Have you been told you have a good voice?
That's a lovely compliment, but a good voice alone is not good enough.
You see, when I started out in the voiceover business, I was asked to do a recording for Dunlop; because they liked my voice.
So...off I went into a studio in Soho, London to record the script. Really, I didn't know a microphone from a doorknob!
Needless to say, the recording was terrible. They thanked me for my efforts, but chose someone else for the job.
But, because I realised I might be able to earn some cash with voiceovers, I decided to go to the National Theatre in London to learn some techniques.
This is where I was trained by one of the most revered teachers; Kate Fleming, who also taught Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton and many other famous actors. That was the beginning of my adventure in the world of voiceover.
However, even the training at the National Theatre didn't involve a technique specifically designed for the art of voiceover, so based on what I had learned, I created and developed the Hudson Voice Technique.
During the next few years, I recorded thousands of voiceovers for radio and television, becoming one of the world's leading voiceovers, recording for many brands such as Martini, Old Spice, Carlsberg Tetley, Mitsubishi, Kodak, the National Lottery and many, many more.
At one time, I was the voice for seven different products on television commercials in seven different countries! A watch in Germany, milk in Switzerland, a hotel in Sweden, a car in Japan, wine in America, radio announcements in South Africa and a Spanish Lottery.
All in English of course!
Why do you need the Hudson Voice Technique?
It’s like this: if you want to become a professional pianist, opera singer or tennis player, you would need to learn a technique.
Of course, we can all talk to our friends and even have fun in front of a microphone, but remember, without a technique, you have to rely on your instinct and that means you're guessing. It may be an educated guess, but a guess nonetheless!
If you want to be a voiceover, you have to learn how to deliver a voiceover script to a professional standard.
The Hudson Voice Technique will do just that. We teach you now to control the tone, pace, pitch and level of your voice and of course how to interpret voiceover scripts so you give a top notch performance.
Gain full control of your voice and they way you deliver words.
Does it work?
Just listen to Raghavendra, Jeena and Sushil.
None of them had any experience and were a little nervous when we asked them to record some scripts before they started the course. After four hours training, they recorded the same scripts again. You can hear the amazing difference the technique has made in just four hours, and they haven't even had a chance to practise!
We were delighted with their progress because English is of course their second language!
Was it the right choice?
As a beginner one can only gauge satisfaction as a feeling of, ‘Was my money well spent?’ The answer was definitely yes! Any success? From being a total beginner, in the last twelve months I have completed a 13-part music series as a presenter for Sony TV, and there is also talk of a second series.
From that I was put in touch with a production company filming a travel show, and I have recently finished filming on location in South America. I am now supported by a reputable agent (recommended by Steve). It is reassuring to know that Steve’s experience and quality advice is available at the end of a phone line.
Would I recommend it? Yes, without a doubt.”
Ranj Nagra – Manchester
We'll have the right course for you!
Introductory Workshop with Rakesh
This is an insight into the world of not just voice-overs, but often better, and more respect and effective speaking skills. We tell you the importance of excellence in verbal communication and how it can favourably affect your life. You will be told the commonest mistakes people make in speaking. We'll show you how it requires changes in thoughts and attitude, to gain satisfactory changes in speech. This is an audiovisual presentation.
Each participant will be asked to do a recording, we will then critique it and tell you your strengths and/or shortcomings. For those interested in doing voice-overs, we explain the career path, what to expect in the real world of voice recording as a career - where the work comes from, how much money one can, where to record, whether you need a home studio and what are the genres of work that you may be asked to record.
This is a full day course, generally held on Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm, including lunch.
Maximum participants in a session is 15
Since this is not a teaching course, no certificate will be issued.
Cost: Rs.2000/- per participant. (For New Delhi. For Jaipur or Chandigarh, please enquire).
Master Class with Rakesh
Recommended for those who enjoy the dynamics of learning in a group. Taught in groups of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants.
Group sessions are held over 2 consecutive weekends (in New Delhi) or 3 consecutive days in Jaipur or Chandigarh.
Besides the training of the Hudson Voice Technique, all participants will be given individual access to the online video course, so they can refer to it even after the course is finished.
Price subject to location and number of participants. Please enquire.
1-2-1 Master Class with Rakesh
This personal, individual training, held at our training studio. Each students is personally trained in the Hudson Voice Technique over 4 days, (2 hours each).
The sessions are preferable NOT on consecutive days, but with at least 1 day in between each class, to give you time to practise and imbibe what you have leant in the previous class.
Over and above the training, each student will be given access to the online video course, so they can refer to it as a refresher, as and when required.
Price: Rs. 20,000/- (in New Delhi only)
Online Video Voiceover Course
This way of learning is ideal for those who cannot make the time to attend classes.
Learn and study at your own pace, in your own time.
Recommended especially for those who want to better their speaking skills in social and general purposes. You can stay in the comfort of your own surroundings, and get the whole course taught as an online video presentation.
With a total of nearly 2 hours of video tutorials, 10 lessons and clear instructions, this is a great way of learning the Hudson Voice Technique.
We will ask you to send your specified recordings to Mr Hudson in the United Kingdom who will assess your progress and issue your diploma.