BE AN ACTOR

(Talent Division & Voice Division)

Welcome to Vogue Models & Talent (Hamilton Toronto) (VMTM ) and our exciting Talent Division & Voice Division. The acting and voice industry is booming and we are here to help you every step of the way. As an agent we will submit you to be seen by Casting Directors for television commercials, music videos, corporate videos, corporate website videos, infomercials and television series. We are currently searching for children, men, women and seniors of all shapes and sizes for our talent division and voice division. Join our team and become a part of our success story! If you are new to Acting please see our Workshops & Classes below to get you started. If you are an existing actor please call us or email us today for an interview. We look forward to working with you!

Commercial Audition 'ZOOM' Workshop

This workshop is taught by 'Zoom' and is designed to teach you the basics of what you need to know in order to book a commercial. It will cover casting room etiquette, actor preparation, camera technique and improvisation plus how to make a great ‘self tape' for auditioning. You will learn the first steps to take in order to be relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera and how to take direction and make good dramatic choices.

You will be video- taped and be able to watch yourself and learn what works for you, the do's and don'ts of commercial auditioning and learn how to be confident and create your best work. You will also receive an included photoshoot for the perfect headshot to get you started!

Adults & Teens (14 years & up)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (two evening)
Tuesday, May 18 & Wednesday, May 19 - SOLD OUT
OR
Tuesday, June 15 & Wednesday, June 16
OR
Wednesday, July 14 & Thursday, July 15
OR
Wednesday, August 25 & Thursday, August 16

$167.00 (+h.s.t.) = $188.71
8 students per class

Children (8 - 13 years)
Saturday, May 29
9:00 am - 11:00 am one day
$80.00 (+ h.s.t.) = $90.40
8 students per class


Registration Form is available at the bottom of this page

Refunds are not available due to the limit of the class size of 8, thank you for understanding.

Acting for Film & Television 'ZOOM' Classes

Acting for Film & Television will focus on being yourself and feeling comfortable on camera. You will also learn basic film terminology that you will need to know in order to work in the industry.

You will be shown the process of how to create a genuine performance on camera by learning how to; read a breakdown properly, prepare a self-tape and prepare for an in person audition, all based on industry standards. Students will begin to create a character library in order to have a wider range of choices all governed by their sense of style and work ethic.

Students will begin to work from sides (scripts from TV shows and notable films) and will learn about actor's protocol on set, crew glossary of terms and titles on a professional working set and their own personal placement as an actor. Students will do cold reads, character development and audition techniques. This course will continue to explore the fundamentals and process of film acting and presentation at a more advanced level.

Students will focus on being completely comfortable and confident in front of the camera by allowing the actor to be genuine and trust their instincts to make strong, impactful and intelligent choices. Students will continue their studies on being prepared, being off book, breaking down scripts, annotating scripts and will be encouraged to use their creative imagination to work truthfully from themselves. Students will also be shown techniques and industry standards to learn the art of the self-tape. "Because it's the work you do at home that gets you the parts"¯ says instructor Potenza.

Students will learn what casting directors expect from them, how to work with scene partners, creating continuity, and the basics of business. The students will select and work on a specific scene that will showcase their talent and be selected to be filmed and added to their profile on VMTM's website along with a slate-in video/sizzle reel. The slate-in video and on camera video/sizzle reel with 2 contrasting scenes is included in the workshop fee. All on camera video is coached and professionally edited.

Adults & Teens (14 years & up)
Pre-requisite - Commercial Audition 'ZOOM' Workshop
Class Dates (Tuesdays and Thursdays): January 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$496.00 + h.s.t. = $560.48
8 students per class
Payment Plan if required;
$100.00 deposit (+ h.s.t.) = $113.00 plus 3 weekly payments of $132 (+ h.s.t.) = $149.16

Registration Form is available at the bottom of this page

Refunds are not available due to the limit of the class size of 8, thank you for understanding.

Introduction to the Voice World 'Zoom' Classes

This four week course is an introduction to Voice Acting. Students will learn different formats and terms used by professionals in the industry. This course covers the basics in voice acting for commercials, narration, video games, audio books and more. Course topics include: pronunciation, emphasis, accents, characters, impersonations, mic technique, breathing, reading ahead, etc. Students will also learn the business side: submitting demos, casting calls, remote recording, in-person auditions and recording sessions. After the final class, students will record a voice demo that highlights their individuality and is a clear demonstration of their range and abilities as voice actors. The voice demo is included in the cost of the course and will include one narration piece, two to three 30 second commercial spots, and one to two characters in dialogue with each other.

Upon completion of this course and the voice demo, students will be represented by Vogue Models & Talent/Voice Division as their 'agent' for voice. Students will be required to register for our annual headsheet for representation.

Below is a list of suggested equipment for your class. It is up to the student to select the microphone that best suits them. Students can also record directly into their phone (without purchasing a microphone) through the free voice app iTalk.

We encourage students to have the set-up below ready for their first class and to be familiar with the recording apps. If you need assistance, we are more than happy to help, just email us at talent@vmtm.com

    Microphone
    The microphones listed below can be found on Amazon or at Long & McQuade.
  • Samson C01UPro USB condenser microphone - $130.00 approx.
  • Rode NT USB mini - $140.00 approx.
  • Shure MV7 XLR and USB hybrid mic - $200.00 approx.

  • Mic Stand/Boom or Table
    The mic stands can be found on Amazon or at Long & MCQuade.
  • $39.99 approx. (Long & McQuade)

  • Recording app
  • Protools First - this is a free version. This app can add music and special effects to your recordings)
  • iTalk - this is also a free version for recording without music and special effects.

Adults & Teens (14 years & up)
Thursdays - 4 weeks
May 6, 13, 20, 27
6 pm to 9 pm
$557.50 (+h.s.t.)
Includes Professional Voice Demo: recorded by appointment after completion of the class Payment plan if required : $307.50 + h.s.t = $347.48 payable upon registration.
$250.00 + h.s.t. = $282.50 payable at last class
8 students per class

Children (8 - 13 years)
Wednesdays - 4 weeks
April 28, May 5, 12, 19
5 pm to 7 pm
$455.50 (+h.s.t.)
Includes Professional Voice Demo: recorded by appointment after completion of the class Payment Plan if required: $205.00 + h.s.t. = $231.65 payable upon registration
$250.00 + h.s.t. = $282.50 payable at last class
8 students per class


Registration Form is available at the bottom of this page

Refunds are not available due to the limit of the class size of 8, thank you for understanding.


OUR INSTRUCTORS

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Mike McCurlie - Voice Instructor
If you don't recognize Mike McCurlie's face, you will definitely recognize his sound. Mike's been the voice behind some of Canada's biggest brands with 40 years as Voice Director for MJM Media and 25 years voicing national spots and TV shows.

He's also produced some of the most memorable jingles in history like The African Lion Safari, La-Z-Boy and Pizza Pizza. As a graduate of The Wizard Academy in Texas, Mike also has writing credits on thousands of radio and TV commercials.

Mike's most recent passion project is his live streaming show from The Westdale Theatre, "Hamilton Originals", where he chats and performs with great Hamilton musicians. As a storyteller and interviewer, his approach is honest and unscripted.


Nigel Hamer - Acting Instructor
Nigel Hamer has been a working actor for over thirty years and in that time has been happy to have performed in many facets of the Performing Arts.

In theatre, he has spent many seasons with the Stratford Festival, has worked on Broadway in NYC, at the Grand Theatre in London, Victoria Playhouse in Vancouver, Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre by the Bay in Barrie, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Murraille, Canadian Stage Co. and Mirvish Productions all in Toronto and Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. Most notable playing Delcourt in the Toronto Production of "Hogtown".

Recently he starred in the critically acclaimed productions of "Plaza Suite" and "Same Time Next Year" for the Orillia Opera House and Upper Canada Playhouse. His vast TV credits include, recurring roles in "Degrassi" and "Radio Free Roscoe"; roles in "Suits", "May Day", "Wingin' It", "ReallyMe", "11th Hour", "Blue Murder", "Sue Thomas FBE", "Reign" and most recently "The Good Witch".

Film Credits include, "Cadet Kelly", "Loretta Claiborne Story", "Dr. Cabbie", "Little Brother" "JFK", "Celine", "The Note", "Sons of the Mistletoe" and "St. Roz". Recently he won Best Actor in the CARE Film Festival for his role in "Reservation".

Nigel has voiced many notable roles in animation and commercials. He has also performed in many live corporate events and shot over 250 TV commercials.

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