If you have ever been told that you have a great voice, then you could have considered making use of that great voice in a professional way – as a singer, 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 a qualified talent. Available world all sorts of voices are required: low voices, whiny voices, gravelly voices, flat voices and even average voices. So, even though you don’t have a vintage “good voice” you can 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 neighborhood college/learning annex/community center. Stick to it for 3 months. Apart from freeing yourself up, you’ll probably meet some fun people. Why acting classes? You have to know how to produce the characters who “speak” in a commercial. Just taking an animation class won’t do it. You’ll need to begin the method organically online. It’s not about the voice, just yet, it’s in regards to the intention behind the voice that offers the voice a shape. After you’ve opened yourself up for three months in a acting class, it’s time to move into specifics with a speech over class.
That is where I’ll commence to speak to two forms of people: Those who would like to proceed to L.A., New York, Atlanta, Chicago, or San Francisco and pursue a union voice over career, and those who want to create an internet voice over career immediately in Smalltown, USA. For simplicity sake, we’ll refer to them as Red state and Blue state… Actually, I do believe CITY (union) and COUNTRY (non-union/internet) may be better.
This part must certanly be super easy for you. Just do a search for “Voice Over Class” and “your city” with Google. Of course, there could be classes offered at the local universities and performing arts centers. Ask around for good word-of-mouth about them. Then sign-up with the very best and attend! (Avoid classes that end with you paying another $1000 for a test reel). A comprehensive resource is Voice Over Resource Guide It lists all the studios in addition to classes Furthermore, read some books on the subject.
Here’s where you will find 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 might even be your own acting teacher! You may need to drive a little to another location big town to find a class or coach. But, it’s imperative to obtain some formal training. Just reading a book won’t get it done for you.
You will need a “director” in the beginning to help you become alert to where your technique is weak or failing. By all means, read books, too! They provides you with great insight to the mechanics. But, all of it comes down to those sound vibrations and how they land on the listener’s ear. As well as your voice over class, start practicing at home. Tune in to any and every commercial on the TV and radio. Mimic them. Grab magazines and see the ad copy aloud as although it were a commercial.