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‘Out of all the training I have had as an actor, BRAVA has benefited me the most when it comes to understanding the commercial and marketing side of being a performer.


‘Melissa and BRAVA have taught me about areas of VO that I didn’t know existed before starting the course. Within a month of training, I was in touch with a radio company and was hosting my own show within 5 weeks. Without the guidance and recommendations from a well-connected and knowledgeable teacher, I simply wouldn’t have had that opportunity.


‘I have discovered where my strengths lie within VO, giving me an opportunity to not only specialise in a niche, but also put more work into the areas that come less naturally. Being well rounded within such a broad and diverse industry is key and BRAVA offers guidance in every single nook and cranny.’

- Jasper Meehan, RADA & BRAVA Acting Student 

‘There's no doubt we have entered a new Golden Era of audio... storytelling is booming and BRAVA is a great initiative…well done!

- Steve Orchard, CEO of Quidem  

‘I haven’t felt so inspired by anything for years. I feel very excited and optimistic that [Thom has] launched the Academy, especially at this time. We really need such vital sparks to ignite our creativity and give direction.’ 

- Kate Southgate, BRAVA Student

‘Melissa is an inspiring teacher with a huge range of highly relevant expertise. She works regularly with our MFA Professional Voice Studies students and provides them with the tools they need to develop their work further.’ 

- Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice at Bristol Old Vic Theatre 

'Straight-talking, tailored and well-rounded coaching with business development support.'

- Sarah Jupp, Voice Actor & BRAVA student

'The course is a great introduction to the world of VO. Learning that despite doing voice lessons and drama school etc doesn’t automatically qualify you as a VO artist – there is so much more to being an VO artist than being able to just “speak”. There are so many areas of VO and being able to say what you are interested in and then having Melissa guide where you might be best suited as well is great.'

- Arianne Hough, Actor & BRAVA Student 

'I found commercial VO super useful as it was definitely the thing I knew the least in and I came out with a much better understanding. It actually helped me acting wise as well as I feel more confident putting myself forward for big acting commercials. It even helped me with marketing as I ended up getting one of my headshots done just for commercials and it’s actually getting me through the door where I wasn’t beforehand.'

- Poppy Charlton, Actor & BRAVA Student

'Melissa is sensational. She’s thorough, ensuring learning objectives are embedded while her teaching style is very freeing and fun. It doesn’t feel like you are being shoved a load of information that you can’t begin to digest or you never lose concentration feeling like you are being lectured but you come away with a wealth of new knowledge and are clear on completely new concepts.'

- Darcey Ball, Actor & BRAVA Student 

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