Voice over Coaching Classes
Let The Voice Shop At CMD prepare you for a lucrative career in Voice Over, a rapidly growing 15 Billion Dollar industry. The Voice Shop is CMD’s voice over coaching and education initiative. Our mission at The Voice Shop is to establish and develop the skills necessary for you to succeed as a voice over professional.
CMD is a premiere casting, recording and mixing studio whose high profile, high volume commercial needs require hundreds of voice over artists every year. Our clients include UNICEF, Mastercard, Mercedes Benz, Calvin Klein, NBC, ESPN, Telemundo, Sony, and more. We are always looking for talented VO artists who meet both client needs and our high standards of VO excellence.
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, we offer a wide range of voice over classes, workshops and private lessons taught by esteemed industry veterans. The Voice Shop gives students both the skills and industry-savvy knowledge of VO to take to CMDs clients and elsewhere in the industry.
In addition, we also offer Free Consultations to give you an in depth look at our class offerings and to help you determine which class is the best fit for you. Give us a call or send an email to set up time to meet with Jessica, our Director of Education. You'll get a tour of our studio, a personal assessment, and a chance to ask any questions you may have free of charge. Take advantage of our Free Consultations to get the support you need, at the exact moment that you need it.
You can join us here at our state-of-the-art New York City recording facility or utilize our online webinar options to learn anywhere. Shift your voice into high gear at The Voice Shop today.
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STUDENT SUCCESS STORIES
Our students have gone on to very exciting voice over careers. CMD has hired many students from our classes who have become regular working voice actors for CMD projects. You can hear our students’ voices on commercials for:
"I have taken several classes at The Voice Shop and highly recommend that anyone interested in the voiceover world or even those who are simply looking for a refresher course, try the classes. Michael George is an incredible coach. His knowledge, experience and passion for the voiceover business is unmatched. He has the incredible ability to steer you in the right direction and help you find the voice that is unique to you. He is inspiring, motivating and I left his class with a new found confidence and the motivation and roadmap that I didn't have before. If you are considering getting into voiceover work or have worked in voiceovers and are looking for classes that will help you build on the skills that you already have, the voice shop is the place for you!"
• Dana P - professional VO artist
"Any working VO artist knows that learning never stops, and taking Michael George's class at The Voice Shop was just that and more. A true gift! Michael imparted his wealth of knowledge onto us and I gleaned things from his class that I used in my very next audition. Michael critiques your reads thoughtfully and his personalized feedback in the moment helps you deliver a more compelling read. Michael was a stranger to me, he did not know my work, my strengths or my resume, and his genuine interest in myself and each of my classmates is what sets him apart from other coaches and instructors. If you want to grow as a VO actor and feel more confident in your approach, get yourself to The Voice Shop!"
• Diahanna D - professional VO artist
"Michael George provided me with my very first introduction to the art of mastering voiceovers. We worked on commercial and promo technique, and nailing auditions in the VO booth. Mike gave me the tools to quickly and easily interpret VO copy in any situation. His expertise, enthusiasm, encouragement, and warmth helped tremendously in the process. I am forever grateful to Mike, who gave me my start in this career, and am currently a happily thriving, working voiceover artist."
• Allegra C - professional VO artist
"Coach Allyson Johnson was amazing, working with me one-on-one to achieve more in an hour than I thought possible. She encouraged me to push hard to improve my technique and made the whole experience fun and challenging."
• Margaret L - VO student
"As an Actress/Voice-Over Talent new to NYC 15 years ago, I was searching for any ‘rope to hold onto’. Michael George is one of the most professional, dedicated, and supportive people in the industry. Not only does this make him a great casting director, but also an awesome teacher! I’m very happy to know him and work with him to this day."
• Carolyn H - entrepreneur/small business owner, VO talent
"I would not be the voiceover artist I am today without Michael George's coaching skills."
• Judd H - professional VO artist
Our Voice Classes and Workshops Offer Multiple Levels of Coaching
Check out our Fall/Winter Class Schedule Here!
FUNDAMENTALS OF VOICE OVER
|Take FUNDAMENTALS OF VOICE OVER if you’re just starting out as a voice over artist or want to expand your knowledge of the basics.|
|Take INTERMEDIATE ESSENTIALS to continue your training and implement the techniques learned in Fundamentals Class. There will be extended time in the booth.|
|Take ADVANCED TECHNIQUES to master what you learned in the Fundamentals and Intermediate Classes. Seasoned actors can enroll for intensive learning.|
COMMERCIAL AUDITION TECHNIQUES
|Take this class to hone your audition skills, learn to direct yourself, and evolve with the trends in the industry.|
INTRO TO PODCASTING
|Interested in the world of podcasting? Take this class to learn about the industry, develop the technical skills needed, and develop the know-how to market your show.|
NARRATION FOR AUDIOBOOKS
|Break into the audiobook industry with specialized training for audiobook narration. Learn how to keep your audience captivated.|
ANIMATION VOICE OVER WORKSHOP
|We’ll cover the different areas of animation - including television shows, feature films, web series, video games and e-learning videos.|
VOICE OVER FOR TEENS
|This class is especially designed for teenagers looking to learn more about voice overs, create characters, and discover the secrets of their favorite animated shows.|
INTRO TO SPANISH VOICE OVERS
|Take “Intro to Spanish Voice Overs” if you’re just starting out as a Spanish voice over talent or want to expand your knowledge of the basics.|
SO, YOU WANT TO BE AN INFLUENCER?
|We'll discuss what it takes to be an influencer. Get an intro to social media platforms, gain the skills to develop a following, and learn what it means to have true influence online.|
SUBTLE SELF PROMOTION...IN SOCKSA FREE webinar with Kelley Buttrick
|As voiceover talents we ARE our brands, so slide on your favorite socks, relax and let's talk about ways to promote yourself without stepping too far out of your comfort zone.|
|Work one-on-one with our voice coaches in our studios or over Skype. Intensive and customized instruction for any level.|
CREATE YOUR DEMO
|Record and produce your voice demo under the supervision and direction of our coaches and engineers.|
Not sure which class is the best fit for you? Come in and meet with Jessica Schechter our Director of Education. You'll get a tour of our studio, a personal assessment, and a chance to ask any questions you may have free of charge. Call us, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
48 hours notice before any class is required to cancel or reschedule without incurring a fee.
No refund will be given if you cancel within 48 hours of a class or do not show up.
50% refund will be given if you reschedule within 48 hours of a class.
We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than the minimum number of students enroll.
The Voice Shop Coaches
Michael George has literally “done it all” when it comes to voice over. Having founded CMD in 1998, he has been an engineer, mixer, producer, director, casting professional, voice actor and of course a teacher. Michael's unique background allows him to approach the craft of voice acting with a more holistic sensibility. He believes the most important role of a voice over teacher is to help actors find their most authentic voice. Michael's voice has been heard all over the world - his credits include Evian, Kia, Hilton, Dannon, Coca Cola, Disney, Motorola, The NBA, KRAFT and Citibank.
Pete Rohan Is an audio engineer, audiobook producer/director and owner of Rohan Audio, an independent studio in NYC. He produces high quality audiobooks, provides consultations for home studio design, and develops and teaches workshops on home studio production. Pete is proud to have produced several audiobooks that have received or have been nominated for Audie and AudioFile Earphone Awards, including In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors; and Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America's Corporate Age.
Steve Tardio is a SAG-AFTRA professional voiceover artist with over 10 years of training and experience. Steve’s unique sound brought him into the world of voicing animated characters for animated shows/features, commercials, promos, audiobooks and video games. Steve’s credits include Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, Harper-Audio, Fisher-Price Toys, Dannon Yogurt, Pepsi, Ford Motor Company, NBC-TV, Food Network, NBA-TV and Vevo.com. Steve feels improv is an important tool to have in your “voiceover actor belt”, especially in the world of animation, so Steve has been studying, coaching and performing long form and musical improv on various teams in NYC; with training from the Second City-Chicago, the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Peoples Improv Theater, Chicago City Limits and the Magnet Theater. Steve is also a musician and has played “Paul” in Beatles tribute bands!
Jayme Mattler has spent years working in voiceover as an engineer, director, producer, and voice talent. She has recorded over 700 audiobooks as an engineer/director and over 50 as a narrator. Her work in the industry led her to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation where she was one of the founding engineers at the EIF Voiceover Lab, coaching and directing actors on the art of voiceover. Over the years she has worked on audiobooks for Audible, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Simon and Schuster, Recorded Books, Harper Collins, and ACX. She has recorded two Grammy nominated projects, as well as many Audies award-winning and nominated books. At present, she is the NYC Producer/Director for Blackstone Publishing.
Ernesto De Villa is a Mexican actor based in New York City. He began his career in 1980, completed his professional studies at the "National School of Dramatic Arts" at National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City, has worked as an actor, director, producer and acting coach and Voice Over coach in New York city. He directs his own theater company, 88 Performing Arts Theatrical Company, with which he has made several theatrical productions, and some video productions. In addition, he teaches acting and voice over at 88 Acting Studio. Since 2005 he is member of the Spanish Repertory Company. At this present time is working as Associate Artistic Director at Teatro LATEA. In the Voice Over field he is casting director for Sticky Audio Labs, and coach of several professional VO actors.
Michael Pomposello has been executing successful influencer marketing campaigns for small brands and the Fortune 500 for the past 5 years. He has seen it all and is eager to share his learnings to anyone who wants to get started as an influencer.
Jason Sasportas initially trained as an actor and screenwriter at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts before making the shift to the business side of entertainment. He landed his first agency job at The William Morris Agency as an assistant, working for several theatrical agents, before joining their commercial department as booth director. It was there that Jason fell in love with voice-over, able to draw upon his acting and writing experience to effectively direct talent, interpret copy and make informed creative choices. When Jason learned that Stewart Talent, a boutique agency in NY, was looking for an agent to start up their voice-over department, he jumped at the opportunity. He got the job, built the department from scratch and for over a decade now has been successfully developing and nurturing the careers of his clients. While commercials are his main focus, Jason covers all areas of voiceover, including audio books, promos, documentaries, industrials, animated series and video games.
Jessica Schechter is the Director of Education for The Voice Shop as well as a VO talent for CMD. She has an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre from NYU. She has voiced spots for McDonalds, ADP, Ex Vivo Dynamics, Ohel Service Organization, and has recorded many broadcast PSAs. Jessica is a director member of The Actors Studio's playwright director's unit and teaches theater and public speaking. Jessica is co-producing and acting in the comedic web series "Soon By You". She is very excited to be a part of The Voice Shop team.
Gudrun Buhler has more than 20 years of experience helping singers, actors and voice over artists develop the tools they need to deliver with ease and consistently perform at their highest level. She has been working with the fabulous CMD team for over 5 years as a voice over talent and as a language supervisor. Trained as an opera singer and actress, her greatest passion is the voice. Gudrun's performance in her one woman show Mozart's Women won best singer, best play and best original play at the 2017 New York Theatre Festival. Gudrun holds a Master's degree in vocal performance from Manhattan School of Music.
Gy Mirano is a New York voice-over artist and actress. Voice acting credits in English and Spanish include: Nikon, Avon, Ford, Folgers, Dove, Bellagio Hotel, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Cirque du Soleil, FEMA, Time Magazine, The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, RockStar Games, PBS, HBO, MoMA, Museum of Natural History, El Museo del Barrio, San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, and Library of Congress. Television and film acting credits include: Law & Order, Against the Law, Crime Story, Double Deception, Dora the Explorer, Les Petites Canailles, 3 Americas, and Rights on the Line. Ms. Mirano teaches voice-over technique, Spanish-language diction, and the business of the entertainment industry at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Her work as a performer together with her advocacy of Latin American arts in the U.S. was recently recognized with the Gabriela Mistral, Julia de Burgos, Frida Kahlo Award.
When Pamela Rothenberg first learned about podcasting in 2013, she said, “Who would listen to that?” Followed by, “Why? When?” and “What for?" She didn't see the value… until she pressed play almost a year later. Now, Pamela Rothenberg is the executive producer of “The James Altucher Show," which has been downloaded over 30 million times and features guests like Tony Robbins, Mark Cuban, Sara Blakely, Arianna Huffington and many more leaders of thought. In this course, Pamela will walk you through her experience as a podcast producer and some of the best practices she's picked up along the way.
Jay Wujun Yow has been wearing multiple hats since he started working in the audio industry, from Music engineer, to ADR and Podcast Engineer/ Producer. Jay’s background and experiences allow him to excel in podcast. Jay’s podcast credits includes, The James Altucher Show, RapRadar Podcast, In Real Life Podcast with Miss Info and Angie Martinez, Inside My DNA and more.
Carol Monda is a veteran actor of stage, TV and film, and a voiceover artist whose clients include Turner Classic Movies, McDonald’s, Discovery ID, The Guggenheim, NY Historical Society, HSBC, Red Cross, CitiCorp, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She is also an Audie-Award winning audiobook narrator of over 450 titles across many genres. She has designed and led classes in acting, voice and speech, scene study, audition techniques, text analysis, accent reduction, audiobook narration and a broad range of commercial and narrative voiceover. Carol has been an adjunct professor in both commercial voiceover and narration at NYU’s Digital Design and Film School and has taught Voice and Speech III at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts. Currently, she coaches, teaches classes and directs VO demos. Carol is a member of Actors’ Equity Assn and Sag-Aftra, where she serves on its National Audiobook Steering Committee.