I have been studying voiceover technique with Charles Michel since 1994, and I am grateful and proud to have become his student. He combines a first-rate method of voiceover performance instruction with a grounded, laid-back, calming personal approach.
Charles exhibits five main characteristics that make working with him a rewarding experience.
First, he has an excellent ear for sound qualities. His perception reaches out to apprehend subtle nuances in an individual’s voice that will help set it apart from the voiceover masses and lend it distinction.
Next, not only can he hear a myriad of vocal shades, but Charles possesses the rare ability to communicate his insights accurately to the student, who begins to understand his instrument and how to project his own unique expression through it. This skill is the mark of a true teacher.
Third, Charles is utterly honest in his appraisal of each individual’s voice. There is no beating around the bush with him. The student understands the full scope of issues he must deal with—correct, develop—in his quest for voiceover performance excellence.
What saves this honesty from being “brutal” is number four—a very positive attitude. Charles is quick to point out what is unique, what gives a person an advantage, what direction he should take in order to exploit good traits. Far from being discouraged about the amount of work involved in the quest, a student becomes excited about what he has to offer the world of voiceover. This is Charles’s special magic.
And finally, there is nothing hazy or indistinct about the curriculum Charles has created. It is clear, logical, artistic and, with a relatively small investment of time and money, the student will know just how to analyze copy and to practice correct technique. He has invented a program that transforms a voiceover hopeful—one who has been told, “You have a good voice. You should do voiceover.”—into a finished voiceover artist. You become independent, able to work on your own, completely equipped to go out into the world of voiceover and knock ‘em dead.
It has been a rich and productive experience working with Charles Michiel. I recommend his technique wholeheartedly.
In addition to training the voices of hundreds of people, Charles Michel has been an actor, singer, character voice performer and voice-over announcer.
Read more about Charles and watch his video interview!
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