Voice Over Coaching Basics – Selecting a Voice Over Coach
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 Voices, 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 Voices 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.
Are You a Coach and Have an Upcoming Acting Class or a Workshop?
If you are an instructor and have a workshop coming up (or a series of scheduled workshops / lectures), send me a quick email and we’ll blog about your programs or at least add them to the coaches directory.
We’ve had enquiries from voice actors about who to study with and how to find workshops specific to a particular voice-over niche.
Many of these individuals also desire to network with fellow voice actors in a friendly, educational setting offline (that is, in person, face to face) and develop offline communities to hone their crafts and be a support system for each other.
There is no better way to reach a substantial audience looking for these kinds of educational opportunities. Not only that, you’ll be helping to establish small voice acting communities, connecting voice actors with each other. That’s a win-win!
So, if this interests you, I invite you to email me directly with your upcoming schedule details and topics.