Pocholo “The VoiceMaster” Gonzales has inspired and motivated the 3rd year Mass Communication students of St. Paul University, Manila in a half-day voice acting workshop on August 15, 2015.
The VoiceMaster shared to the audience his journey in the voice acting world. He talked about the mentors, the friends, the partners he has worked with in the field of voiceovers, dubbing and radio broadcasting. He also shared about the challenges he met along the way – the frustrations, the harsh realities, the rejections – that became his driving force to create his voice acting school, the Philippine Center for Voice Acting. The VoiceMaster also talked about Voice of the Youth Network, and how this organization that he founded has given Mass Communication students the venue to experience real-life radio broadcasting even while they were still in school. Of course, the talk would not be complete without the audience hearing the many character voices of the one and only VoiceMaster!
Pocholo’s talk was followed by the more technical part of the workshop. Two of Pocholo’s protégé’s – Ada Cuaresma and Andrew San Fernando – conducted the voice acting workshop. Also known as the “Voice Care Queen,” Ada talked about the science of producing voice. She taught the students proper techniques along the process of producing voice, like proper breathing and posture. Andrew, also known as the “VoiceMonster,” inspired the students with his accomplishments as a voice artist – from dubbing to hosting to doing voiceover work for one of the most popular reality shows on TV today. He also taught the students techiques on how to “play” with the voice using various exercises to explore one’s pitch and tone of voice.
The voice acting workshop was organized by the Integrated Student Media Society, an academic organization of Paulinian Mass Communication students.