Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Voicing acting course coming to LSUS

An instructor from Voice Coaches, a national training company, will offer a one-night class on voice acting at LSUS on April 24. The two-and-a-half hour “Getting Paid to Talk” course will offer registrants an introduction to the field.

Mike Massa, a professional voice actor who has worked with CBS and MTV, will lead the course and also discuss strategies for landing work.

David Bourgeois (pictured), president of Voice Coaches, said the field of voice acting is much more diverse than perceived. More than simply voicing commercials, he says talent can find work in cable television, Web site media content, educational training videos, audio books, and even electronic gaming.

Actors need not have the stereotypical radio voice, either. Sincerity and believability are key factors in success.

“People respond to people who they feel they can trust and are like themselves,” Bourgeois said.

Before the class ends, participants will also record a mock commercial under Massa’s direction.

The course begins at 6:30 p.m. Registration costs $95 through Thursday (April 10) and $99 thereafter. To register or for more information, call LSUS continuing education at (318) 798-4177.

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