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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A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar.
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A: If you attend a live online webinar, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the webinar. If you cannot attend a live webinar and purchase an On-Demand webinar, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.
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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 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.
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 Nick Hoffa, Actor (recently Scandal, Justified, Castle), Performance Coach, and Host of Eyeline, a podcast that gets up in the brains of Hollywood actors. You can’t perform to your potential if you are in the dark about your skills. Every other art form values breaking down that artistic skill into its component parts. For some reason, acting resists this, relying instead on vague language like, were you in the moment? Or were you in your head? In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, your host Nick Hoffa will guide you through a questionnaire on the most common acting issues. After taking the questionnaire, you’ll have a concrete list of your strengths and weaknesses. Armed with this info, you will be able to audition better, perform how you want on set, take the right kinds of classes and spend time fixing past stubborn mistakes. Take control of your career and stop waiting for others to tell you how it went! You Will Leave This Webinar Knowing: Your acting strengths and weaknesses. How to let go of bad auditions or performances. What kinds of classes to focus on next. How to apply the questionnaire to every performance you do. When he’s not acting on TV, your host Nick Hoffa spends his time talking with working actors about their struggles and triumphs. He runs Wheelhouse Acting, a Los Angeles workshop for seasoned Hollywood actors and also hosts Eyeline, a podcast featuring conversations with Emmy and Oscar nominated folks as well as workhorses all over your TV. From these conversations, Nick has learned there is no one right way to do this, that success comes when you are honest with yourself about what works and what doesn't, and he is here exclusively with Stage 32 to share that knowledge with you.
"I found the content, insight and knowledge from this webinar to be absolutely fascinating." - Ebs A. "Great intro to this particular type of VO work." - J. Nissel "Many thanks to Stage 32 for getting talented working professionals like this to give us insights to their professions." - Shaun S. In 2015 audio outpaced print media for the first time in publishing history. Many actors have taken note of this fast-growing sector of the voice industry and found ways to incorporate it into their artistic landscape. Whether you’re totally new to the industry or a seasoned actor looking to branch out into other avenues of the business, this webinar can give you the tools and information to start or continue that journey down this new path. Learn the artistic, technical and business skills necessary to get started in audiobook narration today.
In this exclusive Stage 32 Next Level Webinar you will learn from 14-year talent manager, Joe Lorenzo the best strategies to obtain representation as an actor, whether you are in New York, LA or outside of a major market. He will cover how to market yourself to a talent manager, inquire about a meeting with a talent manager, and how to make your materials and subsequent pitch to a talent manager attractive to better your chances of a response and meeting. Joe will even give a breakdown of what a talent manager does so you'll know what to expect from the relationship and he'll let you know at what point you need to pursue getting one. Learn from this experienced manager with clients currently working on a variety of networks including ABC, FOX, CBS, Showtime and more, streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon and a variety of independent films. Some of Joe's current roster of clients include Frances Turner - “Time After Time” for ABC Television. Christina Offley will start filming opposite Academy Award Nominee Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) in the upcoming motion picture “Lady Bird” Ajiona Alexus will play the young Cookie in FOX’s “Empire”. Joel Steingold starts filming an upcoming episode of the popular Showtime Series “Shameless”. Ryan Ahern returns to season 3 of “Bosch” on Amazon. Emily Nelson returns to season 2 of CBS’s hit drama “Codeblack” as Nurse Hannah! Todd Maurer has booked “The Deleted” a new web series from writer/ director Bret Easton Ellis (“The Canyons” and “American Psycho”) Ajiona Alexus has booked a major recurring role in “13 Reasons Why” from Paramount TV, Executive Producer Selena Gomez, and Director Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”) for Netflix!
Learn directly from Jon Sperry, one of the most experienced dialect coaches in America who has coached such actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Russell Crowe, Matt Dillon and Harvey Keitel! In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will take your acting to the next level by learning how to accurately speak with American and British accents. You will also learn the common regional variations, so you can have a well-rounded comprehension of the accent and play any role that requires an accent from either country. Utilizing exceptional instruction from a world renowned Acting and Voice coach, this webinar will help you begin to learn to speak like a native British or American citizen, no matter your natural accent or dialect! You will leave the webinar knowing: How to reduce or eliminate your natural accent or dialect. How to hear the difference between characteristic American and British sounds. What regional accent differences exist and how to mimic them. How to decipher a person’s origin by their accent and how to apply that to your acting. An introduction to speaking like a native of both countries. You will also have recorded exercises to help you practice on your own time! Your host Jon Sperry is one of the top dialect and voice coaches in America. Jon has trained and/or coached many hundreds of actors of all levels, including such actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Gael Garcia Bernal, Julie Delpy, Liam Neeson, Juliette Lewis, Famke Janssen, Matt Dillon, Minnie Driver, Russell Crowe, Sophia Loren, Debbie Reynolds, Giancarlo Giannini, John Turturro, Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Thomas Kretschmann, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has enjoyed a long collaboration with Harvey Keitel on 15 films, including The Piano, Bugsy, Reservoir Dogs, The Bad Lieutenant, and Thelma and Louise. He has coached films made by Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, Theo Angelopoulos, Barry Levinson, Andy Davis, Robert Rodriguez, Roland Joffé and Quentin Tarantino, to name a few. Jon is an expert in his field and he is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help you with your accent training!