Back to School

Well, in a manner of speaking. I’ve started taking a class called “Intro to Voice Over” in Seattle. It’s taught by Scott Burns, a local radio and voiceover talent. He and I met a while back and I ruminated over possible directions to take.

In  the end I decided to go with the class and once that is completed will probably work with Scott on putting together a demo reel and also see about followup classes.

The class is a weekly thing and I’ve only attended one, but it was very interesting. I thought I’d have a hard time learning a craft like voiceover in a group setting- I mean, how much can you learn from watching someone else at the mic, while waiting your turn?

Turns out, a huge amount. Just watching people and listening to their sessions gave me some real insight, which I didn’t expect. My time behind the mic was also fun. As an aside, I’d never spoken into a five thousand dollar microphone. It sounds every bit as good as you might think.

I need to ask if I can bring my own headphones next time- “cans” in the jargon. The ones they had were kind of uncomfortable for me.

The group is 8 people, a mix of men and women and various ages/backgrounds. Some highly talented people in that crowd, too. I found myself thinking competively, which isn’t the purpose of the class, but I think is healthy in the larger context- consider that voiceover is a competitive field and feeling like the efforts of others will spur me to better my performance can’t help but be good.

4 Responses to “Back to School”

  1. Aimee Says:

    That is fantastic, Corey! I have no doubt this class is going to give you the extra edge you need to continue towards your goal.

  2. Cyclometh Says:

    Thanks, Aimee!

  3. Roxanna Groves Says:

    Isn’t it fun taking an amazing class that moves you forward in what you really want to do? My parallel is the metalsmithing I’m in the middle of. Go Corey!

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