How To Start Your Career In Voice Acting: Mastering Your Voice Technique, Reading, & Recording

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Class hosted by: Van Gunter

Cannes Gold Lion Award-Winning Voice Actor, Co-Owner of Boutwell Studios

Van has been a Voice Actor for over 20 years and co-owns Boutwell Studios, a Post Production Audio Facility, located in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s voiced for NASA, Valvoline, BBVA Bank and Pandora, among many others. Most recently Van and his team won a Cannes Gold Lion for their work on Radio Recliner, a radio station run by residents of long term care facilities. Full Bio »

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A New Exclusive 8-Part Interactive Lab!

Payment plans available - contact edu@stage32.com for details

Only 5 Spots Still Available!

Learn the essential tips and tricks to being a great voice actor and receive one-on-one analysis and coaching from an award-winning performer.

You’ve been speaking your whole life, but do truly know how to use your voice?

Many factors contribute to a successful voice acting career, but building a strong foundation and understanding the basics of vocal performance are crucial if you want to get ahead.

There are essential tools to learn before you begin, and in this exclusive Stage 32 lab, you’ll learn them step-by-step with an award-winning voice actor.

Your teacher, Van Gunter, is a Cannes Gold Lion award-winning voice actor for over 20 years and the co-owner of Boutwell Studios, a post-production audio facility. Boutwell produces commercials for television and does custom sound design for films, original music scoring for jingles and soundtracks, and specialized projects, such as ADR, podcasts, and radio dramas.

Van has voiced projects for NASA, Valvoline, BBVA Bank, Pandora, and more, and he wants to share his decades of experience with you.

Van is accepting just 10 voice actors for 8 intensive and interactive sessions and will take you from start to finish working on a professional voice project.

He will show you the common pitfalls, roadblocks, and voice actors face while teaching you the tools, strategies, and confidence to use your voice to build a reel, nail the session, and book jobs.

You will have assignments throughout the lab and will receive one-on-one analysis and coaching from Van. Plus, Van will give you guidance for the next steps in your voice acting career.

With just a few spots available to work directly with Van, act fast to grab your seat before they’re gone and kickstart your voice acting career with the help of an award-winning voice actor.


PRAISE FOR VAN'S PREVIOUS STAGE 32 EDUCATION:

"Van was engaging, humorous, and very knowledgeable at his craft, with plenty of helpful notes to help me understand the career very well." - John M.

What You'll Learn

Lab 1: Talkin’ LOUD

We will explore our voices through posture, volume, and music and the importance of talking with our hands.

Q&A with Van

Lab 2: Talkin’ Soft

We will explore our softer voices. The techniques, unconventional posture, a classic Sly Stone album, and how it all applies to VO.

Q&A with Van

Lab 3: Tongue Twisters & Warm-ups

  • Weird wordings from scripts and warming up with Hip-Hop.
  • Vocal nuances of a “loud” and “soft” script and “do I sit or stand?”- A great question with many things to consider.

Q&A with Van

Assignment: You’ll be asked to find a “loud” and a “soft” script (any commercial from radio, TV, or online) to read for the next lab.

Lab 4: Reading Out Loud to Find Your Voice

  • Getting over stage fright, using contractions with permission, and is it okay to change the script?
  • You’ll read both scripts from the last class assignment and get 1:1 analysis/coaching

Q&A with Van

Lab 5: Dissecting a Script & My Favorite Technique

  • Script breakdown to identify the key elements
  • The 3 ways to say everything, why variety is important and why it will set you apart as a Voice Actor
  • How to find “Your Brand” and things to consider when starting out

Q&A with Van

Lab 6: Session Etiquette and Live Session Warmup

  • Simple ways to help yourself before, during, and after the session.

Q&A with Van

Assignment: You’ll be asked to write a :30 script for a brand that resonates with you and we’ll record it during next week's lab.

Lab 7: You’re On!

It’s session time, and we’re rolling. I’ll be giving you directions and recording this LIVE session. We’ll run through the script multiple times, and you’ll put your VO skills into action!

Q&A with Van

Lab 8: Next Steps

  • Exploring studio gear, budget, and what you do & don’t need to start a successful career in VO.
  • Next steps: Where do I go now?
  • Different types of VO jobs, VO Demos, and answer questions.

Q&A with Van


WHAT TO EXPECT

  • By the end of this 8-part voice acting lab, you will have learned all the essential skills required to jumpstart your career as a voice actor and be able to begin seeking work.
  • Sessions will consist of weekly 2-hour group settings led by Van. You will be held accountable to take the lessons from each week and move your work forward.
  • Plus, to keep you motivated and inspired, you will have access to a private, dedicated Stage 32 Lounge where you can communicate with your fellow classmates throughout the writing process.

PLEASE NOTE: This exclusive Stage 32 lab is limited to 10 voice actors and only 5 spots remain and they will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis. The opportunity to work this closely and for this long with an accomplished vocal performer and an expert in the field is an incredibly unique and valuable opportunity. If you are interested, please book quickly. Once the spots are gone, they’re gone for good.

  • Payment plans are available - please contact Education at edu@stage32.com for more information
  • This lab is limited to 10 people - Only 5 spots remain
  • This lab is designed for beginner and intermediate, voice actors who want to build a successful career and learn the tools to improve their craft.

About Your Instructor

Van has been a Voice Actor for over 20 years and co-owns Boutwell Studios, a Post Production Audio Facility, located in Birmingham, Alabama. He’s voiced for NASA, Valvoline, BBVA Bank and Pandora, among many others. Most recently Van and his team won a Cannes Gold Lion for their work on Radio Recliner, a radio station run by residents of long term care facilities.

Schedule

Saturday, February 25th - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, March 4th - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, March 11th - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, March 18th - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, March 25th - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, April 1st - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, April 8th - 9am-11am PST

Saturday, April 15th- 9am-11am PST

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A: If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class. If you cannot attend a live class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A. Plus, your instructor will be available via email throughout the lab.

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A: Yes! After the purchase of the lab, you will have on-demand access to the video recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like!

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