Frequently Asked Questions

Where Should I Start?

I’m new to voice over.

We encourage everyone, regardless of acting background, to begin with our three-hour Introductory Course, generally offered the first weekend of every month.

Following the Intro Class, there is a three-hour beginner class for each of our Core Curriculum voice over tracks:

●      Commercial Confidence (Commercial Track)

●      Creating Characters (Character Track)

●      Narration Simple (Narration Track)

*We also have a special Beginner Bundle for students interested in all areas of VO - when you register for all three of the beginner classes above, you can attend the Intro for free!

After completing one, or all, of the beginner classes, students may focus on one or all four of our Core Curriculum tracks: Commercial, Narration, Character, and Acting & Improv. In addition to these foundational tracks, we offer classes in Career building, Vocal Empowerment, Dialects, and Home Recording.

You can learn more and register for beginner classes by visiting our Starting Out page.

I’ve done some voice over and/or taken classes, but it’s been a while.

We offer our Core Curriculum classes in our main voice over tracks - Commercial, Narration, Character, and Acting & Improv, as well as our VO Fundamentals course for voice actors at the beginner/intermediate level, which might be appropriate for you.

You may wish to schedule an evaluative private lesson with Sally Clawson to create your training path.

*Discounted bundles are offered for the Commercial Core, Character Core, and Narration Core tracks.

I’m already a working professional voice actor or am ready to start finding work.

For more advanced voice actors and working professionals, we have classes aimed at helping you hone and maintain a competitive edge in your auditions and performances, including marketing and demo prep classes. We also offer incredible opportunities to meet talent agents, casting directors, and other industry professionals to make connections and stay abreast of current trends in voice over. We recommend you take a look at what we have to offer on our Professional and Stay in Shape pages.

Do you offer online courses?

Yes! We offer our entire curriculum online with the exception of a select few advanced classes that are exclusively held in person.

Do you have In-Person classes?

Yes! You can take our entire Core Curriculum in-person, as well as select advanced classes from every track.

IMPORTANT: For in-person classes, we require proof of vaccination for all attendees. Please review our COVID policy and precautions here.

How do I train in between classes?

Voice One has lots of ways to keep your skills polished, learn about the industry, and stay connected in between classes: 

• Attend our twice monthly Friday Night Study Groups led by Voice One Alumni

• Join the Voice One Discord Server to connect with your instructors, peers, and community!

• Read Voice One's official blog, The Verve

• Attend Sally's FREE Wednesday Morning Vocal Workouts

What are the different class levels?

Classes in our program are usually aimed at students of a particular level. If you are unsure which level you are currently at, email us for a quick response, or schedule a Private Lesson with Sally for detailed guidance on a study path.

Beginner

Classes at the Beginner level are for students who are just Starting Out in voice over or who have just begun a new track. These classes open the door to further study within any given track.

Core

Voice One's Core classes are designed for beginning and intermediate students. Before taking a Core class, students should have completed the relevant Beginner class or taken one entry-level class elsewhere. The highest priority should be given toward completing the Core classes within the student's area(s) of study.

Advanced

Advanced classes build upon the foundational skills developed in Voice One's Core Curriculum. Advanced students should have completed around 36 hours of foundational study (or three Voice One Core classes). Classes held at this level teach advanced concepts under the assumption that you understand foundational techniques and have prior experience reading copy and receiving feedback in the relevant track.

Professional

At the Professional level, students are expected to perform with a high degree of competence, technique, acting skill, and a well-developed ability to take direction.

Registration Process

I'm a new student. What do I need to do to register?

  • Online registration is the main path to sign up for classes. Each class has its own page on our website, with class description, dates, and a registration link. You can find our classes arranged by category, bundles, and our class calendar sorted by date.
  • You can also register for classes over the phone by calling (415) 974-1103. If we are unable to answer your phone call, please leave a message with your contact information and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.
  • We also accept sign-ups the day of class, though you run the risk of the class being full. If you register the day of an in-person class, you MUST have already sent proof of COVID-19 Vaccination to the Voice One admin team. (See Vaccination Policy)

Is there an age requirement?

While there is no age requirement for our classes, most classes are designed for and attended exclusively by adults, so we encourage attendees to be at least 18 years of age. Please note, we do not censor for content.

Do I need to have acting experience to register for a Voice One class?

No! Many of our students begin with no prior acting training or experience. Students just starting out should begin with our Intro to Voice Over class, followed by one or more of our beginner courses. From there, you can explore the classes in our Core Curriculum, which includes Acting & Improv.

We also offer Drop-In Improv, held on the first and third Fridays of every month (first Fridays sessions are held online, and third Friday sessions are held in-person at the school). All levels of experience are welcome to join.

And we offer an ongoing Monday night acting class, Making Strong Choices.

I'm a returning student. Do I need to fill out a new student form?

No. We keep your information on file in our database, but if you change phone numbers, relocate, or switch e-mail addresses, just let us know so we can update our contact information for you.

I'm a returning student. Can I sign up for a class on the day that it starts?

Yes, we do accept last-minute sign-ups. However, we strongly encourage people to register in advance if possible in order to give our instructors the chance to prepare properly, and there is also the risk of the class selling out.

I've registered online for a class. Now what?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation with the date(s) and time(s) of your class sessions. Zoom and documents links will be emailed within 24 hours of the start of your class session. We encourage you to sign-in 10-15 minutes early for classes so that they can start on time and not be disrupted by late entrance.

A class I want is full. Is there a waitlist?

You can request to be notified if a space clears by calling (415) 974-1103 or writing to us at classes@voiceone.com. If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message with your contact information and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.

General Program Information

Location

We are located at 414 Jackson Street, Suite 202, San Francisco CA 94111. All in-person classes are held here unless noted otherwise in our brochure and on our website.

Online classes can be attended from anywhere in the world! You only need a computer with an internet connection and front facing camera. Headphones or ear buds will improve your experience, and you may want to connect a microphone, if you have one.

Scheduling

Beginner Classes each take place once per month, typically on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Online Core Classes are scheduled so that you can take them in sequence; you can take all of the classes in one track at the same day and time over the course of three months, such as Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm Pacific Time or Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm Pacific Time.

In-Person Core Classes vary depending on whether the class takes place on a weekday or weekend, and whether the class session is 3, 6, or 12 hours long.

You are not required to register for an entire series and may "mix and match" classes in order to create a schedule that suits your needs and availability.

Qualifications

We offer classes for voice actors of all levels. There is no audition process nor is there any prerequisite training or experience required to study with us. Some classes have prerequisites, which will be listed on their registration pages. If you have questions as to what classes we would recommend for your given skill and experience level, please refer to the Where Should I Start section above or feel free to write to us at info@voiceone.com or call us at (415) 974-1103. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message with your contact information, and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.

Class Size

In order to ensure that each student gets the most out of their experience in our classes, we limit class size to 10-15 students.

Will I receive a diploma, degree, or other certification after training at Voice One?

Voice over clients base their hiring decisions on the performance of auditions, not on credentials such as a diploma or degree. In order to stand out among the hundreds of auditions that clients listen to when hiring, you must have strong acting and technical skills which come from good training.

Many consider making one’s demo to be the equivalent to receiving a degree or graduating. However, while being demo-ready is a benchmark indicating your ability to start booking work, it is only the beginning of your professional career. We encourage you to continue training and growing as an actor in order to keep your skills competitive and to keep up with the changing trends.

How long should I train before I am ready to make a demo?

On average, it takes our students between one and two years of study before they are ready to make their demo. Our curriculum is designed to let you progress at the pace that your time and budget allows.

How do I know when I’m ready to make a demo?

You have to be able to reproduce on the job (i.e. on your own) the acting skills and range performed on your demo. Sally and the Voice One staff will offer guidance and feedback to help you decide when to record your demo. A professionally produced demo is an essential investment, so recording before you are ready is risking your time and money.

Where do I make a voice over demo?

We prepare and produce professional voice over demos for Voice One students.

What does it take to be successful in voice over?

Voice over is a highly competitive field, so it is essential that you develop your voice over skills through professional training. While some actors find success through versatility, others find success through specialization. Regardless of your path, you must develop a competitive skill set to deliver dependable performances that will book you work and potential return clients.

Due to the ability to work remotely, there are more people doing voice over than ever before, however there is also more demand for voice over, due to the growth of the industry. It is also an ever-evolving industry, so you must be adaptable and stay in touch with current trends.

Those who will thrive in this industry are those who treat their business as exactly such - a business. You must learn to market yourself and your abilities, develop professional relationships, and create opportunities rather than waiting for them to find you.

In addition to the acting ability that comes from training, success relies heavily on developing personal traits such as resilience, tenacity, adaptability, a sense of play, professionalism, and confidence.

Finally, having a properly sound treated home recording space is paramount.

Cancelation and Transfer Policy

All sales are non-refundable.

In certain cases, class registrations may be eligible for transfer to another session if Voice One is given notice prior to the start date of the first class, as follows:

  • Seven (7) or more days notice may receive a full transfer.
  • Between three (3) and six (6) days notice – student must pay a transfer fee equal to 25% of the class registration cost.
  • Between one (1) and two (2) days notice - student must pay a transfer fee equal to 50% of the class registration cost.
  • Less than 24 hours notice and no-shows are ineligible for transfer.

Transfer eligibility is not guaranteed due to the enrollment of the next session.

Please contact the school administrator to make arrangements at (415) 974-1103. If we cannot answer your phone call, lease leave a message with your contact information and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.

What is your COVID vaccination policy?

We take COVID very seriously. Proof of vaccination is required for all in-person class attendance. You can read more about our COVID-19 policy and precautions here.

Still have questions?

Please contact us with any questions at info@voiceone.com, or call us at (415) 974-1103. If we are unable to answer your call, please leave a message with your contact information and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.

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