Voice over Coaching Classes for the entertainment industry
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, our new Open Coaching Hours give you an opportunity to “drop in” for a private coaching lesson when you need it. Have a last minute audition? Hit a snag at a gig? Take advantage of Open Coaching Hours 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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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
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 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
View Our Voice Over 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.|
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.|
VOICE OVER FOR AUDIOBOOKS
|Break into the audiobook industry with specialized training for audiobook narration. Refine your storytelling skills.|
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.|
NURTURING AND CARING FOR YOUR VOICE
|This class is designed for all talent who want to perform at their optimum level. Tips and tricks on how to treat your voice and your body.|
VIDEO GAME ANIMATION WORKSHOP
|Learn the ins and outs of the video game and animation industry. Develop your own characters and add a whole new element to storytelling.|
|Work one-on-one with our voice coaches in our studios or over Skype. Intensive and customized instruction for any level.|
POWER MARKETING FOR VOICE OVER ACTORS
|Take this class if you’re getting your feet wet as a voice over talent, or if you’re a working voice actor looking for different strategies to boost the marketing of your voice.|
HOW TO SELF DIRECT YOUR VOICE OVER RECORDINGS
|Learn the techniques to record on your own and have confidence while doing it.|
CREATE YOUR DEMO
|Record and produce your voice demo under the supervision and direction of our coaches and engineers.|
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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.
Rachel Astarte is a professional voice-over artist with over twenty years of training and practice. Her informative and accessible voice has earned her the nickname, “Dr. Mom.” Over the years, Rachel has lent her voice to self-hypnosis audios for her transformational coaching clients at Healing Arts New York. Her voice can be heard on a multitude of commercial and corporate brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Cablevision, Alcon, Conair, Kellogg's, Zurich, and many more. She has worked with Michael George since 1999, during the early days of his production company. Rachel is thrilled to rejoin him as part of The Voice Shop team.
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.
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.
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 worked with ADP, Ex Vivo Dynamics, Ohel service organization, and has recorded broadcast PSAs. Jessica is a director member of The Actors Studio's playwright director's unit and teaches public speaking and theater in two different universities. Jessica is co-producing and acting in a comedic web series called "Soon By You". She is very excited to be a part of The Voice Shop team.
Allyson Johnson has been a professional voice actor for almost two decades. She got her start on camera at age 12, co-anchoring a weekly children’s TV news program in Chicago, for which she won an Emmy Award. Since then, Allyson’s voice has been heard on countless projects for brands such as Verizon, Dimetapp, Food Network, A&E, Elizabeth Arden, and American Express. Allyson has recorded over 200 audiobook titles in a broad range of genres, from Sci-fi, to Y.A. Fiction, to Memoir, to Romance. Allyson has received multiple AudioFile Magazine Earphones Awards, as well as being nominated for several Audie Awards.
Richard Sabean’s career didn't start off in the booth. He was an award winning creative director with some of the world's top ad agencies, hiring and directing VO talent. In the mid-90s Richard began directing television commercials, and voiced one of his own spots. Once in the booth, Richard found he never wanted to leave. Clients began asking for his voice on their spots. In 2008 Richard stepped behind the mic full time. He has amassed an impressive array of clients including Chevron, United Health Group, Marvin Windows and Doors, Gillette, Frito Lay, Honest Tea, Ronzoni, Optimum and Nicorette to name just a few.
Jean-Marc Berne is the president of Berne Media Enterprises - a bilingual, English-Spanish media consulting and production company. He has voiced hundreds of multimedia projects, including Pulitzer Prize and McArthur Genius Grant winner Junot Díaz’s audiobook “Negocios,” and Nobel Literature Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa’s “La Fiesta Del Chivo.” He is Author of the book “The Heart-Voice Connection: How To Infuse Your Message With Real Emotion.” Known as “The Voice Trainer,” Jean-Marc is an International Professional Speaker and Singer-Songwriter. He is the VO Coach of the Disney Channel animated series “The Octonauts."