World-class Music and Sound for Film, TV, and Museums

Minneapolis, MN • (612)-339-8911 • info@undertonemusic.com

Professional Voice-Over Workshops

Presented by:
Beth Chaplin (Veteran VO Talent/Author - The Acting Biz: A Career Guide to the Twin Cities)
Tom Hambleton (Composer/Sound Designer/Engineer, Undertone Music)


Special Guest Coach Mark Benninghofen (Twin Cities Premier VO Talent and Producer)
For the August 7th VO Workout (only)

Mark Benninghofen has spent the past 30 years in advertising on both sides of the mic. As a nationally recognized voice-over artist, Mark has lent his voice to over 4,500 television and radio commercials for clients including Coca Cola, Pizza Hut, Hormel, Best Buy, Time Magazine, Purina, Timex, Allianz, Miller Lite, American Express, Burger King and H&R Block. Mark was tempted over to the creative side by Craig Wiese back in 1988, where he wrote and produced hundreds of commercials that garnered numerous Association, Clio and London International awards. Mark is the President of Shout Radio Productions.

The voice-over market is more competitive than ever, making your read more important than ever.  These workshops are all about voice acting techniques and the art and craft of voice-over.  Our focus is on you and your copy interpretation to create your most bookable reads.  This is about making you more marketable, not how to market yourself or how to build a home studio.

Following your workshop, you'll receive your recorded audio files for possible use on future VO demos.

VO workshops are offered by invitation or referral only.  These are not beginner workshops.  We’re looking for experienced, trained actors who are serious about pursuing voice-over work -- and/or voice-over talent with professional experience who want to become more competitive in the VO market.

I'm feeling a noticeable difference in my first dozen scripts this week. Thank you!
-Carissa Sherman
The two of you threw yourselves completely into each individual reading. So very generous of you to share your talent.
-Janet Fogg
I feel more prepared to step into an audio booth with confidence rather than self-doubt.
-Ryan Lear

If (you) are at all interested in becoming a VO actor, this is a SAFE setting to get in front of the microphone and try it out in a real setting with people who know what they are talking about...they will give you honest feedback in a constructive and respectful way.
-Ashley Benbow

You'll learn a TON in this hands-on workshop from people who not only know the business, but who genuinely care about you and your product (your voice and delivery)
-Rusty Kath

Beth is a rockstar whose ability to guide is incredible. Tom is a badass whose feedback cuts through the small talk and gets to the heart of the matter.
-Diana Jurand

VO Workouts (short 3 hour sessions)
(Open to previous 101 & 201 participants ONLY)

Want to brush up on your reads? Check in with a coach on how you are progressing? Want to focus more intently on one or more aspects of your VO auditions and work?

Then this is the class for you. A less formal atmosphere and smaller group size will help us focus more intently your individual needs. This is only a 3 hour workshop.

$150 – Maximum 8

[see bottom of page for sign up]:
VO Workout Tuesday, July 25th, 6:30pm-9:30pm
VO Workout Monday, August 7th, 6:30pm-9:30pm - with Special Guest Coach Mark Benninghofen!

Sign Up For Workshops Below

VO 101

Prerequisites – Students must have one or more of the following:

  • Significant actor training and stage or film experience
  • Significant on-camera commercial experience
  • A professional voice-over demo and some professional VO experience
  • Talent agency representation and recommendation
  • Previously taken a 101 workshop

A workshop that focuses on the art and craft of the read and voice acting techniques.  We will be giving you techniques on how to audition and deliver a better read.

[see bottom of page for sign up]:
VO Workshop 101 Saturday, September 30th, 9:30am-4:30pm
VO Workshop 101 Monday & Tuesday, October 16th & 17th, 6:30pm-9:30pm

The beautiful professional audio studio at Undertone Music.
600 North Washington Avenue in Minneapolis

How much?
$150 for Workout - Checks preferred.  Paypal accepted, but a $10 service fee will be added. Enrollment limited to 8 students so sign up quickly.
Deposit of $50 is required to hold your place in the workshop. If you do not send in a deposit, we will give away your slot if there is a demand. Balance due one week prior to the workshop. 

$225 for 101 - Checks preferred.  Paypal accepted, but a $10 service fee will be added. Enrollment limited to 8 students so sign up quickly.Deposit of $50 is required to hold your place in the workshop. If you do not send in a deposit, we will give away your slot if there is a demand. Balance due one week prior to the workshop. 

Mail check (payable to Undertone Music):
Undertone Music
600 North Washington Avenue, Suite 305
Minneapolis, MN  55401


Another NEW Offering : The Business of Voice-Over

In our workshops at Undertone, we spend very little time discussing the business -- we want to make the best use of our on-mic time and focus on the read.  Finally, here’s a follow up to our studio sessions – a chance to discuss the pursuit of VO work. This 2 ½ hour class will be all about business of VO.  Bring your questions. 

The agenda:

  • Demo content advice – the necessary demos, plus genre specific demos
  • Agency representation – working with your agent
  • On-line “pay to play” sites – pros / cons / strategies /challenges
  • Recording from home:
    • Should you have a “home studio?”
    • If you have a home studio, how do you know if it’s good enough?
    • Basic equipment and upgrades – cost range for good, better, best.
  • Realities and challenges of marketing different types of VO work
  • Plus plenty of time for questions and discussion!

Contact Beth to sign-up!  Beth@BethChaplin.com
To be scheduled later this year. Stay Tuned.
$25 for previous VO 101 / 201 participants.  $40 for new students. (Payment due at the session.)
Location TBD – Minneapolis / St. Louis Park / Hopkins area.

If you are unable to attend the above workshop(s), you can sign up for the mailing list by filling out the form below.

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Minneapolis, MN • (612)-339-8911 • info@undertonemusic.com