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VO Peeps Exclusive - Affordable, Amazing Headshots by CeCe Canton

Hey Peeps!


I am so excited!  CeCe Canton is coming to our February Meetup!  And she'll be offering the Peeps a huge added bonus:
Affordable, Amazing Headshots!  

If you have attended any of the VOICE events, you already know what an amazing photographer she is! She just did my new series of headshots and I absolutely love her!  She has agreed to offer you a truly outstanding special on headshots (suitable for marketing, Facebook, websites and other social media) during our February Meetup with Richard Horvitz!  

Just $100 for one, new, killer headshot, to start your year of promotions off right! Or an all inclusive package for just $200!

WOW.  Anyone who has ever had headshots done knows this is a GREAT price!  But in order to take advantage of this awesome offer you need to sign up ASAP!   Interested? Just email CeCe directly at info@cecephoto.com and she'll confirm your session time!  For more information, make sure to check out CeCe's website at http://cecephoto.com/ 

Here's how it works: 

When: Saturday, Feb 16 4-6pm 
Where: At the Feb 2013 VO Peeps Meetup with Richard Horvitz!
Sessions:
In a quick and fun 10 minutes, you'll get a wonderful blurry, soft background for a very current look. CeCe will be combining natural shade light with on camera flash. It's a great professional look that's perfect for Facebook, Websites, etc.

What you need to do: 
You arrive ready to shoot, hair and clothing in place and CeCe will shoot a variety of angles and views, such as straight on, top down, over the shoulder, so you have lots to choose from.. . about 40-50 images total.

Proofing:
The following day, you will be able to view your proofs from your computer. CeCe will post all the images (minus the blinks) in an online gallery and email you the link. You can even share the link with friends and family to get their help in selecting your two favorite images.

Delivery:
Once you have decided on the images you want, simply email CeCe the numbers, she'll email you back the high res images. Yes! Retouching is available for $35 per image and additional images (after the first 2) are $25 each.

Payment:
You can pay by check or Credit Card day of the shoot or send payment to CeCe via Paypal.com account info@cecephoto.com .  No refunds, however, in the event of an emergency or no show, payment may be applied to a shoot in CeCe's San Diego studio.

Interested? Just email CeCe directly at info@cecephoto.com and she'll confirm your session time!
For more information, make sure to check out CeCe's website at http://cecephoto.com/ 

Secrets of VO February in Irvine


Hey Peeps!
I wanted to share some information on these awesome classes happening soon!  Make sure to check them out!


Secrets of VO Special Event: Video Class Taping 1-28-13
Now Casting/AIA in Burbank
Mon 2013-01-28
7.00pm - 10.00pm
Learn everything you need to expand your VO utility belt to include news and information products, get a complete grounding in how to take advantage of all that Voice123.com has to offer the VO talent, and immerse yourself in the art of cold reading of VO scripts, in a live comprehensive three-hour intensive, all for a fraction of what you'd pay for the individual classes.
Get details and reserve your seat

Secrets of VO Special Event: Video Class Taping 1-30-13
Now Casting/AIA in Burbank
Wed 2013-01-30
7.00pm - 10.00pm
Learn everything you need to expand your VO voicing skills to include both IVR/phone prompt work (some of the most easy to get work) and documentary narration work (some of the most prestigious work), and learn how to adjust to the modern VO world of isolated auditioning by expertly adjusting your reads, in a live comprehensive three-hour intensive, all for a fraction of what you'd pay for the individual classes.
Get details and reserve your seat


Also, The new February 2013 all day intensive class is coming!  Here's what we'll be covering:

• Perfect VO Demos – Part 1: Strategies
• Perfect VO Demos – Part 2: Tactics
• News and Info Products
• BONUS: VO Workout Class

Reserve Your Seat!









Class location and instructor:
[Want Hollywood, Burbank, Irvine or San Francisco?]

Date/Time: SAT 02/09/13 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: Irvine, CA
Instructor: Anne Ganguzza










Reserve your seat:

Participants: $250
Auditors: $150
VO2GoGo Pro members: FREE ADMISSION


You’ll get 4 classes in one day-long intensive:

Class 1: Perfect VO Demos – Part 1: Strategies
Your demo is your first impression. Plan on making it a masterful one.
In this first of two classes on how to create the perfect demo, we look at the strategies – the planning you need – to create the perfect demo for your brand. Commercial demos, IVR demos, narration demos and others are each a calling card that will introduce the buyers of your voice work to your instrument. Your demo process should begin with that very careful planning.

What skills you’ll get:
In this VO2GoGO class, you’ll learn, step-by-step, how to plan, prepare for and find the right production partner to help you execute the creation of your perfect VO demo. Secrets revealed:
- what demos should and shouldn’t include
- the biggest mistakes some demo producers make
- how to create your demo for an audience of one
- how to leverage home equipment to expand your demo portfolio
- and more

Class 2: Perfect VO Demos – Part 2: Tactics
Your demo is your first impression. Produce it perfectly.
In this second half of our in-depth work on demos, we look at the tactics – the actual process with which your demo should be produced. Your demo should created with artful, world class production and distribution to the voice buying community.

What skills you’ll get:
In this VO2GoGO class, you’ll learn, step-by-step, how to execute, voice, produce and distribute your perfect VO demo, with or without a producer/director. Secrets revealed:
- what to do on the day of the demo
- the process to follow when producing on your own
- fine tuning the demo itself – what to include and what to leave out
- how to produce perfect demos in all categories of VO
- and more

Between Class 2 and Class 3,
a one-hour walkaway lunch.

Class 3: News and Info Products
Voice newscasts and audio periodicals for yourself and for others.
Like commercials, narration and IVR, the category of news and information products have a certain style and performance technique unique to the category. Traditional radio and television outlets have been joined by podcasts, satellite, cable, email blasts and other new connections, giving you an even greater opportunity to audition and land these lucrative jobs.

What skills you’ll get:
In this VO2GoGO class, you’ll learn, step-by-step, what information products entail, how news and other periodic products are performed and how to voice auditions and final product. Secrets revealed:
- how the target audience affects your performance
- classic and new styles of news and information performance
- learning from the giants of newscasting
- pricing and client management in the news and information workspace
- and more

Class 4: Bonus On-Mic VO Workout Class
Get up and get your vocal folds moving. Each day-long class will conclude, time permitting, with Participants adding another moment in front of the microphone, with direction and adjustment from the instructor. The Auditors will watch and make note of the adjustments given, and each Participant will receive the MP3 file of this (and the other) recordings made during the day.

What skills you’ll get:
In this VO2GoGO class, you’ll learn, step-by-step, how to approach individual pieces of copy, from any and all categories, and to voice them with an eye towards quickly perfecting the read. Participants will:
- work with alternative copy from the day’s content
- bring their own audition or workout copy
- be directed and adjusted, and recorded on mic
- deepen their knowledge of self-direction and iterative improvement
- and more

Copy provided? You bet.
In this intensive, all students, Auditors and Participants alike, will be provided with lecture notes and VO copy. Participants will be directed and recorded three times throughout the day; Auditors will observe that process. The recordings will be given to each Participant to use as mini-starter demos (in advance of completed professional demos), showing their mastery of the particular category of voicework performed.

Reserve your seat now!
Thanks so much and I hope to see you there! :)

VO Peeps Kick Off 2013 with Special Guest Richard Horvitz!

Hi Peeps!
Woo Hoo!  Happy 2013!  Are you geared up for another GREAT year of Meetups? I sure am!  I am so excited to jump start our New Year with a super special guest - noted character actor, voice actor, and coach Richard Horvitz!  Mark your calendars for February 16, 2013 at 6:30 pm and get ready for some awesome networking, fabulous food, and a whole lot of FUN!  A huge thank you to Richard for taking time out of his busy schedule to be with us - We are so incredibly fortunate to have him!

PLUS We are offering a huge added bonus. . . Affordable, Amazing Headshots by CeCe Canton!  Check out our offer below!

As usual, please make sure to register early as seats will fill up quickly! Members can expect an invitation in their email shortly!  We will also be streaming the meetup LIVE on our Ustream channel - Join in on the fun - we'd love to hear from you!


Let's find out more about Richard:

Richard Horvitz began acting professionally at the age of 10. As a child, he appeared in numerous stage productions. Among the most notable, the musical "Oliver!", starring Dick Shawn and Stubby Kaye. Also as a child, Richard starred in numerous commercials and made many television guest appearances on such shows as "Diff'rent Strokes" (1978),"Head of the Class" (1986), You Can't take it with you, Rags to Riches and many more. As an adult, Richard attended UCLA before leaving to star in the TBS original TV series"Safe at Home" (1986). In 1987, Richard starred along with Mark Harmon and Kirstie Alleyin the Carl Reiner-directed film, Summer School (1987), for Paramount Studios.

Richard was last seen alongside Steve Carell in Crazy Stupid Love (2011) and prior to that with Matt Damon in The Informant (2009).  Other notable films include Race to Space (2001), The Legend of Galgameth (1996) for the Disney Channel and also the film Storm (1999) (V), starring Martin Sheen. Richard also continues to make guest appearances on television, including numerous appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (2003). 

Fans of animation will recognize many of Richard's iconic characters, including "Zim" on Nickelodeon's "Invader ZIM" (2001), "Billy" on Cartoon Networks' "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy"(2001) ("The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy"), "Dagget" on Nickelodeon's "The Angry Beavers" (1997) and many more. Video game titles include, "Psychonauts", "Destroy All Humans", "Kinectimals", "Metal Gear Solid 4" "Ratchet and Clank: Crack in Time" and many other games. Savvy viewers will also recognize Richard as the "Green Grapes" in the Fruit of the Loom commercials.

In addition to his voiceover work, in 2001 he began performing sketch comedy with the very talented and very funny Fred Willard and his sketch comedy group “The MOHOS.” Richard has had the good fortune to appear often with Fred in many sketch shows, as well as many television appearances including twice with him on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. I’ve also made several appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, including a memorable turn as a caroler along with ultimate merry gentleman, Jim Carrey. He also was featured on SNL in the digital shorts “Bear City,” and has appeared on TOSH.0.

In addition to voice acting, he teaches voice over acting to aspiring talent as well as to already established performers. You can check out his current classes at http://www.richardhorvitz.com/classes-a-coaching/classes.

For more information about Richard, please visit his website at http://www.richardhorvitz.com/

Plus: Affordable, Amazing Headshots by CeCe Canton

Just $100 for one, new, killer headshot, to start your year of promotions off right! Or an all inclusive package for just $200!

I am so excited!  If you have attended any of the VOICE events, you already know what an amazing photographer Ce Ce is! She just did my new series of headshots and I absolutely love her!  She has agreed to offer you a truly outstanding special on headshots (suitable for marketing, Facebook, websites and other social media) during our February Meetup with Richard Horvitz!

Here's how it works:

When: Saturday, Feb 16 from 4-6 pm
Where: At the Feb 2013 VO Peeps Meetup with Richard Horvitz!
Sessions:  In a quick and fun 10 minutes, you'll get a wonderful blurry, soft background for a very current look. CeCe will be combining natural shade light with on camera flash. It's a great professional look that's perfect for Facebook, Websites, etc.
What you need to do:   You arrive ready to shoot, hair and clothing in place and CeCe will shoot a variety of angles and views, such as straight on, top down, over the shoulder, so you have lots to choose from.. . about 40-50 images total.
Proofing:  The following day, you will be able to view your proofs from your computer. CeCe will post all the images (minus the blinks) in an online gallery and email you the link. You can even share the link with friends and family to get their help in selecting your two favorite images.
Delivery: Once you have decided on the images you want, simply email CeCe the numbers, she'll email you back the high res images. Yes! Retouching is available for $35 per image and additional images (after the first 2) are $25 each.
Payment:  You can pay by check or Credit Card day of the shoot or send payment to CeCe via Paypal.com account info@cecephoto.com .  No refunds, however, in the event of an emergency or no show, payment may be applied to a shoot in CeCe's San Diego studio.

Interested? Just email CeCe directly at info@cecephoto.com and she'll confirm your session time!  For more information, make sure to check out CeCe's website at http://cecephoto.com/


If you live in the Southern California area and are interested in becoming a VO Peeps member and attending our bi-monthly meetings, please make sure to fill out our membership application. Also, make sure to sign up for our email list to keep up with the latest happenings of the group.

Can't wait to see all of you at the meetup!

Best Wishes and Much Success,
Anne

An evening with Executive Director of the California Film Commission Amy Lemisch


  1. The Media Alliance of Orange County presents:

An evening with Executive Director of the California Film Commission 




DATE: Tuesday February 19th, 2013 
TIME: 6:00 PM Networking over refreshments, no host bar 6:45 PM Program starts
COST: $15 online preregistered, $10 for members of MAOC and MCAI, $20 at the door, Parking: $8

LOCATION: The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, The Pacific Ballroom
21100 Pacific Coast Highway (Enter on Pacific View Ave)
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Phone: (714) 845-8000


PROGRAM: Amy Lemisch, as Executive Director of the California Film Commission, has brought together the media production industry and government to help save jobs and increase production in our state.  Whether you are an independent filmmaker, a media company owner, or a freelancer, you need to get the information Ms. Lemisch will share.


REGISTER: $15 online pre-registered, $10 for members of  MAOC and MCAI, $20 at the door, $8 Parking

Thank You to our Sponsors:




Join our Quest: http://www.maoc.org

Yay! They're here! NEW VO Peeps Monthly Workouts!

First Session Starts Monday, January 28 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Click HERE to register and claim your seat!

Hey Peeps!

You've been asking for it - and we listened! Take your VO skills to a new level and get ready for the new monthly VO Peeps workouts! Exclusively just for members, our new monthly workouts will feature real world audition scripts, directed feedback and individually recorded sessions! These workouts will focus on helping you step up your performance level while working within a group setting. Our goal is to help you grow and break out of that home studio "comfort zone"! You'll get helpful feedback and one-on-one direction that can be a cost effective educational supplement to your current VO coaching and/or training. We'll also feature guest directors from time to time!

Monthly sessions will be 2 hours in length and will be limited to 10 participants for optimal practice and learning time! And you'll get your recorded takes emailed to you after the session!

Our first session kicks off: Monday, January 28 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WHAT: VO Peeps VO Workout
WHEN: Monday, January 28 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: VO Peeps Meetup location
REGISTER: Click HERE to register and claim your seat!

Start your 2013 off right and make your New Year's VO resolutions come true! Contact anne@vopeeps.com or call 949-630-3208 if you have questions or need additional information.

Can't wait to see you at the workout!

Best Wishes and Much Success,
Anne


Hey Peeps!
The new January 2013 all day intensive class is coming!  Here's what we'll be covering:
  • Home VO Gear
  • Auditioning with Audacity
  • Specialty Narration
  • BONUS: VO Workout Class

Date/Time: SAT 12/08/12 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: 138 Long Grass – Irvine
Instructor: Anne Ganguzza

[Want HollywoodBurbankIrvine or San Francisco?]

Reserve your seat:


Participants: $250
Auditors: $150
VO2GoGo Pro members: FREE ADMISSION
Price: $250.00

Reserve your seat now!


You’ll get 4 classes in one day-long intensive:
Class 1: Home VO Gear
Discover high quality home gear that’s inexpensive and portable.
It used to be that going to your VO agent’s office or to a studio somewhere in the city to audition for a VO job was an almost daily event. Not anymore: to be a successful VO artist, you must have excellent home and portable VO equipment. The good news? It can cost you less than $100 to get all you need.

What skills you’ll get:
In this VO2GoGO class, you’ll learn, step-by-step, how to acquire, install and use portable, inexpensive high-quality home VO equipment. Secrets revealed:
- types of studio equipment, and what you really need to succeed
- why you don’t need to soundproof a room
- the trick for making your hotel room absolutely quiet
- the amazing audition app you might already be carrying in your pocket
- and more

Class 2: Auditioning with Audacity
Audition faster and better with the Audacity sound recording software in all VO categories.
Audacity, the free, open-source audio recording, editing and mastering software, has become the standard go-to software package for auditions and production work. Its light weight, its ease of use, and certainly, its price has VO artists flocking to use it. Learn how to make the most of Audacity’s features and benefits, and how to save time while doing better auditions.

What skills you’ll get:
In this VO2GoGO class, you’ll learn, step-by-step, how to use Audacity to better audition and book more jobs. Secrets revealed:

- how to get, install and set up Audacity
- what plugins are essential, and how to use them in VO
- how to make your reads more potent and professional
- how to edit your reads for maximum impact
- and more

Between Class 2 and Class 3,
a one-hour walkaway lunch.


Class 3: Specialty Narration

Secrets revealed:

- identifying non-traditional marketing areas for voicework
- how your passions can be turned into voice projects
- working in specialty narration even if you’re not a trained expert in the field
- pricing and client management in specialty narration
- and more



Class 4: Bonus On-Mic VO Workout Class
Get up and get your vocal folds moving.   Each day-long class will conclude, time permitting, with Participants adding another moment in front of the microphone, with direction and adjustment from the instructor. The Auditors will watch and make note of the adjustments given, and each Participant will receive the MP3 file of this (and the other) recordings made during the day.

What skills you’ll get:
In this Secrets of VO class, Anne Ganguzza teaches you, step-by-step, how to approach individual pieces of copy, from any and all categories, and to voice them with an eye towards quickly perfecting the read. Participants will:

- work with alternative copy from the day’s content
- bring their own audition or workout copy
- be directed and adjusted, and recorded on mic
- deepen their knowledge of self-direction and iterative improvement
- and more

Copy provided? You bet.
In this intensive, all students, Auditors and Participants alike, will be provided with lecture notes and VO copy. Participants will be directed and recorded three times throughout the day; Auditors will observe that process. The recordings will be given to each Participant to use as mini-starter demos (in advance of completed professional demos), showing their mastery of the particular category of voicework performed.

Reserve your seat now!
Thanks so much and I hope to see you there! :)

Take control of your VO destiny!


Anyone who knows me.... knows that I am a firm believer in goal setting each year for your VO business. I started off a few years back figuring out what I wanted to achieve, jotting it down, and then doing it. And guess what - it worked! And I can honestly say that each year I have taken the time to do this, I have achieved more and more success! Now I know so many people who are masters at procrastination - I'm here to tell you to just do it already! Remember the golden rule - there are no right or wrong ways to write your goals - just write down things that have meaning to you and meaning for your business! According to Lynsay Swinton from Management for the Rest of Us, goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Bound. With that in mind, I have a specific goal example that I would like to share that concerns YOU! Here goes:

My Goal: To produce a marketable audio production of an original work showcasing the talent of the VO Peeps.

And here are my answers to the questions:
Specific? Yes it is specific to the goal of growing the exposure and marketability of the VO Peeps

Measurable? Yes - Here are the possibilities: Unsatisfactory: Not completed! Could be better: Get a contact to write original work, finish writing, record in local studio, publish and market for sale. Minimal Sales. Expected: finish all original work and recording. Market and sell - profits support additional educational benefits for VO Peeps members. Distinguished: everything as "Expected" in addition to a portion of the profits go to support a charitable organization, exposure for group and individual members increases their respective VO businesses.

Achievable? YES - with the amount of talent within this group - anything is possible!

Relevant? Yes, this will force us to increase our network connections and enhance our VO skills to create a successful and marketable product that can bring revenue to the group.

Time Bound? Yes, I'd love to get something in time for the 2013 Holidays - C'mon everyone else does it - I KNOW we can! Steps to achieve this will be further broken down in my Goal worksheet.

So who's with me? This is going to require a group effort and I'm counting on you to help make this a success! If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to email me at anne@vopeeps.com. I've also created a customized VO Peeps Goal worksheet that you can download and use for your goals at http://anneganguzza.com/downloads/2013-Goal-Sheet.pdf!

Here's to a prosperous 2013 filled with growth and success! Love to my Peeps!