Voice Over Training Guide
Wondering what kind of voice over training you need to have a successful voice over career? Browse this checklist of what good voice over classes should offer and which voice over acting classes are best for the types of voiceovers you want to do.
What makes a great voice?
When we hear actors like James Earl Jones, we can't help but acknowledge that some people have more interesting voices then others. But you don't need to have a movie trailer voice to have a voice over career.
Actually, with good voice over training, most actors can become successful voice over artists. That's because there's much more to voice over acting then the natural quality of your voice or the ability to speak like a funny character.
Here's what you'll need to succeed:
Here's a checklist of what voice over classes should include:
-A good voice over class should teach you how to interpret copy and take direction.
-It should provide warm-up and vocal exercises and offer tips on how to keep your voice healthy.
-It should teach you how to use pitch, tone, volume and speed to modulate your voice for specific voice over jobs.
-It should offer some pointers on how to market yourself as a voice over artist, including assistance with your voice-over demo.
-It should give you the opportunity to work in a real recording studio so you can learn the Dos and Donts of the sound booth and some basic microphone technique.
If you want a voice over career in a specific area like commercial voice overs or animation, then you may want to get additional voice over training. Here's a list of the skills required for different types of voice over jobs:
Don't know where to start?
Read this great book from two voice over actors who work all the time in cartoons, video games, narrations and commercials.
This book covers everything from how to get started in voice-overs to how to find your own unique voice and market yourself in the voice over business. It includes vocal exercises and warm-ups along with specific tips on how to deal with voice over problem areas like plosives.
The writers also share their secrets on...
Best of all, this book is really fun to read so you don't feel you're studying while you complete your voice over training.
You can look for it here:
Watch the short video below to see the writers, Tara and Yuri, share what they love about voice overs.
Once you have taken a good voice over class and feel ready to work, it's time to record your voice over demo.
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