It's surprising that anyone could be confused by the classes and instruction offered through Voicetrax.
In 2007, I took the intro ""Finding Your Voice"" workshop and had the uncanny feeling that voice acting was something I wanted to do. In that workshop, Samantha Paris was very supportive to the people who attended.
But, she also was very honest, pointing out that to excel in such a challenging industry took determination, investment and time. Since that workshop, I've steadily taken scheduled classes and private lessons through Voicetrax. I've had the opportunity to have classes with probably every instructor at the school, and have taken something of value from every class I've attended. Yes, the classes fill quickly - because the classes are limited to reasonable size and folks understand the quality of them.
It is certainly not a quick fix to provide a jump start into the voiceover profession. The skills required are at times reasonably subtle, and arrived at through a loop of practice and feedback. Some students move ahead quickly. Others have more challenges.
I'd also say that the quality of the students at Voicetrax is excellent as well - honest, supportive and very helpful. Samantha is very protective of her students, but also demands commitment from them. The people who stick around, do the work and learn all seem to be getting represented by good talent agencies and start booking quality work. Hard to argue with those kinds of results. And she's been doing it for 20 years.
For me, the training I've invested in has paid off. I count myself lucky to have been a part of it for the last couple years. When I invested in doing my voice demo, I was ready to do so. (And there are plenty of people who will happily take your money for a ""Pro Demo"" well before you are ready.) When I booked a job and began working with producers, I had a good sense of what to expect and didn't flail around when the time clock was running.
It's a high quality school with excellent training.
Pros: Challenging and Qualfied Instructors, Strong Curriculum
Cons: Demand for Classes