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Your Voice Is Only As Good As Your Voice Over Training. Having An Experienced Voice Over Coach Is Very Important.

Voice Over Training – What You Need to Know

 

The most common misconception about the voice over industry is that it’s easy. That the voice over talent just shows up at the studio, nails the session in one take, and leaves to deposit his or her check while receiving adulation from fans and friends all the way to the bank.

The truth is that, just like any discipline or skill, it takes time and practice to develop, and eventually find, your voice.

Here are six important factors to consider as part of your voice over training:

1. Find a good, experienced, reputable coach; avoid scams like “demo mills”

“Demo mills” are companies that will tell you whatever it takes to get you to pay for their services, then send you on your way with a poorly produced, useless demo. Rather than coaching their clients and helping them improve, demo mills exist only to separate you from your hard-earned money.

2. Learn script interpretation

Not all scripts are the same. The best voice over artists have developed their ability to adapt their vocal talents to the demands of a script, not the other way around. It’s okay to have natural strengths, and to play to them; from there, you can broaden your skills so you can handle more and more types of scripts.

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3. Practice

There is no way around it. If you want to get better at something, you have to spend time actively doing it. The core of any solid voice over training program should be heavily reliant on practice and repetition (like Voiceover Dynamite). Equally as important as practice though, is voice over coaching. Make sure you are working with a knowledgeable, experienced coach, especially one who specializes in your area of study (commercial, narration, animation, etc.).

4. Record yourself

Of all the things in the universe, the only absolute is that everyone hates the sound of their own voice. But as a voice over actor, you not only have to begin to feel confident in your voice, but you need to know what a potential client or agency hears. Recording is the mechanism that allows you to hone your delivery.

5. Play to your strengths, while working on your weaknesses

Maybe you’re great with a serious commercial script, but you also want to be able to do humorous dialog. Take the commercial gigs as they come, and work on whatever other avenues appeal to you. You’ll expand your repertoire and your income potential.

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6. Learn about the business

The voice over industry has just as many intricacies as acting, modeling, or any other creative endeavor. Learning about the business before jumping in headfirst will save you time and make the most of your efforts once you have received professional voice over training and voice over coaching.