This is part 2 of a 10-part series about the preliminaries to becoming a voice over artist/actor.
Actually, there is no question about it. You’ll need to take classes. EVERYTHING you do in life, you’ve learned how to first. Voice over is no different. However, how you choose to learn and where you spend your money – yes, you’ll have to spend money – is up to you.
Where to Begin?
The obvious place to start is online. This is the least expensive place and where you’ll likely feel most comfortable. If you do a search, you’ll find a variety of sites that offer online courses. The price ranges from approximately $40, to monthly subscriptions, to very pricey. It all depends on what you want to get out of it and how much you’re prepared to spend. Just understand that you’ll need some self-discipline to get through these courses. The only person to keep you on track is you.
Personally, I started with courses from Gravy For the Brain, which is a monthly subscription. This one is a bit of a hybrid. There are online courses with video tutorials on a variety of topics. There’s over 600 hours of webinars. What’s interesting with this platform are the regularly scheduled live sessions where participants can read scripts and get feedback from mentors who have worked in the voice over industry. The mentors are also very good about giving information on where to go for more coaching – outside of the platform. They seriously want you to succeed in this chosen field.
You’ve read this much so you much be serious about getting into this industry. You’ll really need to crack open your wallet and get over any hesitation about voice over work in front of other people. You’ll need to hire a coach. Like any craft, you need someone who will help you hone your skills so that you become the best at what you do which will give you the confidence to go after jobs and get hired.
Finding the right coach that fits your budget and with whom you feel comfortable working with may be a bit of a challenge. If you know anyone in the voice over biz, ask them for referrals. If you don’t, then Google searches will help.
I recently got some very useful advice from an experienced voice talent. In my particular case, I was considering hiring a coach. As you will have seen from my website, my areas of interest are quite specific. Her advice to me was to look at websites of voice talents who did similar work and see where I could improve my narrations. She’d heard some of my narrations and felt that this route was likely right for me and that perhaps later, should I choose to diversity, I could look to hire a coach…after I’d made money in my current pursuits. 😉
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P.S. I did my own quick search for online courses and came across this article that you might find useful. You can access it by clicking here.