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Play it safe....ask a working voice over actor who they would recommend for the study of commercial voice over.

In Los Angeles....the acting capital of the world, Kalmenson & Kalmenson has established its undisputed reputation for excellence, and without challenge, consistently offers the most comprehensive curriculum for the study of voice over acting to be found anywhere!

Our student graduate list represents a who's who in the commercial voice over acting world.

All classes are conducted at our Burbank, California facility.


LEVEL 1 CLASSES:
FIND YOUR TRUTH

FOUNDATIONS - Level 1: (Click here for more information on this class)

For non-actors or people very new to voice over.

Beyond a general overview of opportunities and the "business" of voice over, this class provides a strong foundation in how to give a genuine, truthful performance via the Kalmenson Method*, applied to a rigorous workout, with recorded critiques and performance.

VOICE OVER FOR ACTORS - Level 1: (Click here for more information on this class)

For working actors only (with established on-camera or theatrical careers).

This class provides the actor with a concise review of efficient copy analysis principles applied to a rigorous workout using the Kalmenson Method*.

Students gain a definition of their voice over "signature", which is the blueprint for their future demo.


WORKING PRO:

WORKING PRO - Level 1: (Click here for more information on this class)

Pre-requisites:
*Must be signed with a Voice Over Agent
*Must have an established career in Voice Over
*Must have a Commercial Voice Over Demo

This class provides the working voice over actor with refinements.

Curriculum includes a brief review of principles using the Kalmenson Method*, a rigorous workout (monologue/dialogue), expansion of VO signature, exposure to and analysis of all current trends, and growth beyond the actor's current comfort zone. 


YOUNG PRO:

YOUNG PRO: (8-12 yrs/13-17 yrs) (CURRENTLY NOT ON OUR SCHEDULE)

This class provides the younger student with the Kalmenson Method* for voice over. Students work at the microphone in monologue & dialogue.

Signature concept is introduced. Acting skills are honed.

Improv exercises are included.

Students are introduced to recording studio etiquette.


LEVEL 2 CLASSES:
HOW BADLY DO YOU WANT IT?

Now that you have had a chance to be out there trying out all kinds of things...it is time to sit in with a professional casting person for a re-evaluation of your skills as a voice over actor.

This four week workshop encapsulates the recorded lectures of the company's co-founder Harvey Kalmenson, da harv. The lectures serve as a syllabus for our instructors to follow. This is the most comprehensive study of voice over ever offered.

The curriculum for all level 2 classes includes:

The advanced study of the Kalmenson Method*...recognized as the finest actor's training vehicle in the country.

Re-establishing or modifying your voice over signature.

Intense study and performance of multiple attitude transitions for monologue and dialogue.

In-depth study of tags, phone patch experience, adapting current trends to student's own signature.

Instructors that are voice over professionals.

Direction by actual casting directors.

Creation of individualized excellence programs and advice on effective self-marketing.

Moving to a higher level of professionalism that is required in today's complex marketplace.

PREREQUISITE FOR ALL LEVEL 2 CLASSES IS COMPLETION OF THE LEVEL 1 CLASS.

FOUNDATIONS - Level 2 (Click here for more information on this class)

VOICE OVER FOR ACTORS - Level 2 (Click here for more information on this class)

WORKING PRO - Level 2 (Click here for more information on this class)


Continue to study your craft with the Kalmenson Voice Over Electives:

REFINEMENTS & WORKOUT WORKSHOP!

 The goal of this workshop is simple: TO GET A GREAT WORKOUT!

Monologue & Dialogue

Practice, workout, perfect your craft!

Repeat this workshop anytime you need a great workout

PREREQUISITES FOR WORKOUT WORKSHOP!:

Completion of both Foundations 1 and Foundations 2
OR Voice Over for Actors 1 and Voice Over for Actors 2
OR Working Pro 1

WORKOUT WORKSHOP (click here)


DEMO PREP:
CREATE YOUR DEMO BLUEPRINT!

Confused about preparing to make your demo? We help you design your commercial voice over demo to the point of absolute preparation for your demo recording session. The Kalmenson Method© applied to the step-by-step process of creative thought and practice allows you to:

  • Align your signature with a customized voice over demo plan.
  • Make appropriate copy choices.
  • Format, edit, and rehearse the distinctive attitudes for each script.
  • Explore the considerations of music and sound effects.
  • Plot your running order strategy.

Class culminates in a taped rehearsal reading of your final demo script lineup.

PREREQUISITES FOR DEMO PREP:

Completion of both Foundations 1 and Foundations 2
OR Voice Over for Actors 1 and Voice Over for Actors 2
OR Working Pro 1 - (have demo, preparing for your next one)

DEMO PREP (Click here for more information on this class)

"Two thousand demos later...

I haven't done two thousand demos; it just feels like it. If ever there was a need for qualified assistance for the actor, this is it. With twenty five years of sound editing under my belt, I can say, without equivocation, that the vast majority of actors do miserably with respect to their first demo involvement. The reason is equally without doubt. They (the actor) and those (the studio professionals) have little or no experience with the combination of talents necessary for the proper demo production. In short... WE are not guessing. We've successfully helped thousands of actors, in all stages of their careers, produce a calling card they may be proud of."

Harvey Kalmenson

"The vast majority of voice over demos are produced prematurely...

Over the last 20 years as a voice casting director, I have received literally thousands of commercial voice over demos. After listening to the first 15-20 seconds, more often than not, I find the demos amateurish or average at best. In the Los Angeles market, the actor's first voice over demo must demonstrate SKILL, as well as signature clarity. Great thought and preparation precede great work. First impressions are lasting impressions. Prepare. Take charge of your own destiny... you risk losing your identity when it's left exclusively in the hands of a demo producer who has probably just met you."

Cathy Kalmenson  


PROMOS

The most comprehensive Promo Workshop in town! During this 6 week - 18 hour workshop, via the Kalmenson Method©, you will experience virtually every type of Promo in existence today.

PREREQUISITES FOR PROMOS:

Completion of both Foundations 1 and Foundations 2
OR Voice Over for Actors 1 and Voice Over for Actors 2
OR Working Pro 1

PROMOS (Click here for more information on this class)


ANIMATION

Via the Kalmenson Method©, study all aspects of animation through monologue, dialogue, improvisation, and group performance. Create, develop, and sustain animation characters based on truths, emotions, and actions.

PREREQUISITES FOR ANIMATION:

Completion of both Foundations 1 OR Voice Over for Actors 1 OR Working Pro 1 

ANIMATION (Click here for more information on this class)


Study your craft with the Kalmenson Theatrical Classes: 

IMPROV

We are pleased to present

Stephen Tobolowsky

The Study of Improvisation

The Kalmensons were able to join forces with a qualified actor, teacher, and lecturer to kick off their Improvisational Adventure. With a biography that could start a handsome paper drive, Stephen Tobolowsky brings with him a verve and compassion for actors second to none. Stephen shares his in-depth knowledge of Stanislavski, along with more than two hundred theatrical credits.

"Life is a constant Improvisation."
For years we've been recommending Voice Over Actors to study improv...
Now we're going to blow you away with this excellent workout!

PREREQUISITE FOR IMPROV: Adults (18 and over) 

Who IS Stephen Tobolowsky, anyway?

Go to: www.stbpmovie.com/ or check out his IMDB page!

SPECIAL IMPROV LOCATION

THE ACTORS GROUP

2813 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91505
 

IMPROV (Click here for more information on this class)


Comedy For the Serious Actor

We are pleased to present

Stephen Tobolowsky

On Understanding Comedy and Bringing It to Life

Comedy for the Serious Actor is the tool kit and instruction manual for the actor who wants to expand his understanding of what comedy is and how to be successful in bringing it to life. Using Improvisation, classical and modern monologues, exercises from classic repertory companies, and both historic and modern approaches, we will explore what comedy is and isn't.

From Aristotle to the Present, we will identify and isolate the building blocks of how to make great comedy: be it farce, satire, or slapstick. You will be able to read any script or audition piece and know what it needs to make it work to the max - from Shakespeare to "Two and a Half Men."

The class is designed for actors, directors, and writers.

PREREQUISITE FOR COMEDY FOR THE SERIOUS ACTOR: Adults (18 and over) 

Who IS Stephen Tobolowsky, anyway?

Go to: www.stbpmovie.com/ or check out his IMDB page!

SPECIAL COMEDY WORKSHOP LOCATION

The Actors Group

2813 Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91505

COMEDY FOR THE SERIOUS ACTOR (Click here for more information on this class)


ACTING: The Art of Being Present 

We are pleased to present

Willie Garson

On Finding and Using your Truth as an Actor! 

The Kalmensons are pleased to announce they will be sharing their good fortune. Willie Garson ("Sex and the City") is that rare celebrity who thrives on being an educator as well as a gifted performer. With advanced degrees in psychology and the theatre, Willie joins the Kalmenson family fully prepared to share his heart. Truth rings out when Willie conducts this unique acting class.

PREREQUISITE FOR ACTING: Adults (18 and over)

SPECIAL ACTING WORKSHOP LOCATION
The Actors Group

2813 Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91505

ACTING: The Art of Being Present (Click here for more information on this class)


* The Kalmenson Method - a simple, yet powerful focus tool for voice-over copy that allows the actor to see himself or herself in any given script and to find his or her own "truth" in voice over.

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