How long are the 1-on-1 sessions?
Our 1-on-1 sessions are 45-60 minutes in length.
Where and how do the coaching sessions take place?
Coaching sessions will take place via Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, or an approved messenger app. All appointments are subject to rescheduling (including demo recording sessions) based on the coach's discretion and availability.
May I contact my coach between scheduled sessions?
Absolutely! Please use e-mail and be respectful of business hours. Do not text or send Facebook messages except at your coach’s request. Allow at least 24 hours for a response.
How do I book my coaching sessions?
We use Square calendar for our coaching appointments (a link will be provided).
All students are responsible for making their own appointments with a coach. After requesting an appointment, the coach will either confirm the time or suggest changes. Once you receive confirmation, be sure to check any notes your coach has included. They may give you an assignment to help you prepare for your session.
If you can’t find a day/time that works with your schedule, please contact us and we’ll make arrangements. We’re flexible and will work with you as best we can!
What if I have to cancel a session? Can I reschedule it?
We're very flexible! You do not have to schedule your sessions at the same day and time every week. You can cancel and submit a request to reschedule your coaching session. We do appreciate 24 hours notice for cancellations and reschedules!
How long do the courses take to complete?
Our courses are customized for each student, and we strongly believe in working with you at your own pace! That being said, you can typically expect:
The Big Kahuna: 3-6 months
The Baby Kahuna: 2-4 months
Kahuna Jr: 1-2 months
What will be covered in each session?
When you sign up for either the Big or Baby Kahuna program, you will be sent a welcome packet with a curriculum checklist. This includes descriptions of all topics covered as well as a way to keep track of your progress. You can also see a basic curriculum outline of our Big Kahuna program on our website at https://www.votrainingprograms.info/programs.
How do I book my demo?
Congratulations! It's demo time! At the end of your training program, your coach will let you know it is time to book your demo. Search for a recording studio in your area. You'll want to find a place that offers 60-minute demo sessions for voice over talents. The studio's recording fee is covered up to $100 when you sign up for a Universal Voice Talent course! Consult with your coach and the studio to find a day and time that works for all three of you.
When you call to make an appointment with the studio, you'll need to ask the engineer the following questions:
"Do you offer 60-minute recording sessions for voice over talents? We only need the raw files, no producing or effects necessary on your end!"
"How much do you charge for a 60-minute session?"
(If your coach is directing your remotely as opposed to in-person) "My coach will be directing me remotely live. Do you have the ability to make that happen by either phone patch, skype, or facetime?" (Note- we can always direct a session via speakerphone, but phone patch is ideal!)
"The session needs to be recorded at 41,000, 16-bit mono; is that a possibility?"
"Would you be able to send the recordings along with the studio fee invoice to my coach?” (Terry Daniel at Terry@UniversalVoiceTalent.com)
If you are unable to book your demo recording session for some reason, please contact Shaun by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide him with your name, city/state or zip code, and availability, and he will get your demo booked at a studio in your area. If you have selected a specific coach to direct your demo session, be sure to mention his or her name as well.
How long does it take for UVT to produce my demo?
We want your demo to be perfect! After we receive the files from the recording studio, the production process usually takes 3-4 weeks. Our motto is that quality can’t be rushed!
While you’re waiting, check out this “What to Do Checklist” for ways to use the time to further your new voice over career!
I’ve completed all the coaching sessions in my program, but my coach says I’m not demo ready. Now what?
It is possible that a student may need more coaching before being ready to record a demo. Quality can’t be rushed and we want your demo to sound fabulous! We won’t waste your money by producing a demo that doesn’t sound professional. If you need a significant number of additional coaching sessions, Terry will talk with you about pricing and the best options for you.
When do you start working on my website?
We typically begin working on your website as we get closer to recording your demo(s)! When the time comes, you’ll be sent a Google Form to fill out for our webmaster. This is to get ideas from you on colors, domain names, layout, etc.
Keep in mind that the Big Kahuna program includes website design and creation, but you will still be responsible for purchasing your own domain and hosting plan. We’ll help walk you through this process when the time comes.
Do you offer payment plans?
Tuition is preferred upfront due to the cost associated with starting your program. If this isn't possible, we’ll gladly discuss a payment plan. Please contact us at email@example.com so we can work together to find a plan that's right for you.
Ok, I have my demo!! ...now what?
You've had the basic training, you've got the website, and you're the proud owner of a fabulous demo. Make sure you don't let it sit idly on your computer! Now is the time to market yourself, submit to agencies, and begin auditioning. Now is the time to apply everything you've learned from all of those marketing sessions and launch your new business! Remember that we're your mentors, and we're here to help you through this process as well. Get out there and achieve something incredible!
Do you offer ongoing coaching after demo production or for the working voice actor?
Yes, of course! This is highly recommended. Additional coaching sessions are available and can be purchased individually or bundled for a discount. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.