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Monthly Newsletter

Issue # 68
September 2010

Improv News

Sunday Improv returns on 9/12.
We'll be mailing the weekly updates from a new address -, so please add this to your list of contacts so the messages don't get rejected as Spam.

To pay for the massive expense  of moving the account to Gmail, the price will be increased to $15 beginning next year. Seriously though, we've kept it at $10 for over 10 years and have you seen the price of Pretzels and Jolly Ranchers lately? 

Field Trip


Join us on Sunday 9/19 for a trip to see Anthony & Cleopatra presented by Marin Shakespeare Company. Scene Study teacher, Marvin Greene, plays Anthony. Staged at Forest Meadows Amphitheatre in San Rafael, the show starts at 5pm.

Tickets are $30 with discounts for seniors and youths. Please contact the office if you're  interested in joining us.

Upcoming Classes

Click here  for calendar
and class descriptions

Nuts & Bolts  -  9/8-29

Diction & Clarity  -  9/9

Bringing Voices to Life  -  9/10-18

INTRO  -  9/12

Voice As An Instrument  -  9/16-23

Stepping Out  -  9/19

Creating Characters  -  9/19

Daytime Conservatory -  9/20-11/22

Behind The Scenes  -  9/20

Making It M.I.N.E.  -  9/25-26

Scene Study  -  9/27-11/15

Character Intensive  -  9/30-11/18

Narration Simple  -  10/1-2

Teleprompter  -  10/3

On-Camera Workout  -  10/3

Home Recording  -  10/5

Classes often sell out. Register early!
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The Expert's Journey
We often talk about the four stages of competence:

Stage 1: Unconscious Incompetence - We neither know nor understand how to do something, nor recognize the deficit, nor have a desire to address it.
Stage 2: Conscious Incompetence - Though we don't understand or know how to do something, we recognize the deficit but haven't addressed it yet.
Stage 3: Conscious Competence - We understand or know how to do something but the work shows as it requires a great deal of consciousness or concentration.
Stage 4: Unconscious Competence - we've had so much practice with a skill that it becomes "second nature" and can be performed easily and efficiently.
Moving from stage 1 to stage 2 is easy. It happens quickly and all it takes is the desire to learn and improve. Moving from stage 2 to stage 3 takes longer. This is where you learn foundational skills and techniques to be able to perform new tasks.
Regardless of your chosen field, moving from stage 3 to stage 4 takes continuous effort applied over time. As it applies to actors, your arrival at stage 3 usually means you've taken a few classes and have learned many techniques that you apply to your fledgling career. You technically know how to deliver a performance. You continue to take classes with other dedicated voice actors and professionals and though you're in class less, you don't abandon structured education completely as you recognize that you still need guidance. Either 1-on-1 or in a small group workout with your peers, you drill and practice so you OWN these techniques. A strong desire, steely determination, and ability to trust your actions allows you to move into the highest level, Stage 4: Unconscious Competence.
Even though you've talked all your life, learning voice-over as a business skill is like learning a new language - by stage 3 you know the grammar and have the vocabulary but you still translate in your head. When you actually arrive at stage 4, you begin to not only think in the new language, you dream in it. Your competence, quite literally, becomes unconscious. It becomes part of you. As Fred Astaire used to say about technique, "You learn it so well that you forget it." 

In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell posits that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at anything. Even though you've talked and read most of your life, your job as a voice actor is to make people understand, feel, and take action.  Remember, it's perfect practice that makes perfect. Enjoy your journey.

Look Who's Talking

Mic Small* Jane Stone was signed for voice-over, on-camera and print representation by Stars, The Agency.
* Boris
played a Russian businessman in a documentary (job through Voice One talent database). He also shot a promo for the AARP website and also had a supporting role in an episode of hit Japanese TV series, The  World's Astonishing News.
* Rich Rubin booked a huge gig for Dish Network. He also booked EZ Pawn and 5 more episodes of Whitetail Revolution.
* John de Forest recorded a VO for Dearly Departed, an independent short film.
* Jennifer Knight recorded a web promo for a Gold's Gym Dance Workout.
* Teri Whipple recorded an interactive voice response tree for a local company.
* Valerie Weak shot another  industrial film for ELT.
* Paul Lux and Jenny Debevec recorded characters for Donnerwood Media (job through Voice One talent database).
* Kate Scott recorded her first union VO - a radio spot for Bank of the West.
* Vonya Morris recorded a VO and did a photo shoot industrial for an iMeet software product.
* Vince Oliver recorded a promo for 49ers Total Access for kids.
(Job through Voice One talent database.)

Congratulations to all who've recently booked
 jobs. Send us your success stories!

Sunday Drop-In Improv


Every Sunday 5:30-8:30pm.
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