Should You Take Voice Over Classes?

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Should you take voice over classes? If you want our opinion, the answer is an astounding yes! Our experience is that when artists practice and improve their craft, they tend to land more jobs. But that brings up another challenge: which voice over classes should you take?

We don’t have much of a preference between free voice over training, online voice over training, in-person voice over acting classes, or any other types of voice over education. The answer depends on how serious you are about breaking in to the profession, how weak your skillset is, and how much you are willing to invest financially in your voice over training.

We recommend that when assembling your voice over artist training strategy, you consider where your weaknesses are amongst the skills you need to be an awesome voice over artist:

  • Consistency and Control – The most important skill you’ll need as a voice over artist is speaking with consistency and control. You need consistency in speed/pace, volume, energy level, pitch, breathing, and tone to complete large projects like audiobooks or movies. Consistency and control in your voice also demonstrates confidence, which is essential to succeed at any performance art.

  • Acting and Imitating – Great voice over artists are also good at characterization, acting, and imitations. Some of the most in-demand voice over artists are also actors, appearing on-screen in various roles. Acting and characterization with everything you read, and learn how to imitate your favorite characters on television or in movies, until people recognize whom you are imitating. If these skills aren’t on par with actors you see, consider taking voice over acting classes to improve.

  • Articulation – When people speak, they often mumble, skip over words or syllables, and vary their volume. You must retrain yourself to articulate every single word you speak without over-enunciating in a stiff way. People must be able to understand every one of your words, but still feel like they are conversing with you naturally.

  • Quick Reading – Often, you’ll have to read to spec, which means you have to fit a script into a specific time frame. Being able to adjust your reading speed faster or slower is a must to meet requirements and brand yourself as an easy, flexible person to work with.

  • Cold Reading – Busy voice over artists don’t always have time to pre-read content, and you probably won’t either if you want to be successful. You must be able to read well even when you’re seeing the material for the first time, so practice, practice, practice! Record yourself reading something new as if it must be perfect the first time.

  • Minimal Mouth Noise – Regular people gargle, spit, cough, clear their throats, smack their lips, and so much more as they speak. You can clean up the extra guttural sounds in your speaking by getting rid of extra saliva in your mouth while you’re in the recording studio, using water, gum, and anything else you can chew on.

You can gain a voice over education and practice in an environment that provides fast feedback when you take voice over classes with a professional teacher who knows the business. If you’re on a budget, you can find voice over training online for free or at significantly cheaper rates. Either way, voice over training is a smart way to continue working on your craft and develop contacts who can help you land more jobs.