V.O. Dojo Pro Fight Club
A pro workout and workshop with the INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS who do the hiring. Show them you’ve got the goods, then see who gets chosen — and why.
V.O. Dojo Pro Fight Club makes the audition process completely transparent – on both sides of the glass.
What do working voiceover pros need?
Live Pro Fight Clubs start with a wine and cheese reception, where you can meet other working V.O. professionals from a variety of agencies!
Whether Live or Virtual, each Pro Fight Club features a guest director who is an industry decision-maker (creative director, copywriter, animation director, etc.). Each participant gets multiple takes, with individual feedback from the decision-maker, revealing the process of audition and callback. Everyone's a winner, but one voice is chosen.*
High Caliber Connection
Get to know the agencies and decision-makers who can hire us!
Live Fight Club Location:
4201 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
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Entrance is through the back of the building - and there is plenty of street parking!
*DISCLAIMER: All our classes and events are strictly learning experiences. They are NOT an audition or employment opportunity. Industry pro guests are not expected to take home or otherwise access your demo or any other promotional materials. AGAIN: The presence of an industry professional is in no way a promise of employment, and The V.O. Dojo does not promise to procure employment for any participant.
Take a look inside a V.O. Dojo Pro Fight Club session!
NEXT PRO FIGHT CLUB: is LIVE!
COMMERCIALS with Creative Director:
Join us VIRTUALLY, Tuesday, September 25th, 6.30-8.30 pm.
We all know commercials is where the money is in VO - and there are loads of auditions in our in-boxes: but how do you make sure YOU’RE the one at the top of the pile - that YOU are the one that gets sent to the agency?
Come work with William Mericle, to find out what he listens for - what he hires - in Commercial VO! He’s an incredibly experienced Creative, and knows the latest trends.
Over the years, William (Bill) has served as a Creative Director at Leo Burnett, Hal Riney & Partners, founded his own successful advertising agency (affiliated with RPA/Santa Monica) and -- most recently -- served as ECD of Havas Chicago. Along the way he’s created award-winning work for brands like Seven Up, Subway, Bud Light, Kellogg’s, Potbelly, Sprint, John Deere, Cracker Barrel and Buddy Bills Bait Barn in Bloomington, Indiana (who for the cost of a few cases of beer, quadrupled their nightcrawler sales with his radio campaign).
He’s seen Mickey Rooney naked, directed Samuel L. Jackson in his first ever commercial (a VO for Gardenburger) and single-handedly talked an angry Teri Hatcher out of her mobile home after a particularly difficult shoot involving a stage full of 400 lb pigs. They were trained pigs. At least that’s what Bill told Teri. And if he can do all that - he can certainly help you find your best commercial voice!
In addition to his work in advertising, Bill is part of an accomplished, Chicago-based screenwriting team. Their first script, Away in a Manger, got them into some interesting meetings with the late John Hughes and a guy who, after making a fortune in porn, wanted to make a Christmas movie. On the strength of their second script, they were signed by Jeff Robinov and sold scripts, did work for hire with Disney, New Americana Entertainment, James Productions, PizzleCo Pictures, Cappella Films, World Entertainment and Giant Pictures. They co-directed a few short films and music videos, and currently have a script in development with Fred and Sandy Roos, but rest assured, they are not holding their breath.
Bill was also the founder of a now disbanded comedy troupe in Chicago, where he still lives with two boys, a lovely wife, an evil cat, a very old dog and a brand-new puppy.
So it’s safe to say he understands all the creative elements that go into making successful commercials - and he knows how to manage chaos.
For his unique perspective, and brilliant advice, book your place now!
TUESDAY – Sept 25th at 6.30pm - Pacific Time:
IT’S VIRTUAL: via ZOOM call - details when you book your place!
This is a Virtual Pro Fight Club: – this is an opportunity to meet industry decision makers: the people who hire us! Not only to meet them, but to work with them in a small group, where you can ask questions, and find out what their process is for casting. Come to step it up at Fight Club!
Working pros (demo, repped, and booking) grab your spot to PLAY!
FIRST RULE OF VIRTUAL FIGHT CLUB: It is a fiercely friendly face off that turns the audition process transparent form both sides of the glass. We meet each other, we meet the Decision Makers and then come together to deconstruct what happens when you send in an audition… come prepared to be your professional best!
How to Sign Up:
FIRST-TIME PROS: Fight Club is open exclusively to working V.O. pros. Please fill out this form before registering. (Once approved, you can sign up to play any time!)
Fight Club VETERANS, you are welcome to come play and show em how it’s done:) You can sign yourself up above.
Currently enrolled Dojo Members (M2M Full, M2M Virtual, and M2M Basic) can audit for free! Email Maggie for the link firstname.lastname@example.org
LAST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB: Talk about Fight Club…. but only other super cool top notch Working Pros you’d like to be inspired and challenged by who you think might like to play. And super cool dead serious up and comers who would like to audit.
Let Maggie know if you have any questions!
And yes - you can call if you have a question - or text!
UPCOMING FIGHT CLUB EVENTS:
UP AND COMERS: AUDITORS
If you are interested in AUDITING, email where you are on your VO journey, where you are in the country and a little about yourself to Maggie Walsh at email@example.com with VFC AUDIT REQUEST as the subject line.
Once we’ve touched base and you are approved you can sign up on line to hold your spot!
Pro Fight Club Guest Decision Makers
|Jun 2016||Harry Dunn||Senior Producer, The CW|
|May 2016||Krystle Oppenheimer||VP of Production, Buddha Jones Trailers|
|May 2016||Adam Heibeler & Jeff Goodnow||Pharmaceutical copywriting, production for RAPP Worldwide|
|Apr 2016||Erika Dobrin, Ed Lavelle, Martin Soole||Partners - Beyond Reality Entertainment|
|Mar 2016||Mark Pinsker||Executive Producer, Head of Production and Special Projects - DG Entertainment|
|Mar 2016||Chris Bailey||Animation Director (Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem)|
|Feb 2016||Patrick Trenttenero||Promo Producer, NBC Universal|
|Feb 2016||Regan Kline
& Mariana Perin
|Creative Director & Producer - Tisser & Kline, Deutsch LA, Leo Burnett, 72 & Sunny, Havas Worldwide|
|Jan 2016||Shannon Reed||Nickelodeon - Emmy Award-Winning Casting Director for Spongebob Squarepants, The Legend of Korra, The Fairly Oddparents, Harvey Beaks|
|Oct 2015||Swampy Marsh||Disney Animation - Producer, Director, Co-Creator of Disney's Phineas & Ferb and Mikey Murphy's Law|
|Nov 2015||Sonya Gay Bourn||Reality Television Producer|
|Oct 2015||Chris Bailey||Director & Animation Supervisor - Disney|
|Oct 2015||Harry Dunn||Senior Producer, The CW|
|Oct 2015||Ezra Weisz||VO Actor, Casting Director, Anime/ADR Specialist|
|June 2015||Dan Povenmire||Disney Animation - Producer, Director, Illustrator, Actor, Co-Creator of Phineas & Ferb|
|June 2015||Jamie Mortellaro||Award-Winning Video Game Director|
|May 2015||Sonya Gay Bourn||Reality Television Producer|
|Apr 2015||Kristi Reed||Writer, Casting Director & Producer - Cartoon Network & Bang! Zoom! Entertainment|
|Apr 2015||Kashina Kessler||Award-Winning Documentarian|
|Mar 2015||Krystle Oppenheimer||VP of Production, Buddha Jones Trailers|
|Feb 2015||Dana Markee
|Freelance Creative Director
Freelance Senior Producer
Freelance Marketing Executive
|Dec 2014||Dan Povenmire||Disney Animation - Producer, Director, Illustrator, Actor, Co-Creator of Phineas & Ferb|
|Oct 2014||Jeremy Hall||Dialogue Specialist, Video Game Casting & Voice Director – EA, Insomniac Games|
|Sep 2014||Bé Garrett||Executive Broadcast Produder, Various Agencies|
|May 2014||Kristi Reed||Casting & Voice Director, Cartoon Network & Bang Zoom! Entertainment|
|May 2014||Maryam Myika Day||TV/Digital Producer|
|Mar 2014||Everett Oliver||Voice/Casting Director & Booth Director, AVO Talent|
|Feb 2014||Dana Markee||Creative Director, TBWA\Chiat\Day|
|Jan 2014||Ezra Weisz||VO Actor, Casting Director, Anime/ADR Specialist|
|Nov 2013||Sonya Gay Bourn||Partner/Executive Producer, Bourn-Murphy LLC|
|Oct 2013||Jamie Mortellaro||Video Game Director|
|Sep 2013||Audu Paden||Sr. Director of Entertainment Development, Mattell|
|Aug 2013||Sybil Hadfield||Freelance Digital and Interactive Agency Producer|
|Jul 2013||Wes Gleeson||Booth Director, WME / Video Game Director|
|Jun 2013||Robert Fagen||Creative Producer, 42 Entertainment|
|May 2013||Dave Henneken||Creative Director, Ogilvy Chicago|
|Apr 2013||Greg Collins||Freelance Creative Director & Copywriter|
|Mar 2013||Dana Markee||Creative Director, TBWA\Chiat\Day|
|Feb 2013||Matt Barber||Associate Creative Director, Havas Worldwide Chicago|
|Jan 2013||Regan Kline||Assistant Creative Director & Copywriter, Leo Burnett|
|Dec 2012||Tony Rogers||Creative Director, Leo Burnett|
|Nov 2012||William Mericle||Creative Director, Havas Worldwide Chicago|
Best. Voiceover. Workshop. Ever.
"Best. Voiceover. Workshop. EVER. – last night at the V.O. Dojo!!! This new 'Fight Club' workshop created by Tish Hicks is cool. Check it out, and stay thirsty, my friends."
I get so much out of each Fight Club... Well worth the price!
"Pro Fight Club is a GREAT place for working pros to "workout" their voice muscles and work with decision makers in the industry. I get so much out of each Fight Club! Well worth the price. Not only do you get to see what other pros do with the copy, but you get personalized feedback on your own! Love it."