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Events for May 2016
Sunday, May 1st
'You Should Do Audiobooks' Master Class - Live Workshop and Online
The V.O. Dojo / Los Angeles and Online
The V.O. Dojo presents the "You Should Do Audiobooks" Master Class with award-winning audiobook narrator Christa Lewis - both as an in-person workshop in Los Angeles, and online - available from anywhere in the world. Lewis has won Earphone awards for her narrations, is a valued Sensei on the V.O. Dojo team, and is also presenting at the Audio Publisher's Annual Conference on May 10. Attendees to this workshop will discover where and how to make money in audiobook narration, how to best invest your time, and acquire insider marketing strategies to propel your career forward. From 10 am - 3 pm PST.
Saturday, May 7th
Accent on Dialects
Patrick Fraley, with Scott Brick and Deb Doetzer / Chicago
Join three VO masters for a day and learn the only dialect system created specifically for voice over. Host Patrick Fraley, working with Scott Brick and Deb Doetzer, will teach you to narrate audiobooks with extended recording time using German, Russian, British, Irish, and New York accents. Their system uses rapid critical accuracy with essential authenticity so you can perform dialects in minutes in a pinch. Deb Doetzer works in animation, interactive games, toys, narration, and commercials, and teaches voice over and performance skills at the Second City Training Center, Acting Studio Chicago, and DePaul University. Scott Brick has recorded more than 750 audiobooks using dialects and accents in most of them. Pat Fraley has taught and performed dialects his entire career; his 43-dialect audiobook performance of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” earned him rave reviews. Recordings from the day may be used on your demo.
Tuesday, May 10th
Audio Publishers Association Conference (APAC)
Audio Publishers Association / McCormick Place, Chicago
Considered to be the premier event in the audiobook industry, the Audio Publishers Association's Annual Conference (APAC) comes this year to McCormick Place in Chicago. The conference, held in conjunction with Book Expo America, is designed to address industry trends and allow industry leaders to share ideas and network with others. APAC will offer a Business Track (formerly the Publisher Track) and a Performance Track (formerly the Narrator Track). Keynote speaker is Yoel Flohr, founder of Ventuation, a boutique strategy consulting company working with select start-ups and corporations in the digital media space. 
Wednesday, May 11th
2016 Audie Awards Gala
Audio Publishers Association / Adler Planetarium, Chicago
Awards for this year’s best audiobooks and best narrators in the voice over industry will be presented during the 2016 Audies Gala, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association,  at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Four audiobooks are finalists in the coveted competition for Best Audiobook of the Year. Awards will also be presented in 25 additional audiobook categories, as well as 2016’s new categories of Excellence in Design, Marketing, and Production. The black-tie optional festivities will be hosted by award-winning comedian, author and commentator Paula Poundstone.
Sunday, May 15th
Online Course
Five Online VO Classes Begin Sunday, May 15
Marc Cashman / Online
If you are an intermediate or advanced voice over student, working part-time or full-time with a VO demo already done or ready to record, this Sunday series of five 3-hour online classes will provide a boost to your career. Award-winning director Marc Cashman can teach you to analyze any script in minutes, direct yourself effectively, determine appropriate delivery for any copy, and perform consistently on every take. To be eligible to participate, you need to have a microphone or headset and audition-quality recording space. At the end of the course, you’ll receive a VO Report Card with an assessment of your current voice acting skills. Limited to 8 students; fee payable in three installments.
Tuesday, May 17th
Online Course
"You Should Do Voiceover!" Six-Week Virtual Intensive
Tish Hicks
Should you do voice over? This six-week online introduction to the industry begins May 17 with voice over pro Tish Hicks. YSDVO Virtual is a comprehensive overview of everywhere your voice can be making money. The sessions cover what voiceover is, what it takes to get started, and what it takes to succeed. You’ll explore all of the VO genres and discover the infinite possibilities—and the realities—of creating and sustaining a viable career wherever you are. Coaching instructor Tish Hicks has been a successful voice over artist in LA for 15 years, performing in commercials for Citibank, HP, Subaru and many other clients, as well as giving voice to audiobooks, animation, and other VO genres.
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