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BASIC ACTING COURSE

This course focuses directly on what directors look for in actors. It helps everybody; an amateur actor wanting to develop their skills OR an accomplished actor who wants to brush up on their skills. It teaches you the tools needed, which all international and local actors are required to use and know. It allows the student to learn about acting in a realistic way which is similar to everyday life – since acting is about portraying an everyday slice of life in a realistic and naturalistic manner. I offer a version of this course for kids too. Benefits: • An intense learning experience of new techniques in front of like-minded people. • Total immersion in the craft of acting and going to auditions. • On-camera training within the first few days. • Personal strengths and weaknesses will be revealed for character development. • A professional working atmosphere. • You will become a better communicator and listener. • Viewing a role from a different perspective by encouraging you to think outside the box.
22 Mar
Cape Town (Western Cape)

R 1.700

RADIO PRESENTING COURSE

If you have decided to become a radio presenter, this course will be ideal for you! You will learn how to prepare yourself for going onto radio and how to act whilst on air. It teaches you the ins and outs of radio presenting: compiling play lists, presenting news, weather and sports, creating scripts and generating fresh ideas to keep your audience entertained. This course will increase your knowledge and ensure that you have the necessary skills to present a successful radio show. Benefits: • A better understanding of how to present yourself over the radio. • Create a radio show. • Assisting a DJ with compiling and presenting everyday segments, such as news, weather and sports. • Establish and build an on-air identity. • Read a news bulletin effectively. • Conduct a radio interview. • Present and produce a package. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE

This is a course specifically designed to help you when speaking publicly. Public speaking is a process of speaking a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. It is closely allied to "presenting". Public speaking is commonly understood as a kind of face-to-face speaking between individuals and an audience for the purpose of communication. Developing skills in this area will increase your confidence and reduce anxiety about situations in which you may be called upon to speak in public. Public Speaking can branch out into the following careers: motivational speaking, leadership/personal development, business, customer service, large group communication, and mass communication. Benefits: • Achieve your business goals by becoming an outstanding communicator. • You will negotiate better, sell better, present better, network better and understand what communication really means. • Providing effective, measurable training - focused on your business goals. • Changing behaviour through inspiring, interactive talks. • Teaching solid systems that are easily integrated and improve results. • Releasing the expressive power of the voice and body when communicating. • Turn your expertise into a compelling short talk. • Developing your skills; strengthens you and brings relaxation to any performance. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

ACCENT CLASSES: IMPROVING YOUR PRONUNCIATION SKILLS

What should be the main goal of any pronunciation class or course? What are the kinds of exercises that will help you improve your pronunciation? First, the main goal of any Elocution/pronunciation course should be to focus on accent reduction, not accent elimination, which is technically impossible. Students should work on reducing areas of their pronunciation and enunciation that make it difficult for native speakers to understand them. Second, with this goal in mind, students need to be able to identify which areas of pronunciation and enunciation give them the most inaudibility; such as, vowel and consonant sounds, word and sentence stress, word reductions, linking, and intonation. Finally, you need to practice these structured exercises to extemporaneous speech in different situations, because practice makes perfect. Improving your pronunciation will take a lot of patience and commitment, but the end product - your unique, well developed voice - is worth it! SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

SPEECH AND VOICE THERAPY MODIFICATION

We specialize in a wide range of speech and communication problems, because, voice difficulties arise when the voice quality (pitch, clarity, volume, duration of utterance) is affected and influences the individual’s ability to speak comfortably, confidently and, in some cases, intelligibly. Voice problems can occur due to a variety of causes (as seen below), the most common is voice abuse and misuse: Excessive talking Shouting or screaming Whispering Singing for an extended amount of time without warming up the voice beforehand Frequent public speaking without amplification Drinking high caffeine fluids or frequently eating very strong spicy foods Smoking Frequent visits to smoky, dusty areas Not using protection when working in dust or with chemical substances Some chronic medications Anything that may cause or increase the occurrence of reflux My course was designed to enhance speech, language proficiency and communication effectiveness, including accent reduction. I provide personalized and one-to-one sessions. References on request! SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

SPEECH THERAPY FOR CHILDREN AGED 5 7 AND 8 15

This course helps young adolescents to develop their voice whilst eliminating any speech impediments. The course was devised on the basis of using drama exercises (as a template), because I dealt with a lot of students who don’t understand what is expected of them when correcting voice. When using drama exercises this helps them to understand (in laymen’s terms) all elements which constitutes correct speech. The exercises in the course focuses on combining an arrangement of concepts, which will help them, achieve great results. Some Common Speech Disorders: Stuttering - interferes with fluent speech, Cluttering - makes speech difficult to understand, Articulation Disorders - lisping, cleft palate, Apraxia (dyspraxia) -also known as oral-motor speech disorder, Dysarthria - Paralysis, weakness or generally poor coordination of the muscles of the mouth, Speech Sound Disorder - Omissions, Substitutions, Distortions, Phonation Disorder - hoarse, raspy, or pitch changes, Resonance Disorders - Hypernasality and Hyponasality. I have had a lot of success with this course...I look forward to hearing from you soon!
22 Mar
Cape Town (Western Cape)

R 1.050

VOICE OVER TRAINING

The job of a voice-over artist is to make the voices jump off the page. This course introduces you to various voice-over scripts which present different demands. It is important that you identify the various voice-over scripts in order to approach them in a creative and intelligent manner, which satisfies the needs of the client. Benefits: • Skills to practice voice-over’s. • An understanding of what is required to be a professional voice over artist. • How to use your voice when reading voice-over’s. • What to look for when listening to voice-over’s of other people. • Clear diction • Flexibility to do Commercial, commentaries and other voice-over’s. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

VOICE OVER TRAINING: NOW CAN YOU LEARN HOW TO DO VOICE OVERS?

Maybe you've been told what a great voice you have or saw an article about being a voice talent or have a friend who's done it and wondered how you can do it too. Your voice is the engine that does all the work. If you have a long sentence, there is the danger of running out of breath, and that wouldn't be good. Which is why this course teaches you much more than just acting and performance styles. Mastering Voice-overs, concentrates on the most valuable asset any voice over artist can have—control of your vocal instrument. Discover the secrets of breathing and voice production that all top-flight professionals use to win their auditions and deliver effortless reads. Get introduced to the magic of ?Day Voice? And the relationship between voice development and career success. And, I'll also teach you how to dramatically improve your phrasing, ace your cold readings and how to sound fresh even on your twenty-second take. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

PRESENTATION TRAINING FOR PUBLIC SPEAKING

With the completion of this course, I empower Professionals to deliver with confidence, authority and impact. Public speaking is fundamental to success in professional and public life. Presentation training helps people create simple, clear and compelling presentations which can be delivered effectively, whatever the situation. This course also aids anyone presenting documentaries, and charity events. Course outline: Voice Control – establishing an adequate breathing to improve quality of voice; Stage Presence – X-factor; Pitch & Resonance; Tone – what tone to use in your speech; Body Language – hands, posture; Delivery – modulation, controlling the voice - inflection; Articulation = Diction; Enunciation = Vowels; Audience relationship – what is the bottom line?, connect and interact; Ice Breakers Apply assertive verbal skills to capture and maintain audience interest Managing Public Speaking Anxiety; Using humour Understanding the various types of speeches and how to prepare, practice and analyze Types of speeches: Acceptance, Charity, Christmas, Demonstrative, Descriptive, Entertaining, Eulogies/Memorials, Impromptu, Informative, Inspirational, Layout, Motivational, Narrative, New Year, Persuasive, Retirement/Farewell, Team, Thank you. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

FILM ACTING LEARN THE BASICS!

Directors look for specific aspects when directing actors. Throughout all my years being in the industry (27yrs) I have come up with a course which caters to those aspects directors are looking for. I have had numerous successes with this course and my students upon completion always go from strength to strength. Course Outline: Use of voice - warming up your voice; How to go to a casting - Preparation for a casting; Translate preparation into an on camera performance; Handling the call back and meeting the client. Tools of acting - business; status levels, listing skills, acting vs. Reacting, Character building - Different ways to approach characterization; Exercises aimed at physical and vocal transformation, including a detailed look at mannerisms, speech patterns, posture, gesture and clothing. Monologues/Duologues - How to analyze a scene using the following tools: Overall Objective; Scene Objective, Obstacles; Beats and Actions; Place and Fourth Wall; Inner Objects and Doings. Textual analysis - Modulation; Improvisation – Structured and Unstructured - as a vehicle for harnessing the power of the imagination, being spontaneous and collaborating with fellow actors. Memorizing of lines and blocking. The basics of acting technique, including finding motivation and uncovering subtext; Stanislavski techniques. One of my students after completing this course was featured on the Pharrell Williams "Happy" music video. He continues to get work and shine! Some of my other students have been featured on Ekasi, Sewende Laan just to name a few.
22 Mar
Cape Town (Western Cape)

R 1.700

LEARNING HOW TO SPEAK LIKE A WOMAN!

So, how does speech therapy work for someone who’s transitioning? What does it involve? You come once a week, sometimes twice a week if you're really eager to speed things up, and you do different vocal exercises. Pitch is one of the most important markers. Men on average speak at 110-120 [Hertz], gender neutral is 145-165, and women are 210-220. In most cases the goal is to try to get to gender neutral, which basically means that if you called somebody on the phone, and they speak in what’s known as the gender neutral pitch, you probably wouldn't be able to tell if they were a man or a woman. So that’s the first piece, but along with that, they have to learn other things, like posture and speech intonation. Speech intonation is how much your voice goes up and down in a sentence. Men tend to speak in a very monotone, even tone. Women speak in many, many different pitches; as they speak they go up and down, they go high, they go low. So that’s really important–a person who’s transitioning needs to learn how to use that range in their voice. They also practice moving the resonance of their voice up higher. Men speak in their chests. If you’re a man and you say a word, if you put your hand on your chest you’ll feel a vibration. If you’re a woman, you speak in your face. So that’s another thing they try to work on—they move that resonance from deep in their bodies higher up. Another thing is women speak more precisely. They enunciate their words. Men don’t do that as well, so men actually have to learn to articulate their words more precisely to sound like a believable woman. Volume will also be something to look at as a man will just speak with greater volume—so he’ll speak louder—and a woman will tend to speak higher, tend to raise her pitch higher. The problem with just going with pitch, even though it’s a very important marker, is that if a man speaks like a man in every aspect except for pitch, he’s going to sound like a man talking in a falsetto. So all of these other aspects are about trying to come up with a voice that is real and like the way people actually speak, rather than just trying to talk as high as you can. The idea is that you deliberately practice a new voice until it becomes habit? EG: The key is that you have to practice it in your lives. You get homework in each session about what to practice in the real world, and go out and practice it. Many of you start your speech therapy before they have fully transitioned in their lives, so they might be a person who is fully committed to transitioning but hasn't told their workplace. In that case, learning can be slower because you have to be able to practice your voice all day long. If you're going back and forth, it’s a slower process. So you practice your new voice in conversation, and over time, it just becomes your learned voice. It does seem to sink in to the point where you find it difficult to access the voice you used to have. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

ACCENT REDUCTION COURSE HELPS YOU NEUTRALIZE YOUR ACCENT!

This course was developed on the basis of helping different ethnic groups to reduce their heavy accents. If you are looking to improve your job status, then this course can help you do so. Communication is key in any business venture and personal life. This course helps you to create a parallel in every aspect of your life. I have been running this course for 7 years and continue to have success upon success. I have successfully reduced accents such as: Collard, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Cameroon, Zimbabwean, Malawian, Afrikaans, French; English (England), American, Chinese, Taiwanese, Italian, Spanish etc. Allow me to help you achieve your goals with superb neutralizing communication skills! SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE BETTER AND INCREASE YOUR JOB PROSPECTS!

In the 7 years I have been running Biebie productions, I have had ample students who require adequate communication skills predominantly regarding how to speak correctly. If you are looking to increase your career options and your speech is holding you back, I can help. I do have a 100% success rate on this course, and have references upon references to prove how valuable this course is. Course Outline: · How to develop your voice using posture, relaxation + breathing; · Neutralizing any accent – resonance, pitch + tone; · Eliminating any/all speech faults – stuttering, mumbling; · Birth defects such as cleft palate/ cleft lip; · Strengthening weak oral muscles; · Reducing any accent: Colored, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Zimbabwean, Afrikaans, French; English (England), American etc.; · Communication skills in a private, public and corporate setting; · Public Speaking and confidence building; · Maximizing your vocal capacity giving you versatility and dynamics when speaking; · You will have better diction and clarity – articulation and enunciation; · Switch board, private and public sector and corporate sector, answering (phones), Front of house sales, etc; · You will learn how to gain confidence in speech within your working Environment – verbal dynamics; · SWOT analysis; · Understanding your strengths and weaknesses and developing positive affirmations; Overcoming all threats (fear, failure, criticisms etc.). SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

ELOCUTION/ACCENT REDUCTION COURSE

Elocution is speaking in a polished and professional way. Accent Reduction is when you reduce your current accent (Coloured, African, Afrikaans, European, etc.) so that you can sound more neutral English like what you hear in South Africa. The course makes you aware of the sound system (or phonology) of a language or dialect: which include identifying problems in the person's current speech from the desired accent (such as pronunciation, speech patterns, and speech habits), changing the way one uses the mouth, teeth, and tongue to form vowel and consonant sounds, modifying one's intonation and stress patterns, and changing one's rhythm. Using this method, individuals trying to help their communication; will learn how to alter their speech to more closely resemble the accent of neutral English commonly used in SA and abroad, thus enhancing the clarity of their communication within the workplace. Benefits: • Greater confidence when speaking in public, business and social situations • Better Communication with people at conferences, meetings and or on the telephone • Greater awareness of how to use your voice effectively • Professionalize the way you speak • Improved results when you need to get your ideas across • Elocution Techniques to control and project your voice • A reduction of any specific voice features including a regional or national accent • Clear speech and diction in a neutral accent helping you reach your potential and goals. SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900

LEARN HOW TO GET ONTO COMMERCIAL RADIO TODAY!

Radio presenters (a.k.a Disk Jockey, Radio Announcer, Radio Broadcaster) are the public voice of commercial, public and community radio stations. They compile and present radio programs to the public on a range of topics and with a specific musical or topical focus that may vary according to the type of station for which they work or their particular skills or areas of interest. Their on-air presentation may focus more on a particular style of music, on interviewing and talkback, or on a specific topic like sports, cooking, current affairs or gardening. You will learn how to: prepare and present news, sport or other Information, conducts interviews, and introduce music, performance And special events on radio. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest. If you feel you have what it takes, come and participate in the course. My students who have completed this course are featured on Bok Radio, CCFM Radio, Bush Radio and Radio Goodhope. YOU COULD BE NEXT! REFERENCES: Fusi Nkoala – CCFM: “My native language is Sotho, so speaking English was difficult for me and coupled with presenting I really needed help. Barbara was very patient with me and accommodating (as I am studying and sometimes can’t attend class) she didn’t mind moving my class times around to meet my needs. She made me aware of my speech faults, pace and how when I am on radio I do the weirdest things – rebound at the end of a word. She really helped me achieve my goal of being a permanent radio presenter on CCFM. She is brilliant!” Sisanda Nkoala – Bush Radio and Goodhope: “After completing my course I really wanted to get a slot on Goodhope, Barbara was so encouraging and inspiring and helped me each step of the way. She will go out of her way to help you reach your goals. She is very professional in all areas and it shows in her way of presenting the course material. She helped me reach my goal. Book a course with her today!” SKYPE LESSONS AVAILABLE
22 Mar
South Africa

R 2.900


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