A fast-paced, concentrated
and practical course for those looking to jump-start into the professional world of audiobook recording. Targets
fiction and/or non-fiction as per client needs. Level I covers creative and technical preparation, choices,
approaches and productivity; Level II continues with creative choices and on-mic techniques.
AE Level I:
Six hours of of intensive audiobook technique &
practice including, textual approaches and analysis, character voicing, pacing, text prep for high productivity,
industry terminology, reading aloud, genre analysis, and survey listening. A must for anyone looking to gain competetive edge
in the industry.
a Saturday (12-6PM) or
AE Level II:
personally coached, on-mic recording sessions at a professional audiobook studio. Using 3 assigned texts and 1
Actors' Choice, participants practice microphone technique and performance approaches including dynamics, breathing, character
voicing, punch-in recording, using textual clues and creating nuance. Builds confidence, awareness and practical ability.
*For discounts, see "Bring-a-Buddy" and "Audit Option" below.
OPTION: Students rave about the wealth of unexpected benefits from this MasterClass observer experience.
Now, auditors can get all these benefits, too. This option is ideal for anyone with limited funds who wants
to see the "in the booth" experience up close and observe a professional director at work. An amazing
value and a great opportunity for aspiring audiobook directors and engineers as well. (Offered for AE Levels
I & II only)
See AE I &
"BRING-A-BUDDY" $50 DISCOUNT: Get $50 off the
price of AE
class for you and a friend when you sign up together. Talk
about a win/win situation. Applies to Audiobook Express only. See "Bring-a-Buddy" payment option on Registration & Payment page.
Once upon a time in the USA, using stereotyped accents
was acceptable. Thankfully, this is no longer the case. Contemporary demands of stage, film and audiobooks require true-sounding
characters. The challenge with accents is to acheive a natural sound, yet be fully understandable to the American
ear. To be expressive, yet with no "slips" when a character's emotion or stress is high.
Accent Lab gives you the 3 fundamentals
for each accent studied: rhythmic/intonation patterns, vowel & consonant changes, and dialectical changes for
each. Class meets for three, 90 min sessions to establish the fundamentals of each accent (typically a
Mon/Wed/Mon). Students then return to any and as many Accent Workouts for on-going, practical
usage sessions. After the initial 3 classess, you work at your own pace, on a conbination of my/your own
material. Students may return to Accent Workouts for practice, audition prep, or role
coaching as desired.
Lab grounds the actor in the sounds, music, stress patterns and physicality of the desired accent. Accent
Workout fine tunes the work, incorporates the release of action and emotions on text, keeping it active, expressive
and consistent in performance.
RP and Cockney. A thorough knowledge of these two British accents
is the bedrock of the American actor's accent kit bag. From here you can make ajustments for other U.K. accents.
The American South: A must for the American actor. Two basic variations
are taught which can be used as a basis for more localized work when you know specifically where your character(s) is from.
Irish & French: The "Lucky Charms" sterotype sound is unacceptable
and offensive to many Irish. However, Irish characters are routinely found in American literature, so you be
wise to be prepared to do it well.
An artistic mecca and a new world colonizer, France spread its language to the Caribbean,
Africa, Russia, Indonesia, Canada and our own Louisiana. But so many actors find it hard to do French well and
be understood. Not after this course.
Africa & the Caribbean: Africa is a huge continent with myriad languages
spoken. But finding the underlying rhythm will help you anchor it down. Covers differentiation between major language groups,
including clicks. The "Island lilt" is often a stumper for actors. However, we increasingly encounter characters
from the Islands and a solid foundation of Jamaican (the most widely heard) will allow you to modify it for other island dialects.
Accent Workshop: A monthly, 90 minute pratice session that lets you
paractice until you've mastered it. Focus is on 1st and 3rd person exposition. Advanced participants tackle dialogue wtih
on what you need, when you need it, be it artistic, technical, even a career change transition! We can work on vocal
strength, stamina, voicing and characterization, accents, textual nuances, marketing strategies, or preparation for your audiobook/documentary
film auditions & bookings. You can even bring in your current demo for a quick assessment.
Express students recieve $10 off above rates.
for Fun or Profit
survey class for non-performing arts professionals covering approaches to differnt kinds of material, from children's books
to mainstream fiction to non-fiction. Helps build confidence and expressivity. Includes:
Coached practice sessions with lots of hands-on attention,
Approaches to different texts, character & dialogue voicing,
Uphold the standards of conservatory level training for your voice over, narration or accent study
classes. You get comprehensive content that addresses the academic, artistic and real-world considerations of
both institution and student. Curriculum design consulting, full semester, 1/2 semester and short workshops are
available. Fees vary according to needs (class size, curriculum content, faculty training, etc.). Please call to access
Demos & Web Design
Demo is your strongest marketing tool. It makes sense to ensure its quality. Opt for "The Recession Special" (recorded in a quiet room) or Studio Quality demo, both with coaching
and guidance. (Robin Miles will oversee the material selection/editing process, coach and direct you through delivery
and interpretation, all with an eye toward highlighting your strengths.) Recording/editing done in collaboration
with JohnMarshallSound, Spoken Word Grammy winner of 2004.