August 2014: I was one of the top 5 nominees, and therefore a finalist, for Best Voiceover Teacher in NYC in the 2014 Backstage Readers' Choice Awards!! Thank you so much to everyone who brought me/LTM this far. =D***
I teach voiceover classes and private voiceover lessons in Manhattan, on Long Island, and online via Skype. I also hold events with agents, casting directors, and other respected professionals in various areas of the voiceover industry. Below are the classes I'm currently offering--check back for updates as more are added! All classes and events are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted.
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Voice Acting for Games (with NYC Games Forum) - Thursday, November 13th, 6:30-8:30PM
4-Week Advanced Character/Animation Voiceover Class - Starts Tuesday, November 25th, 6:30-9:00PM
Private voiceover lessons (all levels) - Ongoing (Manhattan, Long Island, online)
I'm an actress and voiceover talent (and sometimes director, producer, casting director, writer, kazoo player, Korean drum player, and improviser, depending on the day) who has over 200 voiceover credits to my name, with internationally renowned clients including Samsung, Johnson and Johnson, Apple and Japan Airlines. My voice can be heard in commercials, iPhone apps, animation, museum audio guides, games, and even in-flight videos, both in the US and abroad. My non-traditional path to attaining success in voiceover work has given me valuable insights into the myriad ways in which actors can take control of their careers, which I love to share!
First of all, I am first and foremost an actor. I started running my own classes and events to address some needs of my own and of others actors that I didn't feel were being adequately met. One thing I had found frustrating in looking for voiceover classes and events in NYC was that I never found events that "had it all". I wanted to find classes/events that were...
I would consistently find things that fit two or three of the above, but RARELY all of them, especially for events that brought in industry guests. But now--finally!--there are classes that satisfy ALL of the above criteria. Every class I plan is from the unique perspective of both a participant and an instructor, allowing me to provide a great experience for everyone involved. In fact, I will often get up at the mic right along with everyone else at many of my classes, before coming back around behind the mic to teach and direct. I love getting to work on both sides of the mic, connecting with both my students and guests! With providing good, personal experiences for everyone involved as my primary goal, I limit my class sizes to some of the smallest in NYC, allowing everyone plenty of time to work on-mic. I am always careful in balancing the class time:size:cost ratio to allow the best possible experience for their investment. Everyone gets to hear and benefit from everyone else's work, so everyone can benefit from the entire class. And I'm always open to comments and suggestions, implementing them when I am able to create the best experience possible for my students. :)
I am happy to offer classes that provide individualized instruction at group rates. Come join us and see the difference for yourself! :)
"Thank you for the last 8 weeks! The class was a great combination of education, meet & greets, and business. I was feeling stuck and this class really gave me direction on where to go next. Thank you!" - Crystal Lonnquist
***After taking my Voiceover Sampler Class, Crystal BOOKED narration VO work with our educational narration guest AND a LEAD role in the newest game from our video game guest!!
"I wanted to say thank you, as I had an good audition for Yu-Gi-Oh! with Darren. It would not have been possible without your class." - Devon Talbott
***After attending my industry guest animation class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media, Devon was later called in to audition for Yu-Gi-Oh!
"Your Business and Marketing for Voice Actors was a HUGE help!" - Devon Talbott
***After attending my Business and Marketing for Voice Actors class, Devon BOOKED an animated short (and successfully negotiated the terms to his satisfaction)!
"Thanks for class today, it was awesome! A special shout out to Jonathan, too, for his contribution and insight!" - Derek Lettman (This was after an audiobook class with a special guest, author Jonathan R. Wachtel. Jonathan shared some personality insights with each student in the class, after which everyone practiced audiobook reads with an excerpt from Jonathan's book There Is A Place and received feedback from both me and Jonathan.)
***After attending my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class and continuing with private lessons to work on an audiobook demo/samples, Derek BOOKED his first audiobook series!
***Update: Derek just BOOKED his second audiobook after receiving an offer on ACX! Click here to check out High School Heroes: Secrets of the Past!
"Melanie, I think you are probably the best voiceover coach I have had to date. Your technical insight and criticism is so dead on. You make it easy to perform in the booth." - Bruce Hawkins, actor and dancer (with 30+ years in the industry, on TV, in film, in voiceover and on Broadway!)
"Can't say enough how great these classes have been." - Corinne Sudberg, voice actress (and member of Team Four Star, the group behind the Dragonball Z Abridged series, among others. Check out Corinne's website for her upcoming convention appearances!)
"Your voiceover class is life-changing!" - Hana R. (One of my students after a particularly inspiring class one week!) :)
***October 2014: HUGE CONGRATS LTM alumni Derek Lettman, James McGowan, Devon Talbott, Michael A. Zekas, and yours truly on BOOKING voiceover roles in the RPG Lords of Xulima by Numantian Games!! The game is currently available on Steam, and you can check out the full cast credits on our super sweet IMDb listing!
While Devon, Derek and I are all veterans to video game VO work, this is James' AND Michael's first professional video game voiceover role! For James, this is coming LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS after setting foot in a recording studio for the first time in one of my classes back in June. Since then, James has worked intensively with me, having taken my Voiceover Sampler Class AND prepping for the LTM Audio Players Troupe Showcase simultaneously this past summer. And Michael booked his SECOND video game VO gig the very next day!!! Though it's certainly not without some hard work--since taking my Voiceover Sampler Class last year, Michael has been working steadily at his own voiceover goals in private sessions with me and as part of the LTM Audio Players this past summer. Congrats, guys!!
***October 2014: HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Sam Kurnit and Crystal Lonnquist on BOOKING voiceover roles in the new game from Wadjet Eye Games, Technobabylon!!! Sam and Crystal both first met and worked with Wadjet Eye's Dave Gilbert a few months ago in my Voiceover Sampler Class, and Sam showcased his VO skills to Dave again at the LTM Audio Players Troupe Showcase. CONGRATS, GUYS!!!
***September 2014: A number of LTM alumni auditioned for an awesome video game, and FIVE got callbacks!! =D
***September 2014: Sam Kurnit's done it again--after meeting and working with her in my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class and showcasing his talents to her at the LTM Audio Players Troupe Showcase, Sam was called in by Judy Keller, owner of Judy Keller Casting, for a commercial VO audition!! =D
***September 2014: Sam Kurnit is on a roll--he just BOOKED an ADR voiceover gig for a feature film!!! Sam is an alumnus of my Voiceover Sampler Class, animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media, various guests events and my bi-weekly Voiceover Workout Group, and most recently showcased his talents as a member of the LTM Audio Players Troupe at our show on August 27th! =D
***August 2014: LTM alumnus Sam Kurnit just BOOKED a VO for Touro College!!! Sam is an alumnus of my Voiceover Sampler Class, animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media, various guests events and my bi-weekly Voiceover Workout Group, and he is currently a member of the LTM Audio Players Troupe--come see him in action at our show on the 27th!! =D
***August 2014: TWENTY-FIVE LTM alumni were invited to audition for a video game after working with me in my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class, animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media, Advanced Character Intensive/LTM Audio Players Troupe, bi-weekly Voiceover Workout Group, and private lessons!
***July 2014: SIX LTM alumni were invited to audition for a MAJOR animated TV series after working with me in my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class, animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media, Advanced Character Intensive/LTM Audio Players Troupe, bi-weekly Voiceover Workout Group, and private lessons!
***July 2014: Carlotta Brentan BOOKED ADR work on the feature film The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Katie Holmes, the DAY after completing my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class!! Carlotta also honed her ADR skills in my animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media and VO skills in additional private lessons with me.
***March 2014: TWENTY-THREE of my voiceover students were invited to audition for an upcoming video game project I'm casting after working with me in my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class, animation VO class with Darren Dunstan, casting director at 4K Media, bi-weekly Voiceover Workout Group, Getting Started In Voiceovers intro class and private lessons!
***February 2014: I was able to bring in NINE of my voiceover students for an audition for ongoing ESL voiceover work at a top-notch recording studio in NYC after working with them in my weekly Voiceover Sampler Class, bi-weekly Voiceover Workout Group, Getting Started In Voiceovers intro class and private lessons!
If you have more questions or are looking for a learning experience even MORE tailored to your specific needs, I offer private voiceover lessons, audio production lessons, and career consultations at my home studio on Long Island, online via Skype, and (pending availability) in NYC. You can schedule a private lesson with me by selecting your choice of private sessions below, and then sending me an email with your general availability AND your top THREE choices of lesson dates and times in the next fourteen days.
For more information, please email me at melanie(at)listentomelanie.com.
My Audio Production for Voiceovers co-teacher, Michael, also offers audio production lessons in person in NYC and in NJ. If you are interested in studying privately with him, you may contact him directly at michael(at)listentomelanie.com.
I offer the following discounts and offers for my classes: