About the Talent Center
The Talent Center’s objective as a media education resource is to give you as much professional training and practical information as possible, as economically as possible, so you can be as successful as possible as soon as possible.
Starting with the basic class, “How to Make Money in the Media,” in 1987, The Talent Center has evolved into the Twin Cities leading talent training source, from starting out to going pro to the ‘big time’… and everything in between. Basic voice-over led to advanced voice-over workshops and then to creating demo CDs. On-camera training revealed the need for auditioning and ear-prompter skills. The quality and thus the growing quantity of instruction dictated bringing on more teachers. People have come from all over the US and as far away as Japan to take these ground-breaking courses.
And the bottom line is measurable. Many people represented by local and national talent agencies started out in our program, including a recent state governor and more than one local TV personality. But more importantly, many whose names you may not know but whose voices and/or faces you’re familiar with, and whose earning from the arts you may be envious of, have been able to be more creative, have fun and make some money in the media industries.
If you make the most of your talent, it can make the most of you. You can learn the skills it takes to make money in the media, and we teach those skills.
Don Cosgrove has been talent/director/writer for thousands of local and national television and radio commercials and training videos for many major products and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to more than 30 years as one of the foremost acting and studio talents, his background includes teaching speaking, on-camera and presentation skills to top company management, politicians and college students in a variety of venues, including the world-renowned Guthrie Theater.
“Thanks for all you help and advice for my demo CD. Am very happy with the results. Voice-overs and on-camera work came to me with the help of the demo! Thanks so much for your advice and assistance with my start in this ‘biz'. I’m really enjoying it!”
“Loved the positive passion of the instructor! Yet he was realistic about the need for practice and creativity and marketing.”
“One of – maybe the – best teachers I’ve had.”
“A gifted teacher, one who naturally promotes curiosity and enthusiasm.”
“The sense of fun was truly contagious.”
“The class was excellent…very professional.”
“I wouldn’t change a thing!”
“Great! Practical!! Helpful!!!”