Most of this I just sent in a PM to Scott but will post here too.....
I should clarify that the agency I am looking at actually accepts applications on line and is known for taking on newcomers and apparently there is a demand for VA in my area. Two of the participants in the class are actually with this agency and a friend of mine is also. As I am an accomplished public speaker and been very active in community theatre I do have some experience.
And I know to take it with a grain of salt but my instructor, who was moving right after the end of my class, did offer a lot of positive feedback to me. I know he wasn't looking for me to sign up for more classes with him as he wasn't going to be offering any in the area.
The class was $200 for a total of 18 hours in a class of 10 and we did do individual pieces and critics. I do think I got my money's worth for the knowledge he had of the industry in my area.
There is a casting director and a studio that does a fair amount of work in the area and if I had a good demo I could upload it to the CD's site and possibly get some leads there. In fact I know my instructor did a considerable amount of work with them and the CD actually reviewed the scripts he wrote for our demos to be sure they would be suitable for her purposes. It is not uncommon in my area to have "newbies" to VA land jobs with this CD.
I really appreciate your reponses.