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  • #38855
    Andrew Warner
    Edge Studio Staff

    A topic for discussing anything and everything regarding voice over for characters.

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  • #58257
    wilddoktor
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    I took the same class almost 2 years ago and got a very positive eval; if I had the money, I’d have signed up for the two-demo deal in a New York minute! I feel like Edge is a pretty professional outfit, and I’d trust them with my voice *and* my money (if I had any!).

    Ask about their Black Friday sale…I’m drooling over the great prices…

  • #58123
    rubasrosh47
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    Hey there. So a few months back I attended Edge Studio’s intro class, called “Investigate Voice Over” in Atlanta. It lasted around three hours, your coach gives you a broad view of voiceover and its different genres/categories, then finishes with a short recording session where you do a cold reading of a provided script. A few days later you receive your evaluation, which tells how “marketable” they found you to be, and which genres of voice over you may be best suited for. They also provide you a list of additional courses they offer, as well as their prices, should you choose to move forward with them.

    My evaluation was fairly positive, but of course I want to be wary of taking this at face value. While the whole experience felt very professional and gave me no bad vibes, they are of course a business, and the more money they get from me, the better.

    To cut to the chase, I was wondering if anyone else who took this class from Edge could tell me about their own experience/evaluation? I’d love to pursue coaching and an eventual demo with them, but I just want to be sure they don’t tell every student the same thing to encourage them to come back, you know? I’d rather not post the eval in its entirety here, but if someone is in the same boat as me, I’d be happy to share mine so we could compare.

    • #59439
      Amitofu
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      My experience has been so-far that they definitely believe most people have the potential to be great voice over artists, not because they are trying to fatten up their ego to sell more stuff to them, but rather most people (not all) with reasonable direction can become good at VO in some capacity. I feel confident that if they thought a person had no potential, they wouldn’t string them along. That being said the bar is pretty low in that most people with a range of normative speech and moderate amount of directability CAN become succesful VOs. It takes work ofc, and I trust their qualifications for teaching the skills needed to improve, but to answer your sentiment, yeah from what I can tell, there is a short checklist they mark about three things you’re good at (tone, taking direction, cadence, etc) and also mark three things that you can improve upon that also happen to be skills they teach (elimintating glotal stops, fluidity, confidence, etc). In short, I think they use the rubric they do in the evaluation so it’s less subjective; not because they want to sell you something (though I’m sure it’s a more than welcome coincidence for them). I know at one point they claimed to only greenlight 50% (I think) of the people who participated in the evaluations. From the interactions I’ve had with the staff, they do seem to passionately care for the students well being as well as respect the art itself.

      I signed up for doing two demos with them and the person I spoke to for managing my courses, when I told her I would like to do an animation demo, she (very politely) made sure I understood that it is a highly competitive genre. It was pretty clear she wanted me to set realistic expectations rather than trying to sell and build up salesman promises and I really respected that (and I’m keen wasn’t reverse psychology, haha). Course I kind of knew that from the start so it wasn’t news to me, but still.

      The person who did my evauation, Art Bruder, gave me solid pro-con critisism. I feel they were accurate and I don’t feel like he was trying to fill a form quota, but every candidate might be a little different. Who’s to say?

      tldr; Imho, I trust their intentions as honest. If they gave you the ‘green light’ it’s probably because they genuinely believe what they told you.

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