How do you get started doing character voices for animation and video games? Everyone’s story is different but we sat down with @DaisyDoesVoices to talk about hers.
“How do I get started doing characters voices for games and animation?” We get that question A LOT at Voices of Tomorrow, and there’s really no single answer, no one path. Everyone’s journey is different so here’s one we’d like to share.
Daisy came to Voices of Tomorrow wanting to get into character voice work earlier this year. We just have her a little nudge but she did the rest. Have a listen to her story below.
With COVID-19 restrictions easing in recent times we’ve been able to open up and run our final Introduction to Voice Over workshops for 2021. With places being snapped up quickly in the last of our workshops for the year we can now announce that bookings are open for the first workshops in 2022!
We’ll continue to focus on workshops for beginners in February, March and April next year, however there are still also options for those of you who may already have more experience but really want to ramp up your efforts. If this is you then chat to us about 1 on 1 sessions or finally getting your first demo produced.
A Place in a Voice Over Workshop – The gift that keeps on giving. If there’s someone in your life that may be interested in giving Voice Over a go, consider gifting them a place in an upcoming workshop. Once you book in we’ll be in touch and can send you a special ‘entry pass’ that you can print out and put under the Christmas tree (or even in a Birthday card). We’ve done this quite a few times of the past year with that ‘gift’ helping someone to get started on their voice over journey.
Each group workshop is open for a maximum of 5 (Fully Vaccinated) participants working with two voice over coaches in a spacious, professional studio environment.
If you have questions about the workshops or other coaching options we offer, feel free to get in touch any time via the contact form or call the phone number at the top of the page.
As you continue on your Voice Over journey, you may get to a point where you feel you’re ready to put your voice out there to start getting some paid work. One of the most valuable tools to help you do this is a Voice Over Demo (Also called a Voice Over Reel).
For experienced voice over professionals, a Voice Over Demo contains recent samples of actual paid work they’ve done, however if you’re new to Voice Over then you won’t have this so instead you need to record material to showcase your voice. This is something we can help you with.
Have a listen to some of the latest Voice Over Demos we’ve created…
When you’re ready to record your first demo, get in touch for a chat or go ahead a book in for a Demo Creation Session.
As we moved out of restrictions at the start of this month we’ve been able to lock in our final Voice Over workshops for the year after months of not being able to run them at all. Now, places are limited if you’d like to get started in Voice Over in 2021.
We have our popular Introduction to Voice Over Workshop running on November 27 and December 4. Both of these dates have just ONE place available.
If you’ve already done one or our workshops or coaching sessions and are looking to get back into the studio to “level up” then our Next Step workshop is a great opportunity to do it. We have just TWO places available for this workshop running on November 28.
Bookings are now open for our next Introduction to Voice Over Workshops. Places are limited and you can book HERE.
Now the longer version…
With the 80percent Covid-19 fully vaccinated rate coming up in the next week we finally have the clarity to make some solid plans around running workshops in November and December.
Right now we have opened up bookings for two of our Introduction to Voice Over Workshops. November 27 and December 4. At the time of writing we have 3 places available in each of these workshops and we expect these will fill quickly!
Along with the group workshops bookings are also now open for 2-Hour, in-studio 1 on 1 coaching sessions. Unlike the group workshops these are not held at Southbank but at a private studio in Upper Ferntree Gully. Feel free to reach out and ask if you feel you’d like to do one of these.
Well, it’s been months in the making but we are almost ready to fire up our popular Introduction to Voice Over Workshops again!
You can expect bookings to open before the end of October for dates in November and December, but before you book in please note that all participants will need to be fully COVD-19 Vaccinated. In consultation with Bang Bang studios and following the directives of the Victorian Government for safe return to work practises for various industries, this will be a requirement until further notice for all group workshops. If you have any questions around this please feel free to contact us.
We will confirm your vaccination status when you book for a workshop and may ask you to confirm this by presenting your digital or hard copy vaccination certificate on the day.
We’re looking forward to having you join again from mid-November. Stay safe!
The newly announced Victorian Roadmap of proposed restriction levels may not offer us any short term relief from Covid-19 restrictions, but for many businesses (including this one) it does thankfully provide some light at the end of the tunnel.
The point at which we’ll be able to return to the studio for both group workshops and 1on1 coaching sessions will be “Phase C” when 80% of 16+ are fully vaccinated due to happen around November 5.
We’ve already done our part with both Andy & Cecelia now fully vaccinated and we’re hoping that everyone else who wants get back to something that looks more like ‘normal’ will do the same.
After cancelling workshops in June, July, August, September and now October our eyes and ears and fixed on November and December for the next round of workshops. Booking are not open yet but as Melbourne follows the roadmap out of restrictions we’ll also switch on your ability to book into the next workshops.
For anyone starting out in Voice Over over the past 18 months, understandably it’s been a frustrating time. Access to courses & coaching has been limited not just by complete lockdowns (like the one we’re in now) but even by restrictions such as social distancing and indoor mask wearing which make studio work difficult.
So while we continue to navigate the new normal of the COVID-19 landscape you may be wondering what you can do to get started on your voice over journey while you wait to do a workshop / course or some coaching.
Well, here are some ideas.
Do some research. If there’s a particular area of Voice Over that you are interested in, finding others already working in that area and listening to their work is a great place to start and can help you form some goals for the future. For example for Radio / TV & Corporate work you could visit Voice Over agent websites such as www.emvoices.com.au or www.RMK.com.au and listen to the Voice Over Demos of the individual talent. These people are all working professionally as voice over artists so will give you great examples of the skills you’ll need in action.
Practise. While you may not be ready to share your voice with the world or audition for jobs, getting your hands on scripts to read is really useful. One of the key skills needed for a voice over artist is the ability to read a script from beginning to end fluidly, giving the words meaning and without error. This sounds easier than it is.
Think about how much printed matter you read out loud, word for word everyday and you may realise that it’s not something that many people do very often. You don’t even need to record yourself reading practise scripts, though it can be useful, it still counts and practise and will help when you do get into the studio. If you’re already signed up for a workshop will us we can send you some practise scripts, otherwise Google can help you find some also.
Make some recordings On your phone, using a basic headset or USB Microphone. It doesn’t need to be high quality and you don’t need to share it but try recording a few of your practise scripts and listen back to them. Make note of anything you’re struggling with or feel that you do well and learn from that as a start.
Do some online coaching Online voice over courses and coaching has become very popular over the past few years and it can be a great way to get started if you can’t get into a studio. We feel that online learning can be a component of learning voice over however the in-studio experience is still a really important part of your voice over journey. This is why we don’t offer a full voice over workshop or course online however we do offer short 1 on 1 sessions that are designed to start or compliment your learning in this area.
A 1-Hour coaching session via zoom can be a great to getting an introduction to the industry and how it works, asking lots of questions or just running over some of the basic skills in voice over. At the moment you can do a 1 on 1 online session with us for just $50 by using the code LOCKDOWN. So what are Voice Over Artists doing during the current COVID-19 lockdown?
We’re still working. When there’s work to be done.
One of the most valuable lessons learned, for even the most experienced voice over artists over the past 18 months is that having a home studio is now a must-have! With many of the restrictions places on how businesses could operate during the various lockdown periods recording studios were simply not allowed to host recording sessions, but they could virtually connect to and record voice over artists from home studios. This still continues today with most Voice Over Artists who have a home studio connecting with studios and clients using tools such as Source-Connect and Zoom.
It’s worth mentioning that not everyone is busy with voice over at the moment, in fact some are doing it tough. The Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy has found that in some areas there’s less production work being done or some clients are not spending as much so less voice over work is available.
I hope everyone is staying safe and well and perhaps even getting their vaccinations organised.
If you have any questions about this post or any of the workshops / coaching services offered here feel free to get in contact anytime.