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Karen Kondazian, Robin Weigert
I feel honored to have been part of the Deyan Institute’s inaugural class. When I got to the Deyan Institute campus, I thought I was in the wrong place. I remember thinking: “There’s no way there are any voice over studios in a beautiful, cozy, homey place like this. My GPS must have taken me to the wrong place.” Fortunately for me, my GPS had not betrayed me and I was exactly where I needed to be for my Audiobook Introductory Intensive course. From the moment I walked into the Deyan Audio Studio Estate, I felt like I was among family; even though I’d never met anyone there before. The class was taught by the knowledgable P.J. Ochlan. He had all the information you could possibly want to get started in the business of audiobooks, and shared it in such a way that it wasn’t overwhelming. His invaluable direction in the booth as I recorded my sample demo was precise and easy to understand. P.J. knows his stuff and knows how to teach it. I walked away with a plan of how to get started in audiobooks, knowledge of how to “prep” before recording in the booth, some tips and tricks of the trade, and some Protools basics. Through it all, the fact that Debra Deyan popped her head in on us during class from time to time proved that this is a learning environment where the owners and instructors care about your development as an artist, and about you as a person. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to get started with audiobooks.
You will find P. J. Ochlan's class very much worth your money. P. J. is a serious audio-book professional and you will enjoy his impromptu demonstrations as well as relevant anecdotes from his rich experience. But equally important, P. J. is an engaging and intelligent speaker and has a gift for clear and energetic delivery of material. My guess is that he is a perfectionist and takes the teaching of the class as seriously as he does his work on audio books. I learned a lot of useful information and gladly extend my highest recommendations for the class. My sincere thanks to P. J. Ochlan for conducting it and to generous and hospitable Debra Deyan for making it all happen.
I was so glad to have signed up for PJ Ochlan's class; his passion and dedication to teaching his students the wonderful art form of Audio Narration shines through from the get-go. He is a very talented individual and his acting and directing skills are without doubt invaluable in a teaching environment such as this. I have taken classes in the past but what I really loved about this one was that I felt part of a family who wants you to be the best and to come away from the class wiser and better for the experience. I can honestly say they achieved both and a lot more. Deb Deyan is an absolutely wonderful person and it was so heart warming to hear her story of how both herself and her husband Bob wanted to set up the institute to help and inspire people like myself to learn more about this beautiful art form. I went home Sunday afternoon after the class feeling that it was the best money I have ever spent and I made some really great new friends, too. Deb, PJ and all the crew at Deyan Audio Institute, I salute you and thank you for this amazing experience and I look forward to seeing you all again real soon.
This class offers an amazing amount of detail in a short amount of time. It gives a great overview of every aspect of audiobook narration. PJ is so knowledgeable and engaging. He really knows his stuff on where the industry is at and where it's going. You leave knowing which next steps are best for you to take. I think everyone in the class took action the very same weekend. Great class!
I found PJ's class to be informative, insightful and eye opening. As a voice over actor that has never worked in audiobooks, I had no idea what to expect. The class offers a broad overview of how the industry works, where it's heading and how the actual performance of audiobooks is done. Debra goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome and part of the family. I learned a tremendous amount and I would highly recommend this class to anyone.
Brandon Dattoli has the patience of a saint! I think he even likes teaching and answering the same question many times in different ways. When I received an email from the Deyan Institute about their courses and saw the Pro Tools classes, I was so relieved!! Thank you Bob and Debra for starting the institute and providing classes that are much needed. Finally a Pro Tools class for voice actors is taught. I’ve always thought of Pro Tools as too intimidating. I took both Pro Tools classes in one weekend, which was great, because I had questions from the first day, and those questions were easily answered on the second. Brandon gave us tons of information and explained the steps over and over again. He provided pictures of several important windows and options. Gave us short cuts. My head was and still is spinning. My Pro Tools soft ware was a bit different, so he changed my settings for me, saved the day and didn’t make me feel like an idiot. He promised it would be easy soon. Ya know, I kinda believe him. It is such a relieve to know where to go when you need help. Thanks again Bob, Debra and Brandon.
I took the inaugural VO Pro Class this past Saturday at the Deyan Institute and I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. First of all, the facilities themselves are just lovely and before I even got close to the door I was met with a warm greeting from Debra and some others. Everyone I met that had any association with the Institute was so friendly and welcoming. As far as the class itself, Jamie Mortellaro was fantastic. Aside from a great intro and Q&A session, he took a great deal of time with each of us in the booth and gave such thoughtful, specific and helpful redirection. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and I am already looking forward to my next time at the Deyan Institute.
In today’s fast growing voice over industry and audiobook markets a voice actor NEEDS to know all aspects of self recording and self producing. It is the future of the industry. Sure one can outsource all the post production work but sometimes it is not cost effective. Once you have settings down for your voice you’ll be able to do it as well as the pros. It really is very easy to edit your own material. How can one and where does one learn these skills at a reasonable rate? Well the Deyan Institute is the place to do just that. One can learn all the Pro Tools skills that voice actors needs to successfully deliver clean finished edited files. Other Pro Tools classes in LA teach complicated ways to do things. They teach you mixing and musician stuff which we don’t need and are expensive. Brandon at The Deyan Institute teaches us what we voice actors need in order to edit and deliver clean finished files quickly and efficiently . He is the master of patience too. Love the guy .With what I learned from the post producion Pro Tools class my editing time has been cut from 5 hours to 2 hours(PFH)in audiobook editing . My commercial and other voice over editing is way easy now ...no sweat at all. For mastering I still use Twisted Wave but I now feel confident in saying that I am an audiobook producer as well as a narrator. Thank you Brandon and Deyan Institute. After taking you Post production for Pro tools class I have more free time.
The proTools training was more than I expected. Brandon had the whole process mapped out, and was patient enough to entertain questions along the way. This was a great investment and has paid for itself in time saved! Thanks for this class!
I found the Deyan Institute’s Audiobook Introductory Intensive class encouraging and practical. P.J. Ochlan (our instructor) provided detailed and specific industry information and facts mixed with good advice based on "real world” experiences gained from his own successful career as an audiobook narrator. I learned this job isn’t just about reading a book into a mic. Today’s narrators are often called upon to produce their own audio. So, in addition to learning how to prep a book for narration and how to bring a story and characters to life in a compelling way, P.J. and Brandon did an awesome job of teaching the basics of Pro Tools audio production software. I went into the workshop wondering if a career in audiobook narration was right for me and left the workshop feeling excited and ready to get started! Thank you P.J. and the Deyan Institute for introducing me to the world of Audiobook narration.