Create a successful and profitable VO career with VO2GoGo’s monthly award-winning live VO intensives, in Burbank, West Hollywood, Miami, Nashville and via live online webcast (open to anyone in the world), teach you everything you need to know to become a professional VO talent. From performing in all categories of voice work, expertise in all aspects of managing your VO career and proficiency in the tech tools you need to succeed as a pro in today’s marketplace.
May, 2016 classes, schedules and locations:
(Dates are subject to change – bookmark this page for the most up-to-date information.)
Go from zero to hero with the full VO2GoGo curriculum.
Every year, the VO2GoGo curriculum begins anew, and is presented in a “zero-to-hero” fashion. You get the prerequisites at the beginning of the year, VO skill-building and voiceover career management training throughout, building on previous classes and the most advanced work toward the end of the year. (Don’t worry if you miss anything – you can jump into classes at any time, and pick up the classes you missed when they are offered again.)
Both the live VO2GoGo classes, the online eClasses and the video vClasses follow the same progression:
Mastering Home VO Gear
It used to be that going to your VO agent’s office or to a studio somewhere in the city to audition for a VO job was an almost daily event. Not anymore: to be a successful VO artist, you must have excellent home and portable VO equipment. The good news? It can cost you less than $200 to get all you need.
The skills you’ll get:
– types of studio equipment, and what you really need to succeed
– why you don’t always need to soundproof a room
– the trick for making your hotel room absolutely quiet
– the amazing audition app you might already be carrying in your pocket
– and more
Microphones are the first physical tool you encounter when doing voiceover work, and they are essential to your success. Learning how to select, use and master different types of microphones you’ll use will smooth your career path in your own studio, or someone else’s. Find out what mics to covet, what mics to avoid, and how to master your chosen weapon.
Audacity, the free, open-source audio recording, editing and mastering software, has become the standard go-to software package for auditions and production work. Its light weight, its ease of use, and certainly, its price has VO artists flocking to use it. Learn how to make the most of Audacity’s features and benefits, and how to save time while doing better auditions.
In this first of two classes on the most common category of work, commercial copy occupies a special place in the rainbow of work you will encounter in your voiceover career. Especially here in the US, where broadcast television and radio is almost entirely advertiser supported, honing your performance skills in commercial copy is paramount.
In this second of two classes on the most common category of work, commercial copy occupies a special place in the rainbow of work you will encounter in your voiceover career. Especially here in the US, where broadcast television and radio is almost entirely advertiser supported, honing your performance skills in commercial copy is paramount.
The days of traveling to cattle calls for VO auditions are few and far between, leaving us all at home, by ourselves, to submit auditions and perform work in isolation and solitude. Learn the essentials of self-direction, the newest and most important skill the VO actor needs in the digital age.
(First of two complete classes.) Audible, the world’s most recognizable audiobook sales site, wants to find the next generation of audiobook VO performers to voice the next generation of digital audiobooks. Find out how to get on their radar and capture your share of the audiobook market, beginning with creating an attractive profile.
(Second of two complete classes.) Audible, the world’s most recognizable audiobook sales site, wants to find the next generation of audiobook VO performers to voice the next generation of digital audiobooks. Find out how to get on their radar and capture your share of the audiobook market, concluding with how to audition, work and get paid.
From how the audiobook industry works, to the skills necessary to audition for and perform paid audiobook voiceover work, this class gives the student an unvarnished look at the strategies and tactics it takes to succeed in voicing fiction audiobooks, as well as practical work voicing samples of fiction audiobooks.
Performing well when narrating audiobooks is only one of the challenges to being a successful VO artist in that category. Using a fast and accurate method to record, edit and master that work for Audible’s ACX.com is an equally important and necessary skill set to have, freeing you to fully take advantage of this amazing site’s opportunities. In this first of two parts, we look specifically at prepping your recording session, and recording with high quality, and ease of editing.
Performing well when narrating audiobooks is only one of the challenges to being a successful VO artist in that category. Using a fast and accurate method to record, edit and master that work for Audible’s ACX.com is an equally important and necessary skill set to have, freeing you to fully take advantage of this amazing site’s opportunities. This second of 2 parts will show you how to edit and master the recordings you made in Part 1.
Fiction audiobooks may rule the available shelf space on Audible, Amazon and iTunes, but it’s far from the only category in which VO talent can thrive. From do-it-yourself books, self-help guides, and manuals to textbooks, history tomes and more, this category is filled with opportunity for the digital VO performer, as well as the traditional voiceover talent.
You don’t get days or even hours to work with VO scripts – you’re expected to turn around auditions, and head into the studio to perform, almost instantly. In this class, we’ll look at how to instantly size up a script, make character choices, and balance speed with excellence.
Like commercials, narration and IVR, the category of news and information products have a certain style and performance technique unique to the category. Traditional radio and television outlets have been joined by podcasts, satellite, cable, email blasts and other new connections, giving you an even greater opportunity to audition and land these lucrative jobs.
There are over 10 billion phones in the world – one and one-half for every man, woman and child on the planet. 70% are business phones, and all phones have some sort of voice mail or outbound messaging associated with them. Learn how, in the most profitable category of voicework in many portfolios, and the most plentiful of work categories, you’ll find a largely hidden market of work.
You certainly need to have terrific voicing skills to be a successful VO talent. But to compete effectively in today’s entrepreneurial marketplace, you also need to have well-honed customer relationship skills. This class teaches you the procedures you’ll need to handle VO projects, assets, revisions, billing and the care and feeding of your precious client base.
Elegantly handling documentary narration is part and parcel of the professional VO artist’s set of tools. From work on channels like Nat GEO, The History Channel and Style, to the networks like the BBC and FOX, to movie theater releases that cover the gamut from nature to historical biography, this category of voicework is rewarding, challenging, and ultimately, profitable.
This class will bring out the Betty Rubble and Maximus Prime in you. One of the most difficult categories of VO to crack, learn world-class techniques for voicing videogames, animation and anime production online and broadcast on TV and cable.
In this first of two classes on how to join, profile yourself, gain auditions and book work on Voice123.com, we look at the construction of Voice123, what it is and how it works, how to join as a member, how to fill out a formidable profile (even if you’re just getting started) and how to populate your demo portfolio.
In this second of two classes on how to join, profile yourself, gain auditions and book work on Voice123.com, we look what to do with audition notices, taking advantage of premium membership, working with voiceseekers, how to maximize your chances of getting the right audition for you and what to do when you book work.
The changing landscape of voiceover work has been affected deeply by the advent of the Internet. This class illustrates and explains that, not only has the Net changed how we market ourselves and acquire auditions and work, it has also spawned new types of voiceover product with performance requirements unique to the digital world.
Separate and apart from traditional documentary narration, there are several major categories of content-specific narration work that centers around large bodies of information: scientific, technical, legal, medical and so on. If your personal knowledge extends to any of these spaces, you’ll find yourself with yet another way to make a living as a VO performer.
Become agile with the markets you reach, tradition and brand spanking new. Who would have thought that IVR, or apps, or digital talking outdoor signage, or e-books would all be vibrant markets in which to sell your VO skills? Or that any one of those might end up being the largest category of income for many VO artists? Learn how in this vital class.
Hire your inner voice…and entrepeneur. Why wait for someone else to hire you? You’ve got a voice, and you’re already in charge of You, Inc, so put yourself to work, and collect all the profits. Create your own content, piggy back on events in the news, big movie releases and wake up every morning with money in the bank – from people buying your audio products.
In a world…where one VO talent…will survive and thrive. Movie trailers, TV promos, sizzle reels, web previews and other spotlight products can be found promoting every category of performance. And it’s not just the exclusive bastion of men any longer. Get both theoretical and practical work in the world of promos and trailers.
The business to business and training market is calling you. Training videos, website how-to’s, software installation, management and industrial process training are but a few of the products in this category, and the marketplace for these types of VO work span both union, non-union, domestic and international boundaries.
Lean on the storytelling skills you already possess to make your VO better. Reject the myths and embrace the truths about different performance modes, and learn how to take advantage of practical and technical nuance when acting, on mic or on camera. Discover, enhance and rely on the mutual muscles we all use as actors, no matter how we choose to display our talent.
In this first of two classes on how to create the perfect demo, we look at the strategies – the planning you need – to create the perfect demo for your brand. Commercial demos, IVR demos, narration demos and others are each a calling card that will introduce the buyers of your voice work to your instrument. Your demo process should begin with that very careful planning.
In this second half of our in-depth work on demos, we look at the tactics – the actual process with which your demo should be produced. Your demo should created with artful, world class production and distribution to the voice buying community.
Voicebank.net is the mothership of all well-paying VO jobs. Unlike other casting sites, you can’t just join Voicebank, you have to be invited – and this class will help you get an invitation. Learn how Voicebank was created, how the casting and production community use Voicebank to find talent for projects, how agents use Voicebank and how you can start to play with the pros.
If Voicebank is the mothership of all well-paying VO jobs, then Voiceregistry is the bridge to Voicebank for unrepresented VO talent. Learn how to use Voiceregistry to help build your profile in the VO community, get better at performance, and maximize your chances to meet the gatekeepers of the VO world – all with an eye towards eventually gaining access to Voicebank.
Legally and ethically turn non-union work into union work. In one of the most requested classes ever held, you will be walked through the process of becoming a producer, as well as voice talent, for the purposes of taking non-union work and covering it under your very own union production agreement.
Following the adage of “ready, shoot, aim” in adjusting and perfecting your approach to your career, this first of two classes leads you through an inventory of what equipment and software you have and how it’s tuned, your demo portfolio and how it’s deployed and how your performances have been, and can be even better.
Following the adage of “ready, shoot, aim” in adjusting and perfecting your approach to your career, this second of two classes leads you through an inventory of what areas to market your specific VO brand to, a scan of your current client base and how they can lead to more work and what promotion paths can lead to more work ahead.
One of the most sought after classes in the VO2GoGo curriculum, this class takes you through the process of finding an agency at the right point in your VO career development to represent you, what materials you need for that process, the best ways to approach agents, and what to do when you land that perfect representation.
Learn live and in person
Every month, there are five days of live classes that you can choose from, all featuring the same courses on each day. Just choose the one that’s most convenient for you to attend.
So, no matter which live class you come to, you’ll get the same great VO2GoGo curriculum.
You can come to class in the same city every month, you can choose a different city one month if you happen to be there instead of your usual class location, and as a Pro, you get first choice of seats: Participant (where you work on mic) and Auditor (where you don’t, but you get to watch the Participants work and be directed).
Learn where you live.
If you’re not in LA, Nashville or Miami, you can still learn the exact same VO skills and management techniques by enrolling in our live webinar-based online classes, which follow the exact same course as our live classes, via webinar software that lets you work from your recording space, and allows you to apply what you learn instantly on your own equipment.
Learn on video.
And, if you’re not in LA, Nashville or Miami, and you can’t take the time for the live webinar class, you can still learn the exact same VO skills and management techniques by enrolling in our online classes, or by streaming any of our VO skill-building videos.
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Get location, cost and other information on the classes here, and here’s how to reserve your seat. Other workshops and appearances need to be booked via the organization sponsoring the event, and those details are on each event page.
If you are a VO2GoGo Pro, Pro Emeritus or ProPlus member, reserve your seat above for any of these class days as a performing Participant or an observing Auditor on a first-come, first-served basis at no cost.