Sunday, September 10, 2006

Warning: Spending the Day with Pat Fraley Could be Habit-forming.

Yesterday I spent the day at Rumblestrip Audio in Brookline, MA at Pat Fraley’s 9 Critical Skills to Voice-over Excellence Master Class. The class went from 10 am to 7 pm and included a lot of partner work and a lot of time at the mic. I’ve never gotten so much concentrated great information in such a short period of time before – oh, sorry, there was one other time – my Women in Animation class with Pat Fraley last May!

The class was organised by the incomparable D. B. Cooper, whom I had never met but felt I knew well from her velvet-gloved & iron-fisted rule of the vo-bb, an online discussion forum for voice actors, or perhaps I should say “the” online discussion forum for voice actors, as there is nothing like it anywhere else. She is a tremendously talented and generous person as well as a very savy businesswoman, and she and Pat made this a terrific learning experience for the 12 participants. Greg Capolino, engineer at Rumblestrip, was an indispensible part of the team.

Pat’s years in the voice-over industry make for fascinating stories, and he shared some of these with us but his focus was on his students and how to make the most of our time together. And make the most of it we did. We worked hard and we worked well together - it was a privilege to spend time with the other New England voice actors who attended this special event, and I hope to see all or some of them again.

Sigh. I think I’m hooked. I’m looking forward to a busy fall so I can support this Pat Fraley habit….

MCM with Pat Fraley


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