Getting paid to talk
Have you ever been told that you have a nice voice? Would you like to make money just by talking?
Isothermal Community College and Voice Coaches Creative Voice Development Group are giving you the chance to explore this career opportunity during an evening class in February.
"Getting Paid to Talk, Making Money with Your Voice," will be offered at the college on Monday, Feb. 4 for anyone who is interested in any aspect of the voice over business.
"The class is designed as an upbeat, realistic introduction to the voice over field.
The class is appropriate for anybody who is even curious about the field. Whether it is somebody who has just always wondered how that stuff happens and gets done, or people who have actually thought about maybe they want to do something like this," said David Bourgeois, president and creative director of Voice Coaches. "The class is a lot of fun. We welcome anyone who is curious."
The instructor of the class will be John Gallogly, senior director of Voice Coaches
According to the company's website, Gallogly has been involved in acting, voice work and performance since he was featured in the "New York's Finest" ad campaign at age nine. He has trained and developed demos for aspiring voice actors from across the United States and Canada.
"Learning to do it is the trick. A lot of people have the misconception that success simply comes down to having a good voice and a voice over demo, but it is actually a skill," Bourgeois said. "The field is open to a much broader range of voices than it used to be. We used to only hire the announcer type of voices. Today we hire everyday voices, but there is still a need to understand the field and have some skill level."
Attendees of the class will learn everything from the basics of getting started, working in the studio, effective demo production methods and industry pros and cons.
"Any time you hear a recorded voice and you don't see the person connected to it, you are listening to a voice over. Commercials are part of the voice over field, but a lot of people don't realize that they are a very small part of it. The real opportunity is in narrative voice overs. Any type of voice over that is not a commercial is considered to be a narrative," Bourgeois said. "Examples of the narrative voice overs are audiobooks and video games. It is very interesting that while the economy has been sort of flat over the past few years, the voice over field has grown a great deal, so a lot of people are curios about it."
They will also talk about where to look for opportunities in and around their community and how to land the job.
"If you go back about 20 years ago, the voice over field was really anchored in very big markets like Los Angeles and New York. Today the growth and opportunity has been in smaller markets. We will help people understand where the work opportunities are," Bourgeois said.
At the end of the class, they will record their own demos.
"We will talk about what to include in a demo and what to avoid. We will also play some examples for people to hear. Then we will do a mock recording at the end of the class and give everyone a chance to try their hand at it," Bourgeois said.
Bourgeois says that the voice over business is great for people in the county.
"I think I class like this plays into a county like yours very well, today this field is no longer anchored in big cities. With the rough time we have had with the economy, one positive is that people are starting to look at avenues to take control of some component of their income. They are looking for something they can control. For some people voiceovers has become that," Bourgeois said. "We used to live in a world where we could work a good job and retire one day. More and more people are starting to take stock in personal traits that they might be able to exploit for their advantage."
His team is looking forward to sharing all of this information with the people of Rutherford County.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to talk about the field," Bourgeois said.
"As fun as it to work in the field, it is a lot more fun to share it with people and introduce them to it."
Registration at least a week in advance is required. The last day to register is Monday, Jan. 28. Enrollment is limited to 25. For more information or to register by the enrollment deadline, call 828-286-3636 ext. 346. Class fee is $29.