-winning audiobook narrator. She has read for Recorded Books, Harper Audio, Audible.Com, Hachette, HighBridge, Clipper Audio, Edge Studio, Books on Tape, Academic Merit, and Redwood Audio's listentogenius.com. She has been a featured narrator in Audiofile magazine, Voiceover Xtra, and the Recorded Books Catalog.

In addition to narrating several documentaries, Carol has been "the voice" of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival since 2010 and has voiced tributes to such luminaries as Jean Paul Belmondo, the Houstons, Luise Rainer, and Eli Wallach.
Her commercial voiceover clients have included HSBC, USDA, Seton Hall, AFL-CIO, Bell Atlantic, Sag-Aftra, Amazon and McDonald's, among others. She regularly voices promos for TCM & TNT.

In addition to coaching at Edge Studio, she is an adjunct professor of narration and commercial voiceover at NYU's Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. She has led classes for over 20 years in voice, acting, scene study, and auditioning at such schools as Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Roundhouse Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Bethesda Arts Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Belvoir Terrace. Carol has also worked as a theatre director and voice and acting teacher at New York City’s Professional Performing Arts School.

At Edge, Carol focuses on students' goals and explores the nuances of oral interpretation, vocal technique, point of view and text analysis. She aims to cultivate in each of her students the most effective and evocative delivery possible.

Investigate Voice Over Class objective

Phase 1 is for newcomers who are unsure how they fit in, who need to learn about all opportunities, and determine if they have potential.

It’s a practical and comfortable way to determine if voice over is for you. The instructors of this voice over class will tell you for real. (We are polite, but candid.) Click to read what people found most eye opening

What you need to know

You'll see voice over work is exciting!

  • It's fun: Work on interesting projects
  • It's creative: Add life to words
  • It's flexible: Part-time or full-time, work from home (pajamas optional)
  • And there are 30 genres to choose from!

However, it’s critical to:

The 3-part process

The Investigate Voice Over Class starts with a fun, exciting 4-hour session.
Your coach will outline the entire industry and sample your voice-over performance. The voice over class candidly assesses the marketability of your voice and talent, pinpoints your most marketable genres (audiobook, animation, commercial, documentary, etc.), and provides an in-depth understanding of the skills required to be successful in voice over.

Specifically, you will be assessed on 3 attributes:

  • Your voice (do casting agents hire your type voice?)
  • Your delivery (do casting agents hire your delivery style?)
  • Your marketability (comfort, desire, passion, ability, excitement… is this for you?)

The voice over class is small, and has just enough participants to give you a sense of how you stand among others, and your coach how you perform in front of others.

Available by WEBINAR, or in NYC, LA, DC, and CT.

After the voice over class, your coach prepares a detailed and candid evaluation.
This report will cover:

  • Voice type - Is your voice distinctive? Neutral? In need of training?
  • Delivery - How well do you read aloud? Can you vary your delivery?
  • Innate ability - Some people come by performance naturally, others need more training.
  • Training - How much will you need to become successful? How much related training do you already have?
  • How quickly did you pick things up in the voice over class?
  • Marketability - What genres (audiobook, animation, commercial, documentary, etc. ) are you best suited for in voice over? (In this voice over class, you'll learn that there are more than two dozen VO genres.)
  • Potential - Are you likely to find enough work to pursue VO full-time? Or should you consider it part- time? Or maybe you and voice performing aren't a good match.
  • What kind of demo(s) would you need to become successful?

Then, feel welcome to speak with our career consultant. Review your performance. Discuss opportunities.
Using this evaluation report, formulate any questions, ideas, and questions you have, and then talk with us. We prefer speaking (heck, that's what this industry is about), but email is welcome, too. either way, you will receive our honest assessment of what path you should (or should not) take.

What if?

  • If you show potential, we welcome you to train and begin your career with private voice over lessons, focusing on your particular strengths. You'll have the benefit of our honest, straightforward feedback, and a personalized game-plan.

    And if you continue directly into the demo program, we give you back the cost of the "Investigate Voice Over Class."

  • If it turns out you and voice over are not a good match, this voice over class will help you avoid wasting your budget. We discourage those without potential from taking another voice over class. We are polite but candid. Hear from someone who was not encouraged to move forward.

So, who is this Voice Over Class for?

In a nutshell, it's for anyone with an interest or passion for voice over. But who is:

  • Unable to determine if their voice is really marketable,
  • Hasn't assessed and/or considered the 30 genres of voice over,
  • And is concerned about recording voice over demos if they won't pay off.

In other words, this voice over class is for anyone who wants an honest, candid assessment as to whether or not they could make money in the exciting world of voice over.

Here is the voice over class outline...

  • Materials included in this voice over class
    • The Technique Guidebook (PDF version)
    • Access to 5,170 categorized practice scripts
  • 1. Begin with a realistic scope of the industry
    • Explore opportunities: audiobook, narration, promo, cartoon, commercial, eLearning,...
      • Begin assessing where you may fit in
    • Break down some misconceptions:
      • Gain realistic salary expectations (most don't make millions like other voice over schools claim)
      • There is MUCH more opportunity other than commercial work
      • Being a "Jack of all trades" is usually NOT the way to get more work
    • Discuss the 3 keys to success:
      • Trust your voice, read without tension, do what comes naturally.
  • 2. Continue reading/recording from multiple types of scripts
    • Learn core foundation technique
      • The basics of every voice over job you'll narrate
    • Read/record various genres: Audiobook, documentary, commercial, cartoon,...
      • The best way to get your feet wet is to jump in with this voice over class
    • Receive honest critique,
      • and try again. Our goal is to hear your improve.
    • Watch (and listen) as your instructor hones in on your most marketable niches
      • Some people perform well in only one niche. Other people do well in many.
  • 3. Your take-away: answers and coupons
    After the voice over class, we complete your evaluation report by answering 3 questions:
    • Is your voice marketable?
      • Where are you more competitive? audiobook? documentary? commercial? cartoon?
    • Do you have talent?
      • A great voice doesn't mean you can sing. Likewise with voice over.
    • Can you make money at this?
      • If YES, we'll recommend next steps
      • If NOT, we'll explain why
  • What to expect
    • After the voice over class, you'll have a private assessment consultation to review your evaluation report. If you're suited, we'll chart a path for your learning process. We'll also take time to answer any questions.

Testimonials

Whether we "greenlighted" someone who appeared marketable, or encouraged them not to pursue voice over, they all have good things to say. Here are some:

Class Schedules

New York City
August 2, Saturday, 2pm-6pm ET This Class Is Full
August 6, Wednesday, 6pm-10pm ET
August 16, Saturday, 12pm-4pm ET
August 28, Thursday, 6pm-10pm ET
Los Angeles
August 23, Saturday, 1:30pm-5:30pm PT
Washington DC
August 9, Saturday, 10am-2pm ET This Class Is Full
August 20, Wednesday, 6pm-10pm ET
Connecticut
August 19, Tuesday, 5:30pm-9:30pm ET
Webinar
August 21, Thursday, 5pm-9pm ET This Class Is Full
August 24, Sunday, 1pm-5pm ET

Questions? Doubts? Concerns?

The "Investigate Voice Over Class" doesn't fit into my schedule.

  • We offer private evaluations, too – days, nights, and weekends. To fit one into your schedule, call us at 888-321-EDGE to learn more.

The "Investigate Voice Over Class" doesn't fit my budget.

  • Don't skip it. It pays to take it. If it turns out you and voice over are not a good match, this step will help you avoid wasting your budget. Or, if you continue directly into the demo program, we give you back the cost of the "Investigate Voice Over Class." You likely can't pay to explore every possible career, but whatever the career, you should always investigate the likelihood of it working out.

I don’t want a group class – I prefer a personalized solo evaluation.

  • We often hear this from new arrivals. Good news, the "Investigate Voice Over Class" does include important private-coaching components: both a personalized evaluation and a private consultation after the group session. And just as important, the group session component provides these other important benefits that private coaching can't fully give you:
    • Confidence-building performance in front of other people
    • Peer feedback and support
    • Peer demonstration - how do others perform the same script?
    • Benchmarking. Size up your progress, compared to your friendly competition
    • Establish peer connections -- exchange tips, experiences and other knowledge with people having the widest possible range of backgrounds
    • Networking opportunities
    • See how others take direction, and train your ears, so you'll hear what a coach or director hears
    • Learn how to contribute constructively, and tactfully, during a session

The full Edge Studio program will be a big investment.

  • Everything is relative. Elsewhere, inadequate or inexperienced coaching and a cookie-cutter demo might be a smaller investment, but will most likely be money wasted.

We'll accept you into Phase 2 only if we determine that you have the potential to succeed as a voice over performer.

And our legitimate, comprehensive voice-over training is a small investment compared with the training, testing, schooling, and licensing fees of many other professions. But it is important to invest your budget and your time wisely. Some outfits are all too happy to waste both for you. That’s why we candidly assess you first in this voice over class, so you can then soundly decide if this is the investment you should make in yourself.

Honestly, does everyone pass the screening?

  • No. Even though this evaluation voice over class is full of people who have unique voices, we “greenlight” only 50% of the people who participate.

How can I believe this is not a scam?

  • Smart question, as scam artists do exist in the voice over industry. In addition, many well-meaning services are simply inexperienced, inept, or incomplete. The robust nature of our team shows you that we're for real.

But don't take our word for it. We're members of the Better Business Bureau. The BBB has never had a complaint against us.

We’ve also put hundreds of testimonials on our website. We even have testimonials from people we did NOT "greenlight." They avoided what for them would have been a wild-goose chase career decision.

These sorts of things are why we’re simply the most trusted school in the industry, and why agents and acting schools send actors here for straightforward assessments. Even pros come here to “try out” new performance styles.

I'm already an actor, a radio personality, have a friend in the VO industry, etc. Why do I need an "evaluation"?

  • If you don't need the evaluation, terrific! You can begin Phase 2 without it. But we've seen too many people think they're ready when they're not. And if there's one thing to know about us, we do not want to waste your money. So we strongly encourage you take the evaluation voice over class and, assuming you are “greenlighted,” we can credit its cost back to you. In other words, this voice over class won’t cost you anything. You have nothing to lose!

I've had an evaluation by someone else. Why should I take yours?

  • As noted in the answer above, if you continue directly into Phase 2, the "Investigate Voice Over Class" evaluation is effectively free. So why not take it? Get a second opinion. See if there are gaps in your knowledge and plans. And learn how to be your most marketable self in the Voice Over industry.