Converting the Written Word Into the Spoken Word with Abbe Holmes

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Converting the Written Word Into the Spoken Word with Abbe Holmes

Abbe Holmes

Monday, March 16, 2015

Begins at 10:00 AM EDT
Check-in begins at: 9:30 AM EDT

The SAG Foundation's Don LaFontaine VO Lab is offering this free voiceover workshop for SAG-AFTRA members in Atlanta and surrounding areas!

If you’ve ever had a producer send you a script full of information and ask for a conversational read and the language in the script is nothing like one, this session is for you.

Scripts are mostly written in two styles:

  • Announcer - full of information and often written using very stylised language, and

  • Conversational - supposed to sound like you’re just talking to a friend.

Professional voice actor, teacher and coach, Abbe Holmes, will teach you how to identify the different styles of scripts, how to ‘work out’ what the advertiser’s are driving at, and give you the tricks and techniques for making any style of script sound conversational, connected and engaging.

Once we’ve nailed those, you're going to have some fun with dialogue scripts!

About our guest instructor:

Abbe’s been creating character voices for commercials and animation since the 1980’s.   A voiceover natural, with over 30 years at the top of her field, Abbe’s one of Australia’s most recognised, versatile and popular voiceover actors, known for her skill at connecting the message to the audience.  Her vibrant, natural warmth is heard regularly on TV and radio commercials and when you need a voice for your business that is intelligent and authoritative, you can rely on Abbe to find the right style and delivery.  She also voices the nominations for Australia’s top TV Awards ‘The Logies’. 

Check-in begins at 9:30am and the workshop is from 10:00am - 12:30pm.  Please bring your SAG-AFTRA membership card for admission. 

If you do not see the RSVP button, add your name to the Waitlist.  You will have a very good chance of getting into the workshop.

Workshop location:

455 East Paces Ferry Rd. Suite 334
Atlanta, GA 30305

So how do I sign up?

If you have a SAG Foundation user account, your next step is to complete a VO Lab application. If you do not have SAG Foundation user account, click the create new account link within the sign in tab atop the pages of the website.  Next complete a VO Lab application (see steps below).

Completing the VO Lab Application & workshop sign up:

  1. Log into your SAG Foundation user account.

  2. Click Performers Programs.

  3. Click Voiceover Lab Workshops.

  4. Click Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab.

  5. Look for the Online Application and Orientation links on right side of page. Click Online Application link and complete the application.  

  6. Follow steps 2-5 above and return to Orientation link.  Click Orientation link.

  7. Locate the Atlanta workshops and click the RSVP or Waitlist button of the workshop(s) you want to attend.

For questions and assistance contact us at or 323-549-6853

International  voice actor, teacher and coach, Abbe Holmes, brings her VO tool kit all the way from Australia to Atlanta.