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Voice Over Coaching Basics – Selecting a Voice Over Coach

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When it comes to voice over coaching, there’s a lot to consider – and a few myths to bust.

For one, voice over coaches aren’t just for beginners. Even voice actors who have been behind the microphone for years can benefit from the guidance and feedback of an expert coach.

At, we believe that coaching is so critical to a voice actor’s success, that we developed a voice coach directory that provides access to coaches who are able to help voice actors in any stage of their career. It’s updated regularly and contains voice over coaches who are based in the USA. On average, voice actors on who have received training book 21% more jobs

How Voice Over Coaching Can Benefit All Levels of Voice Actors

Voice acting is a profession that requires its own approach, and a coach can be instrumental in helping emerging voice actors find their unique take and style. If you’re considering getting into voice over, coaching should be one of the first steps you take to make sure that voice acting will be a good fit for you.

For more advanced professionals, coaches are often a helpful resource for voice actors who have reached a roadblock in their career – whether that means that they’re having a hard time breaking into a new facet of the industry (e.g. audiobooks versus radio work), or simply having a hard time growing their business altogether. So, if you haven’t had the success you’re looking for, a voice over coach can support you through your journey to step up your game.

Coaches also assist with a voice actor’s longevity. Whether it be in terms of their business, or in terms of vocal care, longevity is a coaching specialty in and of itself!

In general, successful voice actors can employ voice over coaches to ensure they stay on the trajectory of continued success by expanding and fine tuning their existing skillset.  

Voice Over Coaching Comes in Many Different Formats

The formats for coaching can be varied. For instance, there are individual sessions, workshops, virtual schools, or group audition workout sessions, to name a few.

When considering all of the options, voice actors need to select what makes the most sense for them based on their comfort level, finances, and educational goals.

One ‘plus’ of living in the modern age, is that digital coaching through an online platform is now an effective option, especially for those who are located far from their voice over coach of choice.

In contrast, workshops offer a vastly different setup, and offer their own benefits. Specifically, the group environment allows individuals to receive feedback on their own career, while also receiving the benefit of learning from others, as well as networking. (Networking has been reported as another highly important aspect to building up a voice over career.)  

When workshops integrate group auditions, the learnings gleaned from listening in on others’ interpretations of the reads can be instrumental in a professional’s development.

The ‘Right Voice Over Coach’ is the One that Feels Right for You

Because coaching is an investment in both time and finances, voice actors can feel a lot of pressure to find ‘the right’ coach.

Similar to making any other investment, voice actors often take to reading reviews online and vetting a coach’s experience and claims against what seems reasonable.

On this front, there are a lot of highly-accomplished coaches who are taking on students, at various price points and in many different formats. Whenever possible, take advantage of free introductory phone calls or opportunities to get to know the voice over coach and ask them questions, so you can feel sure that you’ve found the right person for you.

Career Growth Can Take Time – Have Patience with the Vocal Coaching Process

One of the most common questions that voice over students have for voice over coaches is “How long will it take?”

A normal answer to receive is, “It depends.”

Truly, the success of a coaching session will depend on many factors, not the least of which are the student’s expectations/goals, previously identified roadblocks, newly identifiable roadblocks, and the willingness to commit to the process.

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  • Lazarus Carver
    June 9, 2019, 12:39 pm

    I would really love too voice act like. It seems really fun too be on a fun cartoon and make friends.

  • Desiree Diggs
    June 13, 2019, 2:36 am

    I’m trying to find a class to get started with the voiceover career. Can you help?

  • Matthew Garrett
    November 14, 2019, 3:19 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of cartoons, anime, and video games my whole life, if not for these things I wouldn’t be who I am today. I’m new to this whole voice over thing, but I’m thankful for the people who voice over my favorite characters, and bring life to them. I’d like to bring life to characters too. I’m just not sure about how to get started.

    P.S. I’m not sure either one would specifically remember me, but I’ve met a couple of voice actors that are the ones who got me interested in voice over being Todd Haberkorn the english voice actor of Natsu Dragneal from the anime Fairy Tail as well as many more, and Charles Martinet the voice of Super Mario the mustachioed plumber from the Super Mario Bros. video games.

  • Randolph Bowers
    November 24, 2019, 12:42 pm

    I often hear that my voice should be on radio or in voice overs because of it’s Barry White type sound… Lol! A friend of mine told me to seriously look into voice acting. I’m intrigued by it all and curious to see what I can make of it.

    • oliver
      November 26, 2019, 4:56 pm

      Hey Randolph,

      Haha! Feel free to sign up for a talent account and start browsing available voice over jobs at:

  • Antonio Valter Souza de Jesus
    January 15, 2020, 9:15 pm

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    I am new flesh, people use to say that I have an outstanding voice. I wanna work it out.