Questions, I get questions

Quite often in fact, I get questions about what it’s like to study privately with Nancy Wolfson, given that she’s in Los Angeles, CA and I’m in Charlotte, NC. Here are a couple of recent examples.

Johnny George wrote me a few days ago to ask:

Hi Bob,

I am interested in working with Nancy. I‘ve done a couple of Webinars with her and Anna and I’m trying to budget some $$ this summer for coaching with her. Please elaborate on her style, her caliber and any particulars that would help me in making the decision and how I can best get my most bang for my buck.

I appreciate your time and insight.

Here’s my reply:

Johnny,

Nancy is one of the most out-going, expressive and vivacious people I’ve ever encountered. At the same time, she’s very real and direct. Even though she has lived many years in California, Nancy is one of the most honest and unpretentious people I know.

So, if you want to study with someone who will tell you the truth, consistently; while filling your brain with almost too much information to process in one sitting, she’s the person for you. On the other hand, if you need to work with someone who will treat you with much gentleness and move through things very slowly, she’s probably not for you.

The other thing to know is that Nancy’s coaching is totally based in reality and practicality…stuff you can put to use now…not someday by and by when you’ve managed to internalize it enough.

While I don’t live in Southern California, I am friends with a number of working actors, voiceover folks and other professional talent out there. I know that among those (at least those I know) she has a sterling reputation as one of the very top of her field.

In my view, while I wish I could study with her in person, I’m thrilled with the phone patch experience. It’s worked great for me.

I hope that helps answer your questions. If you wish to send some follow-ups, please feel free.

And Cookie Colletti wrote to ask:

Bob:
Could you tell me more about studying with Nancy? Does she do classes over the internet? What exactly does she teach? I live in So. Florida and we have a “superstar” v/o artist/teacher here…but she’s very hard to get to commit to classes. I’ve studied with her on and off and she even produced my commercial demo, but I really want to learn more…including branding, what’s right for me, marketing myself, etc…..Anything you provide would be helpful. Thanks alot.

And my reply to Cookie:

Cookie,

I live in North Carolina and Nancy is in Los Angeles so we work over the phone. Here’s what studying with Nancy is like, at least for me:

She provides some copy and concepts a few days in advance of each time we’ve scheduled a class. Then, I call her at the appointment time and we talk through what she’s provided. Sometimes she wants me to work on the copy. Sometimes we spend more of our time talking through the specific concepts and ideas.

Nancy is a ball of energy and a wonderfully encouraging person. I’ve been a working voiceover professional since 1983, but she has helped me tremendously with practical, immediately useful ideas that I’ve been able to incorporate in the way I approach auditions and work from the very first lesson.

You can get a lot of good information at her website: http://www.braintracksaudio.com

Please let me know if you have additional questions.

I hope these questions and responses are helpful to you. And please remember, if you tell Nancy that you decided to study with her because I recommended her here, I get a free lesson from her. Whether you mention anything or not is, of course, entirely up to you.

4 Comments

  1. Bob,

    I had my first session with Nancy today! You are correct, she gives useful information you can begin using right away. She was able to describe an acting technique to me that I had not grasped in 11 years of doing this, but will now become a major part of my VO ‘closet of knowledge’!

    Oh- and she also had VERY nice things to say about you! :)

    Kara

    Comment by Kara Edwards — June 14, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

  2. Kara,

    I’m not surprised, but I am delighted to know you enjoyed your time with Nancy. And as you can tell, I have lots of nice things to say about her (and you!), too.

    Be well,
    Bob

    Comment by Bob — June 14, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

  3. Hello Bob,

    I noticed you are from North Carolina–so am I! Tar Heel born and bred. I am a senior musical theatre major at the University of Michigan and have recently developed a strong interest in pursuing voiceover work. I know it’s a tight business that’s hard to break into, but I want to try.

    I’m going to LA for spring break (next week) and was wondering if you had any tips on what I should do while I was out there. I am hoping to schedule a coaching with someone well-versed in voiceovers…hopefully Nancy Wolfson, or maybe Pat Fraley. Have you worked with anyone else?

    My apologies for my general questions–I’m just now getting into researching this field, and I’m learning more every day.

    Sincerely,

    Rachel

    Comment by Rachel — February 18, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  4. Hi Rachel,

    Actually, while I did live in Charlotte for 7 years, I’m originally from Minnesota. North Carolina was a lovely place to live, though.

    I would certainly try to schedule a session with Nancy Wolfson or Pat Fraley. I have studied with a few other coaches as well, but most of them only work with established voiceover talent.

    Give some thought to buying a copy of “The Art of Voice Acting” by James Alburger. It’s a very good introduction.

    My best to you as you pursue this wonderful work. Please let me know how it goes for you.

    Be well,
    Bob Souer

    Comment by Bob — February 18, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

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