Niagara Gazette — Amy Garrison and her daughter, Katie Garrison, had an interest in being voice actors. So when Niagara University announced it was bringing voice coach John Gallogly to the campus as part of its adult education offerings this spring, they both jumped at the chance to participate.
Afterward, both seemed rather enthusiastic about what they'd just experienced. After sitting through Gallogly explain the basics of being a voice actor, from the types of jobs there are to how to go about getting a paying gig, and actually recording a brief script reading,
"I feel it was really educational," Katie, a student at Niagara University and Niagara Falls resident, said.
"It gives a realistic picture," her mother, Amy, added. "I thought I could go in there and just do it. But that's just not the case."
The mother-daughter team joined a group of 10 others this past week for Gallogly's semi-annual trip from Albany, where he's part of a group of working professionals that specialize not only in producing professional voice-over work, but also training the next wave of actors. The class has been offered throughout Western New York's many adult education programs, offering insider tips ranging from getting out of your own way to how to successfully record a demo producers will use to make hiring determinations.
It's particularly demanding getting into voice acting, Gallogly said, and often leads to more people exiting despite thinking they have the talent than the reverse.
"I have a tendency to talk people out of this class," he said. "And I don't do it on purpose. It took me a while to figure out why people were leaving and I narrowed it down to two principles."
The first may seem like a negative to some, but it definitely separates those who'll make money from those who're not going to work hard for success. Being a voice actor, he said, is about creating and managing your own small business focused on your voice. People always ask him, he said, how one can break in to the voice acting business.