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 Starting Out class for three of our Core Curriculum tracks:

●      Creating Characters, usually offered the same day as the Intro from 2-5pm (Character Track)

●      Stepping Out, usually offered a week after the Intro from 10am-1pm (Commercial Track)

●      Narration Simple, usually offered a week after the Intro from 2-5pm (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 Starting Out classes above, you can attend the Intro for free!

After completing one, or all, of the Starting Out 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 Starting Out 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 every track

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 host online video conferencing for a number of classes we offer, so students and instructors can connect conveniently from anywhere that they have internet access and a device with video and audio recording capabilities. (Due to COVID-19, we anticipate adding in-person classes to our calendar when it is safe to do so)

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. (We are currently unavailable to answer phone calls due to shelter-in-place ordinances to slow the spread of COVID-19, but you can leave a message and we will respond 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.

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 16 years of age. Please note, we do not censor for content.

We do however offer a partner program for younger voice actors at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre.

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

Many of our students begin with no prior acting training or experience. For people who are just starting out we encourage them to begin with our Intro to Voice Over class, followed by one or more of our Starting Out courses, and from there exploring the classes in our Core Curriculum, which includes Acting & Improv.

We also offer Drop-In Improv sessions on the first and third Fridays of every month. All levels of experience are welcome to join.

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. *While shelter-in-place ordinances are in effect, we will not be able to answer phone calls at the office, but voicemails will be sent to our inbox.

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

With the exception of our VO Fundamentals and Summer Fast Track intensives, weekday classes are held in the evenings. Weekend classes are held in both the morning and afternoon.

Most courses meet once a week, but weekend classes often take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

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 attend classes. 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. *While shelter-in-place ordinances are in effect, we will not be able to answer phone calls at the office, but voicemails will be sent to our inbox.

Class Size

In order to ensure that each student gets the most out of their experience in our classes, we limit class size to 15 students for most classes, some classes are smaller. For our Intro Class there is no limit for attendance and often sees upwards of 30 students. For our Professional Invitational courses, we have 15 regular student spots where the actors will get a chance to perform for our guest speaker, and 15 audit spots where attendees can listen to the lecture and ask questions in the Q&A section at the end.

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 at our school.

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 Training 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.

Still have questions?

Please contact us with any questions at info@voiceone.com

(415) 974-1103. (We are currently unavailable to answer phone calls due to shelter-in-place ordinances to slow the spread of COVID-19, but you can leave a message and we will respond to you as soon as possible)

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