You have been a voiceover artist for a few years. You know what it takes to run a successful business, and you want to be able to help people. You’re thinking about becoming a voiceover coach, but should you become one?
How to Know You Should Do It
Just because you’re a voiceover artist doesn’t mean you should be a voiceover coach. It takes additional skills other than the ones you have for doing voiceover work. The following are some of those skills:
- Patience – Being a voiceover coach means you have to be patient with your clients. Not everyone will listen and be able to do what you’re asking. You’ll need to keep your frustrations at bay so that you can be supportive.
- Teaching – You need to have teaching skills. You may be able to perform as a voiceover, but you’ll need to take that and relay what you do to clients. You’ll need to use your words to communicate how your clients can learn how to do what you do.
- Motivation – You must be motivational when you work with clients. As they struggle, they’ll look to you for help, and you must motivate them to keep moving forward. Motivation doesn’t only come from the words you say but your energy as well. Your clients will need to feel and hear the reasons they should keep working to improve their voiceover skills.
- Time Management – If you’re going to become a coach and continue doing voiceover work, you’ll need to manage your time effectively. Clients rely on you to get your work done, and that goes for both types of clients. Be sure you’ll be able to fit coaching into your schedule before you take on this role.
- Organization – When you coach someone, you’ll need to have a plan in place on how you’ll help. You may want to complete an assessment to identify problems and then create a plan to follow each session. Remaining organized will help show the progress you’re making and help your clients improve their voiceover skills.
Voiceover coaching is a business. It’s just like the one you have now with your voiceover work. The difference is that you’re not providing a product to these clients, you’re providing a service. The results of your services are what will keep your business afloat as clients continue to come to you to improve their voiceover skills and refer you to others they know who could use you.
To prepare yourself for this type of business, practice the above skills. The more you learn about teaching others about voiceover, the better you’ll be at your new business venture.