VOICEOVER 101

Looking for a good introductory VOICEOVER ACTING CLASS in Seattle? Want to learn from an established voice acting professional? 

In this class, you’ll learn about the real world of voice acting, including how to have the best odds of making it in the business. Instructor: Rick May.  

  • Whether you’re interested in acting in games, animated cartoons, or commercials, or just doing some voice acting for fun, our classes are a good place to start.
  • From Rick’s bio: “In addition to his appearance in major motion pictures, TV shows and commercials, Rick has been featured in many popular video games.  In “Star Fox 64” he is the voice of Peppy Hare and Andross, in “Age of Empires II” he is the narrator and voice of Genghis Khan, and is The Soldier in the ongoing game series “Team Fortress II.”
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OCTOBER 2019 CLASS – SIGN UP BELOW:

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Class 32112-8-19 - Voiceover 101 -
Sundays, 10 am-12 pm.
10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3
Tuition: $150 + $10 reg. fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
Maximum:12. Enrolled so far: 4


SEPTEMBER 2019 CLASS – SIGN UP BELOW:

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Class #16329-5-31 Voiceover 101
Saturdays 10 am-12 pm. 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5
Tuition: $150 + $10 registration fee
Seattle: University of Washington campus
For adults and teens (most students are adults)
Max. enrollment: 15. Enrolled so far: 5


In this class, you’ll learn:

  1. the ABCs of voice acting, step by step,
  2. how to train your voice with articulation exercises before  moving on to character work.
  3. how to sound like an announcer when you want to
  4. how NOT to sound like an announcer when you don’t want to (but still have a relaxed professional voice)
  5. how to present as either a “regular person” or a commercial announcer
  6. how to project your enthusiasm
  7. how to communicate emotions
  8. how to do narration for documentaries
  9. how to do voices for animated cartoons
  10. How to do voices for games, one of the hottest industries for actors
  11. how to find your own natural voice
  12. and finally, how to create a range of fun and interesting characters.

See also: Accents and Dialects for Actors and Others! (It goes great with this class!)


About our Voiceover Acting classes

There’s acting in person, on stage or in front of the camera – and then there’s voice acting.  Voice acting is the art of doing voice-over work on a wide range of features such as TV shows and feature films, animated shorts, commercials, radio plays, documentaries, video games and more.

In voice acting, the actor’s face never appears on screen, but he or she has the opportunity to create a character and make a connection with the audience using only vocals.  An actor might be twenty, forty, or sixty years old, but using your voice you can create a character of any age, nationality or species.

You can use your voice to create characters who are svelte and frumpy, attractive or repulsive, hopeless or sexy, young or old, funny or dramatic. Voice acting is fun, and a great way for actors to improve their general acting skills on and off the screen.   Most students in our voiceover classes are adults. Ages 14 and older can sign up.

STUDENT COMMENTS about our ACTING CLASSES

I’d like to thank you.   After taking your (Beginning Acting and Let’s Make a Movie) classes last year, I now have had two acting gigs.   One in a movie called Sideways Japan… it was a Fox production…  and I was in a commercial in Hollywood, that was a Time Warner production.   The reel we made (in the Let’s Make a Movie class) was very useful helping me perform in front of camera and the fact (that I was) comfortable in front of camera got me the gigs.

Tell  everyone to not give up and give it your all if you want to make it.   It was a slow start, but now I’m living in L.A. and loving it. Thanks again, your classes are good. – K. S.  (Hollywood)


Hello Nils, I played Weasel and The Executioner in your movie Liberation… I also took the Let’s Make a Movie class with you few years ago. I hope you are doing great and finding time to make movies.

I just wanted to thank you for having me in your movies and teaching me! I am now a full time actor in LA. Thank you and have a great 2017 full of creative films!

– Deja Soufka Actor/Director
http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/dejasoufka


…I wanted to say thank you for your help and guidance in the early stages of my acting career. It has been a great journey that started in your beginning acting class. I am happy to report that I just met a very awesome goal. I will be a day actor in the TV series Grimm this week. It was your coaching that set and codified the foundation that helped get me where I am today. Thank you so much for your help.   

If you would like to, please feel free to share my story with your other students and on the website. Best wishes and with my sincerest gratitude, Joey Coverson


After just 2 classes with Nils, I auditioned for an independent film against actors with many years experience and I got the part. Nils teaches confidence and he freely shares his knowledge of the acting. – Robert C., Actor (Hollywood)


I really think you are a great instructor, and you seem to have a genuine interest in and enjoy helping people develop their skills. And it was fun! – Pritam (Seattle)

Hey Nils, thanks for the class  –  had a really good time this quarter.   I really came at the class from the direction of directing.   I had successfully directed two plays back in Britain, but I always felt that I was on shaky ground when I tried to give advice to actors that went beyond “okay, say it louder this time.”   There’s nothing that makes you feel a fraud quicker  than standing up in front of lots of people who look to you for advice and not having any to give.

The class definitely helped…  I really enjoyed the improv element of the class. It always felt like just one step away from playing a childish game, which I always enjoy.    It was also great to have a chance to work on a monologue with you, especially in front of a small, friendly audience. Your advice on the ‘business’ side of acting was also very useful.  – Cheers, Mark (Seattle and London)


A week after your class (I) went to my very first audition!   Talk about absolute terror.   I did the same monologue I did in class, and guess what?   I got offered not only one role, but two roles from two different directors,  from that one petrified , shaking monologue, on my very first audition!  I was shocked…I couldn’t have done it without your great class.  Thanks! –  Randy T.   (Seattle)

Hi Nils,   I just wanted to thank you for a great class last night! Clearly, people were a little nervous about getting up to perform their monologues, but you have fostered a very supportive environment which makes it much easier to get up there.   I think you did an excellent job at figuring out how to help each individual to take the next step with their piece,  despite a wide range of skill levels.   I’m looking forward to next week!  –  Marnie M.  (Kirkland)

Hi Nils,  I want to thank you for inspiring me to follow me dreams. I left Washington. I am down in California.   I have started a television production company and I auditioned for a Harley Davidson Commercial yesterday as an actor.  Everything is moving at light speed…and in a positive direction. It all started with you in that classroom at the U of W.  – Robert C.,   Hollywood