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Whether you’re looking to break-in to the career of your dreams
or to expand your repertoire of voice acting skills, TalkShop’s got
your number -- with classes led by top casting directors, agents and

“This is who you go to when you want to become a professional
  in the voiceover business!”

         Roger Rose - Voice of CBS Monday Night Comedies,
         Leopard Seal on Happy Feet
         William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Our Workshops

Beginning with your first evening, you’ll work on the mic in our
world-class studio, learning in a real world professional environment
(not just someone’s living room), progressively building your skills
and confidence level. Each evening presents multiple opportunities
to record your own performances in a relaxed, fun, challenging and
creative atmosphere. Begin to gain the experience and know-how
to help you break-in, become competitive and start booking.

Basics 1                                                                    6 weeks: $495
Think you’ve got the knack?
If you’re new to voiceover, this is where you begin.
Basics 1 will give the foundation, principles
and techniques you need to begin a successful voiceover career.

Topics covered:

  • Anatomy of a voiceover commercial
  • How the pros interpret commercial copy
  • How to work the mic – and let the mic work for you
  • Choosing your performance attitude
  • Finding the “conversation” in the copy
  • Getting over the fear/anxiety of stepping into the booth
  • What producers expect from your performance, and how to give it to them
  • The business of voiceover and how to become an expert

Basics 2 / Intermediate                                         6 weeks: $495

We continue to build on the foundation started in Basics 1 by focusing on:

  • Getting to the heart of the copy
  • Current trends in TV and radio advertising
  • Developing timing skills
  • Finding your unique voice persona
  • The balance between real and retail
  • Character-driven monologues and dialogues
  • Performance techniques that lead to booking
  • Preparing for your demo

Guest Directors Workshops                               6 weeks: $595

It’s everybody’s favorite: 6 weeks, 6 different Guest Directors. With a variety of highly successful working talent, casting directors, talent agents, advertising executives, each week has something exciting to offer – new perspectives, great tricks and helpful hints, what’s working out there and how to make it work for you!


Marketing for The Voiceover Artist                   3 hrs: $195

In addition to having great voiceover acting skills – what’s going to make you stand out from the crowd? Nationally known VO talent DC Douglas reveals the secrets of how to sell yourself and get noticed in this challenging market. Bring your notepad to jot down the many tricks on how best to make your mark and get your demo heard.

One Day Weekend Intensive                               5 hrs + lunch break: $195

Think Voiceover Bootcamp. Part seminar, part workshop,
it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the possibilities.

  • Quick warm-up techniques
  • Dealing with difficult producers
  • The art and etiquette of the booth
  • Agent-grabbing discussions
  • Making it to call-back
  • Perfecting your reading skills
  • Legals and speed-reading
  • Invaluable handouts

Private Coaching                                                       1 hour: $100

Sometimes a voiceover actor feels the need for a little personal
attention – to find a new angle, get over a difficult hump, or simply
focus more specifically on your individual sound. Private one-on-one
coaching is perfect for this… it’s one hour that’s all about you.

As opportunities arise – we are constantly adding and updating
our Class Schedule...

Keep checking this site for new and fun special classes…

For rates and upcoming class start dates –
Call TalkShop at: (818) 908-9200
or email us at:

Get the competitive edge – call TalkShop now!

Our Instructors

Martha Mayakis spent the first 14 years of her voiceover career at
The Voicecaster as one of the most well-known and highly respected
voiceover casting directors in the country. Currently the casting
manager at TalkShop, she has cast and personally directed
thousands of projects. A veteran teacher, she’s coached and
nurtured the careers of hundreds of actors, many of whom have
gone on to successful careers of their own. Her insightful direction
and charming wit make her a favorite with novices, veteran talent
and celebrities alike.

Casting director Gary Giambo – also began his career at The
, where he spent 8 years as the
most popular booth director in LA – directing hundreds of
well-known voiceover pros and celebrities. Ask any
working voice talent and they’ll sing the praises of Gary’s easy-
going yet on-the-money direction. His weekly workout group is
an industry staple for good reason – he’s a blast to work with.

"Here's the bottom line, if you're serious about becoming a voice over talent or you're already a voice over talent and want to be better, there's only one place that I would recommend, and that place is TalkShop. And there's only one reason (well actually two) that I would send people there, Martha Mayakis and Gary Giambo. Simply the best directors and teachers in the business, period. If you don't believe me, you could do what I did when I started in the voice over end of this business years ago... spend thousands of dollars on classes with different, so called, teachers and directors all over town, and then go to Martha and Gary. You'd be sorry you didn't go there first."
        Kim Strauss - Voice of movie trailers and commercials
        DPN Talent Agency