1. Do I have to have a specific voice type to get into voice-overs?
Not at all. The days of the booming radio announcer are pretty much over. Today's announcer is much more naturalistic in tone. As long as your voice is clear and without too much hint of any particular regional accent you should be fine. Don't get me wrong, accents are great if you can control them (especially for characters), but, as a general rule, people with more of a “pan-American” sound tend to book more announcer work. For those of us who work in voice-overs, announcer work is key. Announcer work leads to campaigns which lead to high and continuous residuals.

2. I don’t have a lot of experience…can I still have a voice-over career?
Everyone starts as a novice, but just like anything else, there are techniques to be learned and applied. These techniques are not magic and can be learned. I will teach you these.

3. Do I have to be an actor to get into voice-overs?
Not necessarily. Some of my friends who work an immense amount as voice talent have never been in front of a camera. It can help, but as far as I can see, it does not really matter.

4. How long is a training session?
Every session is two hours long.

5. How long is the entire course?
My One-on-One Voice-Over Workshop lasts between 4 - 6 weeks, one 2-hour session per week.

6. How long will it take me to have a demo ready to shop around?
Once we have finished the entire workshop, I will have between 25 and 35 recorded spots featuring you (much more than necessary for a demo, but I always prefer to have many great choices when it comes to crafting your demo). From there it usually takes me about a week to have it ready for you.

7. I’m already an experienced voice-over actor in need of a new reel, how can you help me?
If you are an experienced voice-over artist and are just looking to produce a new demo or update your existing one, we can skip the training portion and go straight to recording. I provide you with two recording sessions, totalling 4 hours and I include 2 hours post-production time for $500.00.

8. Can I have a demo in both English and Spanish?
Not recommended. Most companies use different ad agencies for their English and Spanish promotions. If you would like to work in both markets, you need to have a separate demo for each.

9. How important is the equipment used in the recording session?
As important as your voice. No less. Digital recording has revolutionized the way the recording world works. Virtually anybody can have a home studio. A great recording however, begins with great equipment. I am proud to say I use a NEUMANN U857 microphone, the Rolls-Royce of mics. I then warm it up with a UNIVERSAL AUDIO tube pre-amplifier. The same one that Sarah Vaughn and Frank Sinatra used throughout their careers. Finally, I run it through a DBX 1066 compressor, the standard in compression systems. All recordings are done with ProTools, the recording industry's leading choice in digital recording.

10. Will there be homework assigned?
Yes. As with anything else, the more you put in, the more you get out. Listen, I can direct your performance to perfection. Sadly, we aren't joined at the hip. I won't be there with you when you're in the booth doing your next job. My workshop, along with the homework assigned is designed to make you into your own director. There is far too much competition to wait to be directed at an audition. A DIRECTOR CAN ONLY DIRECT IF THERE IS ALREADY A CLEAR, INTERESTING DIRECTION.