Hailing from Sherman Oaks, California, Dan Lenard has been a radio personality, a high school Media and Social Studies teacher, and currently is a free lance producer, professional voice artist and professional home voice over studio technical consultant. Dan specializes in E-learning and audio book narration. He also has become a recognized industry expert and consultant in home studio set –up and problem solving, specifically for voice over artists new to the industry, or experienced, but with little or no self-recording experience. He is Co-Host of the popular weekly live webcast Voice Over Body Shop (http://vobs.tv) with George Whitham, which talks about home voice over studio tech, presents guests from the voice over industry and other relevant voice over industry news. He is also a Founding Board Member and Vice President of Technical Standards for World-Voices Organization. An industry association representing freelance voice actors around the world. His philosophy. Keep it simple! You can read more about Dan on his website http://homevoiceoverstudio.com. Full Bio »
It is becoming the industry standard for voice actors to record their voice tracks, on their own, in their own home or “personal” recording studio to be able to find work. More and more, agents and producers are insisting on voice actors recording their own material to audition, and there is a massive amount of non-commercial work available if you can produce it yourself in your own “personal” or home studio.
One of the most perplexing and confusing question beginners ask is: “What’s the best microphone for voice over?” With so many models and types to choose from, what’s best for YOU?
In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Dan Lenard will personally guide you through the maze of misconceptions about microphones used to record voice over! Drawing from his 30+ years in the professional voice over business, Dan will give you a breakdown all of the different models and uses of voice over microphones! He will discuss the different types of microphones, how they work, what each are for, how to pick one for yourself, and most importantly, HOW to use them. This is the information you need to finally stop worrying about "What’s The Best Microphone For Voice Over?” and start working on the most important part of voice over... YOU!
You will leave this webinar with a comprehensive knowledge of exactly the right microphone you need in your arsenal to take the next step in your voice over career!
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"Dan’s ‘The Home Studio Master’ is not an ad slogan, it's a spot-on description of Dan's work, expertise and - well - mastery of the intricate art of assembling and fine tuning a home recording studio, for each individual clients and their unique needs. Best-of-all, his patient, non-technical, non-intimidating approach let's me recommend him with total confidence.” - Harlan Hogan, Voice Over Actor
“Dan has dedicated himself to providing individuals who are home based recording professionals (voice talent, podcasters, speakers, etc.) with the knowledge, tools and understanding so that their recordings are acoustically and mechanically well done. This tends to be a major problem even among those who claim they have ‘good sound.’” - J.S. Gilbert, Voice Over Actor
“Dan Lenard is an internationally recognized expert in home studio consultation. His in-depth knowledge of what goes into building a home studio, setting them up efficiently, how to get the best sound possible and how to maximize budgets makes him the go-to guy for any and all questions about home recording studios. I wish he were my neighbor! OH, Now he is!” - Marc Cashman, Voice Over Coach, Author of "V-Oh! Tips, Tricks, Tools and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voice Over Career”
“As a freelance voice over artist with a private recording studio, I'm expected to deliver broadcast quality audio files to my customers worldwide. Although my background is in both radio and television, I've encountered a few glitches I found challenging along the way. Dan's quick, precise diagnosis and easy-to-understand advice has truly come in handy.” - Lisa Rice, Professional Female Voice Over Actress
Learn directly from Dan Lenard, a 30+ year veteran of professional voice work, recognized industry expert, known as “The Home Studio Master”, who specializes in home voice over studio recording and Vice President of Technical Standards for the World-Voices Organization! It is becoming the industry standard for voice actors to record their voice tracks, on their own, in their own home or “personal” recording studio to be able to find work. More and more, Agents and Producers are insisting on voice actors recording their own material to audition, and there is a massive amount of non-commercial work available if you can produce it yourself. There are various recording software options available to you, but figuring out which is best for your style of voice work can be frustrating and time consuming. On top of that, many of the software platforms have their own editing tips and tricks that can be a struggle to figure out on your own. We’ve brought you the home voice over expert to take out the guesswork of home recording so you can learn how to record, edit and deliver your dry voice tracks professionally and start booking more work! In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, 30-year voice over expert Dan Lenard will personally guide you through how to use simple recording software platforms like Audacity, Twisted Wave and Adobe Audition. Drawing from his 30 years in the voice over business and his expertise in home studio setup, Dan will show you all the necessary steps to creating professional recordings, including setting proper microphone levels, recording your audio, making sure its recorded properly, editing and using any processing or filters. You will leave this webinar confident to start recording on your own immediately!
Learn directly from Dan Lenard, a 30+ year veteran of professional voice work and a recognized industry expert, known as “The Home Studio Master”, who specializes in home voice over studio set–up and problem solving. “His knowledge of home studio design, construction, equipment, and the overall technology of home-based recording is exceptional. There are only a handful of people in the voiceover world who have the ability to communicate even the most complex home studio concepts with relative ease – and Dan is one of them. I highly recommend him.” - James R. Alburger In today’s voice over marketplace, a personal or “home” voice over studio is a must. More and more, Agents and Producers are insisting on voice actors having a personal studio to do auditions, and there is a massive amount of non-commercial work available if you can produce it yourself. Having your own home studio is not as expensive or as intimidating as you’d think. However, every location, every house, every room, every voice and every microphone is different, so you must know how to customize your home studio to specifically fit your needs in order to be successful. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Dan Lenard will guide you through the steps of creating your own simple, but professional personal studio. Drawing from his 30 years in the voice over business and his expertise in home studio setup, you will learn everything you need to know – from how to choose the right space to convert into a studio to what kind of equipment you need – and will leave this webinar confident in successfully creating and using your personal voice recording space.
The world of podcasts has been exploding over recent years. Over 100 million Americans listen to podcasts on a regular basis, and individual shows can have tens of millions of fans. We’re not just talking about nonfiction works like THE DAILY or SERIAL; fiction podcasts are also having a moment as more writers are turning to the audio medium to tell incredible stories. Forebearers like HOMECOMING, LIMETOWN, THE BRIGHT SESSIONS, and WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE have opened the door for a cavalcade of new, exciting, innovative, and truly great audio storytelling. And as the number of fiction podcasts increases, so does this medium’s fan base as millions of people consistently tune in to their favorite fiction programs. Even as film and television production has slowed down or come to a halt, the doors are still wide open for recording podcasts since they can easily be produced remotely and from the comfort of one’s own home. The water’s warm when it comes to creating your own podcast and joining this vibrant community, but it’s still important you make something that’s not only written well but sounds great. The prospect of sound design and audio quality can be daunting for those considering venturing into podcasts. It’s not unusual to believe that you’ll be unable to make a high quality and sharp sounding podcast without expensive equipment and a state-of-the-art recording studio. How good can a podcast sound if it’s being recorded in your closet or kitchen, after all? As it turns out, it can sound pretty good, and it can sound good without you needing to break the bank. But it’s not something you can just put together willy nilly. There’s a delicate, precise science to sound design and it’s something that requires a good amount of wherewithal, and forethought. Yet with this understanding in place, it is absolutely possible to create a professional sounding podcast wherever you are and under any budget. Mischa Stanton is an award-winning and sought after podcast sound designer & producer who has created immersive soundscapes for some of the biggest and most popular podcasts of all time, including LEVAR BURTON READS, Marvel Entertainment’s blockbuster podcast MARVELS, and celebrated science fiction podcast cult hit THE BRIGHT SESSIONS, which is currently in development to be adapted as a television show. Their work has been featured by Wired, Vox, Polygon, Popular Science, The AV Club, and The New York Times, and has garnered 10 Audio Verse Awards for Podcast Sound Design in just 4 years. Mischa has quickly become one of the foremost experts on podcast audio and is prepared to share what they know exclusively with the Stage 32 community. Mischa will walk you through what you need to know to make your own podcast sound professional on a limited budget, from preparation all the way through editing and finalizing. They will begin with a quick introduction of the human ear and a rundown of what psychoacoustics is and why you should consider it moving forward. They will teach you how to build your own home studio, including finding the right place in your home, the inexpensive but effective ways to sound proof your space, and additional purchases you can make to improve acoustics. Next Mischa will give you a rundown of the recording equipment you will need and smart purchases that can work with your budget. This will include microphones, interfaces, mixers, and headphones. Then they will delve into actual techniques to use while recording your podcast, including near/far and mono/binaural techniques and how to effectively record your podcast remotely. They will provide tips on directing your podcast from an audio perspective, including how to properly cast to ensure everyone sounds different and finding the balance between stage and screen styles. They will then walk you through actually running a recording session, how to make the most of your rehearsals, and documents and spreadsheets you should follow. Mischa will also explain how to edit pacing and feel the flow while directing your sessions. Next they will teach you about sound design, including where to get sounds and effects and how to actually lay out a session. They will run down specific techniques you can use to improve your podcast’s soundscape, including EQ, reverb sends, and accessibility. They will also explain the best and worst editing software to use. With Mischa’s knowledge under your belt, you’ll be able to create your own podcast with a sound quality that can stand toe-to-toe with the best of them. “I’ve staked my entire career many times over on the fact that you can make a brilliant, moving, polished story from your own home without going broke. The audience is hungry for new stories from new voices, especially right now! But so many podcasts fail to reach a larger audience due to simple audio mistakes anyone can avoid with the right tools. It is my pleasure to share what I know with the Stage 32 community, and I hope it leads to my next favorite podcast!” -Mischa Stanton
Founded in 2011 by Richard "RB" Botto, Stage 32 is the world's largest online platform connecting and educating film, TV and new media creatives and professionals worldwide. Stage 32 works with over five hundred industry professionals and executives who provide education, instruction and professional opportunities for members of the platform. Stage 32 currently has over 1,200 hours of exclusive film, television and digital craft and business education in its library. Stage 32 members use the platform daily to build their network, take online webinars, classes and labs, find work and cast and crew their projects. Stage 32 members range from students to Emmy, BAFTA and Academy Award Winners. We work tirelessly to ensure that you know that Stage 32 is your online home to stay connected with over 600,000 creatives and professionals from across the globe. Now, we are excited to present a virtual panel featuring some of the top minds in the Stage 32 community to discuss the current state of animation, as the industry adapts to a new development and production landscape after the COVID-19 pandemic. In this panel discussion you will hear the point of view of top animation minds including Mike Mitchell (THE LEGO MOVIE: 2, TROLLS, THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE OUT OF WATER), Conrad Vernon (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, SAUSAGE PARTY, SHREK) and Harland Williams (Disney's PUPPY DOG PALS, Netflix's SKYLANDERS ACADEMY), all moderated by producer, and Stage 32 Managing Director, Amanda Toney. Stage 32 is proud to be putting the "social" in #SocialDistancing. Please share this event on your social media and tag @stage32 on Twitter and @stage32online on Instagram.
Learn directly from Mark Allan, who currently works in TV Talent development at one of the "Big Six" Hollywood agencies! He'll give you specific insider knowledge of the how to find agency representation if you're a foreign actor. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will learn how you can increase your chances of finding an agent as a foreign actor new to the U.S. market. Using his experience working in the talent department at one of the "Big Six" Hollywood agencies, Mark Allan will guide you through what it takes to secure representation if you're hoping to make the jump. First, he'll cover what you should currently be focused on before arriving in the U.S. and building your career. He'll examine why agents prefer talent that is already established elsewhere over new foreign unknown actors and how you can use your old representation to get U.S. agency attention. Mark also plans to give an overview of the visa process, including the challenges of doing it alone, getting a sponsor or hiring an attorney. Mark will then give you an overview of what to your agency will expect from you. He'll tackle the issue of working on improving your accent to appeal to wider audiences and why this is so important to your chances of securing representation. As well as how you can use your accent to your advantage and how the growing need for diversity can improve your chances as a foreign actor. You will walk away knowing how to approach building your career as a foreign actor seeking to establish yourself in the U.S. marketplace.
Learn directly from Aaron Marcus, A 30+ year full-time Actor who has booked over 1,200 jobs so far! Aaron has a recurring role on House Of Cards and has been cast on shows such as: Gotham, Do No Harm, Law & Order, Rectify, Halt and Catch Fire and The Wire. He has worked on films and commercial projects (TV and Print) for companies such as: Project Almanac, Philomena, “11”, Eugene, A Modest Suggestion, Korea Gate, LifeSavers, Acura, Showtime, Coca Cola and AT&T! It’s no secret that auditioning is a source of stress for many actors. The audition itself takes so much skill and practice to master that many actors fail to put enough attention on how they prepare before their audition. As the saying goes - failing to prepare is preparing to fail. There are some very specific things that all actors must do to give themselves their best chance to impress the casting director and others involved in the project. Whether you’re a veteran actor or new to the craft, knowing how to properly prepare yourself before an audition allows you to confidently tackle any role they ask you to play. In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, Aaron Marcus will teach you his best-kept secrets for successfully preparing for an audition – having booked over 1,200 jobs he’s got this down to a science! In this webinar, you will learn step-by-step what you will want to do as soon as you get the email, text or phone call about the audition. You will learn what types of questions to ask, how to research to prepare for your read, memorization techniques, and more. You will leave this webinar fully prepared to prepare for any audition you face in a manner that will impress every casting director you meet!