We’ve changed the date of our April Course

This coming weekend we’re really looking forward to running our next Introduction to Voice Over Course which is fully booked out, however we’ve also been planning when we’ll do it all again.

You may know that that original course date was the weekend of April 13/14…but we quickly realised that was going to clash with holiday plans for quite a few people…so we’ve pushed it back!

The new date is the weekend of April 27/28 – The weekend after Easter.

If you’re keen to sign up for the April course we suggest you get in quick as places in each of the courses we’ve run so far have generally been filled weeks in advance.

If you have questions about the course absolutely get in touch via the contact page or call on the phone number listed at the top right of the web page.

How do Voice Over Artists get work?

It’s a great question that we get asked all the time – How do you get voice over work?

If you’re keen to do something with your voice and have discovered that you have some ability in this area then you’ll want to know the answer to that question too, however the answer isn’t exactly straight forward.

Firstly we always let people know that no amount of training/coaching can ever guarantee you work in the industry. Like any industry you can be amazing at what you do, but it doesn’t get you a free-pass to getting regular jobs or becoming an overnight success.

Established Voice Over Artists

Now, back to the question at hand. For established voice over artists who are represented by an agent (Andy & Cecelia are represented by EM Voices) then mostly it’s a case of waiting for the phone to ring letting you know you’ve been booked for a job. However…. even at this stage in your voice over career, work is still not guaranteed! You may have a great body of work, years of experience under your belt, an amazing agent and a great rapport with agency and studio people, but there will be times where your voice simply isn’t in demand.

So you might be going thought a bit of a Voice Over “dry season” and maybe not getting much work, but you can still be proactive and help things along without picking up the phone and nagging people for work (agents, clients, studios – nobody wants to get that call from you).

If you’re signed with an agent you’ll have an online profile along with samples of your work (a demo / voice over reel) so while things are a bit on a quiet side that’s the perfect time to refresh everything from your profile photo to your text ‘blurb’ and a fresh compilation of some of your best work.

What if you’re just starting out?

There’s no quick & easy path. We need to say this as some people thing that Voice Over is a quick and easy way to make some money.

If you’ve done one of our Introduction to Voice Over Courses or 1:1 Coaching sessions or are just thinking about using your voice professionally then you’re just at the very beginning of your journey, so how you go about finding work in this industry will be a little different compared to established professionals. In fact what you may really need more than work is experience. Either way you’ll need to be very proactive.

We’ve recently had a couple of calls and emails from individuals who completed our Introduction to Voice Over Course asking “What now?”. During our 2-Day weekend course we provide a guide to what participants should be doing after the course if they would like to pursue doing something with their voice. This includes how and where to gain more experience, which doors to knock on and some websites to investigate. This advice isn’t about helping them find work, but leading them towards opportunities to gain more experience which may then assist them should they wish to pursue professional work in the future.

So back to those emails and calls asking “What now?”. I was surprised to hear that at least one person who called hadn’t followed up on any of the advice we’d given in this area, instead they were calling to ask if I had any leads on voice over jobs. I didn’t, but encouraged them to follow up on some of the opportunities to gain more experience.

What’s the key message in all this?

If you’re interested in getting into Voice Over Work, understand that, even when you have plenty of experience and ability, jobs will rarely fall into your lap. Throughout your voice over career you’ll need to be proactive from the very start, when you need to seek out how to gain experience, to when you’re an established professional and need to regularly update your voice over demo so potential clients can hear your best work.

Got questions? Interested in coming along to our course or doing some 1:1 coaching? Drop us a line any time on the phone number above or via the contact page.

1 Place has become available for Feb 16/17 Course

** Update – February Course is now full again **
If you were hoping to get into the February 16/17 Introduction to Voice Over Course but missed out here’s a great opportunity.

One of our participants is no longer able to attend on that weekend so we now have 1 place available. We’ve had a number of emails and calls about the February course since it was booked out a week ago so if you’d still like to slip into the Feb 16/17 weekend you may need to act fast!

Bookings for the April 12/13 course are also open on the normal course bookings page.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Help. I’ve lost my Voice!

Andy Wells setting up a microphone for the voice over course

If you’re a singer, public speaker or voice over artist one of the worst things that can happen is to lose your voice.
Just like a bricklayer who loses the use of their hands or a truck driver with a broken foot, a voice over artist who can’t speak is pretty much useless on the job.

This was me (Andy) just a couple of weeks ago coming into Christmas, luckily just after my busiest time of the year for voice over jobs.

Now it’s not unusual to have your voice affected by the odd seasonal cold as there is usually a clear pathway to recovery and a few things you can do to mask symptoms so you can continue to work, however a hoarse or lost voice that’s not attached to a cold is something completely different.

Naturally I turned to my GP who felt it was a minor throat infection and put me on some medication, but in the event it was something more serious what else could I do? There was a chance it could be some sort of growth such as nodules, polyps, and cysts – not life threatening but a pain to deal with.

Anyway, this situation aside you may have found yourself in a similar situation (or you may in the future) where you simply ‘run out of voice’. So what can you can do to help recovery?

Drink Water. Yes it sounds simple but staying hydrated is a key factor in the health of your vocal cords. If you’re a bit croaky, drink much more water than you usually would and avoid alcohol because it only serves to dry you out.

Cecelia also has some great breathing exercises that involve a straw and a glass of water that can help get your vocal folds moving again. We demonstrate these and other great exercises during out 2-day Introduction to Voice Over Course.

The course running on February 16/17 is now half full so be sure to book in now!

Book now for the Feb 16/17 weekend course

Our popular Introduction to Voice Over weekend course is coming up again with the next running over the weekend of February 16/17 – less than 4 weeks from now and we have just 1 place available.

Once again we’ll be back at the amazing Bang Bang Studios in Southbank and places are still limited to just 10 participants per weekend. We’ve already taken a few bookings for this course so we encourage you to book in now to secure you place.

If you’ve only just heard about our course and are not sure if it’s for you then please read some of the great reviews we’ve been getting over the past year. You can also get in contact with us at any time if you have any questions about the course – use the phone number at the top right of the screen or visit the contact us page to reach out via email.

This course is for anyone…no experience needed!
You don’t need any experience recording voice overs, acting or radio presenting to come and do this 2-day course. So if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to read a radio or TV commercial or even record narration for a YouTube video, we’ll give you a feel of what it’s like and how the industry works.

Have a great new year and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Andy & Cecelia

Do you have a Voice for Radio? (You don’t need one!)

It’s quite common for someone to get in touch with us saying “My friends / work colleagues say I have a great radio voice”.   Now any time someone implies that they like the sound of your voice shouldn’t be overlooked, what a great compliment, however when it comes to being a voice over artists there’s not an actual type of voice that you’re required to have.

One of our former voice over course students, a film maker, decided to ask Andy about this…and turn it into a series of videos on YouTube.   Here’s one that deals with the “Radio Voice” idea.

If you’d like to explore your voice, come to our next 2-day Introduction to Voice Over Course on February 16/17.   Feel free to email or call if you have any questions.

Kick off 2019 with our 2-Day Course – 7 places available

As the end of 2018 closes in (just 6 weeks until Christmas) you may already be thinking about your goals for 2019.   If you’re reading this then chances are you’re already thinking about discovering what you can do with your voice, so now is the time to start planning.

Our first Introduction to Voice over 2-day course will be held on the weekend of February 16 & 17 next year and we’ve already filled 3 of the 10 places available.

Hopefully we’ve already shared plenty of information here to help you decide if this course is for you, however if you’d like to ask questions about the course or anything else we do we’re happy to chat with you on the phone (because we love to talk – use the number at the top of the screen) or you can use the email form on the contact page.

You may also like to check out the reviews we’ve been getting, both from those who have done the 2-day weekend course and from 1 on 1 coaching sessions.  Read the reviews HERE.

Don’t forget you can take up the option to pay for your course over 3 monthly instalments, plus if you know someone else who would love to take up this course, perhaps it will make for a great Christmas gift 😉

Next Voice Over Course date announced!

It’s almost November and before you know it the year will be over, so we have now locked in the dates for our first Introduction to Voice Over course in 2019.

The weekend of February 16 & 17 is the one you’ll need to keep clear if your new year resolution will be to finally do something with your voice or simply find out what it’s like to record a voice over.

Now while Feb 16 & 17 is still a few months away it’s worth noting that the course we ran in October was fully booked 7 weeks ahead of the weekend.  There are only 10 places available so don’t leave it to the last minute.

If you’re keen to secure your place now, you can take advantage of the option to pay over 3 months or simply pay the full amount up front.   

Finally if you have any questions about the group course in February or our 1:1 coaching sessions feel free to contact us any time.

A Weekend of Voice Discovery

It’s funny to think that at the start of 2018 Voices of Tomorrow didn’t even exist!

Andy and Cecelia were teaching voice over and audio production to students at the now closed Radio Training Institute in Melbourne, but it was an experiment to offer a new Introduction to Voice-over class to a broader audience. 

But, after an amazing weekend course at Bang Bang studios in South Melbourne,  it was an experiment that worked and the future looks bright! 

With 10 participants from various backgrounds including, teaching, acting, call-centre marketing, retail and more, we got the chance to explore what each and everyone’s voice could do and to listen and learn from each other. 

With such a great space to work the group spent was plenty of time in the studio getting used to the sound of their voices through headphones and practising the tips and tricks they had learnt.

There will be more group classes to give you the chance to try voice over in 2019.

Stay tuned for dates, and if you’re interested in more 1:1 training, contact us via the contact page, facebook or on the number at the top right of the page.

Studio tip – You’ll need a Pen

I recently turned up to a Voice Over job at a studio that I’d never worked in before, with an agency and client that I’d never worked with before.  Now that’s quite normal, however as we settled in to start the recording session I quickly realised that something was missing.

There was no pen or pencil…nothing to write with in the recording booth.

What do you need a pen for?

That’s a reasonable question if you’re new to voice over work.   Initially you may not need a pen, however there’s a good chance that once you read thought the script a few times you’ll start getting feedback from the client or producer on how they’d like to you read it.  This may include which words to emphasise, if they want an up/down/neutral inflection on a word or end of a sentence ,if some words need to be grouped together a certain way or perhaps a word needs to be deleted.

It’s possible that you may remember some of these directions, however if you can mark up your script to reflect the instructions given then you can spend less time thinking about it and more time actually doing it.

Additionally you may like to add in your own reminders on the script like finding the right place to take a breath in a long sentence.

My story ended well.  I got my hands on a pen and marked-up my script so I had quick reminders to ensure was always following the feedback given.

If you’re interested in learning more about voice over, working on how to mark up scripts is just one of the things we cover during our group courses and 1 on 1 coaching sessions.