07.1.15

BTVA Nomination!

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Thank you to Behind The Voice Actors for the nomination for Best Female Vocal Performance in a Children’s Series as the role of ‘Muffy’ in Arthur.

The BTVA Awards recognize some amazing voice actors for their work in all the realms of Animation. It’s an honour to be among such talent and I’m delighted to be included in this fantastic event!

06.30.15

VPS Skype coaching!

Skype-logoIt’s about time I put away my telegraph machine, 8 track player and typewriter and step into the 21st Century.

Yes, that’s right folks, Voice Pro Studio is now offering coaching via Skype. It’s about time right?! So no matter where you live, VPS is only a few clicks away!

Also, coming soon, the wonderful world of Webinars.  You’ll never have to leave your house again!

For info about rates and packages, visit the coaching page.

06.18.15

Montreal 1-day Animation voice Workshop

Montreal Actors, I’m looking’ at you!

I’m SO pumped to be heading to my home town next month to teach an In-Studio ANIMATION VOICE WORKSHOP.

I hope to see you there!

1 DAY IN-STUDIO ANIMATION VOICE ACTING WORKSHOP 

Date: July 17th, 2015 – MONTREAL – REGISTER NOW!11425249_857829620931991_4756793145329415811_n

Time: 10am – 3pm

Class Size: 8 (SOLD OUT!)

Cost: $175 + GST

  • Combining Sound & Movement
  • How to create dynamic characters on the spot
  • Energy levels, voice placements, mic technique
  • Audition coaching
  • Participants will receive an audio file of their recorded work in class!

06.8.15

one badass “Studio in a Box”

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We are in a new era. People are making films on their phones, art on their tablets and taking billions of pro star selfies. When it comes to recording an audition or even an independent recording gig, you don’t necessarily need a full studio anymore. One of my very resourceful (and delightful) students, Trevor Alexander (featured above), recently created a “Studio in a Box” that he can carry around with him like a fancy rubber suitcase. I was flooded with requests about how he did it. Below are his inspiration vids:

Coffee Guy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTeUeRxAS7M

Other Ikea Box:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWgLCPaOAzo

Don’t get stuck in a box, make a Studio in a Box!  Oh yessss.

05.13.15

Stop selling and start booking

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One of the biggest mistakes actors make when approaching Commercial copy is to try and sell a product or service. The result is often an over enthusiastic, pushed and sometimes even kinda desperate sounding. A sell can be very impersonal, lacking human connection. Instead, envision who exactly/what audience you’re communicating with.I encourage you to think of someone in your life, someone who is close to the market of the product or service is aiming for.  Use personal actions such as to confess, to admit, to flirt or to warn (depending on the text’s content). Just having someone in mind will help ground your read and make those targeted listeners feel like you’re talking right to them.
For more practical and effective direction (wink wink), sign up for my upcoming Commercial Voice Workshop on June 14th. Don’t delay – space is limited!

05.13.15

More June Workshops!

I’m excited to announce that another workshop date has been added to the June calendar – woop woop! (June 14th registration is still open for Commercial).

I’ll be offering an IN STUDIO ANIMATION VOICE WORKSHOP on SUNDAY JUNE 7th.

April showers bring May flowers. May flowers bring June Workshops (totally rhymes).

1 DAY IN-STUDIO ANIMATION VOICE ACTING WORKSHOP 

Date: Sunday June 7th, 2015children_monsters_1c
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size: Max 8 Students
Cost: $200 + HST – REGISTER NOW!

 

  • Combining Sound & Movement
  • How to create dynamic characters on the spot
  • Energy levels, voice placements, mic technique
  • Audition Coaching

 

To register, please send an email with some essential info about yourself to melissa@voiceprostudio.ca

*Please note that all workshop payments are final

 

04.24.15

Commercial Voice Workshop

It’s STILL cold outside and spring hasn’t yet sprung. Boo.

The good news is that I’m offering a 1 day COMMERCIAL Voice Workshop on June 14th. Yay!

Don’t see the connection between the weather and a new workshop? Well, there isn’t one. Good job!

Below are all the deets. Wee!

1 DAY IN-STUDIO COMMERCIAL VOICE WORKSHOP  REGISTER NOW! 

Date: Sunday June 14th 2015FullSizeRender
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size: Only 8 Students
Cost: $200 + HST

  • Breaking down commercial copy
  • Exploring different types of spots
  • How to use pacing, projection, inflection and improvisation
  • Playing ‘roles’ vs. ‘characters’ to bring a genuine and real feel to your reads

To register, please send an email with some essential info about yourself to melissa@voiceprostudio.ca

*Please note that all workshop payments are final

04.21.15

“Who says girls can’t lift things?”

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When I was 16 years old, my older sister was moving to a new apartment and asked for my help with carrying boxes and furniture. My face immediately contorted at the request. “I CAN’T carry heavy things or  move awkward furniture pieces!”, I adamantly exclaimed/nor did I even want to try. After some big sister ‘encouragement’ (telling me I had no choice) I decided to give it a shot and help with what I could.  Flash forward a week later to me, carrying one side of a clunky desk over my head up a flight of stairs cheering, “WHO SAYS GIRLS CAN’T LIFT THINGS!?!”  Yup, not only could I do it but I liked it and felt strong. Those 7 words have stayed with me every since and serve as an excellent reminder that I can accomplish so much more than I think I can.

We all feel resistance and doubt, especially when it comes to being creative, writing, playing characters, performing, etc. Just last week I arrived at the recording studio and was told that I would need to belt out a song like a rockstar. GULP!  I hadn’t practiced, was not mentally prepared and was not feeling particularly rock-staresque that day. “There is no freakin’ way you can hit those high notes/nor do I even want to try” said the negative little voice in my head. Then I thought, wait a sec this is going to be a  “WHO SAYS GIRLS CAN’T LIFT THINGS!!” moment. And it sure was. I got up to the mic, let er rip and totally nailed it.

It feels SO good to surprise yourself and that only happens when you take risks and go beyond what you think you’re capable of.  So the next time that mean little voice of yours speaks up, just tell it to PIPE DOWN and keep pushing through. GIRLS CAN LIFT THINGS! (and boys, too).

03.18.15

 Know thy characters

What-He-WantsCasting directors and agents are always talking about the importance of versatility for voice actors. Ideally, you want to be able to play a 90 year old man, a French frog and a nerdy tween at the drop of a hat in order to increase the amount of roles you can audition for. Thing is not every actor has that range, especially when they are just starting out. And that’s okay. Instead of trying to be everything all of once, Hank Azaria style, try to identify what type of characters come to you easily, organically and truthfully. These are the voices that should lead in your demo, that should be the first thing your agent hears, and your other characters can build from this grounded core of truthful characterization. I often see actors go right for the wacky ones, but they have no depth and you can hear the strain. For some, wacky truthful voices come easy and more ‘natural’ voices are their challenge.

This business is all about knowing thyself, both thy strengths and thy weaknesses (I’m such a philosopher). We all strive to be more versatile but I’d encourage you to never sacrifice truth in order to show range.

03.13.15

March workshops: Sold out!

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REGISTRATION UPDATE:

Both upcoming VPS workshops (In-Studio Animation March 22nd & Agent Info on March 29th ) are  currently SOLD OUT.

Yes, the wait list is OPEN!