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I recently had the good fortune to spend twenty-four hours in a voiceover class with two excellent teachers. The story is below, but first: the output. You can judge for yourself:
Class 1: Chase Freedom
Class 2: Toyota Highlander
Class 2: Ben and Jerry’s Core
Class 3: A1 Steak Sauce
Class 3: Grey Goose Le Melon
Combined, these two instructors bring more than fifty years of experience into the room, and they do their best in that twenty-four hours to give it all to you as a student, in ways that are meaningful and digestible. The class is called VO Intensive, sponsored by CP Casting and held at Soundtrack Group in Boston. And the instructors are the actor Dorothy Gallagher, who has been working on stage, screen, and voiceover for more than thirty years; and Brian McKeever, an engineer and sound designer at Soundtrack who also works as a voice actor and has been in the industry for more than twenty years.
The format of the class is intense and compelling: six four-hour sessions spread over roughly two weeks, two days on and then four days off. The first class is a fun introduction as the whole class takes part in group spots, so Dorothy can learn each person’s voice, strengths, and areas for growth. On day two, work begins, and over the course of the next five classes, each of us in the class worked on a dozen scripts, in the booth, recording as many takes as necessary to get it right. Throughout, Dorothy imparts her incredible knowledge of both physical techniques for acting and receiving direction, as well as an incredible amount of experience in the booth and working in the industry – her knowledge of how each spot should sound and what each client would expect is encyclopedic. And during each recording, Brian is ever present offering his own experience from myriad clients, as well as technical tips and etiquette that start to give each student the tools to become working professionals.
For me, it was just an incredible experience. Dorothy creates a very trusting and open environment from the get-go, allowing each of us to push ourselves to areas we didn’t know we could get to. And the intensity of the work, and bang for the buck, is just outstanding: you’re in the booth, recording 12 spots over six sessions, and those reps are very handy at coming to grips with the nerves that naturally come along with being on the spot, auditioning or recording for someone. When you’re not in the booth, you have the opportunity to listen in while other students record, observing Dorothy and Brian coaching them. I found it much easier to take notes and actively listen while the other students were working, given how nervous I can get when I’m in the booth.
For reference, sample spots I worked on in the class are above, in the order I did them. I think the improvement in quality and especially range is tangible across the six sessions.
Many many thanks to both Dorothy and Brian, and to CP Casting for sponsoring the class. It was an incredible learning experience and one I recommend highly to anyone interested in voice acting.
Adam lends his voice(s) to the characters in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
I had the good fortune to spend July Fourth weekend with friends at a beach house in Scituate. It was wonderful – no schedule and no plans outside of watching local fireworks (which are of course illegal and only handled by professionals), going to the beach, and generally lazing about and relaxing together.
As part of the trip, I got to take part in our friend’s family tradition: going to the Marshfield Hills General Store to buy pick and mix candy. Ostensibly it’s for the kids, but who can resist? It was a real delight to see the joy on the kids’ faces as they rummaged through the bins to find exactly the right combination of five (and only five!) things – a mix of candy and small toys, just like it should be.
But here’s where it gets really interesting: the owner of the store happens to be Steve Carell, and he and his family were there enjoying their own vacation. Steve was gracious enough to chat with us for a few minutes about the work to keep the store going (a generator is a necessity), and to accept my friend’s thanks for keeping the store open and running.
The attached audio clip is my own special thanks to Steve for allowing families to share childhood memories from one generation to the next. As he says in this in-depth article:
“The reason I bought this, ultimately, was that things like this are few and far between. They disappear very quickly, and once they disappear, you can’t get them back. I mean, to see kids just hanging out or people from the neighborhood sitting and talking and reading the paper together, that’s becoming more and more rare.”
I couldn’t agree more: not only are things like this more and more rare, but they’re more and more worth saving. Thanks Steve.
I just wanted to say thanks for responding so quickly, and over a weekend. You gave us what we asked for, and you did it very well… All best wishes.
Adam covers Aloe Blacc.
Adam narrates the Twix “Need a Moment?” case study video.
This is great! Seriously, you sound great!
Demo audio track for the end card of a nationally televised commercial for Travelers.
A case study video of some of Sapient’s best work, representing their new MC2 methodology.
Adam Easton joins the A-Team.
Adam, you are the best! It’s looking awesome awesome (great voice, fan club to be started soon)!
Adam describes the new GE Smart Grid, http://itsyoursmartgrid.com/solutions/consumer_management.html.
Adam narrates Harvard Law School’s history of their Ames Moot Court.
Adam narrates Sapient’s trip to Cannes.
Thanks for auditioning for our “Welcome” project… I will certainly keep you in mind for future projects.
Adam covers Johnny Cash.
In my first few months of doing voice work, I got paid what I consider one of the best compliments any professional could receive. My studio engineer said to me: “Adam, when I work with you, I know that I’m going to get home in time to have dinner with my kids.” He appreciated the fact that I was always prepared, and was able to produce a quality recording of a script very quickly. I bring that same quality and preparation to all my work, and would love to add your organization to my portfolio.
Others have characterized my voice as “a trustworthy and intelligent everyman, both professional and warm, who is believable, trusted, and familiar”.
I’ve worked in voiceover since 2008, voicing advertising and narrative spots for Harvard Law School, YouNoodle, GE, Coca-Cola, HondaJet, Sony, Travelers, Celebrity Cruises, KeyBank, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Twix, Star Alliance, and Sapient Corporation.
LOCATION & EQUIPMENT
I work from my home studio just outside of Boston, MA, but am always happy to travel if the work requires it. I’m available via Source Connect, and happy to produce high-quality MP3 files for your review. My studio is equipped with a WhisperRoom booth and Audio-Technica and Roland equipment. In Boston, I love to work with the talented people at Soundtrack Group. And when I’m in Miami, I always try to pay a visit to the great folks at Outpost Audio.
I’ve worked in advertising, and understand the pressures of that industry and the speed at which quality work must be produced. As a senior manager and producer, I’m comfortable working directly with clients and setting and delivering on expectations. I also have extensive experience in higher education and web publishing as a senior administrator, working directly with Deans and CIO’s.
I’ve worked and continue to work with Remo Airaldi, Dossy Peabody, Dorothy Gallagher, and Wren Ross. I’m always looking for new ways to learn and improve my craft.
I have a Master’s degree from MIT and a Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, an education which covered a broad range of subjects and helps me to quickly work through more technical and demanding scripts.