Want to find out if your voice can make some money for you?
Then sign up for the Getting Paid to Talk class, which will be June 21 at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.
The class is sponsored by the Kennewick Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with Voice Coaches.
The New York City-based organization provides educational resources, training and professional development to those interested in voice acting.
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"We are an industry leader in voice over production, voice evaluation, one-on-one training and demo development across the county and Canada," said Warren Garling, marketing director for Voice Coaches. "People from virtually all walks of life are turning to voice acting for supplemental or retirement income or as a full-time career."
The class is intended as an upbeat, realistic introduction to the voice-over field, which is ideal for anyone curious about it, said David Bourgeois, president and creative director for Voice Coaches.
"One thing your readers may find interesting is that while most people immediately think of commercials when they hear the word voice-over, commercials only comprise about 10 percent of available work opportunities," Bourgeois said in an email to the Herald. "The majority of our field is made up of narrative voice-over, which is any voice-over that does not directly sell or promote a product or service."
That would include audiobooks, training and educational material, documentary, historical and biographical work, as well as gaming and phone systems.
The advantage of voice work is that people don't have to worry about how they look, he added.
"Because of that, things like age become much less of an issue," Bourgeois said. "In fact, as the voice matures into our late 40s through late 60s, many people convincingly portray an age range of more than 30 years with their voice. So, the greater age becomes a greater opportunity."
The class is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 21. Cost is $20 for Kennewick residents and $30 for nonresidents. Deadline to register is Monday. Call 585-4293.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com