5 Qualities you’ll need to start in Voice Over

It’s never been easier to get started in Voice Over, but what does it really take to be successful?
Buying recording equipment and getting some coaching is a start to becoming a freelance voice over artist….but those things alone don’t guarantee success.

So what else do you need?

We’ll we’ve come up with 5 important factors that will determine if you’re suited to starting your journey into the voice over industry, based on our experience being surrounded with the top voice artists in Australia.

  1. Motivation

    To become a freelancer in any field, you need to be strictly focused on your goals, and never let a day go to waste.
    Freelance voice over relies on you, and you only. You’re responsible for building your skills, marketing yourself, client relations and everything else that comes with running a business. That takes a heck of a lot of daily motivation to keep up.
    If you’re the kind of person that already has a detailed calendar, and daily to-do lists (that you actually follow), then you’re off to a great start.
  2. Creativity

    Many of the students we coach in voice over come from a creative background, be it film, theatre/stage performing, music, or podcasting. While it’s not essential to have this background, it certainly gives you a good starting point .
    No matter what kind of background you come from, when you’re live on the microphone recording voice overs, it’s a performance. Having the ability to set everything else in your life aside before a recording session is a crucial skill, that will not only allow you to read a script fluently, but also assist your creativity and help you land your auditions.
    Be prepared to step outside of your comfort zone and try new things with your voice.
  3. Confidence

    As mentioned earlier, when you’re a freelancer, you’re the one sailing the ship. That means your self-confidence needs to be running at an all-time high. You can’t be afraid to make cold-calls, represent yourself, talk yourself up and mentally move on quickly from one performance to the next.
  4. A Growth mindset.

    Carol Dweck, author of ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’ sums it up nicely in this quote:
    “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work – brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

    If a challenge arises, someone with a fixed mindset might accept that they don’t have the ability to overcome the challenge. Someone with a growth mindset, however, will see this as a potential opportunity to improve their skills, so they can overcome the challenge.

    There will be plenty of challenges when you take the plunge into voice over work. One of these challenges is being able to handle rejection and take criticism. Every voice over artist will at some stage audition for their roles, and a lot of the time, the role will be given to someone else. Your ability to not take this to heart, and see each rejected audition as the next step to becoming the best voice artist you can be, will become your superpower.
  1. Passion

    You need to love what you do.
    Becoming a successful voice over artist, won’t happen overnight.  As most of us have discovered, it can take years to start making a regular income and even then, working as an independent voice over artist you’ll need to submit auditions…that you don’t get paid for, so you’ll want to embrace and enjoy that process too.

    In the face of rejection or even when you’re getting work, you should always be thirsting for more, exploring and trying new things with voiceover…because you love it.

So does this sound like you?  Ready to take the first step?
We’re here to help. Get in touch with us today to organise your voice over coaching session!

Witten by Angus Brennan, Voice Over Coach. Edited by Andy Wells, Voices of Tomorrow.

Workshop Reflection – April 03 Introduction to Voice Over

How did you spend your Sunday?
For us the rainy Melbourne Sunday was well spent running our latest Introduction to Voice Over Workshop with 5 new participants.

One thing we love about running this workshop is the variety of people we meet. The start the day gives as an opportunity to hear about everyone’s background, finding out about their life experiences and what has inspired their interest in voice over. This mix of age, gender & personalities, along with professional and life experiences is what makes every workshop we run unique.

It’s no surprise to find that most people who come to the workshop have never stepped into a professional recording studio or recorded their own voice before, which was certainly the case for some of the participants on this particular Sunday.
A couple of the guys admitted that they like to mimic voices they hear in radio commercials so thought it would be worth giving it a go for themselves. One of our female participants, Misha, runs an events company and revealed that she’d been asked to do voice recordings before so was looking for some more formal experience in this area, while another travelled from Gippsland had experience as a singer and found that some of those skills translated well for her in voice over.

Throughout the day we explored recorded a few different types of scripts with everyone for Radio commercials ,Audiobooks and even Video Games. Right now everyone is listening back to their recordings from the workshop where they will be able to hear just how much they were able learn and put into action in just one day. Actually, we’ve already had some great feedback!

Great workshop yesterday, I learnt a lot and most importantly had a ton of fun doing it!

Doug

I had a great experience yesterday, it felt very similar to singing, and feel like I’ve left with enough information to continue on a bit myself.

Emily

The next Introduction to Voice Over Workshop isn’t too far away. If you’d like to have a chat about coming along before you sign up, fee free to call or email otherwise we hope to see you there!





Book Now – Pay Later – Now available

You can now sign up for one our our group workshops and spread the cost over 4 payments, with a new option offered by PayPal.

There are no sign up fees or additional costs involved for you spreading the cost out over 4 payments, so we hope it helps you come and see us sooner!

This option is currently available for upcoming workshops. Check the Bookings page for dates.

Adult or Child Over 15550.00 AUDIntroduction to Voice Over Workshop April 30
Your confirmation will be emailed after payment to your PayPal email address.

 

Do you need a Voice Over Demo?

The short answer: Yes
The slightly longer answer: Yes. A Voice Over Demo (Also referred to as a “Voice Reel”) is a showcase of your ability as a Voice Over Artist. This valuable tool gives you the ability to quickly demonstrate your abilities in a short space of time, giving a potential client a good idea of what you are capable of and how you might sound on their project.

Even if you have the ability to record a custom sample for a would-be client (and many do request this with online casting platforms) it still makes sense to have samples of your voice that they can listen to first. In fact, at least in Australia, for Voice Over Artists that are signed with an agent (such as EM Voices, RMK, Scout Management etc) it’s mostly your Voice Over Demo that get you hired.

If you’re ready to put yourself out there, come and work 1 on 1 with Andy Wells to create your Voice Over Demo.
As part of the process Andy will source all the scripts best suited to your talents that will then be recorded in a 2 hour session. Following this is about half a day of post production on each recording plus editing of the final compilation.

Here are some of the Voice Over Demos produced by Andy over the past few months.

Hannah Vanderheide – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Hannah-Vanderheide-Demo_December2021.mp3

Rebecca Catalano – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Rebecca-Catalano_VO-Demo_November-2021_Intro.mp3

Cameron Davis – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Cameron-Davis_VO_Demo_November_2020.mp3

Jordon Fritz – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Jordon-Fritz-VO-Demo-February-2022.mp3

Daisy Rose – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Daisy-Rose-VO-Demo_2022.mp3

Stephanie Cheon (Character Demo) – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Stephanie_Character-Demo.mp3

If you’re ready to get a demo together, get in touch to have a chat about it or simply book a demo session HERE.

Everything is recorded

New Voice Over Workshop Dates For April-July

It has been a busy start to the year with the first 4 Introduction to Voice Over workshops now fully booked up to the start of April. It’s been great to meet so many new people, off all ages, interested in exploring the world of voice over and giving it a go.

If you missed out on booking into one of our first workshops of the year, we have just opened up bookings for workshops from late April to July. Each workshop has a maximum of 5 participants so places tend to fill up fast and we fill that most workshops are fully booked at least a month in advance.

The Introduction to Voice Over Workshop dates now open for bookings are;

Saturday April 30 – 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday May 22 – 10am – 4:30pm
Saturday June 18
– 10am – 4:30pm
Sunday July 24
– 10am – 4:30pm

If you have been online searching for a “Voice Over Course” in Melbourne, this is a great place to start. If you’d like to know more about the workshop please feel free to get in touch using the live chat feature on the website, using the contact form or calling the phone number at the top right of this page.

We hope to see you in the studio for our next workshop!

An Interview with Cecelia Ramsdale

If you come along to one of the Introduction to Voice Over Workshops you’ll meet Cecelia Ramsdale. Not just a great Voice Over Coach, Cecelia is an in-demand Voice Over artist with EM Voices in Melbourne.

If you’ve yet to meet her, you can get to know Cecelia better by listening to the Source Elements “On the Mic” podcast where she was recently interviewed. It’s a two part interview.

Here’s part 1 – https://source-elements.buzzsprout.com/1885119/9536931-ep3-on-the-mic-with-cecelia-ramsdale-part-1

Here’s part 2 – https://www.source-elements.com/userstories/cecelia-ramsdale/on-the-mic-with-cecelia-ramsdale/

Happy listening!

2022 Workshops Filling Up

** Updated 1/2/22 **

We’re excited for 2022 with bookings open for workshops in February, March and April!

Here’s the line of Introduction to Voice Over Workshops and place availabilities.
February 19, 2022 – Introduction to Voice Over *Bookings Open – 1 Place available*
February 27, 2022 – Introduction to Voice Over *FULLY BOOKED*
March 26, 2022 – Introduction to Voice Over *Bookings Open – 1 Places available*
April 3, 2022 – Introduction to Voice Over *Bookings Open – 2 Places available*

As you can see places are filling up well in advance of the workshops taking place so if you’re keen to jump in and see what you can do with your voice in 2022 then I’d suggest booking sooner rather than later.

To book a place in a workshop – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/course-dates/
To book a 1 on 1 coaching session – https://www.voicesoftomorrow.com.au/voice-over-services/

We hope to see you soon.

Video – Setting up for recording on a budget

During out Introduction to Voice Over workshops we often talk about setting up to record yourself at home. This is great for practise when you’re just starting out but then for when you are ready for the world to hear your voice and start auditioning.

This can be quite a technical discussion and you will find varying opinions and recommendations on what you need to set yourself up for voice over recording at home. Honestly you can easily spend as much money as you have in your bank account in this area, but when you’re just starting out we suggest a low-budget setup is a more sensible option.

On that note Andy has put together a basic ‘Starter’s Kit’ for voice over. This includes:
Yeti Nano USB Microphone
Microphone Shock-mount and Pop Sock
Extended micro USB lead (10ft)
Microphone Stand
AKG K52 Closed Back Studio Headphones


Watch the video below as Andy takes you through the setup and, most importantly demonstrates how it all sounds.

This ‘Starter’s Kit’ costs LESS THAN $300 however it’s worth noting that you still need a room to record in (which may need acoustic treatment) plus you’ll need a computer for recording and editing.

If you are interested in getting one of these kits we have two available and ready to go.

Starting your character voice journey – Daisy’s story.

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.

Andy Wells with @Daisydoesvoices in the studio talking about getting into character voice work

“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.

Interview with @DaisyDoesVoices

Workshop Bookings Now Open for 2022!

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.