What Courses Can You Take to Prepare You for Voice-Over Work?

So you want to be a voice actor? If you think you have the natural talent in audio storytelling and acting, the voice-over industry may be the right place for you. However, like any other profession, sheer talent can only accomplish so much. And although experience is often considered to be the best teacher, there’s nothing to lose and everything to gain when you enroll yourself in some helpful courses for voice-over work. Listed below are some of my suggestions for you:

Acting Classes

When you act using your voice, you are, essentially, acting. This is why taking acting courses can be beneficial if you want to be serious in audio recording. Although acting for television, the movies, or the theater can be daunting, voice acting can be more challenging for some people. One reason is that it can be tough having to act with your voice all by yourself. Impersonating different characters during a single recording session also requires lots of energy and flexibility. The improvisation techniques you learn in these acting classes, coupled with the confidence you will acquire, will help you mature into a professional voice actor.

Voice Lessons 

Having exceptionally great voice talent is next to nothing if you lack the ability to control or improve the range of your voice. Also, it is important for you to learn how to use your voice optimally without having to stress your vocal chords. A helpful vocal coach can provide you with the techniques you need to protect your voice from needless pressure. And as a voice artist, you need to learn how to handle stressful recording sessions without compromising your voice. This is on top of expanding your voice range so you can take on as many audio recording opportunities as you can. 

Develop Your Own Voice  

Some voice actors opt to focus on a specific recording niche, such as in audio book narration or commercial voice-overs. If you want to take this route, rather than work on diverse projects at the same time, you have to invest enough effort in developing your own original voice. Again, taking both acting and voice lessons can prove beneficial in the long run. 

Practice is Still the Best Way to Go 

Finally, don’t forget to practice. Even if you’ve graduated from taking lessons from experts, don’t stop trying to improve the quality and range of your voice, as well as the flexibility of your acting skills. You can record your voice using a recorder or via a voice recording app in your smart phone. Check whether you’re talking too fast or too slow, or if your inflection and intonation are just appropriate for the script. Even just reading aloud can help you take notes about your voice and check areas for improvement. Before long, you will have developed into the voice artist you’ve always wanted to be.

Looking for a talented and experienced Spanish voice-over talent? If you demand nothing less than exceptional audio narration or storytelling results in any of your Spanish-language commercials, e-book narration, and many others this is the place for you. Feel free to shoot me a message anytime or listen to my demos on this website.