IT ALL STARTS WITH YOUR VOICE
If you have ever been told that you have a great voice, then you may have considered utilizing that great voice in a professional way – as a musician, announcer or as a voice over talent. Voice over, or adding your voice to advertisements and recorded messages, could be a very lucrative field for an educated talent.
In the industry world all kinds of voices are required: low voices, whiny voices, gravelly voices, flat voices and even average voices. So, even though there isn’t a vintage “good voice” you are able to enter the field when you yourself have determination.
First, explore your instrument. Not only your voice, but all of your being. Try this by taking an acting and/or improvisation class at your local college/learning annex/community center. Stay with it for 3 months. Aside from freeing yourself up, you’ll probably meet some fun people.
Why acting classes? You need to find out how to create the characters who “speak” in a commercial. Just taking an animation class won’t do it. You will need to start the process organically. It’s not about the voice, just yet, it’s about the intention behind the voice that provides the voice a shape.
After you’ve opened yourself up for 3 months in a acting class, it’s time to go into specifics with a voice over class.
That is where I’ll commence to talk to two types of people: Those who wish to go on to L.A., New York, Atlanta, Chicago, or San Francisco and pursue a union voice over career, and those who wish to create an internet voice over career there in Smalltown, USA. For simplicity sake, we’ll refer for them as Red state and Blue state… Actually, I do believe CITY (union) and COUNTRY (non-union/internet) may be better.
This part should be super easy for you. Just do a seek out “Voice Over Class” and “your city” with Google. Needless to say, there could be classes offered at your local universities and performing arts centers. Ask around once and for all word-of-mouth about them. Then sign-up with the most effective and attend! (Avoid classes that end with you paying another $1000 for a demonstration reel).
An extensive resource is Voice Over Resource Guide It lists most of the studios in addition to classes Furthermore, read some books on the subject.
Here’s where you will discover some challenges. Try your local college/learning annex/community centers to see if one is offered. Also ask your acting teacher if they know of any coaches who do voice over coaching. It may even be your own personal acting teacher! You may need to drive somewhat to another location big town to find a class or coach. But, it’s imperative to get some formal training. Just reading a book won’t do it for you.
You’ll need a “director” in the beginning to assist you become aware of where your technique is weak or failing. By all means, read books, too! They will give you great insight into the mechanics. But, it all comes down seriously to those sound vibrations and how they land on the listener’s ear.
In addition to your voice over class, start practicing at home. Tune in to any and every commercial on the TV and radio. Mimic them. Get magazines and browse the ad copy aloud as although it were a commercial. Get so used to your voice that silence sounds wrong.
A lot of people want to skip this whole part and get right to the money making part. Believe me, in the event that you skip this part, no one will want to pay you for what you will be offering. Ego and confidence aren’t a replacement for talent and technique.
Some books on the subject:
There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is: An Insider’s Guide to a Career in Voice-Overs – by Elaine A. Clark
Secrets of Voice-Over Success: Top Voice-Over Actors Reveal How They Did It – by Joan Baker
The Art of Voice Acting: 2nd Edition – by James Alburger
The Page You Made: Word of Mouth -by Susan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin
Work in 릴게임 Acting: compiled by a Casting Director
FINDING YOUR RANGE AND NICHE
Once you’ve gotten a handle on your own voice, you need to find out what your range is and, by association, what your market is.
Are you currently the classy BMW voice, the GenX hamburger guy, the Don Pardo game show host? You may be all three and more. Knowing all that you can do will allow you to promote yourself confidently and direction.
Start with your normal speaking voice. What does your coach say? Are you currently the “everyman” voice? The “hip, edgy” voice? The “natural announcer” voice? Whichever comes the simplest may be your bread and butter. Foster it. That which you and your coach decide will become the centerpiece of your promotion.
But don’t stop there! Now start stretching your voice. Try accents, character voices – both broad and subtle (this is where in fact the acting classes can be found in handy). Anything you can do with your voice may be called upon for any among the different voice over market niches on the market!