Frequently Asked Questions

CLASSES

What class is right for me?


At KH, we have something for everyone from the VO newbie right up to a VO demigod (or goddess). Level 1 Beginner to Intermediate level You’re right for this class if you’re new to voice work or have minimal experience. You might have no experience as a performer or have some experience working on stage or on camera. Recent theatre school graduates, performers with no representation, stand-up comedians or improv performers could also benefit from this level. Come, play, learn! Level 2 Intermediate to Advanced This is the class for you if you have significant experience working on camera or in theatre. You will most likely already have experience working in VO and you have a solid understanding of commercial/animation terms and techniques. Students should have an agent and may have a demo. Private Coaching Coaching sessions are for VO performers of all levels. Maybe you’ve been out of the game for a bit and just want to bang off the dust. Or you’re looking for 1-on-1 time to work on specific Animation or Commercial skills. Whatever you need, we can help! Because we want you to have the best possible time learning we try to place you in a class that fits your experience and will challenge you. KH reserves the right to change your class placement based on your experience.




How long are the classes?


Animation Classes are 10am-5pm Commercial Classes 10am-4pm Video Game VO Classes are 10am-4pm Kid's Animation Classes are 10am-4pm




When are the classes?


All classes take place on a Saturday. Don’t worry, we’ll make sure you’re out in time for Saturday night!




Where are the classes?


Classes are held in a professional recording facility in Toronto near King Street East and Parliament Street.




How many students are in the classes?


Adult Commercial and Animation classes: 8 student maximum 6 student minimum Video Game VO classes: 8 student maximum 6 student minimum Kid’s Animation classes: 6 student maximum 4 student minimum We reserve the right to cancel classes that have less than the above-listed minimum number of students. No administrative fee will apply when transferring due to cancelled classes.




Do you offer package deals?


Sorry! We do not offer package deals. We tried… but you cannot package amazing. There’s just no box for it!




Do I get a demo at the end of class?


Class work is waaaay different than demo creation. After a class you’ll receive rough unedited recordings of your class work. These recordings are great learning tools, but not great for demos!




Are Unicorns real?


Yes… yes they are. They are special magical creatures deserving of love and respect. A naturally shy creature, their infrequent sightings have led to the myth that these majestic animals are figments of youthful imagination. And yes, their poop is rainbow coloured.




How much mic time do I get?


Tons! We keep classes small so you’re up working in front of the mic. But, wait! The learning doesn’t stop when you’re not in the booth. Sit back and see what producers and directors get to see during the auditioning process. Watching another actor work is eye-opening.




What is your cancellation and transfer policy?


We get it, sometimes life happens and plans change. If you need to cancel or transfer, we will make every effort to fill your spot, however, if we are unable to, we will only be able to reimburse you 50% of your fee so that we can pay our studio costs.

  • For our Commercial, Animation and Video Game VO classes, we require 24 hr notice to cancel or transfer a registration.
  • For Demos and Private Coaching, we require 48 hrs notice to cancel or change an appointment, and a $50 non-refundable administration fee will apply for all changes.





DEMOS

Can I record my demo without private coaching?


Making a demo is a unique and specialized process. We select, write and craft spots that are specific to you. The private coaching session lets our directors work with you and explore your range. Why would you want to skip out on time spent focusing on you? However, if you’d have a special situation, please contact us to discuss.




How long are the finished demos?


Our finished animation demos are around 1 - 1 1/2 minutes and have 5 - 6 unique characters. Commercial demos are approximately 1 minute long and have 3 - 5 spots.




How long does it take to receive the finished demo?


We don’t want to rush perfection, so fully mixed and edited demos are available within 10 - 12 business days after your demo session.




What is the format for demos? Can I get 1 demo with animation, commercial and video game content on it?


You could… but that would be pretty confusing for the listener! Demos are a compilation of short clips that highlight your range and you should have 1 demo per medium. It is not possible to properly showcase your skills for all 3 mediums in 1 demo.




Is there a discount for demos if I take a class?


Sorry! We do not offer discounts to former students for demo creation.





VO ADVICE

I’ve always been told I have a great voice. Now what?


Congrats! Your voice is an important tool. Now you need to learn what to do with it. Depending on your experience level, a class or private coaching will help teach you how you can use your voice and tap into your VO potential.




How much money will I make?


VO work is like all work in the entertainment industry, you can make a lot of money or none at all. It’s freelance, and you’ll have to go out for auditions. It’s the client that makes the ultimate decision on who to hire, but the best chance you have to unlock your potential is to train your voice and learn how to interpret character breakdowns and scripts.




I’ve taken a class and I have a demo… now what?


Awesome! You have all the tools you need to work as a VO performer. Remember, acting is a muscle and it should be exercised frequently. If you don’t have an agent, you’re ready to look for one! Questions? Let us know. We’re here to help!





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