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'Getting Paid to Talk'

Voice coach to speak on speaking Jan. 24

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A special program presented by the Grove City Parks and Recreation Division is sure to get people talking.

The Grove City Parks and Recreation Division is working with Voice Coaches, a New York-based company that specializes in training and professional development in the voice acting industry, to present "Getting Paid to Talk," a one-night introduction to the field. Topics will include where to look for work, how technology has changed the field, what to be prepared for and more.

The program is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the multipurpose room of the E.L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave.

Cost is $22 for residents, $24 for others.

"It's a great class for anybody curious about the field," said David Bourgeois, president and creative director of Voice Coaches. "We'll definitely talk about the things you need to know if you want to go into this industry."

Among those topics will be just how the industry is defined. Most people, Bourgeois said, think of voiceover work as it pertains to commercials, and while commercials are a part of it, they are not the only part.

"Ninety percent of the opportunity in the field is narratives," Bourgeois said. "Our field is continuing to grow."

Narrative work encompasses a wide array of roles: audio books, training and education videos, video games, documentaries, audio tours of museum exhibits and more.

"There's a lot of recorded voice work," Bourgeois said.

This has all helped to open up the industry to more people. Bourgeois said when he was growing up, the voiceover field was limited to those deep, "announcer" voices."

"The field has become more open," he said. "Today, the voices are just like you and me."

The ever-changing nature of technology has also opened the field to more people, Bourgeois said. Voiceover artists can often times record in their homes instead of having to be in a big studio and record from across the country.

"Technology has really turned our field on its head," he said. "You can record network quality voiceover work in your bedroom."

Registration for the class is required by Thursday, Jan. 24, and can be done by calling 614-277-3050. Class size is limited to 25 people.

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