Voiceover Island.com is your source for outstanding voiceovers
delivered same-day via the web for radio and TV commercials, corporate
and educational videos, PowerPoint presentations, podcasts, audiobooks,
animation and more.
recording sessions were held recently at Voiceover Island Studio
for THE NEW YORK GUITAR EXPO, voiced by RICH KELLY, and for
PETER NERO and THE PHILLY POPS, voiced by BRIAN GALLAGHER.
In fact, Brian recorded all of the spots for the entire season of
Pops concerts right here. Also,
special congratulations to former student BOB BEAUCHEANE, who recently
became the newest voice of NFL Films. Wow! Following in the
huge footsteps of Philadelphia legends John Facenda and Harry Kallas
is no small accomplishment. In fact, it's
a tremendous credit...and more proof that Philly breeds
Chuck McKibben...a Broadcast Announcer/Narrator for five decades,
Hollywood Audio Producer/Studio Manager for the legendary "Man
of 1,000 Voices," Mel Blanc, former
New York Advertising Agency Producer/Director for 30 years, and
a newly-inducted member of The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia.
I'm also Philly's ONLY full-time Voiceover Career Coach. If you
need an outstanding Voice Actor for a radio, TV or corporate video
project, please click the 'Voice Casting Services' shell on the
left for mp3 samples of fresh new talents trained by me, and let
us be your AUDIO SUPPORT TEAM!
what the creator of the elegant HARMONY PHI jewelry collection did.
HERE to visit their beautiful website, then go the tab called
"Discover the magic of an ancient secret" to hear
my narration explaining the mystical inspiration behind these truly
elegant pendants (shown here), rings and earrings.
own audiobook readings of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story,
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the chilling story of The
Things That Are Not There by C.J. Henderson, recorded for AudioRealms.com,
selling very well. Other titles I've had the pleasure of performing
include The Time Traders and Voodoo Planet, both by
Andre Norton, and Shadow Kingdoms, by Robert E. Howard, are
sold world-wide on sites like AudioRealms plus Amazon and Barnes
& Noble. Just type "Charles McKibben" in the search
box to find them
you here because you want to start your
own successful voiceover career?
Then I'm happy to tell you that you'ver found Philadelphia's ONLY
source for PRIVATE VOICEOVER TRAINING and COMPLETE DEMO
PRODUCTION! If you are interested in entering the voice acting
(and include your phone number in your correspondence,
first, please read more about how and why my VO training is the
smartest choice you can make, because it could literally save
you THOUSANDS of dollars!
story goes like this: At the age of 6, I became fascinated by the
world of voiceovers. The luckiest people on earth, I believed, were
the voice actors who worked for Walt Disney or Warner Bros. So I
began my career in 1963 the only way I could in Dayton, Ohio, as
a radio announcer; by 1972, I was employed by Hollywood's
legendary "Man of 1,000 Voices," Mel Blanc, to be
his personal recording engineer and audio producer.
extraordinary experience of working for the most famous voice actor
of the 20th century, who gave life to "Bugs Bunny" and
virtually every other "Looney Tunes" character, was a
priceless education. It prepared me to go on to 30
years in New York as the Broadcast Production Director for two major
advertising agencies, and also to become a successful freelance
voiceover artist myself. Among thousands of credits, I especially
loved introducing "My First SONY" to the world as the
product line's spokesman in 'the '80's (you can view my first spot
for SONY on YouTube); being the Senior Promo Announcer for
Time Warner Cable of New York City through the '90's; and being
the signature voice of New York's top Lexus dealership, Lexus of
Smithtown, for a remarkable run of 15 years. (To hear MY OWN GENERAL
VOICE DEMO, please click HERE.)
had a wonderful adventure in this business, have won quite a few
broadcast production awards, but most importantly, I've received
the friendship, trust and respect of my students. Being thought
of as their mentor has become the greatest satisfaction in my life.
so you'd like to get into voiceovers, too. Well, I'm all about helping
you, whether you're in the greater Philadelphia area, or would like
to study via Distance Learning, which I offer using the phone and
internet, plus free screen-sharing technology (please ask for details).
No doubt, you're wondering how much you'll need to spend for comprehensive
voiceover career training. Happily, the answer is NOT thousands
of dollars! My training is THE AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE to those outfits
who want only to empty out your wallet and max out your credit card!
Some time ago, I received this email request from a prospective
student, very similar to hundreds before. It said:
am seriously interested in starting a voiceover career, and was
researching classes on-line when I found your website. I took a
one-day class at a local college, and they said my voice was really
good, but the cost of their course seemed very high (over $3,000!).
That's why I'm looking around. Could you please send me more information
about your lessons, so that I can compare and decide who to study
with? Also, would
you tell me honestly if I don't have what it takes to be in voiceovers?"
how I answered that request. I'm hoping it will provide answers
to your questions, as well. This letter covers every detail
about my training, and why it is so unique:
you by any chance just attend a local 'Introduction to Voiceovers'
presentation from a company that charges over $3,000 for their 'course'?
Naturally, they require you to put that whole amount on your
credit card right up-front. Their
so-called 'casting director' probably raved about your great
natural talent, so you're tempted to 'go for it,' in spite of the
huge price tag.
They may seem to be 'endorsed' or 'approved' by a college
or university, because that's where they hold their presentations,
but please know the truth: all they have done is rent a room.
They're not actually connected with any real educational
institution in any way. And you most certainly
do not have to pay anything like $3,500 to $5,000 to train for a
career in voiceovers.
BY CONTRAST, my training is just $60 per one-hour lesson, pay-as-you-go.
Period. Your first 'orientation' lesson, that covers the 'business
of the business,' is a full 3 hours long, for a total flat
fee of only $60. I ask for nothing in advance. I don't fill you
full of false praise, but instead tell you honestly about your weaknesses,
as well as your strengths. I've turned away many potential students
who had little reaIistic chance of succeeding. I produce your demo
in class as a part of your studies, and unlike the restrictions
imposed by some VO teachers, you are free to take away any and all
recordings you make in class. They are yours, with no strings attached
and no extra 'demo production' fees.
the initial "orientation" lesson, we
begin building demos in your completely customized, one-on-one studio
recording sessions, which are at least an hour (often more) in length.
These are held in my world-class studio, by appointment (you
set the appointments to fit your schedule), OR are done from
wherever you live via the internet using screen-sharing (please
inquire for details). Hours are from 11 AM into the evening on weekdays,
with some limited weekend hours available. Take your class once
a week, every other week, or even just once a month, as you choose.
You determine your own schedule.There is no 'one size fits
all' cirriculum, because that doesn't work in voiceovers. You study
with me at your pace until you decide you are ready to end
your training, and begin competing successfully in the voiceover
industry. When your training is complete, you will have an outstanding
portfolio of demos, recorded in class; you will know how to build
and an inexpensive little recording studio (as essential to a voice
actor today as a camera is to a professional photographer);
how to interpret scripts and win auditions;
and how to market yourself, using not only the internet to audition
and book jobs, but also every other time-tested direct marketing
avenue. This is 'hands-on, learn-by-doing' training that is absolutely
complete. If you are a brilliant, lightning-fast learner, it will
require as little as a few weeks to master your skills. If you are
an average student, it will take a few short months. If you don't
seem to possess the aptitude to do well in this field, I will politely
recommend that you not pursue it. It's as simple as that.
is NO SUCH THING as getting all the training and experience you
need for a voiceover career in a single weekend. That's absolute
bunk. It is no more possible than becoming an actor or musician
in that amount of time. Nor are you 'in the business' just because
you have 'made a demo.' If that's all you have to show for your
'training,' that's a pretty awful return on you $3,500 to $5,000
investment. I've met many people who have experienced 'buyer's remorse'
upon being victimized by 'voiceover training' mills.
My credentials and methods are in in stark contrast to so many others.
I offer 50 years of experience in the voiceover field. I have been
an award-winning broadcast producer, director and nationally-recognized
voice artist in both Hollywood and New York for longer than many
people in the business have been alive. I had the rare honor of
being the personal recording engineer for Mel Blanc, the most famous
voice artist of all time. I'm on several on-line lists of private
coaches, and am endorsed by respected VO textbook author/authority
Harlan Hogan (harlanhogan.com). My bio is on Wikipedia, and Wiki
has included my name in its short list of 'Audio Book Narrators.'
happen to be the only private voiceover coach in the entire Philadelphia
area, but even if there were others, I would still have to say,
quite candidly, that I don't think you could study with a more knowledgeable
voiceover instructor, or a more dedicated mentor.
I do hope to meet with you sometime soon. Thanks again for contacting
me. Please phone (215) 677-2295 anytime, and let's have a nice chat
to get acquainted. I regret that I CANNOT ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT
MY TRAINING VIA EMAIL, because I am simply too busy teaching to
write lengthy letters. The answers to any emails such as, "Please
tell me more about your training," are all laid about above.
While I appreciate all inquiries, there is really nothing more to
add, so please do not expect a written response. However, I WILL
BE HAPPY TO PHONE YOU if you'll be kind enough to include your number.
It may take a few days to respond, due to my busy schedule, but
I'll get back to you. Of course, you are welcome to phone me anytime,
so please do. Thank you!"
I've helped get many VO careers established through the years, by
providing COMPREHENSIVE CAREER TRAINING that includes ALL
the skills that are now considered essential to becoming a WORKING
VOICE ARTIST. In other words, I don't just teach my students how
to read scripts; I teach them how to SUCCEED IN THE VOICEOVER BUSINESS.
The final goal is NOT to make a demo CD; that's just a minor promotional
tool, not a career destination
fact, it's no longer really necessary to make any hard copies
of your demo tracks, since the voiceover business is now largely
conducted online. Sites that connect voice seekers with voice talents,
such as my favorite, www.Voices.com,
make it easy to market yourself world-wide from wherever you live.
I recommend Voices because, in addition to having by far the largest
number of visitors each month (measured in the many tens of thousands),
they have lots of unique selling tools not found on other sites.
example, when my students book jobs through Voices, they get displayed
in the "Recently Hired" section plus the "Featured
Talent" section of the home page...thus generating as many
as several hundred additional listens by producers seeking
talent that week. The result? Quite possibly another job from another
producer, and a trip back onto the "Recently Hired" list
to be discovered all over again! I've witnessed how effective this
marketing technique really is, because I've been seen students of
mine appear on the list week after week...with as many as four of
my students on the list at the same time!
achieve a successful voiceover career, proper marketing is as important
as having a good voice. Let's say you wanted to be the next big
singing star. You'd have to know much more than just how to sing.
You'd have to learn about the entire recording industry...how
to get signed by a label, work with agents and managers, get promoted,
create albums, get your songs on the radio, go on tours and all
it's not nearly so hard to become a well-trained voiceover artist,
but you absolutely WILL want to learn all the things that I teach,
to record and edit your own digital voice tracks (even if you're
create an inexpensive yet great-sounding home studio;
to market your voice to the world via the internet; plus...
to succeed in traditional auditions with agents and casting directors
(I have decades of insight as a producer to share with you!)
my student, you'll RECORD EVERY LESSON in a BROADCAST-QUALITY STUDIO,
BUILDING YOUR DEMO SAMPLES IN CLASS! Your best readings are never
wasted as "practice." This is the FAST TRACK to producing
your completed samples, with no need for a separate, extra-fee demo
session at the end of a number of lessons. I always "bank"
your in-class readings for later inclusion on your demo...and you'll
take home a CD of your work from each lesson, or an mp3 if you prefer.
rates are about HALF of what voiceover teachers charge in New York.
This is PRIVATE, ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING that delivers the RESULTS you
want in a hurry, yet is AFFORDABLY PRICED. I can't see any reason
why voiceover lessons should be priced any higher than music lessons...and
I especially can't see why you should pay anyone thousands of dollars
in advance for your training!
me, there is NO UP-FRONT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT...no minimum number
of required lessons. Simply pay as you go, as you would with a piano
or singing teacher. TAKE CLASSES AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE...days, evenings
or weekends, every week, every other week, etc. I'm flexible, and
will work with you to make lessons fit your budget and your lifestyle.
me at (215) 677-2295, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for your FREE, no-obligation consultation via phone...and
if you don't get a same-day response from me when you leave a message,
PLEASE CALL AGAIN! (Please
note again that, due to my extremely busy schedule, I simply can't
send lengthy email answers to questions like "How do I get
into voiceovers?" However, I do encourage you to include your
phone number in any emails, so that I can call you to chat.)
look forward to speaking with you. If I'm not available, please
leave a message and I'll get back to you. Also, check this site
frequently for new information as it becomes available. Thanks!
now, for something completely different," as they used to say
on Monty Python. I'd like an opportunity to share my thoughts on
urgent environmental issues with you.
became environmentally aware late in life, but better late than
never. I can't recall a time when there has been such an onslaught
of attacks upon nature, so now I'm speaking out however I can in
defense of our fragile planet. Yes, I'm a "tree hugger,"
and proud of it. My latest thoughts follow...
DESTROYING PENNSYLVANIA'S MAGNIFICENT MOUNTAINS?
answer is COAL MINING COMPANIES, who aren'e so much "mining"
as just blowing up the mountaintops to get at imbedded coal seams.
The former mountaintop is then dumped into a neighboring valley
as rubble, usually polluting the fresh-water stream running through
that valley. Precious topsoil and trees get dumped, too. The results
of this destruction are often devasting to local residents, many
of whom have lived for many generations in their little rural homes.
Unfortunately for these folks, they aren't a wealthy, influential
power block that can afford to take on the giant coal interests.
So they suffer in silence, because their plight never makes the
news in the big cities.
not just Pennsylvania's glorious mountains that are being destroyed
in a mad pursuit of fossil fuels, however. Peaceful, life-giving
pastures across the state are just as vulnerable to "fracking,"
in which gas is released from layers of rocks through underground
blasting. This has plenty of nasty, polluting consequences, too.
may be saying, "Well, the EPA will work to stop the pollution."
Here's where the news gets really bad. Not only is the EPA already
rather weak and ineffectual in defending your rights, its very existence
is now being threatened by certain politicians, who must think that
we don't need clean air and water. Maybe they're planning to live
on another planet. Maybe they don't remember the bad old days, when,
for one example, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River was so polluted that
it caught fire in 1969.
politicians who want to roll back the calendar to those free-for-all,
unregulated times are claiming that polluters don't need watching,
and that it's bad for business and jobs when they're forced to clean
up their act. More enlightened minds understand that we can't trust
the fox to guard the henhouse, meaning that polluters will not (and
in the past, did not) clean up their own mess if it cost them money.
job creation, their will be plenty of workers needed in environmentally-friendly
energy long into the future. For example, there's a very busy crew
using heavy earth-moving equipment in the neighboring village of
Bryn Aythn, installing a huge system for extracting underground
thermal energy to heat the magnificent New Church Cathedral. They're
looking at never needing to burn any fossil fuel ever again, to
warm their huge, historic chapel. To my mind, these are smart, forward-thinking
folks. It's a big investment now, but it will pay off for decades
or even centuries to come. If we stick with dirty coal (and by the
way, there is no such thing as "clean coal"), and the
other fossil fuels, we're just burning up the future...and destroying
our environment in the process.
the same lines, here's an excellent site about another important
environmental issue in Pennsylvania, urban sprawl: www.davidhanauer.com/buckscounty/sprawl.
Thank you for reading this, and giving some thought toward protecting
our planet. I appreciate your kind consideration.
McKibben, Summer 2012
LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR: You'll find interesting recollections
from the Mel Blanc era in Chuck’s
his sojourn in the movie capitol, he became
Director of two New York ad agencies, writing, producing and directing
hundreds of commercials while building his own successful voiceover
career. He added private voiceover coaching to his activities in
the mid-'80's; years later, he again established new standards in
the quality of voiceover training in the "Big Apple" as
Dean of the New York Voiceover Academy. Today,
Chuck McKibben is a respected national authority on the subject
of voiceovers; for example, The
Los Angeles Times featured
him in an interview on July 26,
Entertainment reporter Deborah Netburn asked him for tips on voiceover
career preparation while noting his "perfect, unaccented diction."
long, successful run as a voice artist includes
for "blue chip" advertisers like SONY, RCA, Michelin,
Crain’s New York Business, the NY Metro Energy Council, Kirlin Securities,
ExecutiveHealth Exams and New York's WLNY-TV; years
of imaging and promos for Time Warner Cable of NY; plus
countless spots for retailers and automotive clients. His
track record in the luxury-car market is highlighted by a remarkable
15 years as the spokesman for New York's premiere Lexus
dealership. He's also been the spokesperson for both
the Cadillac and Honda dealer groups of the New York
note that links to two of the biggest voiceover
talent websites, Voice 123 and Voices.com,
are presented below for your information. Both sites get
a huge number of unique visitors each month (just type
in their names under "site profile" on compete.com
to see current visitor stats), and both provide a showcase for many
of Chuck McKibben's past and present students. These sites offer
free Guest Memberships, and typically send out a dozen or so voiceover
job leads PER DAY to their members. Chuck McKibben accepts
absolutely no fees for referrals to these or any other websites,
and is not affiliated with any sites that promote voiceover services,
sell audio equipment, etc. Being completely independent,
he can therefore offer unbiased advice concerning membership in
these or any other on-line voice marketplaces, and recommend various
excellent sources for equipment.
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