The VoiceActing Academy
P.erformance I.ntensive E.vent
puts everything you learn in
The Art of Voice Acting
into laser sharp focus.
Get the most with VoiceActing Academy’s PIE workshop!
5+ Hours of Webinars
You’ll get immediate access to nearly 6 hours of recorded webinars that will give you all the lecture content for the P.I.E. workshop. Watch and learn before you attend the live workshop.
Personalized coaching is the key to mastering voiceover. During the live P.I.E. workshop, you’ll receive plenty of personalized coaching from James Alburger in several areas of VO.
Everything is Recorded
All on-mic coaching sessions are recorded, and you’ll get a copy of everyone’s recordings – not just yours! Use the direction we give others to rapidly build your own performing skills.
A PIE in the Sky Event!
An Online Performance Intensive Event
2 Weekends – Saturday & Sunday
Jan 30/31 & Feb 6/7, 2021
11am – 2pm PT all four days
Pre-register for any future workshop with the PIE Webinars
Please call or text +1 858.484.0220 Before Registering
Only $597 for all four sessions
of training and personalized VO coaching
(includes nearly 6 hours of webinars and lots of bonuses.)
Travel & accomodation info for San Diego events sent after registration
Get the training you need in the niche of your choice.
Pie isn’t just for those getting started in voiceover!
If you’re already working in voiceover and you’ve got a specific niche you’d like to focus on, just bring some challenging scripts with you to P.I.E (or let us know the niche and we’ll find some for you), and James will work with you to hone your specific performing skills in that niche.
I had an incredible experience during this 2-day workshop. It was such a supportive and encouraging environment. This allowed me to leave my inhibitions at the door and gave me permission to play. I also loved the intimacy of the work setting. It allowed all of us to get more hands-on experience and personal feedback.
One of the biggest things I learned is just how hard this VO thing really is! And how vital it is to creating strong characters in whatever VO niche you pursue. It’s all about voice acting, not just reading lines of copy (anyone can do that!).
I loved that the focus was on the performance aspect of voiceover. I gained so much knowledge from just getting up there and doing it! And I learned so much from the other performers.
I love that we will get to keep all of our recordings [everyone’s]! James Alburger is truly the ”VO Guru”! I really enjoyed learning from him!! It is so inspiring to see a person living out their passions and dreams and pursuing what they were called on this Earth to do.
But the best part is – James Alburger is willing to share his gifts and talents with the rest of us! I just feel so honored and grateful to have had this experience. Needless to say, it was well worth the investment.
Thank you so much, Mr. Alburger!
Melissa Craig – July 2018, San Diego PIE workshop
Personalized, one-on-one coaching is absolutely the best way to learn and quickly master voiceover performing skills. During our San Diego workshop, you’ll work closely with James Alburger in the comfort of VoiceActing Studios. You’ll experience several intensive on-mic coaching sessions covering several genres of voiceover.
During our “PIE in the Sky” online workshop, you’ll be participating from the comfort of your home (or wherever you have a solid Internet connection). Either way, there’s nothing quite like being part of a group of like-minded people who are all eager to learn and master new skills. And that’s exactly what you’ll get with the VoiceActing Academy P.I.E. workshops
I highly recommend spending a weekend with Jim and Penny. Several years ago, they gave me knowledge I would have been hard-pressed to get anywhere else and most importantly – Direction (career and otherwise), which led to success within a year. This was money and time well spent in my case!
Bob Hurley (BobHurleyVoiceovers.com)
Get your piece of the voiceover P.I.E.
Performing for voiceover can be some of the best… and most profitable… fun you’ll have! Ever!
But “doing voiceover” professionally as a full-time voice artist can be challenging, frustrating, and expensive… especially if you don’t know what you’re doing! In other words, voiceover, in many ways, is exactly like any other business you might start. But there are also many things that make voiceover very different from other business ventures… and voiceover is not for everyone!
To learn how to “do the business” correctly, you need to study with someone who’s done it… and continues to do it. We’ve been working in voiceover, both on mic and as producers, directors, copy writers, coaches, and production engineers for more than 35 years. Need more credibility? How about 11 Emmys for audio production and sound design, the author of “The Art of Voice Acting,” considered by most professionals to be the “bible” of the industry, and co-producer of the VOICE conventions, the world’s original International voiceover convention.
Do some research before you sign up for any voiceover workshop! And consider, very carefully, any coach who tells you that “you’ve got a great voice,” or recommends that you produce an expensive demo after taking only a few classes. Chances are you may not be ready. There are literally thousands of people who want to break into voiceover, and those who succeed will be the people who are well trained and know what they’re doing. We’ll make sure your voiceover training gets you started on the right path.
Is voiceover right for you?
Maybe . . . maybe not!
Voiceover isn’t for everyone. Only you can be the judge as to whether or not pursuing a career in voiceover is right for you. But we can say that many of our students never intend to become voiceover talent. The performing and communication skills we teach are often more important than “breaking into voiceover.” We’ve taught professional speakers, sales people, clergy, news reporters, actors, tele-marketers, and even theme park employees how to be more effective communicators through the use of voiceover and acting skills.
Voiceover is a specialized area of “show-business” that requires dedication, acting ability, specialized performing skills, excellent reading skills, and passion. To be truly successful, you must want to do voiceover because you can’t live without it! If you don’t know yet if VO is something you might want to pursue, then our recommendation is to read The Art of Voice Acting book before you take any voiceover class. Just because people tell you “you’ve got a great voice — you should be doing commercials,” doesn’t mean you should drop everything and start taking voiceover classes. “Breaking into voiceover” is a serious decision that can literally change your life . . . and you should at least learn the basics about the craft and business of voiceover before you spend your hard-earned money on more classes, books, and workshops.
P.I.E. is different
Our goal is to give you the best training and education in acting for voiceover that you will find anywhere. Our primary training is our Weekend Performance Intensive, which includes nearly 6 hours of webinars and 2 very full days of hands-on, fast-paced, personalized coaching. We also offer an online version from time to time that we call “PIE in the Sky” which also includes the webinars. The online PIE workshop is a minimum of 12 hours of training and coaching held over two consecutive weekends.
The VoiceActing Academy P.erformance I.ntensive E.vent is NOT a seminar or webinar where you passively listen to lectures or simply watch your computer screen! Oh, no… P.I.E. is a totally interactive workshop. When you attend either our San Diego Performance Intensive in person, or our online Slice of PIE in the Sky workshop, you’ll be interacting with James throughout the event.
After you’ve got some basic training under your belt, we offer very affordable on-going support and coaching through our Conductor’s Club membership site. Visit www.ConductorsClub.com for details.
The VoiceActing Academy P.I.E. Workshop is all about using acting, voiceover, and performing techniques for more effective communication – and these skills can be used in every area of your life.
Because this workshop is all about your performance, you will – of course – get lots of time on mic! But, unlike most other VO workshops, we don’t put you in front of a microphone before you know what you’re doing. The first section of our workshop consists of a series of comprehensive webinars designed to help you fully understand the performing concepts you’ll be working with when you are on mic. We encourage you to study the webinars before attending the workshop. By the way… after the workshop, you’ll continue to have access to the webinars, so you can review them whenever you like.
During the VoiceActing Academy P.erformance I.ntensive E.vent Workshop:
- You’ll get first-hand experience learning how to apply voice acting and performance techniques.
- You’ll receive intensive, personalized one-on-one coaching throughout the workshop.
- You’ll get the information you need to know to be successful as a voice actor and communicator.
- You’ll learn “tricks of the trade” and other tools you can use to immediately improve the way you communicate with others.
- You’ll learn acting and performing “tricks” and techniques that you won’t find in any other voiceover or acting workshop… anywhere.
- You’ll receive recordings of all of your on-mic coaching sessions to review what you have learned whenever you like.
- You’ll receive the recordings of everyone in your workshop – not just your recordings. Every coaching session is different, and we’ll often give a direction note or tip to someone else in your workshop that you can use to improve your performance. You’ll have access to everything recorded.
Sometimes a Little PIE Just Isn’t Enough!
Register today for VoiceActing Academy’s
P.erformance I.ntensive E.vent
and get these audio bonuses!
- AOVA Workshop #1 – Panel – 1 hour 17 min MP3: San Diego professionals Mel Hall (producer/director/Voice Talent), Robert Concha (producer/director), and top LA coach MJ Lallo (voice actor, coach, producer/director)
- AOVA Workshop #2 – Panel – 1 hour 19 min MP3: Rob Actis (voice talent); Dan Balestrero (Los Angeles voiceover coach); Norman Flint (voice talent/producer); and Chuck Buell (voice talent).
- AOVA Workshop #3 – Chicago Workshop Session – The Business of Voiceover – 45 min MP3: An in-depth and comprehensive discussion of the business of voiceover by James Alburger & Penny Abshire with additional comments from Chicago Producer David Lewis. This recording immediately preceded the Chicago Guest Panel at the workshop.
- AOVA Workshop #4 – Chicago Workshop Panel – 1 hour 39 min MP3: Guest panel features Chicago professionals discussing the craft and business of voiceover: Lynne Hamilton (Chicago talent agent); Sherri Berger (Chicago voiceover coach and talent); Harlan Hogan (author and Chicago VO talent); David Lewis (Chicago producer).
- AOVA Workshop #5 – Panel – 1 hour 18 min MP3: Guest panel features professionals: Norman Flint (voiceover talent & producer); Phil Ganyon (Ad agency owner & voice talent); Jeff Buchannan (video game voiceover producer & director); and Debbie Munro (voiceover coach and talent from Canada).
- Three Comic-Con seminars presented by James Alburger & Penny Abshire
Plus, you’ll get our entire collection of media interviews, including the WGN “Extension 720” program from Chicago featuring James, Penny, Tim Dadabo and Doug James.
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Senior, Military and Graduate discounts available.
Minimum Attendance: A minimum of two full-paid attendees is required for any San Diego in-person PIE workshop and a minimum of 4 full-paid attendees is required for the online Slice of PIE workshop to take place as scheduled. If the minimum number of attendees is not reached within two weeks of the scheduled workshop start, the event may be rescheduled. Workshops are capped at a maximum of 8 participants.
Auditing the P.I.E. Workshop: The P.I.E. workshop is a small group event with very personalized coaching that is customized for each attendee. Also, the bulk of lecture material is included in the webinars that accompany registration. For these and other reasons, we do not permit auditing.
Discounts: Graduates of past VoiceActing Academy Performance Workshops (either the original AOVA 8-week workshop, the P.I.E. workshop, or the VAA Mastering the Business of Voiceover) may attend any P.I.E. workshop at a discounted tuition of $100.00. The discounted tuition for other workshops will be noted in the “Discount” disclaimer on that event information page. A maximum of two graduates may be admitted per workshop, depending on the number of full-paid attendees registered. Graduates are admitted on a first-come basis about a week prior to workshop start.
Seniors over 55 and Military receive a $50 discount off all regular workshop tuition. Senior/Military discount does not apply for graduate registration. Only one discount may be applied for any event registration.
*Deposit, Cancellation, Refunds and Rescheduling: A non-refundable deposit of $100 (or $100 of your full tuition payment) gives you immediate lifetime access to the P.I.E. webinars and advertised workshop bonus downloads. You may cancel your registration for this event if notice of cancellation is delivered in writing by email or US Postal Service within 30 days from your original registration date (addresses below). Upon cancellation, your registration tuition will be refunded less the $100 non-refundable deposit fee for lifetime access to the webinars, workshop materials and bonus downloads. Refund or cancellation requests after 30 days from the date of registration, or a “no-show” without written notification, will not be honored. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling by VoiceActing Academy, or you notify us in writing prior to the start date of a workshop you have registered for, and you do not attend an event you have paid for in full, your registration can be applied to a future event. If you registered with a $100 deposit, with the intention of attending a P.I.E. workshop, but fail to attend, your deposit can be applied to any future P.I.E. workshop. A minimum of 3 full-tuition attendees is required to confirm a P.I.E. workshop. Travel and accommodations are not included in tuition. We recommend holding off on making hotel and travel arrangements until we confirm the event. Full regular tuition for P.I.E. is $797. Advance payment of $597 in full at time of registration will earn a discount of $200 off the full tuition. A non-refundable deposit of $100 gives you unlimited access to the webinars and guarantees your seat at a future workshop with a balance due of $497 due prior to the event. For the purpose of this notice, business days are Monday through Friday, not including holidays. Send your refund, cancellation or rescheduling request to: firstname.lastname@example.org , by mail to VoiceActing Academy, 13639 Freeport Rd., San Diego, CA 92129, or call 858.484.0220 M-F between 10am and 5pm PT. These terms and conditions are subject to change or revision at any time without notice.