J. Rodney Turner
“Trying to compare the ACX Masterclass to any other VO class I’ve taken is truly unfair — to the other classes. The information David provided regarding the ‘how to’ associated with ACX:
- Creating a profile that will draw Rights Holders to us when looking for producers/narrators
- Effective “hand holding” techniques and messages once we have been selected by a Rights Holder…
…all were worth the price of this class.
In fact, before the class ended, I received an offer to produce a book, without an audition, from a Rights Holder who listened to my uploaded audiobook demo (following David’s instructions) on my newly minted ACX Profile (following Dan’s very specific guidelines). Before I could get the first 15 minutes completed, I received another request to audition for another book. My first four books have been approved, and I’ve got more than a dozen more on the shelf, waiting.
This class was nothing short of amazing. Words cannot possibly express the gratitude I feel for the information the two of you shared, the manner in which you shared it, and the proactive interaction you exhibited with our class in our private Audiobook Mastermind Group.
Thank you again for all of your assistance and encouragement during our class and at every turn since it ended. I feel like I’m dreaming.”
Gig Harbor, WA
“Dan and David,
Your 4-week ACX Master Class has been the most valuable learning experience in my voiceover journey.
I had avoided seeking audiobook work, finding the technical requirements and explanations of them daunting. You took the time to explain every aspect of the process, answering every question. With your great instructions, I am now narrating my first audiobook, as well as using your tips to streamline my other voiceover work.
You have opened up an opportunity for me that I had hesitated to pursue, and I enthusiastically recommend your class to anyone who is seriously considering audiobook narration. Thank you both so much!”
San Diego, CA
“The ACX Master Class was a BARGAIN. The information I learned was worth the investment 10 times over. EVERYONE felt the same way.
These guys didn’t just teach theory. I can’t tell you how refreshing this is for me. This class showed me what to do to get actual results that you could SEE once implemented.
The class was a roadmap to success, carefully plotted out. And the class homework was so practical. It’s rare I have taken a class that I could go apply as soon as the lesson was over.
David and Dan OVER-delivered. Even after the class wrapped up, I am still getting emails with help and tips! Incredible.
I was inspired to take action by the personal contact made to me from Dan O’Day. I could tell he was equally dedicated to the students as he was to his conviction that this class was IT! I was inspired by the content of every lesson from David. Seriously, these guys absolutely knew what to teach.
This class is boots-on-the-ground practical. I applied lessons that day, saw results that day. I can only build from here.
I started this class not knowing, and now I know how to record and produce audiobooks. It’s that simple.”
Shelley Lynn Johnson
San Francisco, CA
“This class was very different from any other class I’ve taken. EVERY other class has been a ‘Teaser’ – implying that what I need to get work is just over the horizon…if I take more classes. I had pretty much given up until I discovered this class.
You both really cared about us, and spent a LOT of time posting in the Mastermind Group and following up on questions we had.
This was ‘real world’ information. I got a real job before the class ended! I realize this isn’t the way the ACX world will always work. Nevertheless, I’ll get more expert as I do it, and if I get in real trouble I aways can go to our Mastermind Group for advice.”
“I’ve been knocking around the VO scene for years and, while one can say that every bit of education is worth something, this is the first class or coaching I’ve taken that actually resulted in money going into my pocket within a few weeks of completion.”
Los Angeles, CA
“Amazing class! You promised a lot and not only did you deliver on your promises, but I feel like I got way more. This class was definitely worth every penny and will pay for itself many times over.
David, you created a manageable step-by-step process that simplified everything. The way you laid everything out in each module made it easy to understand – which was so nice as I’m the least technically-savvy person I know. You so freely shared with us all of the tips and tricks and secrets that you use. In fact, right out of the gate, I was able to record and edit my first audition as if I’d been doing this for years.
With the information I’ve learned in this class, I am starting my career in audio books like a pro. Your editing advice means I can record more audio books in less time. I can’t believe that I can do this with such little start-up expense. And I love the ACX Mastermind Group – what a great way for the class to continue being a great resource to each other. I feel so lucky to be a part of it.
Dan, thanks for educating us on marketing ourselves on ACX. You and David made a great team. It was clear both of you you did all of this from a place in your heart of really wanting to help us and wanting us to succeed. What more can one ask for in a class?”
“I’ve taken voice workshops in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles. None comes close to the quality of David’s highly detailed VO instruction.
Dan’s insights into how talent should present themselves on ACX’s website were a big revelation.
From teaching the numerous technical requirements to VO technique, the ACX Master Class truly stands alone.
The weekly study guides and ‘how-to’ videos are the ultimate: Learning to record and edit while ‘looking over David’s shoulder’ is unique in my voiceover class experience. Unlimited access to all materials for ongoing study and reference is an enormous benefit as well.
I’m impressed there’s no past tense here; while class ends, it’s never finished. Dan, David and the Mastermind Group are an ongoing support resource for all of us.
Audiobook narration can be full- or part-time, but not casual. For professional audiobook narration instruction I recommend the ACX Master Class wholeheartedly, but only to those committed to serious – though informal – work; this requires effort (you’ll have homework!) to learn and maintain skills.
The ACX Master Class is a career investment I’m glad I made.”
“The ACX Master Class was above and beyond my expectations, and I already suspected it was going to be a high quality class! I have always wanted to record audiobooks, but have felt overwhelmed. You not only addressed the technicalities of equipment and vocal delivery, but also easy editing techniques and how to set up my business in as professional way as possible.
What made this class different was how comprehensive it was — covering all the bases of setting up a home business of audiobook recording. Also, I loved the flexibility of this class and that I can re-visit the class recordings anytime. I have all the tools I need to jump in. Thanks for giving me the push I need to jump into the ACX swimming pool.”
New York, NY
“This was a wonderful class. It’s not until you put it into practice that you realize how invaluable it is.
I thought the price was somewhat hefty in the beginning and procrastinated for quite some time before registering. But going through all the videos and listening again to the class recordings as well as putting it all into practice, I realize it is certainly well worth it.
What made it stand out is how you didn’t waste any time getting to the point. Other online classes tend to waffle and aren’t so well structured as yours. You exceeded my expectations.
I took action straightaway as the course just made me want to start narrating audiobooks there and then. My natural instinct in narrating was already in a good place but the technical side regarding editing is invaluable.
I recommend the ACX Master Class to anyone who is seriously interested in pursuing audiobooks. Onwards and upwards!”
“The ACX Master Class goes deeper and is more practical than any other VO class I’ve taken. Everything worked: the course was well-designed, from the length of time (4 weeks), to the study guides for each week, the Q&A sessions, and the private Facebook Mastermind group.
I just now went back through the initial written overview of the course, and I see that every single thing you promised, you delivered. Not only that, you have given us bonus audios and videos, over and above what was promised.”
Granite Bay, CA
“I’ve been on ACX for about a year now, and I had been discouraged by the sheer amount of time it would take me to edit my audiobook productions.
I literally had joyful tears in my eyes when you introduced the stair-step method for recording…and I cannot tell you how excited I am to put this into practice!
I’m currently working on a really challenging project — loads of different characters, all with various British-English accents (including pirates!) — and I wish I could somehow go back to the beginning and start over with the stair-step method, because the editing process would just be so much more streamlined! From this point on, I will absolutely be using this process, each and every time.
I cannot adequately express my thanks for the strategies and techniques that you’ve shared. I am just so very thankful for everything you’ve given to us through this class. God bless you guys!”
“This class went far and above any other training I have taken. The breadth and depth of the content was great. Dan’s work as the facilitator was the best. And David, your thoughtfulness, preparation, generosity and technique are as good as it gets. I’m prepared to take on the Audiobook world!”
“I have taken other VO related classes, many which involved not only the steep cost of the class, but also the added expense of air travel, meals and hotel stays. But, the bar has been raised!
Two of the biggest draws for me were:
1. learning how to reduce editing time by 75%
2. reducing ACX’s complex and lengthy requirements for audiobook narration and production to the essentials.
The ACX Audiobook Master Class exceeded my expectations of what a class could be. Dan and David crafted this class with a great deal of thought and passion. Well-produced study guides were sent out in advance of each module and served as excellent guides for all the information, which was presented in a clear, logical, and linear way.
The Q & A calls (two days after each new module) ended only when every question was answered! All sessions were recorded, and were (and still are) available to us for review as much as needed if we have additional questions.
The bulk of the content was presented by David. Dan contributed valuable insight as well, offering different perspectives to what David was teaching. But one of the things I was most admired about Dan was his keen intuition and sensitivity to students’ needs — his ability to ‘read between the lines’ of the questions they asked or problems they posed. My sense was that Dan and David both always had our backs.
I highly recommend the ACX Audiobook Master Class to anyone who is interested in advancing their work as an audiobook narrator and learning how to do more in less time.”
“I wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone who has a mis-impression as to how the audiobook industry works. (I was in the that group, having heard about the enormity of time involved coupled with a very low return in terms of compensation.)
I was impressed with your initial offers but still wavered, not so much over the price, but that this was some sort of ‘fly-by-night’ internet scheme. However, after doing my due diligence, I was comforted by the fact that not only was Dan a leader and well respected member of the industry but that David Lawrence was just as accomplished in the field of audiobooks.
I was drawn to the class based on the curriculum modules on equipment, software, recording, editing and mastering that’s required to produce an audiobook. This by itself was worth the price.
I also appreciated the modules covering how ACX works, what it is and what we can get out of it. The idea of joining and building our profiles early on in the process was a great motivator. It allowed us to ‘get started’ right away and already become a part of the industry.
What I appreciated the most is that both Dan and David didn’t just think of us as students but peers in the industry…artists looking to expand their voice business in another area. By signing up with ACX and establishing our profiles, we were instantly a part of the industry. So it wasn’t just thinking about it, we were actually doing it. Through each week, our profiles expanded, our knowledge grew, and our confidence was heightened. By the end, some students already had offers to produce their first book!
I didn’t complete my profile until the week after the class ended. Much to my surprise and not 3 hours later, I had an offer by an author to narrate and produce their book! Prior to the course, there is no way this could have happened. Now, just a week after the course, I’m producing an audiobook! This was a business investment from which I’m already reaping the benefits, so it was worth every penny!”
Port Orchard, WA
“I had an opportunity to take a course in VO at a local college (given by a company out of New York). This led to a $3,000 two-day ‘master class’ soon after, and I left with commercial and narrative demos and a nice binder. I felt ‘out to sea without a raft’ afterward.
I also took a marketing class (something I am not good at) with another person out of Texas, and that was a less than stellar experience…but I was told I could spend more money and get more information(!). I had just about given up.
Then, I happened to look at the right thing at the right time. I watched each of the ACX Master Class videos (that Dan & David had released to announce the class) twice before I broached the subject with my husband. When he said he would support me, I couldn’t sign up fast enough!
Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into preparing and teaching this class. We were not only taught theory but guided with practical application as well. I love our mastermind group, our private website and the ‘how-to’ information you’ve posted there.”
“What enticed me to attend this class was learning how to edit. I had no idea how much more it would be. Dan O’Day and David Lawrence Xvii have taken me from wishing to reality!
It was my desire to narrate audiobooks in my retirement. Now that I’m a graduate of the class, I am currently working on Chapter 26 of a 75 Chapter book. I am self-directing, recording, editing, and mastering the project. This could NOT have been possible without the great instruction and ‘hand-holding’ by these two fine gentlemen.
For anyone who desires to narrate audiobooks: this class is a MUST!”
“My husband has been telling me for years that I should ‘do voiceover,’ and I finally agreed to look into it. I found some classes, and after about a month a coach suggested that I try out an audition piece from ACX just for practice. I did, and, to my surprise — and I must admit a bit to my horror — the publisher asked me to produce the book.
Great — but OOOOOOPS — I had no real idea how to do this. With a lot of help I managed to get the book done, and I can’t have been a total disaster because the same publisher has since asked me to produce another 15 books for them! It would have been so much easier had I completed your course beforehand.
Still, I really felt I should have had some proper technical training, and when I saw the ACX Master Class advertised I signed up straight away.
Until I took your module on non-fiction I had only produced fiction, and I submitted the five non-fiction auditions I recorded for the class homework — and have been asked to produce three of them!
A very sincere thank you for the help you have given me to advance my career. This really is the best job in the world!”
“David and Dan have made things SIMPLE and nearly foolproof. Kudos to both for finding, testing, applying all of these things — especially the way you organized our classes from the start to the finish; you’ve been wonderful mentors. I appreciate your working so hard to change our mindsets to have the technology get out of the way of the message.”
“The ACX Master Class was the best investment I could have made in my audiobook career. The four weeks are brim-full with ideas and techniques that are immediately useful to make the audiobook narrator more efficient, better prepared, and more attractive to authors.
Dan O’Day is someone in the industry that I trust implicitly. If he sponsors a class, program or video, I know it will be good.”
“I came to audiobook narration in a professional state of infancy. Similar to the way a healthy child needs scaffolding, direction, modeling and ongoing support, I was very ‘well raised’ through Dan and David’s instruction. They drew a very clear line through the labyrinth of audiobook narration, enabling me to approach this industry with success.”
San Marcos, CA
“The ACX Mastermind Class was fantastic. We learned a method of editing that is very easy and cuts down on the editing time tremendously. That alone was worth the price of admission!
I had perused the ACX website but felt there was something more that I needed. Dan and David’s ACX Master Class was just what I was looking for: an informative, thorough, well rounded program. I learned what I need to know to go out and get started on ACX.
I highly recommend the ACX Mastermind Class. Dan and David genuinely want to help each and every student succeed, and this program is just what you need to get you going on your journey.”
Norman Ellis Flint
“I was most impressed with the combination of straightforward truth laced with compassion when our insecurities came to the fore. Great stuff that leaves us with no excuse for failure.”
New York, NY
“Taking the ACX Master Class was a really good decision. Even with all my voice over and broadcast experience, there was still so much more I needed to learn. Now I’m producing audiobooks so much more efficiently, they sound better, and I’m having so much fun. I totally recommend this class. It’s the real thing. Worth every penny!”
“The near-deafening cacophony of pitches for voiceover classes makes the selection process a dart game, threatening to confuse even the most careful prospective pupil.
Often, purveyors of such classes can’t or won’t create coursework that is detailed, precise, extensive, and clear. So it was especially rewarding to be part of The ACX Master Class presented by Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence, XVII, two well-established luminaries in the VO world.
How well does the ACX Master Class succeed? Very well indeed. The class sessions are presented in ‘teleseminar’ format, with participants dialing in by telephone to a conference call number for two planned hours – ‘planned,’ because D & D (as they came to be familiarly known) commonly continue the class session generously beyond that period, one of several indications of their care that attendees genuinely absorbed the class material.
That class session is followed two days later by a two-hour Q & A session – again commonly extended well beyond the planned period. Multi-page study guides for each week’s class preparation are detailed in focus, to buttress success in solitary study.
Homework assignments (ungraded but progressive) based on the week’s modules closely track the class focus and receive a boost from the mid-week Q & A sessions.
A particularly valuable element is the rich compendium of supporting material, which takes two forms. The first is a member’s support section on the class private website, containing three sections:
1. PDF files of all the study guides, assignments, and completion schedules
2. MP3 recordings of all the classes and Q & A sessions
3. Video recordings of procedures and processes key to mastering the use of the recommended audio recording software and establishing and using an ACX account to find and audition for available audiobook projects.
The second is a community forum in a private Facebook Group for the class members, which continues its life indefinitely beyond the term of the class offering, and which serves as a channel for additional Q & A, ‘tips and tricks,’ and success stories. The Group is actively used by the class members and closely monitored (and contributed to) by D&D.
So is the ACX Master Class ‘worth it?’ Results speak: a number of class members found book projects, submitted auditions, and secured narration deals even before the final sessions of the class.”
“So worth the money!
This class is going to make the difference between me dabbling in audio books that take me forever to produce and actually being a narrator/producer of audio books.
You broke it all down in such an easy-to-consume-and-immediately-apply-to-my-work way, that I was surprised at how simple it all has become for me.
I would tell anyone who is serious about wanting to do this as a career, full or part-time, to take this class. It’s an investment in themselves that will pay off.
Many thanks for a wealth of information and the encouragement and skill set to help me succeed!”
“I have always been interested in audio books but was hesitant to consider them due to perceptions that the work was labor intensive and not cost effective.
When I received information about the ACX Master Class, I was excited until I saw the price. I vacillated, wondering if there would be a return on the investment, and then took the leap of faith. You exceeded my expectations.
The course content was much more than I anticipated. As a result of your assignments, researching the site, reviewing in depth the various genres in fiction and nonfiction, and developing a profile that spoke to the author/Rights Holders’ needs, I received two book offers midway through our class.
My concerns about the production/editing process were resolved once I saw how David’s process cuts the time dramatically.
You provided an incredible amount of helpful resources and blew away the barriers I had in my mind to being successful in this work.
I have not had a course that’s anything like this, and highly recommend the ACX Master Class to anyone who is serious about doing audiobooks. What a treasure this experience has been!”
El Dorado Hills, CA
“Dan & David delivered exactly what they had promised. (This is sadly a rare occurrence in these days of overhype.)
I actually had my first book offer before we finished the course. What is even more impressive was that I wasn’t unusual. There were a number of us who were getting offers during the course.
What’s even more important is that I now know how to produce finished work faster and with less effort than ever before.
I’m pretty certain that if I hadn’t done this course and still tried producing audiobooks on ACX, it would have been a long, painful process that would have ended in failure. Instead, I am getting offers and producing work with relative ease.
My advice to anyone who is considering taking this course:
1. Trust the process. In this class you learn the fastest, easiest, least expensive way to being a productive audiobook narrator.
2. The investment in time and money will pay itself back many times over. This is truly a class taught by masters.”
“I can’t recommend this class highly enough! The ACX Master Class is unlike any other voiceover class I have ever taken, with both technical and ‘down to earth’ advice/coaching on the audiobook business. I had always been afraid to audition for audiobooks because I felt the editing time was way too overwhelming, and this course made it so manageable.”
Bay Point, CA
“The ACX MasterClass is at the top of the best VO classes I have ever taken.
I will refer to the lectures and Q&As again and again. (I have broken the class mp3’s into individual modules and made audiobooks out of them on my personal iTunes, so now I can refer to any particular module or question instantly.)
I have never spent so much on a single VO course, and I received a very high return on investment. (The Audacity editing technique is the Master Key to unlocking the potential of audiobook production for me. I would not do this business if it had to be a 5-to-1, or 10-to-1 Per Finished Hour ratio.)
Would I recommend the class? Lemme think… yep. 🙂
Oh yes, and I now think I can make some money with this.”
“After posting my fourth audition, I was offered a book within three hours. The confidence and skills I have gained are immeasurable and I am so grateful to be able to add audiobook narrating and producing to my tool belt as a performer.”
Tanya Parker Mills
St. George, UT
“Well before the ACX Master Class had ended, I’d gotten more than my money’s worth. After all, what I learned after just three weeks helped me to give a presentation about audiobooks at a writer’s conference and gain two new clients (in addition to another who found me on ACX, thanks to the profile and samples I’d learned how to post).
When you think about it, you can recoup practically the entire cost of the class with only one project, if it pays per finished hour. And I certainly intend on completing many more projects than one!
Not only did this class provide the technical know-how in terms of recording, editing, and mastering, but it delved into the narration process, the selection process (choosing the best projects), the uploading process of finished audio files to ACX, and the business side of things.
Another huge plus was the private Mastermind group to which all class members were invited. This gave us a sense of togetherness, team spirit, and camaraderie that I haven’t felt before in any class, let alone one as large as this one was.
This class equips you to start producing audiobooks almost immediately. As David always says, ‘Be biased toward action!’ This class certainly instills the self-confidence you need to bring that attitude to life.
Thanks again for making such a huge difference in my life, both of you!”
“Your ACX Master Class is really unlike any other voiceover class I have taken. In my experience, most classes/workshops leave out the ‘how to do the business’ part, which can take years to figure out (if ever!). Your class dealt with those nuts and bolts, and that is really why I signed up. I was NOT disappointed!
The price of admission was worth every penny. The class was super organized and I left each Monday class without feeling like anything was left out.
Many years ago I had dabbled a little in the audiobook genre, but it seemed so labor intensive, and not very lucrative. Your introduction to the ACX marketplace and your training in performance and editing definitely changed my opinion. I feel that I can comfortably dedicate a portion of my voiceover career to this and I am confident that it will help me to broaden and diversify my business. Thanks a million!”
Los Angeles, CA
“I took this class in order to learn the editing technique David developed. As an experienced voice actor/narrator, I look forward to increasing my narration opportunities by being able to produce books on ACX. I’ll have direct access to Rights Holders, and they’ll have direct access to me.
David and Dan covered a lot of territory in 4 weeks. Thankfully, that information remains available to us all for review. Another thing for which I am especially grateful is the Mastermind Group, in which class members help and encourage one another. This has already proven invaluable!”
Don Colasurd, Jr.
“Dan and David did a phenomenal job instructing this class. They know their stuff and are willing to help you all the way through and beyond.
The class went step by step on how to get you where you need to be for doing audiobooks on ACX. Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII are awesome.”
Maria Giere Marquis
San Carlos, CA
“The best thing about this class is its practicality. There is almost no theory, only usable skills and plenty of encouragement to practice and take risks. Both Dan and David bring a spirit of ‘a bias for action’ and owning your career, which I found equally inspiring. If you’re ready to work, take this class.”
“Last year, I passed on the ACX Master Class, thinking I already have the voice(s), the production skills, decades of experience, and the ability to create a profile on ACX; what could they possibly teach me that I didn’t already know?
After I spent a year trying to break through with an audition, David and Dan were back with numerous examples of the success of the first class.
Bottom line: I discovered I had all the parts to the vehicle, but in pieces strewn all over the floor of my ‘garage’ and no simple directions on how to put everything together.
The ACX Master Class class puts it all together, walking you through each element, to help you put your Producer/Narrator vehicle together in a way that saves $$$ by avoiding unnecessary equipment purchases and steering clear of potholes. And when it comes to editing, I’ll just say this: We learned a time saving approach that is as valuable as anything I’ve been taught in my last 34 years as a radio creative director.”
Dana Lyn Baron
Los Angeles, CA
“This was not like any other voice over class I’ve ever taken. The depth of the technical instruction was far richer than I’d ever had. And receiving instruction on how to conduct the business of our career (i.e., dealing with clients, contracts, etc.) is something I don’t think I’ve ever really had in any ‘regular’ VO class.
I feel 100% equipped to create & build the audiobook career I want to have. I’m clearer on the genres I will explore & audition for. I’m already using the techniques for production for my other VO auditions, too!”
Christine Fonsale Rogerson
Corlandt Manor, NY
“When I took this class, I had some experience with in-studio narration for the Library of Congress. So when I saw the ACX Master Class last year, I was tempted, but decided to try to do this on my own.
As the months passed and I was pulled in too many directions to truly focus on resolving the impasses I encountered (What’s a good profile? Can I be both sound engineer and narrator? Whose information is reliable regarding equipment?), I came to this freeing conclusion:
- ‘2 seasoned professionals, who are committed to my success, are ready to take me by the hand and guide me through the whole process. And then, they will answer a plethora of questions I don’t even know I will have!’”
T. David Rutherford
“I am excited about the opportunity to grow my audiobook business with the absolute ‘Gold’ that I’ve received from the ACX Master Class with Dan O’Day and David H. Lawrence XVII. Their instruction and mentoring will save me literally years of time in maximizing my income and organizing my business.
The direction in editing, mastering techniques, marketing and managing customer relationships are worth the cost of the class and then some.
David shares his years of integrating technology with storytelling and lays out easy to understand steps to produce audiobooks. David and Dan have developed an easy to understand process to succeed in the ACX marketplace.
This class was an investment in my own success. I cannot wait for the future!”
New York, NY
“Dan and David:
Thank you for your efforts in creating and maintaining this course. Mostly I’d like to thank you for being great people. I am an actor and what most people won’t tell you when you begin this career is that it’s not always about talent. It’s about being good to work with. Well, you guys are talented and you are great to work with.
You give us the tools to make our own demos — not pay for someone else to do them. Basically, you guys are the ‘if you teach a man to fish’ guys. This class provides step by step instruction on how to be successful. No one else in this business ever does that.
I thought I was just taking a class in audiobook narration. I wasn’t. This course and the two of you have taught me to believe in myself and my work even more than I already do. I am grateful to have been taught by two individuals who strive to teach attention to detail (I have overhauled my entire marketing approach i.e. website etc. I have also adapted the way I manage my clients i.e. casting directors, manager, agents etc.). I have become a more adaptable, organized, dedicated actor… who happened to learn how to narrate audiobooks!”
“These guys were amazing! A tremendous advantage to anyone attempting to break through into the narration business. Simple yet elegant advice and expert tips. The best part is that they are welcoming, patient, clear and let you participate in a community of peers — essential to succeed!”
Corte Madera, CA
“There are quite a number of really great things about the ACX Master Class:
- Thorough, well-organized curriculum
- Clear, concise and straightforward delivery of the material
- Practical, useful information
- Extremely helpful how-to videos and other materials (this was beyond expectations)
- An incredibly encouraging tone throughout
- Lots of hand-holding and remarkable patience on David’s part
- Our own Mastermind Group for sharing everything
- David’s and Dan’s openness, graciousness, and generosity. It was like a huge safety net.
I’ve had a lot of training in voice over work. Compared to other classes I’ve taken, this one was the most useful in terms of equipping us to actually start working in this arena almost immediately. And giving us a method to shave hours off the editing process? Priceless! I have never taken a class like this before!
I don’t have a single negative thing to say about the class. On so many levels, this was hands down the most rewarding voice over class I’ve ever taken. Kudos to Dan and David for offering such a great opportunity. Worth the price? Absolutely, undeniably YES!!! I would highly recommend the class if it’s offered again.”
“Wow, what an experience! All of my expectations have not only been met but exceeded.
I share the comments and opinions of all of my fellow classmates and truly believe that for one month I was part of something very special.
Anyone who is giving serious thought to becoming an audiobook narrator absolutely must take the ACX Master Class if they intend to become successful at the endeavor and produce a professional quality product. And you can quote me on that.”
Lori J. Moran
“This was a fantastic learning experience. I wish I had taken this class a year ago. They taught in four weeks what took me a year of trial and error to figure out on my own. I am so grateful for their support during the class and the continued support of not only them, but the rest of the students that also took the class. Go ACX Mastermind!”
“I knew I wanted to narrate books, but was stymied by the technical and business side of the process. By the end of the class, I knew how to set up an effective profile on ACX, post demos, audition for and interact with Rights Holders, and be paid for narration! Addressing the microphone for the best sound and editing using Audacity seem like child’s play now!
The class was well worth the price of admission and I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to voice audiobooks for profit.”
“I wish I had taken this course the first time it was offered. I had the money. But I had read a book about the VO industry and, guess what, this type of audiobook creation wasn’t well touted.
This course is worth the money. In fact, I didn’t find it expensive. Why? Because there is more to it than just the surface information. The editing alone is worth it! I’ve briefly used ProTools. It might be fine for short VO commercials, other short work and mixing but definitely not for audiobooks as ACX wants them. If anyone, professional or novice, is considering a vocation in audiobooks, I highly recommend this course!”
“The unique relationship between David and Dan seemed to open me up to learning and retaining the wealth of information we were fed much more effectively than I have experienced in any other class or seminar environment.
The thoughtful layout of the step by step process fit me perfectly. The technical gems, from the stair-step editing process to how to organize files on your computer to simple tried and true ways of self-direction and managing rights-holders, provided a complete and empowering package of wisdom and information that made this class well worth the time and money spent.
The D’s (as they were affectionately named in our Mastermind Group) provided solid leadership for the class at every moment. Their consistency fostered an immediate bond of trust, which they routinely reinforced as they responded with sensible, gracious perceptiveness to detractors (from outside of the class) of this simple, straightforward approach to audiobook production. I truly appreciated this demonstration of calm confidence.
Going into this class, I thought I knew my strengths and weaknesses, but the exercises dramatically expanded my perception of where I thought my wheelhouse was. I found myself with many more options for possible genres than I had at first!
So in a nutshell — this ACX Master Class experience has brought life and truth that by its very nature will continue to expand and improve the world of audiobook narration and the lives of those who are connected to it. In our last class, the final words of our exceptional leaders were: Be organized. Be persistent. Be authentic. Thanks, David and Dan, for leading by example!”
“For a number of years, it’s been a desire of mine to narrate books. Finding the time to do the research and then the trial & error process would have always kept it on the back-burner of my life.
The process has now moved from that back-burner to front & center. I’m in the midst of submitting chapters on my first audiobook. It would not have happened without the Master Class.
It was all fantastic hands-on information that was presented in a well thought out process. They made it easy to grasp & put to use.
If someone is sitting on the fence about taking the class, my recommendation is, ‘Jump in head first. The water’s fine!’ You will not regret it if your goal is to get work narrating books!”
Los Angeles, CA
“This might be a little weird but I want to thank you first and foremost for your discipline in keeping your own rules. That goes from your moderation of the Q&A times, keeping to the syllabus and working through the material in a very digestible manner. The material — both the weekly outlines and the additional tutorials — systematically clarified the processes you encouraged us to use.
After working through the materials and receiving your encouragement, I know that I can do this.”
Liberty Township, OH
“The ACX Master Class was superb!
* The knowledge I gained and the resources that have been made available to me as a result of taking this class were, and will continue to be, incredibly valuable.
* David H. Lawrence is an OUTSTANDING teacher! He knows what he is talking about, and he has a wonderful manner of sharing that knowledge — a manner that gives you everything you need to know to be a successful audiobook narrator, formatted in simple, easy-to-follow steps to put you on a path to success.
* As a personal ‘success story’ testimonial, I will share this: After the 3rd week of the class, I submitted my very first audition to ACX …and I got the gig! The Rights Holder selected me to narrate this wonderful book, and I’ll say without hesitation that David is directly responsible for giving me the knowledge to land my first deal.
* David and Dan have created a class format that maximizes a person’s ability to learn — with a well-defined class structure. The Study Guides are outstanding, and the ‘resources’ that David and Dan make available to class members are AMAZINGLY VALUABLE (consisting of documents and videos that reinforce what is taught in class, giving you a treasure trove of information which is always available to you)!
Bottom line: The ACX Master Class was one of the best classes I have ever taken, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! If you want to break into the world of audiobook narration, TAKE THIS CLASS!”
“Hands down the best class I’ve ever taken, and one of the best investments I’ve ever made. David H. Lawrence XVII and Dan O’Day are tops in their field, and their ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and with a sense of humor makes for a great learning experience. David and Dan truly WANT you to succeed.
Bottom line: you will learn everything you need to know to record and produce audio books. Really. No need to go elsewhere for additional information. It’s all here. Thank you David and Dan for breaking it all down so even this non-technical rookie can edit and produce an audio book!”
“As an avid consumer of audiobooks and a corporate voiceover producer, I had developed a strong interest in becoming an audiobook narrator/producer. Yet I had no idea how to get started. Then I became aware of the ACX Master Class, taught by David H. Lawrence XVII and Dan O’Day…and within just over a month from the start of the class, I was a happy signatory to a contract to produce two (!) volumes of an audiobook!
The ACX Master Class is an artful combination of lectures & dialogue with students. While it isn’t inexpensive, the value I’ve derived has far surpassed the price of entry.
The class provides a wealth of pragmatic and instantaneously applicable information. There is an emphasis on minimizing initial expenditures on equipment and software, equipping students with the ability to maximize both efficiency AND quality.
If you have the desire & drive to succeed in audiobook production, I encourage you to give serious consideration to participating in a future offering of the ACX Master Class. I heartily and freely endorse David & Dan for their expertise, positive attitudes, and sincere commitment to forwarding this industry, which continues to grow by leaps and bounds!”
“Thank you so very much for putting on your ACX Master Class. I am happy to say the class was most definitely worth the price of admission!
Between the study guides, videos, PDFs, Facebook Mastermind Group, Q&A sessions, and the verbal lecture on Monday, there was something to take advantage of anyone’s preferred method of learning. I really haven’t seen that anywhere before as I’ve gone about learning the VO business. This class is a great value.
Having access to the Mastermind Group, in particular, means that an answer to any audiobook question is just a Facebook post away.
I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend the ACX Master Class to anyone interested in narrating audiobooks.”
R. Keith Miles
“About two months ago I received an email from Harlan Hogan, because I am on his list, that it would be worthwhile to look into the ACX Master Class that was about to be offered. So, I decided to take a look, with skepticism, because I was really not interested in the rigors of audiobooks.
The presentation about producing audiobooks, by Dan, was an eye opener and I decided, based upon what I heard, to give it a try. And I am extremely glad that I did. From the beginning of the first Master Class I was hooked.
As I write this (one week after the end of the class), I have my first book under contract. The ACX Master Class material made it so easy to follow through on everything ACX requested. The Master Class is a practical, real-world process that works extremely well.
In a couple of years I am looking at retiring from my present vocation, and I now know what I will be doing. I would highly recommend the ACX Master Class to anyone who is serious about being a producer/narrator of audiobooks.”
“I had spent about 6 months trying to figure all of this stuff out on my own. This class gave me the confidence to move forward and taught me everything I needed to know to do that. I received my first audiobook offer in the 4th week of the class, a day after submitting an audition and about an hour before the final Q & A call; which was a blessing because I got to ask a lot of questions specific to my first project! I’m doing it! I’m officially an audiobook narrator!
But wait, there’s more. The class also gave me a whole network of fellow audiobook narrators at all skill levels to bounce things off of and to celebrate successes with. A truly supportive and nurturing community — what’s even better is that both of you participate actively in that community as well.
Would I recommend this class to someone looking into becoming an audiobook narrator? Or to someone who is already an audiobook narrator wanting to learn an easier, simpler way? HELL YES!! Take this class! It’s money well spent. And as I posted in the Mastermind Group upon getting my first gig, “This _____ really works!!”
“From the first class I knew I was on to something very, very special. David’s instructions about how to create a profile, accept work, record, edit, master and submit work were unbelievably easy to follow. I now have all the tools (and the amazingly affordable equipment) to become my own boss and create audiobooks.
And that was the reason I decided to go for it; I wanted to be in a position to do work I love with only the Rights Holder and myself to answer to. And — no question — I have Dan and David to thank for this incredible opportunity. This was, hands down, the best class I have EVER taken.”
“I had researched narrating audio books about a year prior to taking the ACX Master Class. I invested in the recording equipment that ACX recommended at that time, and I tried for months to manage the software, but could not work out how to edit without feeling frustrated and exhausted.
I knew it was time to invest in something else: myself. This was a new career that I really wanted to pursue, but I did not know how to satisfy ACX’s stringent editing and production process.
By the time I got Dan’s email about the ACX Master Class, I had given up hope that I was going to be able to use the expensive equipment that I had invested in to do the work I was very eager to begin.
I was hesitant about spending what my long-suffering husband would call ‘that kind of money.’ I listened to the testimonials and considered some of the other products I had purchased from Dan over the years. I was always very happy with the various books and audio that I had purchased from Dan and figured I would take the risk based on that trust.
I am so happy that I took that risk. The classes were worth every penny. It did not take my husband long to understand that I was definitely getting my money’s worth. I would show him my curriculum for each week, my homework and tell him after class all that I learned. He was also impressed that this was not just about the editing and producing, but also how to manage the business; communicate professionally with the clients; improve vocal and editing performance; and that we were provided videos that could be referred to as many times as was needed in order to accomplish the best recording possible.
When I submit an audition, I know I have done the best work I can do and that the quality of the work I am doing is vastly superior to what I had managed ‘on my own.’
Production is no longer the hours-long nightmare it had been, and the idea of narrating and producing an entire book no longer makes me want to cry. I now have the skills to accomplish this long-time goal.”
Tommy G. Kendrick
Round Rock, TX
“Before I enrolled in the class, I had had an ACX account for well over a year. But like so many who have registered on the ACX site, I did nothing with it.
I even turned down a job on ACX because the offer spooked me. The problem was I had no idea how to produce the work. Just looking at the submission process when you complete the audio work is intimidating.
I was aware of the ACX Master Class last year. There were two big reasons why I chose to sit out that first class. One was the cost. Since I don’t have an unlimited amount of cash sitting around, the price scared me off.
The second was: I didn’t have a ‘reason to believe’ that the class would deliver on its promises. Most actors’ journeys are littered with teachers, agents, managers who have over promised and under delivered. Would this be different?
A year later I once again began receiving information about the ACX Master Class. This time, there was a ton of what marketers call ‘Social Proof.’
One of the first bits of social proof I saw was a YouTube video recorded by several ACX Master Class graduates who got together on a Google Hangout to ‘review’ their experiences in the class. The discussion was enthusiastically positive and had the ring of truth. Either these folks were liars and some of the best actors I’ve ever seen, or they were telling the truth about how much they had each benefited from the class.
Another big concern was EDITING. On the street, one will hear that for each finished hour of audio, a narrator will likely spend 6-10 hours recording, editing and doing quality control to fix mistakes.
One of the big promises made by the ACX Master Class team is that they would teach us a way to edit audio that would DRAMATICALLY reduce the time required…i.e., reduce it from a 10:1 ratio to something closer to 5:1 or even 3:1. REALLY? That’s a bold claim.
The ‘union question’ was extremely important to me. It was comforting to learn that David H. Lawrence XVII, the primary narration teacher in the course, is a strong SAG-AFTRA member and advocate. I was to learn that in fact ALL jobs on ACX ARE available to SAG-AFTRA members, regardless of the pay rate. Awesome!
It was at the end of the very first teleclass that I knew I had made a wise choice in joining. That first class was so packed with information and training that it really felt like a month’s worth of work in one evening.
By the end of the second week, students were already reporting that they were auditioning for and being offered narration gigs. By the third week there seemed to be a deluge of such reports. The training, though not even complete, was already working like gangbusters.
Oh…and the EDITING. One word: AMAZING. The editing process alone was worth the cost of the class. It really is that powerful a tool.
In over 35 years as an actor this is one of the very best investments I’ve ever made in my career. Hands down.
Thanks to Dan & David for such an outstanding class. In an industry that is packed with people whose only goal is to separate actors from their hard earned money, it is refreshing to encounter two men who really care about teaching in the highest sense of the word.”
“This class is definitely worth the price, even if you already have a profile up on ACX. David’s system helped cut my recording/editing time in half! The system is simple and makes editing and pickups a breeze.
Also the information on ACX profiles and Amazon’s rating system have been invaluable. It allows me to focus in on what to audition for without getting overwhelmed by all the offerings.
David and Dan take a personal interest in the progress of their students. They know the investment their students are making and are committed to the success of each student. I highly recommend this class. Yes, it’s a chunk of money but well worth the investment!”
La Verne, CA
“I’ve always wanted to narrate audiobooks, but I hadn’t the slightest clue how to start. Then I found out about ACX.
I’ve been in radio for almost twenty years, so I thought I had a good working knowledge of production. I was NOT prepared for what I found on the ACX website. Never before had I seen such strict production rules and regulations. It was like reading a foreign language. I didn’t know what half that stuff meant.
It was overwhelming. I was just about to give it up, when I received an email about the ACX Master Class.
My desire to record audiobooks was still very strong, so I thought I’d give this class a shot. I can easily say that it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. By the end of the class, I was well-equipped to conquer ACX Mountain.
From the ins and outs of ACX, to how to actually make money recording audiobooks, to choosing the right equipment and software, to mic technique, to easily editing your audio, the ACX Master Class taught me everything I needed to know to be a successful audiobook narrator.
Not only do Dan and David teach their weekly sessions, but they follow it up with a Q&A session and they post very helpful video and audio on the website, along with entire class recordings so you don’t miss anything.
P.S. David’s ‘editing made easy’ technique alone is worth the price of admission!”
Los Angeles, CA
“This was the most amazing class. Thank you David, Dan and all my compadres.
The teaching is so deep and wide. You took the mystery out of it and without the mystery of ‘I don’t know,’ there goes the fear and trepidation!! You have de-mystified the process…and made it do-able.
Your enthusiasm, humor, incredible knowledge and sharing of information is a complete blessing. I took, what was for me, a very large financial leap and landed smack dab in an astounding pool of information, empowerment and enthusiasm. It has been and will continue to be a source of inspiration and action for me. It is priceless. Thank you Dan. Thank you David. Thank you classmates….so glad to be in the pool with you!”
“I must admit after attending some ‘other’ voice over classes, my skepticism of what real-life information I would be able to take away from your class and use regularly, initially took over.
You know, that ‘been there, done that, blah, blah, blah success is yours just around the corner’ spiel made my mouse hover for a while over your ‘accept me as a student’ button before I closed my eyes and said ‘take my money.’
It is heartwarming to have one’s skepticisms swept away when someone actually does what they say their advertising says they will do and then goes way beyond those expectations!
The time spent with you guys was well worth it and the ah-hah light bulb moments flashing in my brain each class session said ‘Wow, this could really work for ME!’
Thanks for using your professional time and considerable talents to help others make their indelible mark in the audible book narrator ledger.”
“Totally worth it! David & Dan are first rate. From the get-go, everything they did was professional, complete, well thought out, and organized. I spoke with Dan personally about my situation and goals for the class, and I was not disappointed! David is a technical genius and really knows his trade well! Not only that, but he has found ways to operate that are free and low cost!
David & Dan were willing to take any and all questions on the Q&A nights, no matter how long the session went; they were/are committed and accessible, both in those sessions as well as in the private FB group page — a wonderful community of people!
Lots of fabulous step-by-step videos and materials were provided to ‘hand hold’ and provide us with everything we need to be successful as VO artists recording audiobooks for ACX.
The class was unique, absolutely ‘real world’ implementable, and I feel well prepared to really excel at ACX and the whole audiobook process from auditions to relationships with Rights Holders to mastering…the whole enchilada!
I feel very fortunate to have found out about this class because it will absolutely give me a leg up over those who haven’t taken it and don’t know the in’s/out’s of the process. It’s already saving me time, energy and money!”
David J. Bell
“I was intrigued by the idea of a faster way to produce audio. Working in radio, I figured if I learned something new there, it may translate over and assist in my normal job. Plus I have always been interested in the audio book process.
By the way, I had used Audacity in the past, to convert some files, for a network tone to fire. So my original thoughts on that program were simplistic and I had no idea the depth it really had. Before this class, telling me to narrate with Audacity, to me would have been equivalent to suggesting building the Empire State Building using play school toys. So, I much appreciate the knowledge and when I have questions, your videos are there to walk me step by step through things again.
Once I finally had everything set up, I experimented and tried two auditions before the final class. When I woke the next morning, I had won one of them!”
“The ACX Master Class is phenomenal! Why? It surpassed my expectations. The description provided is what it is and more.
This was the most comprehensive class I have ever taken: performance, technical applications, a multitude of resources – a dedicated Facebook page; mp4s; mp3s; software and hardware considerations; screen shots galore; sage advice!
David and Dan are passionate about the subject matter and, without a doubt, seriously interested in the success of each student. Their timely responsiveness as classmates expressed challenges during and even after the class was refreshing and so appreciated. The amount of work the two of them put into our ‘getting it’ was most definitely worth the price of the class.
The keenly-focused structure of the class with its step-by-step, hands-on approach for ACX and recording audiobooks in general made for one being more open to recording genres of work never considered, immediately diving into submitting auditions and negotiating rates with confidence.
It was a great feeling learning that David and Dan wouldn’t cut the umbilical cord when the class was over. They actually created a ‘community’ of former and current ACX class members. We have online access to communicate with each other – helping to resolve issues, encouraging, supporting and commiserating – with David and Dan frequently chiming in.
If you have the true desire to become an audiobook narrator/producer and find yourself to be a bit timid or confused as to how to approach it, I strongly recommend the ACX Master Class. There is no guess work…just a world of help and knowledge to get you there.”
“I had trepidation but bit the bullet. Fortunately my wife is a generous and supportive person.
Other classes I’ve taken were useful but didn’t address that which I really wanted…nuts and bolts of getting VO work…other than…‘Well, all you do is make a lot of calls.’ (Of course, if I wanted to know the REAL secrets of marketing for VO I could enroll in their 3 day bootcamp in NYC. Yeah, well…) This class is chock full of the real nuts and bolts of doing this work.
Nothing about this class was canned. The material was presented well and presented along a normal path of development. The Q & A sessions allowed all of us to address our own concerns.
I have recently become frustrated with the short term VO work that I’ve been chasing…frankly, getting nowhere. Narrating audio books, as it was presented in class, is a much more collaborative endeavor. I like that aspect.”
“The ACX Master Class is one of the most valuable investments I’ve made in my acting career. Never have I seen a course as comprehensive, detailed, or supportive as this.
I can whole-heartedly recommend Dan and David’s course to anyone who is serious about being an audiobook pro.
Prior to this class I had narrated audiobooks, but figured I would never be able produce — understanding the requirements of ACX seemed impossible, intimidating, and frustrating. Other classes I’ve attended dealt with single aspects of audiobooks – and most made even narrating sound as unattainable as learning the technical side! David’s methods for narrating, editing, and mastering are easily learned – and frankly even fun.
The best thing about the ACX Master Class? Everything! An astonishing amount of information is presented each week – and then the videos, audio, and PDF’s kept coming, and coming. This is not just 4-week class, but a comprehensive plan addressing the artistic, technical, and business skills needed to thrive – and even a bit of the psychological mindset we actors can utilize to succeed.
And the support! Dan and David have set up a phenomenal, enthusiastic network for ongoing support which includes not only the two of them, but graduates who are out there, working and helping each other.
One week after the end of class and I had produced my first book. Yes it required focus and hard work – but I DID it – and look forward to growing my skills with every step along this path.”
“Even though I have been producing voice overs for ten years, I had never taken a voice over class before…I learned the basics from recording engineers and on my own. I was a very nervous about spending money for an online class because you never know what you’ll get. But I can honestly say this class is worth every penny.
Dan and David were so nurturing and supportive, and we all took care of each other through the Master Mind discussion page on Facebook…and it’s still available to us.
They kept every promise they made to us… I got three offers from ACX in my second week of class! I learned some truly incredible things about how to narrate audiobooks and David’s editing method has helped me in my other voice work as well. I have already used it for other applications and am getting better each time I do…the new editing techniques I learned are worth the price alone. But they don’t stop there…I also learned everything about narrating audiobooks and the ACX process, with Dan and David holding our hands the whole way.
So, if you are thinking about narrating audiobooks, or just wondering how to make better money with the voice overs you’re already doing, this is absolutely the class you must take.
So just make the leap…with some commitment on your part, you will land on your feet!”
San Diego, CA
“This class and its instructors, David & Dan, truly exceeded my expectations. One thing that really stood out was the passionate commitment to effectively equip their students to succeed in the area of narrating audiobooks through the ACX platform.
Every aspect is covered and each week is packed with information — from the technical aspects of editing & mastering to putting together an appealing ACX profile to working with Rights Holders to offering ongoing community support through the Mastermind Facebook group and so on.
I am extremely grateful for their encouragement & expertise. Because of this course, I can do what I didn’t think I could do before: narrate & produce audiobooks with confidence! Thank you so much, Dan & David!”
“I really enjoyed the class because it was extremely thorough in regards to navigating the ACX world. On first glance of the website, you’d never really know just how involved you must get to record audiobooks; this class covered just about every situation a talent may come across. The class was very ‘Real World’ applicable. You guys know your stuff!”
“Last year I saw details about the masterclass..but lived in the UK and at that time there was no access for Brits in ACX.
But this year, things changed and arrangements are now in place to encourage British based narrators.
Although having worked as a BBC trained radio journalist for 25 years, I still hesitated before deciding to enroll.
One of the main reasons for pressing the yes button was that I had met Dan when he visited the UK a few years ago. I knew the course would be excellent and straight to the point.
Then the bombshell, a Rights Holder had heard my voice somewhere and sent me an email asked if I would like to narrate two sports books he was about to put on ACX and I said…of course!
Next email to arrive was one from the Masterclass about how the course would work over the coming four weeks.
Although I wasn’t able to join the live calls, I listened to the recordings, did the exercises, watched the videos and read everything.
Dan and Dave laid it all out in an easily understood way…no pressure on any student…we were all coming from different life experiences.
What amazed me was how it all came together over that four weeks.
One big bonus of the Masterclass has been the Facebook group where everyone has been so supportive of each other.
If you want to become an audiobook narrator, then you’ll be hard pushed to find two better teachers, hard pushed to take part in a Masterclass that, although it has a set structure, is open and adaptable for all levels of experience.
Just give it a go, you’ll be surprised by the range of books that are desperate to find the right narrator.”
“Dan and Dave present everything in a clear, down to earth style. In fact, they teach short cuts and ideas you would have to dig through the ACX site to find (if you could find them there at all…) and then try to figure out just how to apply them.
In the Master Class, it’s done! Dan and Dave have done all the heavy lifting and the information they present not only applies to audiobook narration, some of it also works for voiceover production.
I definitely recommend the ACX Master Class for anyone wanting to get into or build on their audiobook career.”
“When I began my voice over training, this is the niche I was hoping to pursue. I started to create a profile on ACX, but quickly realized that audiobook narration was very different from other forms of VO. I wasn’t sure how to correctly fill out the profile section, and how to edit was a mystery to me.
The ACX website videos showed them using ProTools and punch ’n roll editing. I just gave up, left my profile unfinished, and focused on submitting auditions to a pay to play website. I had a little success there, but was not happy with the lack of progress and steady work.
I had seen Dan and David’s ad for their ACX Masterclass the year before but had already spent so much money on training — I knew my husband would not be happy at that time if I registered. This year, when I saw the promotion for the class again, I knew that if I ever wanted to truly pursue audiobooks, I needed to take this class.
I was not disappointed. This course answered every question I had, and Dan and David were both very eager to help in any way both in the Q & A sessions and online in the Facebook Mastermind Group. I love that this class created a sense of community with the other students — something I’ve never experienced before in Voice Over training.
Without this class, I would never have even tried to move forward with producing audiobooks. I wholeheartedly recommend this ACX Master Class to anyone considering producing audiobooks!”
Charles City, IA
“All courses impart information. But when you’re trying to learn an entire skill set – knowing what to do isn’t enough. You need to be shown how to do it.
But even that isn’t enough.
In the end, you have to be able to do it.
As far as I’m concerned, that’s the acid test of any course. And ACX Masterclass passes this test with flying colors.
In the first place, David and Dan obviously designed the course with implementation in mind. There isn’t an ounce of fluff in the material. Everything they’ve chosen to teach is something I will use in my audiobook narration career.
Secondly, David is a gifted teacher who explains things clearly. Between the written material, the audio lessons, the Q&A sessions and the videos, I’ve been able to do what I was shown.
Thirdly, the Mastermind Group fills in any gaps. I’m impressed by how active both David and Dan have been there. Their support proves their commitment to my success.
So as the teaching ends and my implementation begins, I know I’ll be able to become a successful audiobook narrator for ACX. Since that’s what I came for, I could stop here. But there’s still one more thing to say…
Dan and David aren’t just businessmen peddling a course. They care. And it shows. They made this experience enjoyable and…well…human. I want to thank them both for a fantastic and profitable experience!”
“When I first learned about the ACX Master Class, I had already produced six books for ACX. So, I felt like I knew what I was doing. Still, the process of producing an audiobook was tedious. While I wanted to continue this work, I wasn’t sure if I could do it much longer.
What I learned in the Master Class was much simpler and faster than what I had been doing, and eliminated the tedium of producing an audiobook. I can now produce finished audio in about one-third the amount of time it used to take me. That alone would have made the class worthwhile.
But the course covers so much more than just audio production. I learned a lot about ACX, and how to rewrite my profile to attract more work — and how to avoid giving them reasons to say “No.” I also learned how to look for jobs that will be more lucrative for me.
This was not the first VO class I’ve taken, but it has by far been the most useful. Other classes have given me information that is helpful in some cases, other information that is applicable at certain times — the ACX Master Class dove right in to producing books for ACX. There was none of the ‘sometimes, maybe’ material that I’ve seen in other classes. Everything taught in the class was directly and immediately applicable for booking gigs, improving recording process and quality, and producing audiobooks for ACX.
And while the class is specifically aimed at ACX producers, what I learned here will be useful for any audiobooks I produce, for any company.
The price seemed daunting, and it was hard to imagine that they could provide that much value in a four-week class. But if you want to produce audiobooks, the class is absolutely worth the price.”
“This class went beyond my expectations. Not only were both Dan and David very thorough with their explanations, but the course materials were very detailed, kept me engaged, and are something I can refer back to for review.
There is obvious enthusiasm between the both of them for you, as their student and fellow VO Talent, to do well. They stay engaged throughout the class via a private Facebook Mastermind Group page that brings everyone together for discussion and enlightenment. I learned almost as much from the Mastermind Group as I did from the class. In fact, there was so much discussion about the materials and many different takes on things that it kept me completely engaged for the entire 4 weeks.
This class is absolutely worth the cost. If you applied even a fraction of the material that is given, you will do well on ACX. I enthusiastically recommend this class to anyone who is interested in learning how to become an audiobook narrator and excel on ACX.”
“I took the class because I had already landed a few books, and I didn’t ever see finishing them. Seriously, I was so slow!! Well, I got my speed increase and more!!!
What really surprised me was how much better my files sound, thanks to the mastering process and the methods I was taught. I love the results! No more weird pops and obvious dubs or repeated phrases… you know the issues. After this class, I simply don’t have them, and the sound is rich and clear.
I finished one 1-hour book and one 3-hour-book right after the class finished. I finished a 9-hour book this week…all while working full time at my day job and raising a family. My right holders always mention that want me to narrate more of their books! I simply could not manage them if I hadn’t taken the ACX Masterclass. Thank you Dan and David!”
“The thing that amazed me most about ACX Master Class was how easy it was to follow a lot of complex information. Dan and David served the ACX pie in bite-sized pieces so that we could absorb it week-to-week and make real progress.
I have studied with several other schools and coaches and always felt getting started was a long way away. After the ACX Master Class, I know I am thoroughly prepared to move forward and start my new career as a narrator.
“I have just completed the ACX Master Class and feel like I have feasted for four solid weeks. The class offers so much content, but it’s not overwhelming in any way. It’s delivered in bite-size chunks, like a fabulous 7-course meal, with time enough to digest all the nuggets of information.
Before the class, I had already clicked through all the tutorial content on ACX. Still, there are things I got from this class that one can only learn from someone who has experienced it firsthand many times over.
I cannot imagine going on ACX to compete with other narrators without all this knowledge, and THAT is what I had hoped to take away with me from this class. The confidence that I now have an advantage that might have taken years on my own to acquire otherwise, to me, makes it worth the price of admission.
David and Dan have clearly pieced this presentation together very thoughtfully, and it’s apparent that they are constantly tweaking and polishing what is already a gem of a product. They make it very plain that they want to see us each succeed, and one of the ways they accomplish this is by offering a Q & A session following each lesson, to address any questions, doubts, or thoughts that have surfaced with any one of us.
Knowing that my classmates and I were not the first round of students for this course, I wondered at first why all the lessons were done live. As time went on, I realized that it’s partly so it can evolve and improve with each teaching, and also to consider the unique makeup of our particular group. We’re not going through the identical presentation of previous classes. It’s organic and updated to reflect software changes and new information.
Another great asset this class offers which makes it unique is the homework assignments. Some things are best learned by experiencing them. When we would come back the following week sharing our revelations, it was very encouraging and enlightening.
I’m sure I will be using material and techniques I learned from this class in all of my narration work, not just audiobooks.”
Los Angeles, CA
“I had been narrating for about a year before taking the class, but using what I have learned, I have been able to streamline my process and work much faster. Although for me the class was quite expensive, the “stairstep” editing method alone is worth the price of admission.
There were also lots of insights into the business and producing side of audiobooks that I never would have found anywhere else. David and Dan genuinely want all of their students to become awesomely prolific narrators and will always be there to support them if needed.
An added bonus to taking the class is becoming part of the extensive network of narrators who have taken the class in the past. Having lifelong access to a whole community of your peers for questions and support is priceless.”
“The class is certainly worth it! I’ve submitted six auditions and have received two audio book offers in the first week upon completion of the ACX Masterclass!! David and Dan lay it all out for you to help you become successful. The videos and worksheets are invaluable.
Going in to this class, I had no clue as to how to do an audio book. In four sessions I came out with the confidence and determination that it would work. It has!”
“First of all, I would recommend the class to anyone wanting to get into audiobook narration. I think I Iearned more in 4 weeks than I did my last semester in college. And it’s a lot cheaper than a semester of college.
The class was everything I was told it was going to be. It’s a good sign when I looked for people who had taken the class and were unhappy and could not find a single one. The study guides were very helpful and serve as a reminder and how-to for later. I’ve already put what I’ve learned to use as I am currently working on my first audiobook — something I would not have even tried without the benefit of the class. And I’ve gone back more than once to the class materials in setting up the story for narrating and in communicating with the client. I’d recommend the ACX Masterclass to anyone who wants to get started in the audiobook business.”
“I’ve had my eye on the ACX Master Class for several years, but needed the calendar and money stars to align before I could sign on. I narrated 10 audiobooks prior to taking the class, but never felt I was in the driver’s seat and wasted a lot of time and energy stressing the wrong things.
The class was packed with practical, actionable information and has made an immediate difference in my efficiency and confidence. Dan & David make you feel like you’re part of a special club from the get-go, and give you the support, tools and network to succeed down the road.
I only wish I’d been able to come on board earlier in my audiobook career — I could have saved myself a lot of time and money, particularly in buying equipment.”
Spanish Fort, AL
“I have been in this business of VO, off and on, for a long time. I have been playing at this full time since 2010. I have hired expert coaches. I have had a professional work with me for months to create a dy-no-mite demo; not the two hour weekend demo mill scam. I have attended seminars, conventions, webinars, one-on-ones and classes.
Every bit of this has added something to my ability to execute in this crazy business of VO. Yet, I’m still struggling.
And every bit has been a slog; oftentimes requiring much more from me than them. I was pretty jaded. I had heard of The ACX Master Class and seen videos from David H. Lawrence, XVII and Dan O’Day. The buzz was big. The promises were huge. The price tag seemed humongous. After all, everyone knew that audiobooks are difficult to do, take hours and hours for every book and pay very little.
And I have to admit that for some audiobook narrators this is all too true. But Dan and David showed me this doesn’t have to be my story. It doesn’t have to be your story either.
After one has been in the voice acting business for a while, it becomes clear that the voice acting is 10% and the business is 90%. So if anyone is going to teach this business, 90% better be on business. And boy howdy, these guys are all business!
I’m not going to go into graphic details or give up any of the secret sauce, except to say, ‘Prepare yourself for a new way of thinking about audiobooks — because everything you know is wrong.’
By the time the course was finished I had a killer profile on ACX. I knew every method of structuring a book deal. I learned how to pick books that will yield bigger returns. I learned how to talk to authors and Rights Holders. And I had a step-by-step plan to implement my audiobook business.
The very next day after graduating the class I auditioned for four books. By the time the week was out I had been hired to produce two of them. They totaled 19.5 hours of finished audio. I was done, after working only a couple hours a day, in two weeks. And I had plenty of time to have a life while doing it.
These books haven’t even reached Retail yet and I have been hired to produce another, contacted by an author and asked to audition for his book, and am in the final stages of a deal with a producer to narrate his books for a PFH rate — no editing.
This is going to end up a very good year for me. What are you waiting for?”
“Someone asked if me if the ACX Masterclass was worth the expense. For me it was very reasonable, because I was serious and ready to go to work.
This is the only class I have taken where participants learned skills that actually helped them book jobs. And not only did people book jobs, they booked them before the end of the class! In fact, the instructors caution everyone to wait to audition until they have progressed through the course enough to master the skills needed to complete projects. It is that good.”
Los Angeles, CA
“I’ve studied voice and voice over for years.The thing that struck me most about David and Dan’s ACX MasterClass was that it was designed specifically for Audible.com. My interest in narrating books for Audible peaked while taking this class.***********
With this class, we get a real ‘behind the scenes’ look at how audiobook narration works. No tricks! Just real, down to earth, valuable information.
And to think I almost didn’t take the class because I thought it was too expensive. HA! This class is worth every penny and dollar. AND…all of the resource information remains at our fingertips for “life!”
Would I recommend this class to someone interested in narrating audio books? YOU BET I WOULD. I already have.
Thank you so much David H. Lawrence XVII and Dan O’Day, for sharing your knowledge and expertise.”
Brooklyn, New York
“Dear David and Dan,
Last night I hit the ‘I’m Done’ button on my first audiobook. This morning my rights holder approved the project and now the title is off to ACX QC. I must say I found the whole process incredibly easy. Thank you both so much for the insight and guidance. The offer for the author’s second book came in this morning. I was able to shift the dates to accommodate my busy schedule (2 plays and another audiobook)… the templates you gave us to use were a godsend!
Your editing/mastering process is elegant and streamlined — and gave me the confidence that I would be able to complete the job satisfactorily and with a minimum of stress. Knowing I have this added skillset is a great reminder that I can have some agency in my own artistic career. With much appreciation, Price Waldman.”
“Let me endorse the ACX Master Class whole-heartedly!
It was more than I expected, from technique, to editing, to opening up the whole world of Audio Book Narrating to me in a step by step process.
I am proud to say I have had an offer with my 2nd audition, and that could never have happened, without my ACX Master Class!”
“I chose this class because, in addition to its lessons about narration (with an excellent narrator), it also addressed the business aspects of working as a narrator. I was new to narration and was fretting about what to do — should I just jump in? How am I supposed to edit and master my performances? How can I make any money at this when most of the contracts offer royalty share or a pathetic per finished hour rate?
Dan and David covered all of these questions and much more in their class. They presented a beautifully streamlined, optimized method of working that will save tons of time and hassle and will greatly reduce my hours put in per finished hour. They also provided a support network — the Mastermind Group
I feel much more confident because of this class. I know what to do. The wisdom presented in this class took Dan and David many years to acquire, and I am grateful to be able to put their system to use in my own work right now. It is like having two generous uncles who will share their career secrets with you!”
San Diego, CA
“If you are at all interested in learning how to narrate books via ACX, you HAVE TO, HAVE TO, HAVE TO take the 4-week Master Class taught by David and Dan!
I did not have any experience with ACX or narrating books before I took this class. Over the four week period of the class, David and Dan provide you with everything (and I mean everything!) you need to know to be a successful audio book narrator. They cover all aspects of the business from how to narrate, to the technical side of producing as well as how to work with rights holders.
Not only do they give you the information, they are there to answer any and all questions with patience and support. There is a wonderful support group from previous and current students, which means you do not feel like they teach and leave you on your own once the class is over.
David and Dan (who have TONS of experience in this field) want you to succeed and are super responsive to questions raised in the support group during and after the class is completed.
I took the class despite knowing I was going to be doing a high amount of travel for about four months after the class and would not be able to start narrating right away. I wish I could cancel my travels as I am very eager to get started with narrating on ACX! David and Dan have provided me with tools and processes that would have taken me years to learn on my own (or maybe never would have learned). The class is worth every penny as it makes you a professional in a arena where, sadly, there are lots of non-professionals. Just be prepared; they are going to give you a LOT of information in just four weeks! I write this a week after the class ended, and I know that several of my classmates already have work…some even before the class ended!”
Kerri Brown Owens
“I found ACX about 4 years ago while searching for ways to get into the audiobook business. I was already an accomplished oral reader, but I knew nothing of production. I tried to teach myself the technical side, got a little editing and mastering help from my brother, and dove right in. I was fairly successful with my auditions, but I didn’t know how to use my time efficiently, nor did I have a clue how to choose the right projects. My handful of projects took enormous amounts of time, yet brought in little to no income.
Even though my family had been nothing but supportive, I felt I was being unfair to them. I was all but ready to give up on my dream until my brother, a graduate of the ACX Masterclass, suggested I give it a try before making a final decision. I was reluctant. It was a lot of money, and my hope in ever making this business work was about 2 breaths from flat-lining. He told me about Dan and David, sent me the links to videos, and told me what a difference the class had made for him (he got into audiobooks after I did, but was rising faster… a credit to ACXMC).
Fast forward 4 weeks: I am now a graduate of the class. David and Dan performed CPR on my hopes and dreams without even knowing they were doing it. The difference between now and before is that before I was shooting in the dark. Now I see the light! I have the tools and knowledge I need to successfully build a business doing what I love. Thank you, thank you, thank you, David and Dan. You could have easily kept your knowledge and skills to yourself, but instead, you each have a heart to help others find what you have. You are truly making a difference. Thank you for being my game changer.”
“What you will get: A lot of relevant and very good information on How To, What Next, Where to Go, Best Practices and Secrets to Success.
Don’t reinvent the wheel; get into this 48+ hours of course and Q&A material, plus additional informational and educational video’s and PDF’s to get you going strong in ACX Audiobook narration. Thank you David H. Lawrence XVII and Dan O’Day!”
Los Angeles, CA
“The ACX Masterclass was amazing! I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s one of the best classes I’ve EVER taken… in ANYTHING. It was so thorough, practical, detailed, inspiring and useful! With pearls of wisdom dropped in that will stay with me for a long time.
I’m in a bit of shock really, when I think about how much has been given to me in such a short amount of time. It was like David and Dan took me by the hand and led me easily and efficiently through every possible step required to enter the realm of audiobooks and make it a thriving reality.
The instruction and Q-n-A’s were precise and far-reaching, with wonderful videos and PDFs adding to the ocean of detailed instruction, supplemented further still by the wonderful private Mastermind Group on FB to continue to answer whatever new questions and challenges bubble up. I’m so thankful for the depth and value of this course. And I’m excited to launch my audiobook adventure!”
“The ACX Masterclass was a financial stretch for me, and so I almost didn’t take it. But I had really wanted to get into audiobooks for a while, and I learned that the class only happens once per. I finally, in the last minute, decided to borrow money to do it, and I am SO glad that I did.
I now feel really well-equipped to create and produce audiobooks, and beyond that, the Mastermind Group that taking this class makes you a part of gives you ongoing support even after the class has ended. As a newbie to this work, I couldn’t ask for a better arrangement. I feel truly supported in my trajectory forward with this work.
Dan and David have thought out their thorough curriculum extremely well and they set their system up to create successful audiobook narrators. They also always go the extra mile at every turn, such as going beyond the end of class to answer the last questions or posting very useful videos and other support materials so the class can learn a topic more fully. I can safely say, there is no way you will regret taking this class.”
Winter Haven, FL
“The class was exceptionally well organized and professionally presented. The cost at first seemed a little steep, however, after you get all the Audios, Videos and PDF’s it is worth the cost. Unfortunately, life happens and was unable to attend the last week and a half of live presentations due to a medical emergency in the family, but the audios were just like I was listening live.
I really enjoyed the ‘Stair Step’ procedure for editing audio. If time is money to you, this process is worth the cost of the tuition by itself. The ‘Stair Step’ process is so simple and effective, you won’t believe it unless you try it.”
“My expectations may be a little different from the norm, as I still have a full time job that pays very well. Voice over work is more of a hobby for the time being. However, as I get closer to retiring from corporate nonsense, I will start to depend on this work for sustainable income. In the meantime, incoming revenue will be used for recording space upgrades and coaching, etc.
Because of limited time available to devote for voice over recording, I really wanted to learn how to:
– Navigate the ACX platform…understanding that doing this on my own would take many months — possibly years
– Reduce the time spent Per Finished Hour rate. The standard SIX HOURS per for a 10 hour book is daunting to say the least. Your class exceeded these expectations. Frankly, because of this class, I may focus a little more on additional audio book narration development rather than some of the other voice over work.
The skills that David demonstrates for narration and editing are inspiring! This class is definitely worth the price. Just one PFH project at $200-$400 per can deliver the Return on Investment. More importantly, I’m no longer intimidated at the thought of winning one of those auditions!”
“I hesitated to spend the money, but I’m really glad that I took the ACX Master Class. I had used Audacity in the past, had equipment, and a number of voiceover classes.
But I thought I knew more than I did know — the “unknown unknowns” were greater than I’d reckoned. The Master Class gave me the tools and skills to more quickly engineer my work and be confident that my recordings would pass muster with ACX. I also learned how to navigate the platform to target what I wanted to narrate and understand the audiobook business overall.
David and Dan were clearly committed to enhancing the skills of all the participants — their availability for questions and concerns was remarkably responsive. It’s quite a relief to feel that I now know what I’m doing. And I’m doing it!”
Larry B. Ahrens
“Hi Dan… I wanted to thank you and David for the ACX Masterclass. I was hoping that I’d learn the inside secrets and techniques of audiobook narrating and ACX. The class delivered on that promise. I had a sense that audiobook narrating would be quite different than radio work, and that’s very true. I think radio and narrating are cousins — not immediate. A close friend of mine is an author and does very well on Amazon with his action thrillers. He’s already tabbed me to do two of his books. I consider it a privilege. It’s good to know that I can be as busy as I want to be in audiobook narration. The class was terrific and I wanted to say thanks.”
Larry D. Peterson
“What motivated me to sign-up for this class and record audio books? My brother, in radio for 43 years, encouraged me to give it a try. He went through the course last year and loved it. He now has over 23 books out on the retail market and a nice little income each month. Our voices are similar and so I signed up! So glad I did!
I had no acting or voice over experience. For over 30+ years I was a Information Technology Program Manager and Christian Minister for the past 12 years.
If there was one item of concern to me just before signing up, it was the lack of confidence I had in myself to be a professional narrator — but, with lots of practice, and adhering to the course materials, I found confidence in myself and my voice type.
The experience I received and the vision of the future made the cost of the course well worth it! With the MP3 recordings of each class, I was also able to re-listen to each presentation by Dan and David at my leisure.
One other item of note: The trainers (Dan and David) really know their stuff! Additionally, their dry humor and overall approach made the course interesting and easy to digest! Also, the class’s Mastermind Group was a great tool to bounce issues, findings, and various experiences with other classmates, which I found to be very helpful!!
In the two weeks following the training I submitted 5 auditions and landed three books! Adhering to the processes we were taught worked each time.
Without question or reservation, I wholeheartedly recommend the ACX training to anyone who is interested in a new career. I mean, where else could you find a career path with unlimited potential that allows you to narrate books in your home and, make some money! So excuse me, I really need another sip of sip of my coffee, adjust my microphone, turn off my phone and TV, alert my wife that I’m about to record and finish my books!”
Ken “Allen” Tuttle
San Francisco, CA
“Dan and David, thank you! With my crazy schedule it was impossible for me to be on any of the live calls; I love the fact I can go back to review any of the classes on MP3 or listen to the Q and A recordings.
Love the way David explains thru experience. I have a radio background, and David’s editing method really cuts down production time. Thank you for being real and paving the way to a smoother road to success. Hear me soon!”
Brooklyn, New York
“Dan and David put their hearts and expertise into this class. They really are dedicated to sharing their knowledge. Their insights and tips are amazing. I took a swipe at audio books in the past, but didn’t have nearly enough information to really get up and running. This class provides all the step-by-step tools. But don’t expect an easy ride. You must do the work and stick with it. I would expect nothing less, though, from a class at this professional level. I have been in broadcasting for decades, but audio books are very specialized, and I had much to learn. It’s also been wonderful to have a community of other students with which to share thoughts and problems. Dan and David are top notch, and also a lot of fun. Well worth the investment!”
“Thank you for a fantastic class! The stair step method alone cut my editing time down by 75%. I’ve gained valuable money making time back in the audiobook process. That is exciting. The old way of editing was taxing and exhausting.
In addition to the brilliant editing process, I gained valuable insight into how I see myself as a performer and the skills I bring to the table. You can never underestimate your abilities and what you as an individual can share with your audience. I’m genuinely grateful for that encouragement and guidance — it was priceless!
This class is in a league of its own. It is a precise, step by step guide to audiobook narrating. The value is far higher than the price of the course. If you are a serious voice over talent dedicated to growing your audiobook business, then I highly recommend this class!”