Amy Hartman (www.amyjhartman.net) has done voice-over promos for The Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, Animal Planet & The Food Network. She has appeared in the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-winning Titanic documentary. National spots include American Express, American Greeting Cards, Pittsburgh Paints, Pepsi, Levi Jeans, Clairol, McDonald’s, Bruegger’s Bagels, Virginia Lottery, Pennsylvania and New Jersey Lotteries, websites, computer games (including Werewolf Woman), museum kiosks, and many hospitals all over the country (including Children’s, Mercy, Allegheny General and Magee Hospitals in Pittsburgh). Giant Eagle, Foodland, Roomful Express, GNC, and Dicks Sporting Goods, to name a few. Amy, a member of SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity, has guest lectured at CMU, Point Park, Hunter College, CCAC and NYU. She’s also produced over two hundred demos for actors, and many commercials, industrials and audiobooks, including The Diversity Dialogs with NPR.
Jack Bailey ([email protected]) is Pittsburgh’s most experienced soundtrack designer & producer. In the course of a 40-year career serving as Director of Audio Services at various recording facilities, Jack has engineered and/or produced well over 20,000 soundtracks…in Pittsburgh, New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Nashville. He now specializes in producing soundtracks for video/film, and directing spoken word recordings (including the coaching and production of professional voice-over demos), and enjoys teaching both subjects. Jack has put his Masters degree in Education to work, having taught audio production at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and currently in CCAC’s Film Technician Training program; he’s taught voice acting at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, CCAC, and currently in Point Park’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, as well as in his 20+-year voice-over partnership with Amy Hartman.
** HARTMAN-BAILEY SUMMER ’20 ONLINE VOICE-OVER CLASSES **
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment to social distancing, and in cooperation with our sponsor, Nancy Mosser Casting, we’ve taken our VO classes online. We’re hosting our classes on Zoom, the most popular online videoconferencing platform for training and education, and students are able use Zoom software for free in the comfort and safety of their homes. Among the many benefits of being online:
–No more traveling to the downtown Pittsburgh studio every week;
–Class size isn’t limited by the size of the control room;
–Participants are no longer limited by their proximity to the studio: we now have students all over the country;
–We don’t have to schedule time in a professional studio, so we can charge lower fees.
We offer several curriculum “levels” to voice-over trainees, based on their experience:
—TAKE 1 –Introductory/Overview classes for VO novices or those with little or long-ago experience;
—TAKE 2 –Intermediate classes for students who are grads of Introductory classes &/or have some VO experience;
—TAKE 3 –Advanced Labs for VO Pros — may include group classes, one-on-one coaching, and/or demo prep;
—VOICE-OVER DEMO PRODUCTION –By either Amy, Jack, or the two of us together.
Note that the lines between these categories are fuzzy, and most students will qualify for at least two of them at any given time.
- *** Hartman-Bailey TAKE 1: INTRODUCTION to VOICE-OVERS Workshop ***
- This is the workshop that we’ve been developing for over 20 years, with hundreds of satisfied students.
- It features:
- …General VO business info — demos, agents, casting directors & websites, self-marketing, union membership, etc.
…Individual “mic time,” directed by Amy &/or Jack
- …Registration for each class is limited to 15 students
- …Fee: $270 for six 2.5-hour classes — a 25% price drop from our studio workshops!
—MONDAY TAKE 1: Intro to VO Workshop, Summer ’20 — 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Six Consecutive Mondays: July 6, 13, 20, 27; August 3 and 10.
- —TUESDAY TAKE 1: Intro to VO Workshop, Summer ’20 — 7:00 – 9:30 PM
- Six Consecutive Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28; August 4 and 11.
**REGISTER HERE** for a Monday or Tuesday HARTMAN-BAILEY TAKE 1: Intro to VO Workshop!
- *** Presenting our THURSDAY VO LABS! ***
- We divide each class time into a balance of lecture — giving students information about the voice-over business — and student readings+direction. Both are essential in VO classes, but we’ve found that we can’t get into the necessary depth on our lecture topics and still have time for every student to do readings in each class. So we’ve created an optional, weekly VO Lab so you can get supplemental “mic time” if you want it, and it’s open to all current workshoppers. Any week that you feel that you want to get some additional reading practice, you can register for that Thursday’s LAB right up until two hours before class time!
Optional THURSDAY VO LABS— 7:00-9:30 PM
Six Consecutive Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6 and 13.
Fee: $35 per session attended
Register for any LAB session that you want to attend — right up until 5:00 PM on Thursday class night — through the link below. Confirmed registered students will be sent a password-protected invitation to the class.
HARTMAN-BAILEY THURSDAY VO LABS:
*** HARTMAN-BAILEY TAKE 2: INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE VO WORKSHOP ***
As stated above, we disseminate general information about the VO business in our TAKE 1: Intro to VOs class. In this TAKE 2: INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE VO course, we go into a lot more depth in both essential information and intensive script interpretation. And as a current workshopper, you’ll have access to Thursday Labs to sharpen up your readings.
…Guerilla Self-Marketing strategies: how and where to find work, and how to let work find you;
…Intensive script and mic work, with emphasis on demo preparation; [No, you won’t walk away with a demo.*]
…Prioritizing your next moves;
…Advice on building your Home VO Studio;
…and other topics & exercises essential to getting your voice out there & into the market!
[*–Demo production is a whole different thing. We’ll explain why in class.}
–Class size is limited, and registration is by invitation only* — open to TAKE 1 graduates, Voice Acting program graduates, and working VO pros.
*Note: If you’ve been invited to register for this Take 2 workshop, you’ll receive a private link to a registration page.
–Fee: $270 for (six) 2.5-hour sessions
—TAKE 2: INTENSIVE INTERMEDIATE VO Workshop — 7:00 – 9:30 PM
Six Consecutive Wednesdays: July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 5 and 12.
Questions about Registration?
Contact [email protected]
—”Very energetic, personable, down-to-earth and entertaining, the two instructors work amazingly well together.”
—[re: Amy]: “Great instruction, eye contact and spirit.” [re: Jack]: “Great stories, honest feedback, and dense, invaluable wisdom about the industry.” [Summary]: “Well worth the investment!”
—“I love learning from and being coached by both you and Amy! I can’t imagine that this experience could be any better, both because of your collective expertise and the heart-felt attitude that you both project.”
—“The safe, supportive, and creative environment that Jack and Amy have built really makes it fun to explore and try new things each week. I can’t wait to keep working with you guys!”
— “Having worked in the VO industry professionally for many years, I can honestly say that I learned more from Jack and Amy’s class than I learned in any of the voiceover classes I took during my years in Los Angeles.”
Nancy Mosser Casting Disclaimer: This class is a learning experience. It is not an audition or employment opportunity. When the class is over, neither the instructors nor anyone at Nancy Mosser Casting will be taking home or given access to your headshot, resume or any other of your promotional materials. Please note that the instructors are not casting directors and are not involved with the casting process at our company.