scroll for years 1995-2012
in alphabetical order
Abram, Dana, LA: “What a weekend! I'm exhausted yet amped! Thank you Stevie for helping me let go and take risks… I feel I really came out of a shell (not a twirly snail shell, but a huge, barnacle covered clam) I had shut myself inside of. I auditioned for a TV commercial tonight and applied many of the techniques I learned today. I really felt and heard a difference.”
Davis, Rob, LA: "The 2-day intensive at VoiceTrax West was one of the best animation workshops I've ever participated in. So many new ways to find the character… and barriers broken through.”
Johnson, Rhomeyn, LA: "Thank you Stevie for " turning the light on" for me!! I told a friend today that your workshop was the best of any kind I have taken since I have been in LA these thirteen years. Thank you for guiding me in my audition for the role of Meaty!! I can't wait to work with you on Wild Grinders!!!
LaShea, Jason, LA: “I just wanted to say thanks again for an eye-opening and jam packed, fun weekend!! I learned a TON and it was a real treat to be guided by such a wonderful director. What a great introduction to LA and the wide world of Animation VO that exists here!! Rock on!!”
Lundquist, Ginger, LA: “I absolutely loved the workshop this weekend! THANK YOU so much, you put your whole body and soul into teaching us...AMAZING!”
Lynn, Lisa, LA: “I could not have imagined how I could have gotten more from a coach/teacher in one weekend than I did with you! I appreciate every bit of experience and knowledge that you shared with us and I cannot wait to put all of your tips, nuggets and teaching to work going forward!”
Robinson, Andrew, Intro, LA: “Mind. Blown.”
Wilds, Heather, LA: “Was so much fun yesterday! Am still buzzing about it. Thank you Stevie. You rocked my world!”
in alphabetical order
Bednarski, Laura, Chicago: “I attended the Chicago workshop with Stevie and it was the best workshop for VO I have taken. Many workshops talk about taking you to another level and hers actually will!!”
Burr, Jack, Chicago: "I am FEELING THE BURN!!! Thanks so much for coming to Chicago Stevie!"
Brame, Nancy, Intro, Orlando: “I wanted to thank you for your great workshop on Saturday… I learned so much in that short time! You were so kind and encouraging. Truthfully, ‘cartoon voices’ is not something that I had ever considered for myself before. Now I feel that if there is an opportunity, I can at least give it a try.”
Corbridge, Jennifer, Chicago: "Best time EVER! Love all of you guys!! :) YES! I'm still high. I'm putting together my new home studio as we speak!"
Esteras, Richard, Chicago: "I just wanted to say I miss you already!!! I can honestly
say that I listen to the stuff recorded from the workshop on a daily basis. I have let all the voice-over, improv and acting teachers I've had, plus family and friends, listen to it as well. Everybody has been impressed and most are amazed that I did all those voices. Your class was so great. It made me feel like I am headed in the right direction… I feel like this is where I need to be. It would be so much fun to be able to play a bad guy role for the look that I have and then also play a giggly panda bear as well in animation voice-over… I just want to thank you, Stevie. You are a wonderful person and I am glad to have met you and taken your workshop."
Foulds, Diane, Toronto: “Thank you soo much Stevie! What a fantastic, supportive and talented group of people. It was an honor to be a part of this group.”
Gooley, Christopher, Orlando: “After taking Stevie class she has opened my eyes into the voice over world… Not even a week after my class with Stevie Vallance and I get an audition for an Animation Voice Over Gig!!!... Just f**king take her class next time she does this voice over animation class!!! She is f**king brilliant!!"
Gray, Paul, Toronto: “Wow, just wow. What an amazing workshop. Stevie told me that this course would change my life and she was right. I had am amazing time and Stevie brought out voices I thought I never had. I highly recommend taking this workshop, she is the best in this industry.”
Haight, Susan, Los Angeles: "Thank you for a wonderful workshop! It did exactly what I hoped it would do - it got me excited about creating new characters and helped me to add more layers and interest to the ones I have."
Holton, David, Ottawa: “I only wish I lived in LA and could study with you for months. I could really use that spark of inspiration and knowledge that you so effortlessly provide to those who are willing to take it from you.”
Kane, Kerri, Orlando: “Your class was so amazingly fun and I feel like I learned so much from it. I'm sort of a shy-ish person, but I felt great in there with you all and it was an awesome feeling getting "lost" in the parts. You're right, who needs drugs when you can do that and it's free? And who knows, sometimes, you even get paid for it!”
Khourshid, Kally, Intro, Orlando: “I had a fantastic time and feel that your seminar was richly full with so many gold nuggets that I can use as I pursue a career in the entertainment industry. You were so much fun to learn from, and it's very easy to see you have a passion for teaching and helping rising artists. Thank you so much for an incredible morning of learning and fun!”
Kusler, Sam, Los Angeles: "Thank you for a very special workshop it was really much more fun and exciting than I ever thought possible... What a treat !!... It was like being in a living cartoon."
Laale, Jennifer, Ottawa: “ha cha cha”
Lane, Margrette, Orlando: “Amen!! Fantastic instruction!!...Had a blast the past 2 days in the Tooned In! Animation voice-over workshop! Thank you so much, Stevie Vallance, for sharing your gifts and passion with us!! What a joy to learn, be silly, and to meet new friends!! Thanks, everyone!!”
Logan, Catherine, Toronto: “I can't sleep and I'm sitting here at the crack of dawn sending you my thanks for your invaluable teaching and your words of support and encouragement. Who would have thought there could be a life changing event on the cusp of senior hood!?”
Marks, Bobby, Los Angeles: "Had a fantastic experience with Stevie and 8 fantastic voice actors. Thanks for stretching and filling me Stevie. MoFun."
Meyer, Craig, Los Angeles: "Thanks again, Stevie, for such a fantastic learning experience at Tooned In! I was amazed watching my fellow classmates disappear into their characters and gained a new appreciation for just how much talent and hard work it takes to bring those characters to life. I've admired your work for over 25 years and it truly was a joy to meet you and hear your familiar (and incredible) voice in person from the perspective of a student… Thanks for giving me an excuse to finally learn how to roll my r's."
Mitchell, Earl, Orlando: “Simply have to give another thanks for all the teaching and guidance Stevie Vallance gave to me and the whole Tooned In! Orlando Workshop. Today I feel more inspired and driven than I have in a long time… Awwwwwwwwwwwww Stevie (said in an insecure, whiny, lost-her-mom-in-a-grocery-store, 12-year-old girl’s voice).”
Owen, Richard, Los Angeles: "What an awesome coach today... F*cking AWESOME!! Folks, if you are anywhere near Chicago when Stevie is giving her class, you simply gotta go! If you've got a shell, she'll get you out of it. If you're afraid of getting too big in your auditions, she cure you of that fear. The class isn't just for animation folks. What she has to offer works for commercials too! So grab one of the remaining spots and have a blast!!"
Ranta, Travis, Ottawa: “I had a blast and learned sooooo much about this awesome industry. It was amazing to see how talented and dedicated everyone was. I don't think you could ask for a better teacher than Stevie, she was absolutely amazing!”
Robinson, Stephanie, Toronto: “I just loved your workshop, it really pushed me more than any I've taken before!! All the other workshops I've been to have type-cast my youthful voice and ONLY given me scripts for kids & teen voiceovers... so that is all I've ever done/been good at. I really needed to be pushed past my comfort zone because I want to be a 'utility' voiceover talent. Your workshop taught me ways I can work to increase my range and versatility. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight and talent with us - I will definitely sign up for private coaching with you in the future and will recommend your Tooned In workshop to all my VO peeps!”
Russell, Bill, Chicago: "Tooned In Intensive… I have been educated. What a weekend! If you haven't done this yet, you have got to get it together and do this!... It was the best work out I've ever had. The most fun I've ever had. That's Stevie, and that is "Tooned In"! Ya'll be serious and git in there and git it, if yuh ain't gotten it already! Lawzee!"
Sas, Alanna, Ottawa: “It was the most fun (and terror) I've had in months! I must say, for once I wasn't nervous performing... and as for Stevie well, pfft, Holy crap. If you aren't inspired after two days with her, you're dead and just don't know it. Is she amazing, or what?”
Smith, Ryan, Orlando: “I just wanted to say that I enjoyed your workshop, and you, so much... I've never done anything like that before, or even thought about trying it. You lit a fire.”
Strossner, Maryann, Los Angeles: "Being of the “mature” persuasion, I’d like to say – this was one of the best workshops I’ve taken over the years. Great! After being away from voiceover for a while, the workshop got my “tools” oiled and ready."
Tiedemann, Gary, Chicago: "Hey, just wanted to let you know that I just booked an animated commercial and I know it was totally because I was using the Toon-techniques you taught! Yayyyy! I love it! I'm truly grateful for the fresh inspiration in an art form that I've always loved so much"
Walsh, Heather, Ottawa: “Stevie is brilliant, and beyond a pleasure to work with. Best money I've spent in a long time… you blew a lot of misconceptions I didn't even know I had… Maybe this isn't such a pipe dream, after all.”
Wilson, Lori, Toronto: “Thank you so much for leading me through such an empowering, freeing and informative weekend… To be honest with you I was absolutely terrified to take the course! Although I’m a full-time v/o actor, I have always shied away from animation because I truly believed that I was horrible at) I was so scared to go into the booth the first time on Saturday to try on my first character that my stomach was in knots! But as the weekend wore on, I started to let go…. to allow myself to try, to fail and to sometimes allow a character to emerge that I didn’t know was inside of me. You are a kind, funny and supportive teacher and I had so much fun! I left your course resolving to take more chances in my career and in my life. I would absolutely love to produce an animation demo with you.”
Zawadzki, Blake, Orlando: “Had a blast at the workshop and met some very creative people.” :)
2008 - 2012
in alphabetical order
Barby, Ben, Toronto: “Let me say that I had an AMAZING time at the workshop. I did learn a LOT and had a great time in the process.”
Beattie, Sue, Intro, Ottawa: “Enjoyed your workshop tremendously, my dear! You are a real pro and you instilled wonderful, important tips.”
Benard, Marie, Vancouver: “Holy HELL there were some incredibly talented people in that class!!! ... and I feel confident I can come up with characters and start putting myself out there online to start :)”
Blasingame, Jamie, Los Angeles: “Had an amazing time yesterday and am jazzed for the rest of the course!”
Bond, Gareth, Toronto: “Just wanted to thank you again for an informative, inspiring, frightening and fulfilling day. It really was a great experience…one that I will most certainly be building on… I’m actually building a small Studio in my home… so I’ll have plenty of time to practice. You really have an enormous amount of energy that you share willingly… and I can’t imagine having a better mentor as I begin a new chapter in my voice work.”
Bourque, Yves, Toronto: “Thank you for bringing your animation workshop to Toronto. I absolutely enjoyed it from beginning to end… I would unreservedly recommend your workshop to anyone interested in doing animation.”
Carey, Phill, Vancouver: “Wow! I can't begin to thank you enough for all your help and insight. I have had 3 screen auditions so far this week and I killed it in all of them. Thank you so much for reminding me why I want to be an actor in the first place! I some how forgot how much fun it is. I needed help in the voice world so I came to you and you far surpassed all my expectations. … I just booked 2, possibly 3, days on a really big show! Thanks for helping me get out of my own way.”
Craik, Jean, Calgary: “I learned so much from falling flat on my face. You were right about the therapy part. I've opened up a whole new door for myself and am so looking forward to new experiences.”
Crane, Zac, Intro, Ottawa: “Taking Tooned In! was really a great thing for me. It really had a positive effect - I know that I have a lot of work ahead, but I am really looking forward to the journey!... It is the next morning and I am still ‘Tooned In!’. You were right. I have all this energy and I want to ‘channel’ it somewhere. I will do as you suggested to the class, take an ‘improv’ class (Second City, Groundlings), or take the ‘Pro-level’ Tooned In! workshop with you and network with other workshop participants (already exchanged a few emails), etc... I have all this great energy and it’s thanks to... Tooned In!”
Crookston, James, Toronto: “In short... YOU were BRILLIANT!... My top 10 list for you… 1. You don't just know.... you can also do - and demonstrate. Walking the talk! 2. You are exceptionally supportive while challenging to stretch and bring out the best in others. 3. You are totally engaged, in the present with your clients at all times. 4. You give clear examples with real life situations. 5. You have a sense of humor and "lightness of being" in your doing. 6. You have abundant energy and passion for what you do - it really shows! 7. How you worked with (a younger student) was absolutely sensitive, patient, tuned-in, supportive, encouraging and celebratory for each yard he gained. You jumped right in and stepped up to bat - this wasn't an easy assignment. 8. You are very tuned in to your body and can translate feelings through it from your toes to the tip of your head into your voice and can change it up with lightning speed. 9. You also have fun in the process - rather than the "distant lecturer” approach. 10. You are a shining example of giving others permission’, allowing them to get out of their own way by setting the record straight on the mindset you need when working with others.
Crookston, James, Master’s 6-month, Toronto: “I really noticed how well you listen; and appreciated the encouragement you gave everyone to go beyond their comfort zone. The inclusion of weekly ‘improv’ has really helped me be OK with going outside the box.”
Dagan, Ori, Toronto: “’It's not about the voice’. That is so parallel to when it comes to jazz singing… particularly in the ‘Billie Holiday’ school of thought. What you've taught me in a nutshell is it takes a great depth of sophisticated interpretation; of digging beneath the surface, in order to be a brilliant voice actor.”
David, Alex, Master’s 6-month, Toronto: “I wanted to say again what a wonderful time I had at this month's workshop. Every time I get in front of the mic, I find I'm a little more relaxed and the voices and intuitive aspects of the performance come to me a little more easily, without me having to think about it. The two-person readings were especially fun. It's so much easier and more thrilling when you've got someone in the booth with you to play off of.”
Dennis, Kevin, Toronto: “Subject: One of your Toons done good! Wanted to keep you updated on some news in my animation career because I still draw on my experience from your class each time I audition. I recently booked a guest star role on Super Why!, and just very recently booked a recurring villain-role on the new show Redakai, which will air on Cartoon Network in the U.S. This stuff is all in addition to my two full seasons on Busytown Mysteries as 'Goldbug'.”
Derryberry, Matthew, Skype-6 series, Chicago: “Just wanted to drop you a quick line and say THANKS again! There aren't words for my appreciation.”
Ellis, Lee, Calgary: “Just want to say thank you my teacher. I'm now doing voice-overs for museums and your training helped me get the gig. My voice will be greeting visitors and my own grandchildren, describing the details various exhibits for many years to come... Last summer I took your Tooned In! course here in Calgary. Thanks to your training. I just picked up a contract adding intro/extro vocal to 65 (yes 65) children's books from a west coast publisher.”
Fong, Eugene, Toronto: “And to think, there I was all green and wondering on how in the world do I even get in touch with an agent, only to become flabbergasted when you bring the CEO of an agency in on the Sunday. Wow! Thank you for such an amazing experience, I can only hope there will be more like that someday!”
Fraser, Mike, Toronto “Just wanted to say thank you for such a crazy time! I had lots of fun and I really learned a lot. Every day when I drive to work I’m doing the face stretches -- I love it.”
Fraser, Shelley, Toronto: “Thanks SO much for a really eye (and ear) opening class! It's no wonder you're the 'Toon Queen'! Love the ‘character creation’ methods; the positive energy you put out there; and your commitment to the craft and those you teach. You took a lot of doughy people and formed us into fully baked cookies (okay, dumb analogy)! Sending my agent the latest, plus some new characters I felt pushing to get out. Your name as a teacher adds clout… Your workshop was a wonderful way to dig deeper.”
Gualtieri, Eugene, Toronto: “I had an unbelievably awesome time last weekend! Thanks for helping me get started on something I have wanted to do for years... It was well worth the wait ;) You are such a nice person and a really great teacher…. I'm focusing more on doing things that will make me happy and I think doing voice acting will be one of those things.”
Hepner, Shauna, Master’s 6-month, Buffalo: “I enjoyed every minute and the time flew by. You helped me bring my passion to the forefront and I am ready to get my career of the ground.”
Houtman, Eric, Tweens (9-16 years), Vancouver: “Thank you so much. You know I wouldn’t have a ‘voice career’ without you!”
Houtman, Tracey, (Eric’s mother and Tooned In! grad, re. Tweens), Vancouver: “You're a wonderful teacher. Eric can now be viewed on YouTube for the ‘Loop Scoops’ pilot, for PBS Kids. Eric is the voice for ‘Oliver’. Thanks again for all your help at the kids’ seminar here in Vancouver!
Iceton, Tish, Toronto: “Thanks again for a great time and an awesome learning experience on Sunday! ... I can't wait to get at it again!”
Imbrogno, Steve, (Stevie’s Forum, The Edge Studio’s ‘Talk with a Pro’ series, NYC), Philadelphia: “I attended The Edge Studio session you conducted tonight, which was excellent. Thanks again very much for sharing all your great advice…I'm watching old movies on YouTube tonight to get ideas. :)"
Imbrogno, Steve, Intro, NYC: "Thanks again for a great workshop in NYC last weekend. It was the shot in the arm I needed to get motivated about pursuing ‘animation voice acting’.”
Kawer, Alan, Vancouver: “I can make a bad ass Italian mobster now from NY!!”
Lorenzen, Michelle (Re. International Animation Festival’s 2-hour Workshop for Animators), Ottawa: “I attended your workshop on voice-overs today at the animation festival. I was the first time I've ever been "directed"; I was very impressed with you. You pulled some stuff out of me that I didn't really realize was there, whether it was any good or not. I had a lot of fun. I was your "lioness lady who hates children". It was kind of hilarious to me, because I have 4 children.”
Lorenzen, Michelle, Intro, Ottawa: “Loved the class today!! Now to process it all in my voice addled brain…. I got so much out of your course. You really outline what it's actually all about.”
Lowell, Steve, Intro, NYC: “I have many layers to break down. You brought that out so quickly, I felt a bit shell-shocked when I got home… I will never look at cartoons the same way again… I’m tryin not to talk your ear off about it... which is hard for me. Haha… It was just a great class! I have been telling people about it all day… I love ‘improv’ btw. It was always my favorite class! I never saw how it was useful until yesterday.”
Lowenthal, Yuri, (Voice Actor, Wild Grinders Cast), LA: “Vallance! What did we do to get so lucky?"
MacNeil, Lynda, Vancouver: “I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed ‘tooning in’... The funny sounds are sliding into my normal life.”
Malinsky, Dave, Intro, NYC: “I cannot begin to tell you how helpful your seminar was, both as a realization of my future career prospects and as an improvement on my own acting ability. I will recommend your courses to anyone and everyone I know who wants to get into cartoon voice over!”
Malone, Patrick, Toronto: “I am really glad I took your workshop. I learned a lot and have the confidence to go forward…. I'm excited about doing my demo and am working on developing some characters and scripts for the demo. Once again Stevie, your workshop was the greatest!”
Marks, Robert, Los Angeles: “I really loved our time together. You really know how to access in depth. Stevie your caring and kindness with all the students is unparalleled. I felt really warm, open, willing and happy through the whole day. Great studio to be in too… ‘I can't give you the best unless I got room to move’, Steve Miller… Got home and got an email that I am booked for a little ad for Slide Rocket for the iPad. It's woikin' It's woikin'!”
Madastrota, (YouTube comment on Stevie’s Forum, The Edge Studio’s ‘Talk with a Pro’ series, NYC): “Very cool … I just got off the phone with her – it was a tele-workshop she was giving for people interested in doing animation voice-over … it was an excellent workshop and she’s an ultra groovy gal.”
McCarthy, S. Siobhan, Vancouver: “I read my son many stories a day always employing various character voices - each day I think back to my workshop with you and think to myself, well even though these character voices aren't ‘working’ for me right now in the ‘industry’ - they are ‘working’ at a much deeper level. Thank you so much for your gift! My son Phoenix thanks you too!”
McGowan, Catherine, Toronto: “I think I can hear the beginning moments of "brilliance" as you put it -- soo coool!!!”
Miranda, Yvonne, Los Angeles: “I have NEVER had that much fun at a workshop.”
Miranda, Yvonne, Toon Demo, LA: “I was literally blown away. I can not believe you were able to put together such an awesome showcase for me to present as I start my career in voice animation…. I know that I could never have done anything like this without you and I am so thankful to have taken your workshop.”
Miller, Steve: Got home andgot an email that I am booked for little ad for Slide Rocket for the iPad. It’s woikin’! It’s woikin’!
Moore, Derek, (Re. Stevie’s Forum, The Edge Studio’s ‘Talk with a Pro’ series, NYC), Vancouver: “I wanted to say thanks for the call and all the advice you gave us, specifically for me: how you said to play kids. As an example, ‘fat kids, skinny kids, strong kids’. That advice really opened my eyes and gave me a whole world of opportunity on what range I already have and how to access it.”
Paden, Audu, Sr. Director, Supervising Producer, Mattel, (Monster High, Polly Pocket, Animaniacs), Los Angeles: “I thought you were grace under pressure!”
Pappalardo, Elena, Toronto: “First off, I wanted to say a HUGE " THANK YOU " for such an AMAZING AMAZING workshop! Girl, you have a GIFT! You exude such passion… it's absolutely impossible not to be affected by your infectious spirit and fire! I had a wonderful Sunday and just wanted to thank you sooooo much!... I just love your directing / producing style, the way you teach and inspire and would be honored if you'd be part of this creative process with me (and guide me along and help me avoid BOMBING my demo!)… Also, I would like to pursue the 6-month Master’s Workshop… I know it's probably a natural progression to do the master class first and then do the demo… ”.
Pappalardo, Eléna, Master’s 6-month, Toronto: “Had a fun class today (who are we kidding, it's always fun)! As the spunky and sassy Stevie Vallance says: ‘F--K YOU, LOOK AT ME!’ Girl, I have this taped to my fridge…. Seriously, I'm using it as the MOTTO of my career right now. THANK YOU for that. You have no idea how powerful that sublimely eloquent statement is for me!”
Piselli, Anthony, New York Comic Con Workshop, NYC: “Wow what an opportunity yesterday! You were FANTASTIC! Thank you for talking with me afterwards - it was such an honor and a pleasure to spend some time with you!"
Piselli, Anthony, Intro, NYC: “What an awesome workshop it was!! Thanks Stevie!! You are awesome!!!”
Preston, Jon Eric, (Re. Stevie’s Forum, The Edge Studio’s ‘Talk with a Pro’ series, NYC), NY: “Hi Stevie! Thanks for the call, great reminders.”
Radovnikovi, Mario, Intro, Ottawa: “Let me start by saying I really had an amazing adventure with you… “
Robinson, Francesca, Los Angeles: “… It’s great you make time to teach people starting out. There's so many "pros" out there trying to sell people dreams instead of offering something concrete.”
Roth, Dan (Re. International Animation Festival’s 2-hour Workshop for Animators), Fredricton NB: “I took part in your workshop in Ottawa (You might remember the cackling Iron Maiden *laughs*). I got SO much out of the workshop, not only as a potential ‘voice’; but also on how to ‘act’, period. The ‘laugh exercise’, as simple as it is, is pure brilliance! I tried it over and over again after I got back; with multiple character types, from genocidal super-villain, to teeny timid and cutesy. It really did put me into a better mindset than trying to analyze the character’s motivations and essentially, ‘think’. Which leads to over-thinking. Which is why your 'don't think, just do' really makes sense when I contrast it to my previous approach.”.
Rumpli, Jeff, Intro, NYC: “A GREAT DAY of pretending and laughing and finding the 'inner me'. Whether it's a swashbuckling pirate or a little field mouse. I still remember the class I took 2+ years ago in NYC. Latest news: I think I'm going to be a toy, actually, 2 toys.”
Schultz, Bill, Executive Producer Home Plate Entertainment, (Wild Grinders and Guess How Much I Love You), Los Angeles: “I’m so glad you are a part of our team! It has been a pleasure! You bring so much – I couldn’t have asked for more!!!”
Sommerfeldt, Rob (Engineer for Tooned In!, Bear Studios), Vancouver: “I had a great time working on your session and would love to work with you again in the future.”
Stoked, Scott, (Re. Stevie’s Forum, The Edge Studio’s ‘Talk with a Pro’ series, NYC), NY: “Just finished listening to you on the Edge tele-workshop. Thank you so much for giving back and sharing your knowledge! It was incredibly useful.”
Stuchner, Joan, Vancouver: “Thanks for the butt kicking weekend.”
Ullrich, Paul, (Re. Ottawa International Animation Festival’s 2-hour Workshop for Animators), Winnipeg: “If I live to be 100, I'll never forget how you turned me into 'Marilyn Minx' at OIAF…. I also must say that I was very impressed with your energy!”
Viergever, Dru, Toronto: “You are amazing and a true inspiration. You're so right about using the discs... The lesson is absorbed afterwards, when listening to it! I would very much be interested in participating in a Master class… For now I just wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful experience. My eyes are opened to a whole new dimension of performing.”
Vishniakoff, Alexander, Vancouver: “I have yet to find a workshop that was more comprehensive and worthy than yours.”
1995 - 2008
in alphabetical order
Albanese, Linda, Masters, Toronto: "I LOVED class today. I really, really liked having insight from you on HOW to approach getting into character. That just cracked a HUGE nut for me, in terms of auditioning. I just feel SO confident auditioning now… Last night I sat down and for the first time approached a script soooo differently… with confidence and with heart & soul.”
Allen, James, Toronto: "Thank you so much for this weekend. I had a wonderful time. I know I was learning as I woke up each day (including this morning, much to my chagrin) at 5AM with my 'brain on fire', as I call it."
Allman, Deborah, Vancouver: “Thanks so much for a wonderful, magical workshop.”
Atlin, Wendy, Toronto: "The commercial work I have been doing so has not challenged me one iota in comparison to the animation exercises and thought process."
Auburger, Sonia, Vancouver: “ALIVE, eye opening and liberating is how I would describe this workshop. Stevie is born to be in animation. Her enthusiasm, energy and dedication is contagious. It was absolutely amazing to witness her direction. I saw the students and my own fears disappear as we took Stevie’s direction in order to be able to really feel a character and to shine. This class also helps you have an understanding of what this field is expecting from you in auditions, demos and in professional etiquette. Anyone who is lucky enough to be touched by her true gift to direct is incredibly lucky.”
Bannister, Bob, Intro, Owen Sound: "First off, I wished to say Thank You again for offering this workshop it was absolutely amazing and an incredible growth experience. Fun is not a strong enough word to describe what I experienced yesterday. Just the experience alone of learning how to tap into those characters, not just voices, has given me the confidence to try a lot more when it comes to commercial reads and has made me hungry for more. I really feel that this is something I can do, no let me rephrase that, something I need to do. I know I cannot deal with the 'what ifs'."
Bechthold, Favio,Tooned In! Workshop Engineer, Vancouver: “I just wanted to say thanks for the experience of working with you - this last month was great!”
Beecroft, Marty,Vancouver: “You've got the magic touch to be able to pull the 'toons' out of us we didn’t know we had!”
Behr, Adam, Vancouver: “It was an AWESOME experience learning with you I really enjoyed and valued the positive energy, directness and focus that you approached the workshop with, it really stimulated the learning process and allowed me (and ‘us’, I’m sure) to get the maximum benefit of all your extensive experience and talent. I can’t imagine how anyone in our group wouldn’t feel that Tooned In! has set them off to a flying start! So really - thank you, thank you again for a great time.”
Bell, Geordie, Toronto: “2 words to describe what you did for me and probably everyone else in the class… ‘Absolutely’ and ‘Incredible’. Where you are able to take the inner spirit? Thanks for your energy and commitment to get the most out of us and the course was as I stated. Absolutely Incredible!!"
Bennett, Marcia, Toronto: “Thank you so much for being such a wonderful instructor. I thoroughly enjoyed your class and I wished that it would last another few days as I learned so much. Anyway, I am eternally thankful for your guidance in that I NOW have the tools to perfect my craft in doing voice-overs."
Berryman, Tony, Toronto: “Never has intense, rapid learning been so much fun!”
Blouin, Ron, Vancouver: “Had a great time in the workshop - learned tons with more than a few laughs I WANT MOORRRRRRRE.”
Breen, Leah, Vancouver: “I would really like to thank you for everything that I learned in your workshop. It was by far the best workshop I’ve done. You really know what you're talking about.”
Budgell, Brenda, Calgary: "Fabulous! Stevie takes you to places you've never traveled before!! love, love, loved the workshop!"
Buirds, Barbara, Owen Sound: “It was the best lightbulb turned on in my head. Now I feel energized to focus on a 2nd career that feels so right for me. It’s a fabulous feeling to unleash a part of my soul that has been buried so long!”
Butler, Clint, Vancouver: “Your direction is fabulous and your ability to take such a small piece of script and transform it vocally into a crazy, living character is fantastic! I learned a million things just watching your commitment and how you just took a breath and did it.”
Campbell, Sean, Toon Demo, Vancouver: “Thank you for your wisdom and guidance in the demo process. I feel much more confident because of your influence.”
Cannito, Alessandra, Toronto: “I just wanted to say thank you again for such an intense, fun and definitely educational workshop! I had a great time and learned things that I would never even have thought of for an audition."
Chamberlain, Diane, Vancouver: “You draw characters out of me that I didn’t know existed. Your talent and skill as a director blew me away. This workshop has been a blast.”
Christie, Heather, Vancouver: “This past Sunday was awesome, you’re incredible; you amaze me. I enjoyed listening and watching you. You’re such a rare soul. It’s fantastic.”
Clark, Justine, Vancouver: “Stevie, your willingness to share your love of being a Toon with us and your skill in helping us find our 'Toons' was greatly appreciated! The direction and care I received in your class gave me the courage to shed layers of inhibition and catch a glimpse of the brilliance inside of me.
Connor, Carol, Vancouver: “Watching your facial expressions change as you go into a character was awesome! Your class is non-judgmental, safe, fun and non stop high energy I have never had so much fun falling!”
Coull, Bill, Vancouver: “Superb in every way.”
Coussin, Jeff, Toronto: "I was completely exhausted after that; a real eye opener. I'm quite excited about the voice work and really want to pursue it."
Craik, Jean, Calgary: "Thanks so much for a fabulous workshop, so glad I did it. You made it fun and exciting: I learned so much from falling flat on my face. You were right about the therapy part; I've opened up a whole new door for myself."
Crivici, Christina, Tweened In! Workshop, Vancouver: "I just wanted to thank you so so so much for today. I had the best time and I learned a lot! I really so hope that someday not too far away, I can work for you or with you because I know it would be a blast. Thanks again!!"
Crookston, James, Toronto: "I really noticed how well you listen and appreciated the encouragement you gave everyone to go beyond their comfort zone. Thanks so much again Stevie for your support and willingness to raise the bar."
Crookston, James, Masters, Toronto: "I really noticed how well you listen and I appreciated the encouragement you gave everyone to go beyond their comfort zone. Thanks so much again Stevie for your support and willingness to raise the bar."
Darin-Zanco, Dan, Toronto: "The class was awesome!"
David, Alex, Toronto: "I'm more versatile than I originally thought. Thanks again for all your help and advice. It's made all the difference."
De Freitas, Rodney, Toronto: "THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! :)"
Denbow, Howard, Vancouver; “Tooned In!?... The missing link! Stevie Vallance?... Creative Genius!! Better than sex!!”
Dennis, Kevin, Toronto: "I had no idea how physical the preparation could be for Animation."
DePaolis, Rocky, Vancouver: “A REAL eye-opener in to the world of VO. Your direction made me accomplish more than I thought was possible. You are honest, have amazing energy and really care about your students.”
DerryBerry, Matthew, NYC: "Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thanks again for an awesome class yesterday! I had a great time, & learned so much. I can't wait to get started. :)"
Diaz, Michelle, Masters, Toronto: "Thanks for making my Sundays the BEST Sundays I've ever had! You truly are on of my Mentors for LIFE! I've learned so much and it has been a blast!"
Dimou, Maria, Vancouver: “I had an amazing time at Tooned In!”
Ellis, Lee.Calgary: "Last summer I took your Tooned In! course here in Calgary. Thanks to your training I just picked up a contract adding intro / extro vocal to 65 (yes 65) children's books from a west coast publisher. I could not have done this without you... I owe you a drink next time you're in Calgary!"
Emerald, Jarvis, Toronto, Industry Guest: Here's what Jarvis Emerald had to say about his visit to a Tooned In Animation Voice-Over Workshop http://t.co/hiez13C
Flemming, Murray, Vancouver: "You certainly have a way at getting people to go further than their own expectations You should write a book!!"
Forward, Aaron, Toronto: "You said the class was something that would help improve all areas of our acting and now I couldn't agree with you more.”
Gauthier, Gauthier, Toronto: Where were you twenty years ago? I cant wait to get this going! This is something I have always wanted to do but didn't know how to go about it. Now that I do, I see a grand adventure opening before me."
Ghisi Gina, (Alberto & Nicos' mom), Tweened In! Workshop, Vancouver: "Just wanted to say thanks for today, the boys seemed to really enjoy themselves and felt they got a lot out of the workshop...They both had very positive things to say regarding the workshop."
Grant, Paul, Vancouver: "Inspiring. You create an atmosphere to trust and respect. You've given me new eyes to see with and new ears to hear with. Now I can summon up your voice saying, 'Go ahead, fall on your ass!"
Greenhouse, Kate, Toronto: "I felt comfortable enough to fall on my face over and over again which was a good and liberating thing."
Hall, Emmit, Vancouver: “It called for a few grating and ‘back to basics’ moments, but you still kept it fun for yourself and that reminded us that were having fun too. You treated us all with the same respect and got us to work hard, willingly.”
Hamat, Elaine, Voice Agent, Industry Guest, Toronto: "I was floored by the performances; a reminder of the process my dear clients have to go through at these auditions. Seeing you in action - what a voice director is looking for.”
Hartman, Paul, INTRO, Owen Sound: "I just listened to my CD and I was amazed at how different my characters were and how they would grow with each of your directions. Thanks so much for letting me do the workshop. I had a blast! I got the bug now and really want to do more."
Hawkins, Matt, Toronto: "Excellent, practical info and learning by doing. I learned a massive amount and was also impressed with the ratio of info and actual working of our chops; my mind was racing with all the tips and tricks I learned."
Hawkins, Susan, Vancouver: “Hey Party Popple, thank you for all of your wonderful tid-bits. You are an UNSTOPPABLE SUPERBABE and I believe that we have all been blessed by your presence.”
Hazlet, Ian, Toronto: "It felt like you were throwing a party!"
Henderson, Adam, Vancouver: “Stevie, you’re stardust, and you shine. Thanks.”
Hepner, Shauna, Calgary: "Extremely fun and informative class. Gave me a boost in confidence & my abilities. I LOVED the practice portion/speed round. Forced me to think fast & commit."
Hogarth, Susan, Toronto: "Thanks so much for helping us fast-track to Toonsville. It's been a fantastic ride!!”
Holliday, Josh, Masters, Toronto: "Thanks for helping me release the voices in my head!"
Houtman, Tracey (Eric’s Mom), Tweened In! Workshop, Vancouver:
Eric and I wanted to thank you for all your help and direction on Sunday and to let you know that it all paid off! We just got the call today that Eric got the part he "auditioned" for Tuesday! He's very excited and so glad he took your workshop."
Hughes, Rhiannon, Masters, Toronto: "Thank you for creating such an awesome environment for us."
Iceton, Tish, Masters, Toronto: "Great Stuff. I enjoyed every week... It was a learning experience listening to everyone else. I learned lots."
Jacques, Mini, Owen Sound: "If you don’t sign up for this class, you’ll always be wondering… ‘what if?’”
Jamie, Toronto: "You are a shining example of giving others 'permission'; allowing them to 'get out of their own way'."
Johnston, Heather, Toronto: "I've learned so much about animation acting from you and from watching my fellow classmates. I feel like I have a good jumping off place to start to form my own characters."
Jones, Bryan,Toronto: “I was very impressed with your commitment, and energy levels throughout the 18 hours. Your ability to give every person attention and direction, as though you were hearing the first read of an audition, earned you a Teaching Emmy. You are entirely down to earth and incredibly humble for a woman with such talent.”
Judge, Doreen, Calgary: "Always very supportive to all efforts regardless of the level of each participant. Great pace. Wonderful resources... and tools at the Participant's disposal."
Kennedy, Kim,Vancouver: “You really helped to bring the characters to life and to feel beyond the words."
Langdon, Robin, Vancouver: “It was just fabulous!!!”
Lawton, Laura, Toronto: "I had a BLAST over the past two Sundays and I'm honored to have been in a class with such talented people!"
Leavoy, Heather, Vancouver: "Thank you so much for an amazing class today! I learned a lot, had fun and feel very happy about the characters that we found. Thanks again for all of the information!"
Lawrence, Bill, Toronto: “Thanks again for the quality workshop you put on in Toronto.”
Le Page, Tony, Toronto: "I just wanted to say how amazing the workshop was. 'Blow the door open!' as you said."
Leslie, Tariq, Toronto: “I have taken several workshops in the last couple of years and it is rare to do one with someone who is passionate and who so clearly cares.”
Linsangan, Joanna, Vancouver: “Yesterday was awesome. You're so positive and full of energy! It really is very inspiring to meet someone so passionate about their job and about life and who is also so willing to share it with her students.”
Lowell, Steven, NYC: "Thanks again for a great workshop in NYC last weekend. It was the shot in the arm I needed to get motivated about pursuing animation voice acting… I have many layers to break down. You brought that out so quickly, I felt a bit shell-shocked when I got home. I will never look at cartoons the same way again. It was just a great class! I have been telling people about it all day. I love improv btw. It was always my favorite class! I never saw how it was useful until yesterday."
Luciani, Ricky, Vancouver: “Good morning Stevie. I wanted you to know that I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE WORKSHOP!!!! I have been doing nothing but taking workshops and studying since I moved here and yesterday was by far the best one I attended. I feel very confident about going in to audition now. I hope that happens soon - I feel hot!! Also thank you for doing it for us even though it was a small group... but for sure you let us have it all. THANKS!!"
MacKenzie, Kathryn Toronto: "I still haven’t come down yet from yesterday - Fantastic!"
Malinsky, Dave, NYC: "I cannot begin to tell you how helpful your seminar was, both as a realization of my future career prospects and as an improvement on my own acting ability. I will recommend.your courses to anyone and everyone I know who wants to get into cartoon voice over!"
McGrath, John, Toronto: “You are a terrific director and coach. You know how to get the most out of a performer and how to get a performer to want to give you even more than they think they can give.”
McNichol, Valerie, Masters, Vancouver: “Tooned Up! The Master Series was an excellent way to further developing my vocal skills. Stevie is an amazing director and teacher. She really helps you to create your own characters using specific techniques and drills (all on tape so you can listen and learn). Her guest speakers are most informative. The actual rehearsal and taping of a show was an invaluable exercise. I’d highly recommend Stevie to anyone wanting animation development. She's the best!”
McNichol, Valerie, Toon Demo, Vancouver: “Thanks so much for facilitating my animation demo. Your coaching and direction were right on and it was smart to wait til Id finished your TOONED UP MASTER CLASS before recording the demo. I really have learned a tremendous amount from you. The choice of music and SFX are brilliant and the start and finish characters are perfectas well as the bits of dialogue chosen for each character. Very very professional Huge leap from my old one.”
Moore, Keith, Vancouver: “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for getting reads out of me that I did not know I had the ability to achieve! It may sound like a bad infomercial, but I’ve had other voice instructors and I’ve bought almost all the voice over books, but it wasn’t until your class that I discovered I have all these characters in me and that I can do voice over work. Thanks for the great words of encouragement. I am so glad I took your class. Falling on my ass has never been so much fun! And that’s a good thing.”
Moore, Keith, Masters, Vancouver: “Stevie is very honest in her criticism. If you give a really good read she lets you know it and likewise if you give a bad read or don’t prepare very well shell let you know it too. I was able to ask a lot of questions (some really silly) and make mistakes that in an audition would probably label me as an amateur or worse. Recording the whole script gave me a real feeling and understanding of some of the pressures involved in recording a full show. You could feel the energy in the room. The guest speakers, working cartoon voice over actors and production staff, all gave wonderful advice and insight that you are not going to find in any book, how to video or most voice over classes.”
Mortenson, Kisa, Vancouver: “It was so nice to have a chance to play. Working full time as an OT, I find my energy gets drained and pulled so I really enjoyed hearing people play and getting to play. When you were directing me, I really felt this surge of energy and a huge connection to you."
Murray, Kathleen, Montreal: “Stevie, you are a magnificent teacher. We NEVER did anything WRONG. Your unconditional acceptance allowed for a safe sandbox and it made all of us want to PLAY! You’ve opened my eyes to a new world."
Nenoff-Marchese, Nicole, Toronto: "Thank you for pushing me out of my wheelchair. Stevie, you really have the gift to teach. Your unconditional belief in each and everyone of your students is infectiously palpable. Your guidance is firm & direct yet gentle & mindful of our fragile egos. We arrived dreaming and left believing. Thank you for having the patience & brilliance to create such a safe space to be so vulnerable in. Time management was masterfully done although it was a jam-packed weekend. I never felt rushed when preparing or performing. The honesty & openness of the group can only be attributed to the comfort & support provided by Stevie Vallance & Jeff Wright (Workshop Engineer)."
Parker, Aileen, Vancouver: “I had a super time. Your method of teaching was great. I found the entire course to be great fun – didn’t realize I was learning! It was fun being a kid again!!! Thank you for sharing your experiences - it couldn’t have been any better.”
Passion, Joe, Toronto: "You've unleashed a beast. Woooooooo oo oo ooh! Just call me Wolfie. I had a great and rewarding time today. Thanks."
Pateman, Adam, Vancouver: “This has been exactly the outlet for creativity I needed to get things started.”
Phillips, Stan, Executive Producer, Madeline, Dic, Los Angeles: "Your contributions as a voice talent and singer would be more than sufficient to earn praise, but your gifts as a voice and music coach are exceptional."
Pourshin, Damon,Toronto: Thank you for putting up with me. If I ever win an Oscar, I wont forget to thank you thanks for an amazing time!”
Pozsgay, Julie, Vancouver: “It was a lot of fun! Thanks for the support and for creating such a warm, supportive environment. I must admit I was quite nervous and a little gun-shy but once I tried it the first time and got that out of the way, it was so freeing.”
Price, Kari, Vancouver: “I was worried that your workshop may not have had enough information or practical time in the studio and I was surprised on both counts! You really do put 110% of yourself into the workshop and it makes everyone rise to your level. I am truly inspired and I believe you have given me the foundation, belief and courage to keep on this new course. Don’t stop caring so much. It is what makes you truly special.”
Provost, Lynda (Darien'a mom), Tweened In! Workshop, Vancouver: "I thought I'd send you a quick note to say how much Darien enjoyed your workshop yesterday!!!! He is raving about it and he has certainly learned a lot in the one day!!!! My husband really enjoyed watching also!!!"
Ritter, Paul, Vancouver: “Wonderful seminar for any voice-over artist regardless of level. Stevie’s energy is limitless and her style of coaching is both effective and reassuring. This course is a must for anyone considering a career in character work “
Rowley, Allyson, Vancouver: “Stevie, you are one of those rare teachers who tells us to take a risk and then really MEANS it! Thank you for providing a positive, fun, safe and encouraging place for us to REALLY go for it. It was so great to listen to my tapes at home and hear your voice in the background, offering incredible support and encouragement; as well as your insightful direction. You are the Fairy Godmother for all of us Baby Toons."
Schaap, Candace,Vancouver: “I have taken many a workshop, class, course and session and never, until this one, have I experienced such a talented, creative, hardworking, and upbeat group of people.”
Schneiderman, Daniel, Masters, Toronto: "This experience was absolutely amazing and I'm so happy I finally did it. Thank you for all you taught me... your insight into the biz; and challenging me to improve each week; and to not be afraid to fall on my ass! Over all I just had a blast and I'm very excited about getting into this industry. YEEE HAW!"
Seguin, Sue, Owen Sound: “Your directing style really works!"
Sherry, Ivan, Toronto: "You reinforced my belief that I can work in the genre and I am writing to share a couple of recent successes with you. . . 40 episodes of dubbing for Metajets and a recurring principle on the second season of Dex Hamilton. I cant tell you the confidence that I feel going into animation auditions now . . . nothing but positive energy."
Smith, Ron, Toronto: “You encouraged me to take the little man off my shoulder and move in new directions."
Spackman, John, Vancouver: “I thank you so much for your encouragement and support over the last 3 weeks. Your genuine interest in bringing out the 'Toon' in all of us made the workshop a pleasure to attend. Watching you work with your boundless energy and obvious love for Tooning was almost as much fun as my participation.You are an inspiration - a real pro. Your Emmy win was obviously well deserved. I would recommend your Toon Workshop to anyone who wants to get a taste of this exciting, fun art form; or to anyone who could use a therapy session to come out of their shell.”
St-Pierre, Nathalie, Vancouver: “You were very honest with what you said. Thank you for putting a child inside of me.”
St. Thomas, Clay, Vancouver: "Tooned In! was fantastic! I was also very impressed by how much of yourself you give. You work harder than any of your students. Just watching your energy level is its own lesson!"
St. Thomas, Clay, Toon Demo, Vancouver: “There are characters living within you that you didn’t know you had. Stevie will teach you to let them out. Thanks again for your support and talent as a coach. I think you’re extremely encouraging and positive while still pressing for the very best you can get out of the talent. Not an easy combination.”
Tait, Michael, Woodbridge, ON: "I not only had an incredible time, but I also learned heaps... The voices I did for the demo tape are just that, 'voices'. I now see the difference. I really didn't put the energy into them, focusing more on the voice. Sunday's course was a real eye opener and you are a phenomenal instructor, by the way. Animation is all about energy and my next demo will reflect that. Can’t wait till Sunday (good bad blood blood)."
Tait, Michael, Toronto : “I’ve been working at a downtown company with over 1000 employees - and your professionalism, high energy, ability to make your points clear, manage a class so that long winded people don’t waste everyones’ time; the list goes on is really unmatched by anyone I have ever worked with.”
Taylor-Platt, Rozalynd, Toronto: "It was amazing what 'Toons' you found inside us! I am now sure - more than ever - that I would like to pursue this career!"
Tisserand,Rose-ann, Producer/Bardel Animation, Industry Guest, Vancouver: "I just want you to know it was a pleasure and I am more than honored to have been asked to share in your class and more than that, to walk along side someone that strives to bring integrity, passion and professionalism to our business (that would be you). Qualities near and dear to my heart!"
Tobin, Len, Buffalo: “It was wonderful having your experienced perspective of the business to guide us. You are an incredibly gifted teacher and your love of voice acting shows in every fiber of your being. With your dynamic energy and passion you brought out the best in all of our group."
Tom, Marilyn, Toronto: “I can’t believe how much inner energy and drive you were able to pull out of each and every one of us! Characters that we didn’t even know existed were brought to life and given the ability to mesmerize the audience. Your on-point voice direction, continuous cheerleading and overall support makes you truly shine! THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SUCH AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!!”
Toth, Andy, Vancouver: “Some directors/teachers/facilitators can sit there and bark orders and demand what they want from a person. You on the other hand go right along for the ride and support the people you are working with so well."
Trewemen, Charles,Vancouver: “Just the best ever workshop! Each class was stimulating and encouraging.”
Unger, Eden, Calgary: “It was great! Inspiring!”
Van Wijk, Brendan, Vancouver: "The generosity of your energy is amazing. It was obvious that you were really dialed into everyones' personal reasons for being there, and this helped to create a real 'family' or 'club' atmosphere that made it all the easier to stampede over our inhibitions... Your Emmy Award-winning ability was like an elephant in the living-room: REALLY hard to miss."
Warren, Jeff, Ottawa: "I think I'm still coming down from the workshop in Ottawa yesterday. The monologues and your hammering home of the key points still reverberate loud and clear. Awesome stuff.."
Welsh, Ann, Toronto: "Your workshop was really worth waiting for!"
White, Helen, Owen Sound: "Thank you so much for your guidance and patience Stevie. You bring out the "beast" in people.........haha!!!!"
Whyte, Tim, Vancouver: “Stevie created a great environment to create & fall on my butt.”
Williams, Blair, Toronto: “There was no room for jaded cynicism in that studio!”
Wilson, Karin, Vancouver: “You’ve taken me in some amazing directions I never thought I could go in. It’s a tremendously intense class – so much so that I'm sweating!!!! Thanks again for helping me get in touch with a whole new part of myself. It was amazing and I don’t think Ill ever listen to cartoon voices in quite the same way again. thanks again for all the energy you devoted to the class. It was so clear to me that this something you are truly passionate about! You are very gifted.”
Woods, Kelly, Ottawa: "As Yogi Bhajan used to say (keep on) being the lighthouse!"
Wright, Katey, Vancouver: “I am still processing everything we did in the workshop, but for now let me just say THANK YOU - I have learned so much, and everything you showed us is already informing my work as a performer in all other areas - singing, stage acting, everything. Thank you for sharing so generously of your gifts AND of your techniques.”
Wright, Naomi, Toronto: "I had such a fabulous time in your workshop. You are a such an inventive performer and you have a remarkable ability to teach what you do."
Young, Caroline, Voice Agent, Industry Guest, Vancouver: "It was a pleasure to participate and I felt it was probably as educational for me as it was for the class participants.