Training and workshops are an integral part of voice acting.
There is always so much value in attending workshops and training courses, even if you've been doing what you do for years and years, the industry is always evolving and there is always more to learn and inspiring people to learn from. I am still a relative new comer in the industry so for me its even more valuable.
This year I have added ADR to my skillset with a training day at the world famous Warner Brothers studios in London. ADR, which stands for Automatic Dialogue Replacement, is the hidden gem of movies and television. Without the work of ADR actors and producers not a single blockbuster would make it to the screens. For details about the course I attended hit this link: www.louiselmanassociates.com
I have also spent two full days at an Audiobook workshop with two of the industries finest narrators, who popped over form New York and Oklahoma! Sean Pratt and Johnny Heller are truly experts in their fields and not only do they coach, but they also continue to maintain a very busy narrating schedule. In partnership with The Voice Over Network we spent a day concentrating on Fiction with Johnny and a day of Non-Fiction with Sean. Fiction is my happy place so a day of Non-fiction was really beneficial for me.
What happens at an 'Audiobook Workshop?'...well its two days of actor training with the focus on how to make choices about characters, how to self direct, how to manage your workflow, how to bring nonfiction off the page and entertain and educate the listener. We listen, watch, learn and get up and act.
People in other industries may wonder why an actor keeps going to class, once you've tapped into that part of your creativity isn't that it? Well no, and it is always essential to keep training, learning and evolving. It's also a brilliant way to spend time with other members of your career tribe and do some bonding and sharing.
I was due to attend a two day workshop on Video Games with Dave Fennoy, but due to ill health (a total lack of voice), that is postponed till 2018 for me. But I can't wait to do that!!