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News and Updates

July 10, 2005

The Film, Recording and Entertainment Council held a very successful and well attended "Voice Lab" at the Florida International University on April 9th, 2005. The Lab was co-sponsored in partnership with The Miami Local of AFTRA.

During the full day of training, about 70 local participants worked with seven of the top AFTRA voice professionals in the market who shared information about the industry and their own personal experience and tricks as voice performers.  Breakout workshops covered work from promos to commercials and other types of voice work.  Participants also received hands-on training experience with the opportunity to record with the pros at each of the sessions.  
Spanish language performers had the unique opportunity of receiving, for the first time, training in Spanish from some of the best Spanish language AFTRA voice talent in Miami.

The "Voice Lab" is part of AFTRA and FREC's commitment to providing continuing quality training opportunities to South Florida talent.  The "Performers Lab Series" is a bilingual (Spanish and English) training project for performers that addresses the needs of the market.

Participating instructors included: Memo Sauceda, Diego Diment, Fernando Carrera, Connie Zimet, Dave Corey, David Scott and Bob Tracey, all with impressive voice careers and resumes.

According to Herta Suarez, AFTRA Miami Executive Director/Southeastern Director and Executive Committee member of FREC, "All critiques of the 'Voice Lab' were extremely positive. At the end of the day, participants were demanding more Labs soon." 

In order to satisfy the demand for more Labs, AFTRA will again co-sponsor other bilingual Labs.  Details to be provided soon.

The purpose of these workshops is to raise the standards of the industry in the South Florida market by: (1) sharpening skills, (2) training on the latest and most effective tools and techniques to succeed as a performer and (3) teaching acceptable professional conduct.

These workshops will be conducted in English and Spanish to address the needs of the South Florida industry community.