TIME & LOCATION
Apr 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM PDT
Online via ZOOM, Streaming via RMV, CA Studio
Learn from Peter Berkrot, in this VO Peeps Audiobook Workshop!
In a casual and fun session, we will acquaint ourselves with an overview of the skills and muscles necessary to consider a viable career as a narrator in this burgeoning industry. Whether you’re a complete novice or an actor, voice over artist, author with some experience and insight into audiobooks, a broad and specific discussion of the “Dos and Donts” of audiobook narration will put you on a path to a deeper understanding of the art form and your personal and professional path forward. Some of the things we will explore in the first half of class may include pace, understanding the distinction between reading and storytelling, the shifting roles and points of view of the Narrator in a novel, strategies for building a repertoire of characters, discussing genre and style and the differences between narrating Fiction and Non-Fiction.
The second half of class will offer students the opportunity of one-on-one coaching, taking direction, and making adjustments toward a deeper connection to the material. Participants are asked to bring a page to work with, Non- fiction or Fiction. The first page of a favorite novel or genre would work, or an open audition on www.acx.com.
(Romance, Thriller, Sci-Fi...) makes a terrific template for narrating fiction. Starting a book has its own unique challenges. Think about material that you think you might be right for or want to narrate. Bring a notebook. And a pen. Like the olden days.
A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot's career spans four decades. Highlights include feature roles in Caddyshack and Showtime's Brotherhood and appearances on America's Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. He is a prominent acting coach and a regular VO contributor to the award-winning news program Frontline produced by WGBH in Boston. Peter served as director of narration for the Emmy-nominated The Truth About Cancer. Peter has voiced over 550 audiobooks and more than 300 for children, winning 10 Earphones Awards and a 2012 Audie Award nomination. He received SOVAS awards in 2018 and 2019. His 2016 Audie Award was as part of a multi cast performance for THE STARLING PROJECT, starring Alfred Molina and was part of the ensemble in the Audible Original THE X-FILES: COLD CASES starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. In 2019 he was just honored along with a brilliant cast of actors for THE VAULT OF HORROR, directed by William Dufris with an Independent Audiobook Award for AUDIO DRAMA. Favorite titles include Toby and the Secrets of the Tree by Timotee de Fombelle, Unholy Night by Seth Grahame Smith, The Accident by Linwood Barclay, The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters, the Junior Bender series for Timothy Hallinan and Caddyshack: The making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story in which he is also featured as a character.
Get one-on-one direction on your reads from Peter Berkrot! We'll meet via Zoom on Thursday, April 20th, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PT!! Reserve your seat today!
***Please note that you will receive all pertinent info, Zoom Room Link, and scripts one day prior to the event. We're looking forward to having you at the workout! Participation does not guarantee representation or work.
Full Participation Access
Full participation REMOTE via Zoom - Students who purchase participant access will perform scripts live and receive ONE ON ONE FEEDBACK AND DIRECTION from our guest director. You will be provided with a link to our Zoom conference room 1 days prior to the event. Our Zoom Room will be open approx. 15 min prior to class start to allow ample time to set up your connection prior to the event. For help with Zoom, please visit: https://support.zoom.us/$129.00
AUDIT ACCESS: Students who purchase Audit Access will have access to all course material as well as the opportunity to participate in a Q & A with the guest director. Auditing students will NOT perform scripts or receive performance critiques from guest directors. You will be provided with a link to our Zoom conference room 1 days prior to the event. Our Zoom Room will be open approx. 15 min prior to class start to allow ample time to set up your connection prior to the event.$59.00