Think you have the deep, well-oiled voice of an up-and-coming radio legend?

You may not need it to have a future in radio and television voiceovers.

At least, that's the word of coaches coming to Andover to help prepare residents interested in what they call "professional voice acting."

As part of a program offered through the town's Community Services department, on May 29 residents can go to Andover High School for a two-and-a-half-hour class called "Getting Paid to Talk," run by the group Voice Coaches.

"This is intended as an introduction to professional voice-acting," said David Bourgeois, president of Voice Coaches and voicecoaches.com. "They'll record a mock-commercial script, under the direction of our producer."

Bourgeois, a voice-acting producer, said he works with the Discovery Network to create voiceovers for documentaries. He said these days, the voice-acting industry is split evenly between males and females, which wasn't always the case.

"The field's changed a lot. Today we hire the traditional announcers less and we're looking for conversationality and believability more," said Bourgeois. "Today we're looking for someone who can be convincing."

From radio and TV jobs to recording audio books, documentaries and training material, the field offers a wide spectrum of possibilities, said Bourgeois.

"It's an endless list," he said. "I think the people who are curious about voiceovers will come out with their eyes wide open."

The adult education class will cover the basics plus working in the studio, recording a demo and trying to land a job in the field. Registation information is available by calling 978-623-8277.

Class is $36. Voice Coaches has come to Andover in the past and will return for a second date this year, for the same price, on July 19.

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