The Art of Voiceover

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1.    Tell our readers what exactly is Voice Over Basics?

Voiceover Basics is an introduction to the world of voiceovers from every aspect, starting with training, to technical, marketing, and unions, different kinds of voiceovers, home studio equipment and covering all of the tools one needs to dive into this industry.

2.    How long you have been coaching in Voice Over Basics? And, as an instructor what would you love for your students to know about you?

I have been working with SUCH A VOICE as a coach for almost 3 years and teaching voiceover basics for the last year. My background is in theatre/film and voiceover.  I have been fortunate enough to work in this industry fairly steadily over the past 15 years. I moved to LA from Florida where I performed stunts, yup high falls, and bullwhips at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.  I even cracked a bullwhip on a failed return of the Donny and Marie show, but that's a whole other story:)

3.    What are the first steps in starting a career in Voice Over Basics?

Get good coaching and understand the tools you must have to be successful in this business. Great demos are a MUST, but recording them before you have great training is a pitfall, and you want to make sure you are getting excellent demo producing and post-production. We will talk about all of this in the class.

4.    What types of jobs can someone go into for Professional Voice Over work?

The list is endless when you start thinking about how much voiceover you are hearing out there. There are obviously Commercials, TV, Radio, Animation, but now think about all of the other places you hear voiceover,  Apps, Narrations, industrials, trade shows, IVR, Navigation, airports, resorts, small business websites, YouTube, and on and on. It's a fun game to play: Where do I hear voices?

5.    This particular class is a one day workshop but what other types of training should someone interested in furthering their career go into?

Long-term, cumulative one-on-one coaching is a must, acting classes are excellent and IMPROV is GREAT for voiceover, it helps you think on your feet, loosen up the inhibitions.  Another great thing to do is read out loud A LOT, read to your kids, the elderly, and the blind, there are many places to practice your skills and help people out!

6.    If you are into voice work, what are some types of food and/or drinks that should be important to keep protecting and nourishing the voice?

Great question! APPLES are great to help with mouth noise. Something about the pectin in the apples really works.  Having room temperature water is great to keep on hand, herbal teas are also great.  Things some people avoid are dairy and decaffeinated drinks as they can dry out the mouth. 

7.    What should daily practice look like?

Vocal and physical exercises to warm up the voice AND body! Believe it or not, voiceover is also a physical job.  When you extend your arm and say LOOK OVER THERE, I will hear that in your voice, when you smile, frown and raise your eyebrows, I will also hear that. Singing is great (even if you think you are not Sinatra or the Queen of soul) what you want to do is keep exploring your vocal range: highs, lows, soft and loud volume. The only WAY to know these things is to practice!

8.    What are some things you want students to take away from your upcoming class?

 Voiceover is a very fun, flexible and potentially lucrative industry to get into. You can work from home and make your own hours.  But it also isn't for everyone, and maybe not even everyone with a "Great voice".  It takes dedication, training, and an investment of time and effort to really do it right.

You can sign up for Voice Over Basics today!