Mastering Characters

An Extended Deep Dive into Characters for Animation and Games
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Elley Ray

Course Overview

Transform yourself with Mastering Characters

Mastering Characters is instructed by Dr. Elley Ray, an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, casting agent, teacher with over 40 years experience performing in over 300 productions. She is a juror at the Emmy Awards and a professor at California State University & Senaca U of Toronto.

This course is designed to provide participants with a recreatable catalog of characters with the ability to perform and sustain them.

Participants will obtain specialized insights in the animation genre of voiceover along with strategies and tactics to advance their craft.

Course Outcomes

  • Key Outcomes:

    - Knowledge on how to allow your unique, authentic signature voice to develop.

    - The ability to apply the principals of vocal health and how to maintain optimum strength for lengthy recording sessions.

    - Exercise routines to strengthen and stretch the muscularity of the vocal instrument.

    - The confidence to take written scripts and discover the response inherent to the communication characters.

    - The ability to perform and sustain the 10 basic vocal placements used in character work.

    - A performable, re-creatable catalogue of characters.

  • Beyond Giving Life to Characters:

    - Goals: A living personal vision board which will act a a map to help the actor manifest their goals in the months to come.

    - Auditioning: The opportunity to perform professional grade auditions in several chosen genres of animation.

    - The confidence and discipline to tackle the professional market of animation voiceover.

    - Further study: Ongoing homework and audition assignments beyond the class requirements.

    - A working knowledge of the professional studio, their equipment and how to use it.

Hosted By

  • Elley Ray

    Award Winning Actor
    Dr. Elley Ray, an award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, casting agent, teacher with over 40 years experience performing in over 300 productions. She is a juror at the Emmy Awards and a professor at California State University & Senaca U of Toronto.

Course Schedule

2-4 hours per week
  • Mondays

    1PM-3PM EST; Another class runs 7PM-9PM EST

    Our live sessions happen every Monday.
  • Homework

    About 2 hours per week

    It will take about 2 hours each week for homework. Please plan accordingly

Course Benefits

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  • Live interactive classes

    You will get personalized feedback and sessions will be just like a classroom setting
  • Video Recordings & Downloadable Content

    If you need to review a class or want to learn more, the content will be ready for you
  • Dedicated Assistance

    This course has an instructor, a TA, and peer-run assistance to help you with your questions.

Frequency Asked Questions

What happens if I miss a class?
We will record the live session for you to review.
What is your refund policy?
No refunds. Please be sure you want to take the course before you purchase it.
Do I have to turn on my video during sessions?
If you are uncomfortable showing your face on video, you don’t have to. It is helpful for instructors to watch your gestures and your movements in order to properly assess you as a student, but it’s not required.

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