If you’re a voice actor who’s looking to improve your voice acting skills, whether you’re a seasoned pro or beginner, voice over training is the way to go.
Trained voice actors are proven to be more successful in the voice over industry. Voice actors on Voices who have taken part in voice over training have been shown to:
- Make 13% more on a job-per-job basis, compared to a voice actor without any training.
- Book 21% more jobs, compared to other voice actors with no training.
There are many ways to train, from self-guided study to coach-led voice over classes. Let’s explore each voice acting training method so you can choose the best options for your unique needs and career goals.
Types of Voice Acting Classes
When it comes to voice acting classes, the world is your oyster: there are so many options available to you!
For instance, you may choose to take classes as part of a group, masterclass, or one-on-one. You can also do live or remote sessions, or even watch pre-recorded materials online. You could opt to have a guide (like a voice acting teacher or coach) or study independently (although we definitely recommend getting an expert’s perspective at some point along your journey).
What you choose may depend on availability, delivery method, budget, and even your location.
Guided Voice Over Training
Here are the various guided voice over training options available to you, as a voice actor:
In-Studio Voice Over Training from a Voice Acting Coach
In-studio training is highly beneficial for beginner voice actors because it is similar to actual recording sessions, giving you the option to become more comfortable in a professional setting.
When you get one-on-one voice over training from a professional voice acting coach, you also receive instant feedback on your performance, allowing you to recognize your areas of weakness.
Professional voice acting coaches can help you discover your full potential as a voice actor, because they have experience listening to all kinds of voice talent, and know how to properly guide you toward success.
With one-on-one training sessions, don’t hesitate to ask questions or take in all the feedback your voice acting coach has to offer. Such voice over training can be costly, so use the time you have with the coach wisely.
Joining Remote Voice Actor Classes
Professional voice acting classes are not bound by studio walls, as they are also available to you remotely through platforms such as Zoom or apps like Skype or FaceTime for video coaching and tele-training. This means that you can receive professional voice over training from anywhere around the world, even from the comfort of your own home.
Here’s more on the different kinds of remote voice actor classes:
1. Live Voice Acting Webinars and Interactive Video Sessions:
A live video voice acting class can be delivered through an informative webinar, with questions and answers following each session. You can learn a lot about voice overs from a webinar, as the amount of information being transferred to you is usually quite high.
You also get the opportunity to clear your doubts during the question and answer portion that tends to happen at the end of the session. We cover YouTube videos below in the section on individual learning.
Another type of live video training session available to voice actors includes interactive sessions between an instructor and students. Such sessions revolve around inputs and feedback made by all participants.
An interactive session mimics an in-studio training method because it is highly interactive, yet far more convenient to attend because it’s remote. Compared to webinars, such sessions are more casual and allow you to talk openly to the instructor and gain more personalized training.
2. Tele-training for Voice Actors:
Tele-training takes place via telephone, Skype, Facetime, Google Meet or Zoom, with one-on-one sessions between the voice actor and the voice acting coach. The great benefit of tele-training is that it maintains the focus on the audio, allowing both participants to analyze the quality of the voice over practice taking place during the tele-training.
If you are working full-time, or preoccupied with other personal commitments, remote voice actor classes can be a great option.
You can set up the time for each class by communicating with your voice acting coach. Such classes are highly convenient and can often be more affordable than in-studio sessions with a professional vocal coach.
Learn more about choosing remote voice over training to see if the option suits your needs.
Attending Voice Acting Seminars and Meetup Groups
Attending voice over seminars and events is a terrific idea because it allows you to network with other great professionals in the field. By attending such industry events, you gain insight on the different experiences voice actors have, allowing you to learn from each individual’s voice acting journey.
You can also attend Meetup group sessions. Voice acting Meetup groups consist of professional voice talent and newcomers, all coming together to take part in peer feedback sessions and voice over discussions. Such feedback will help you recognize your voice acting strengths and weaknesses.
Most importantly, you’ll be able to see other newcomers like yourself, and understand the different voice over strategies that they are using to get voice over work.
You can search for voice acting Meetup groups online, to see when the next event will take place in your city.
Independent Voice Over Training Online
You can immediately kickstart your voice over training by accessing the vast variety of voice over training materials online.
Listening to Voice Acting Podcasts
Listening to voice acting podcasts is a great way to learn voice over tips and tricks from industry insiders such as voice coaches, clients and professional voice actors. Also, you can listen to voice acting podcasts while doing other tasks, making your hours more productive.
The best thing is that these podcasts are free to listen to, so there’s actually no reason not to listen to them. One of Voices’s podcasts, Mission Audition, takes voice actors through the audition process from a client’s perspective.
In each episode, you’ll hear real voice actor auditions, as well as hear critiques from voice over industry experts. Learn the common pitfalls to avoid, and get tips to ensure your auditions always impress the client. Listen to “Mission Audition” on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play Music now.
Many voice over coaches are guests on Mission Audition, so listening to the podcast can also give you a unique perspective on a coach’s personality and coaching style, helping you know if that coach is a good fit for you.
Watching Webinars on YouTube
YouTube is considered the largest e-learning platform out there. You’ve probably search for how to do something on YouTube such as how to choose a microphone, what is sibilance and what are plosives in your recordings? Beyond getting quick answers from knowledgeable people in the form of solid advice, you can go deep by watching webinars.
What is a webinar? A webinar (short for web seminar) is an hour long tutorial on a specific topic such as The Acting in Voice Acting and Technically Perfect Audition (viewed 50,000 times) or Voice Acting Practice: Mastering The Long Game.
In fact, Voices Premium members are invited to private webinars each month from the top voice actors in the field. We always include a section for questions and answers at the end. Plus, about a month or so afterwards, we upload the webinar to YouTube. We even have an entire playlist on YouTube with 40 hours of webinars!
Webinars are popular among voice actors because you get to listen and learn from experts you may not otherwise have access to.
Accessing Online Voice Actor Training
The Internet can be seen as a massive library, filled with tons of useful information, and when it comes to the subject of voice acting, it’s no different.
As a beginner voice actor, you can immediately start your voice over training on your own, by looking up great voice over training material online. This can include online guides (like the one you’re reading now!), voice over videos and voice acting blogs.
Find the Best Voice Acting Coach
The right voice acting coach can really play an instrumental role in your success, by allowing you to truly recognize your voice acting strengths and weaknesses, subsequently improving them for the best.
Finding the best voice acting coach can be a difficult task and that’s why it’s best to take advantage of introductory phone calls or other opportunities to get to know the voice over coach. Looking up online reviews can also prove to be a helpful way to source out the best voice over coach for yourself.