We’ve just wrapped up our 7th Introduction to Voice Over Weekend Workshop…and this time we’d like to hear what happened. Listen below.
That was the recorded outcome from the weekend after everyone tried out their voice on various types from scripts from Radio and TV commercials to corporate narration, multi-voice scripts and even video game characters!
Plus…here’s what the workshop looks like….
That was the final Introduction workshop for the year, however there are still plenty of other opportunities available if you are interested in Voice Overs.
In November Voices Of Tomorrow is hosting Aimee Smith with her workshop on Voice Over for Video Games.
This gives a great overview not only on how the games industry works with voice over artists but also how emerging talent can find work with independent video games developers. The workshop is running on November 9…and then again on November 9 from 1-5pm with limited places available. Book your place here.
If you’ve already had some coaching or experience with voice overs and simply want more time in front of the microphone sharpening up your skills then we’re holding a practise day on November 17 (Sunday). Limited to 10 places – bookings are now open.
We also hold private 1:1 voice over coaching sessions in a small studio setting. There’s no set date or time for these so simply book in and we’ll tailor the session to your needs, including the best time and date.
Aimee Smith is returning to Melbourne in November with her workshop on voice over for video games!
Following the sold out October workshop, Aimee Smith is coming back to Melbourne in November to run TWO more workshops for those interested in knowing more about how to break into the world of voice over for video games.
Once again places will be limited – the October workshop sold out in less than 48 hours!
In this 4-hour workshop you’ll get a great overview of the video games industry, specifically who’s making games, who’s casting voices for them AND how to find opportunities to audition for roles.
Aimee will take you through her own personal journey from being a full-time school teacher to full-time voice actor…and what the steps are to start your own journey. the start of your own journey.
The workshops, held at Bang Bang Studios in Southbank will also includes some time in front of the Microphone recording some character voices and you’ll receive a copy of your short recordings from the day.
If you’re interested coming along for either the November 9 OR November 10 session you can book HERE.
If you’ve come to the Introduction to Voice Over workshop or done some 1 on 1 voice over coaching with us then you’ll remember just how much we hammer home the message of practise, practise, practise!
If you’ve got your sights on a future as a voice over artist you need to be proactive. This means making the most of the guidance and tools you’ve been given so far and seeking out new opportunities to get yourself in front of scripts to read and if possible in a studio in front of a microphone to record them.
Some of the best experience you can get in this area, especially if you’re just starting out, is to record in a studio being recorded and directed by someone else. Yes, there may come a time in your Voice Over future where you may be self-directing & recording, however we suggest that the best outcome is often achieved when you have external input – that is, someone else is directing you.
To assist you with getting the experience needed to become more confident in the studio recording voice overs in a professional setting we’re holding a group practice day on November 17.
Limited to 10 participants for each session, these will focus on practical work in the studio recording commercial scripts (Radio & TV) and we’ll look at both single and multi-voice productions.
Everyone will receive a copy of their raw recordings from these sessions, plus 2 of your best recordings from the day will be produced into a finished production that you can share and use for demonstration purposes.
The cost to attend one of these sessions is $275 and each will run with a minimum of 5 participants and a maximum of 10. It’s on Sunday November 17.
Over the past few months we’ve received so many requests for information on how to get started doing voice overs for video games. We answered that first by bringing U.K Voice Over artist / coach to Melbourne for a very special workshop focusing on this area, especially around working with audition scripts and bringing character voices to life.
We’re now announcing (yes, at very short notice) another Video Game focused workshop, this time presented by Aimee Smith.
Aimee is an Australian cartoon voice actor and voice actress who has voiced for almost 100 video game characters. She has voiced for characters with Australian, American and British dialects for projects across the world from her home studio.
In this 3 hour workshop being held on October 8 from 6.30pm (at Bang Bang Studios in Southbank), Aimee with focus on the Australian Video Games industry and how you can find audition opportunities with independent developers.
Additionally, the workshop includes recording an audition for a current public video game casting, so you’ll be throwing your hat in the ring to try and land a role in an independent video game. To set your expectations, if you happen to land a role in a small independent video game the budgets are low so the voice talent fee will reflect this, however it’s a great opportunity to get started.
This workshop is limited to 14 participants. You can book HERE.
A Voice Over Demo compilation is the best way to showcase your abilities as a Voice Over Artist to the world…but at what stage should you create one?
Of course there’s actually nothing stopping you from recording your voice at any time and sharing it with others and it’s a great way to get feedback as you progress on your voice over journey, however, a well curated collection of your best voice over work is how you will ultimately land some work.
I know, I still haven’t answered the original question, but I’m working up to it as there are a few things to consider first.
Most importantly your Voice Over Demo needs to be a reflection of your abilities, not the ability of the producer/ sound engineer to make you sound amazing. It’s important that I say that as there are some studios that offer demo creation services where they will literally take someone with little or no experience and coach them through a handful of scripts, then with plenty of skilful editing and post production techniques make them sound simply amazing.
So what’s wrong with that? Well, it will quickly become apparent the first time someone hires you to do a voice over for them and you’re not able to perform as well as your demo suggests you can. This ‘short cut’ then actually finds you with a demo that’s not really much use as it doesn’t reflect your actual ability as a voice over artist. The studio that made it for you won’t care because, well frankly all they wanted was your money.
Ok, I’ll finally answer the original question – but I’ll have to ask YOU more questions to get the answer.
Try this for a check list.
Are you comfortable and confident in the studio with others watching?
Do you have a good understanding of Microphone, breathing and script marking techniques?
Can you read a short script (e.g 30 seconds) from start to finish without tripping over your words on every take?
Are you able to take direction and adjust your read to deliver the required result?
Do you already have some recordings of your voice over work?
If you’re answering YES to those questions I would suggest that YES, you’re ready to get a demo together.
So what exactly goes into a demo? For experienced voice over artists that are booking regular jobs the demo is a well crafted compilation of recent great work performed.
For example here’s my (Andy) current compilation.
Some voice over artists have some great examples of their work, but perhaps not enough for a full demo that contains a variety of styles. In this case they would simply record some new material to help fill in the gaps.
That’s exactly what I did this week with Kat – a Perth-based voice over artist who came to Melbourne to attend the ‘Voice Over for Video Games’ workshop.
She wanted to freshen up her current demo with some new material so came in to see how I could help. After listening to her current demo I selected some scripts that I felt would help ad some variety to her body of work and we recorded and produced them. Here’s what Kat walked away with.
Ok, she didn’t actually walk out of the studio with demo in hand. Post production does take some time, so it was a few days later.
If you feel like you’re ready to make a demo, contact us to talk about it or book in a demo session HERE.
We’ll be running the last Introduction to Voice Over Weekend Workshop for 2019 on October 12&13 and limited places are available!
Who is this workshop for?
Anyone interested in discovering what’s possible with their voice and finding out more about the world of professional voice overs will really enjoy this workshop and no experience is required.
Many people who come to the Introduction to Voice Over workshop have never recorded their voice before or set foot inside a professional recording studio.
Others have done some acting or singing or work in completely unrelated industries and have been told they have a ‘great voice’.
No matter what your background or experience, you’ll gain new skills and meet a group of people with the same interest while being coached by experienced Voice Over artists.
Now we could spend all day telling you how great the workshop and coaching services are (and you’re also welcome to call us for a chat) but you may also like to read our reviews on Google.
Remember, places are limited to just 10 participants for this workshop, and it will be the final Introduction to Voice Over workshop for 2019. Currently there are 7 places available and we hope to see YOU there.
If you’d like to book your place you can do that HERE.
If you’re interested in discovering how the video games industry works with Voice Over talent and now Voice Over artists actually get work in Video Games, this workshop is for you.
The workshop, held over two evenings on August 27/28 (6.30 to 9.30pm) will be run by U.K based Voice Over artist / coach, Rachael Naylor. Here’s just one of the video game character voices she has done.
That Fox sure has some attitude right, but how do you even get an opportunity to be the voice of a video game character? Rachael unlocks the key information around Video Game voice over work and as part of her interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to try reading some video game character scripts.
As with all our workshops, places are very limited, however we will take up to 12 participants for this exclusive event with a minimum of 9 bookings for the even to run. ( Rachael is flying into Melbourne from her Perth workshop just to run this workshop).
If you’re interested in finding out what’s involved in doing Voice Overs for Video Games we have a very unique opportunity for you.
U.K based Voice Over Artist & Coach Rachael Naylor is coming to Australia and will be in Melbourne to run a workshop focused on Voice Over for Video games!
The video game world is a very exciting part of the entertainment industry. It is growing incredibly quickly right now and voice actors are in high demand. The video game industry actually makes more money than the movie and music industries combined!
Video games are about so much more than shoot
em ups now. They are more like movies, with well-rounded characters, fantastic
stories, great scripts and amazing soundtracks.
In this workshop run over 2 evenings, Rachael
will talk about what is happening in video games right now as well as how
to get into them.
She will talk through the differences in this
type of acting compared to stage and films. This will be informative as
well as a very interactive workshop.
You will also get to work on video game
scripts and characters in the studio.
Rachael is very passionate about the video
game industry and she would like to share information with you as well as be on
hand to answer any questions you have.
You will come away from this workshop
inspired, informed and entertained.
Rachael Naylor is a voice actor, founder of
The VoiceOver Network, editor if The Buzz Magazine, host of The Voiceover hour,
Organiser of GET YOUR GAME ON video game event, international speaker and award
winning entrepreneur. Video game credits include ‘Farrow’ in Mutant Year Zero:
Road to Eden, ‘Alarielle the ever queen’ in Total War Warhammer – The Queen and
The Crone and many more.
Details: Date: August 27 & 28 (2 Nights) Time: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Where: TBC Price: $450 (ex GST)
** Bonus ** Sign up for this 2-Day workshop and you will also receive a coupon code for a 50% discount on a 1 on 1 voice over coaching session. Discount valid until December 31, 2019.
Book your spot today HERE for on this incredible 2-night workshop to learn more about the wonderful world of voicing for video games. Places are very limited.
What questions do you have about Voice Over work? Many of the first questions we get from people who are new to voice over are around getting work, signing up with an agent, how much voice over artists are paid and how to get started. We get those questions typically before people do our weekend workshop or a 1 on 1 coaching session.
What we find is that once we start working with someone in the studio, the questions quickly turn to the piece of paper in front of them – the Voice Over script. Here’s a few common questions we get about working with a script.
How much time would I get to pre-read / practise a script? This can vary. For professional voice over artists who attend a studio to record with a client/agency, you’re likely to see the script/s for the first time when you attend the studio. In come cases you may only know the name of the client or product you’ll be doing a voice over for and nothing else in advance. Arriving 10 minutes early can be helpful as if the scripts are available you may be able to at least look over them, become familiar with the words and consider how you may approach the read. At this time you may come up with some questions you may need answered before recording starts.
If I don’t like the way something is written, can I change it? Unless it’s an obvious typing error, generally the answer is no. You should know that before the script has been given you to, it has usually been through quite a rigorous process of writing, feedback, re-writing and approvals so the words are the way they are for a reason. You should certainly ask questions if you’re unsure of anything in the script, but don’t expect to change anything just because you feel it isn’t right. We get this question quite a bit during our Introduction to Voice Over weekend workshop where participants are working with scripts for the first time.
Is it OK to write on the script? Yes! One of the things we tech in the Introduction to Voice Over workshop and coaching session is how to markup a voice over script to help with your voice over performance. This could include marking in places to take a breath, underlining words you need to emphasise (as directed) and reminders for intonation at the end of sentences. On occasion you may also may be directed to cross out or add a word (or words) into the script.
You probably have more more questions about Voice Over right? Well, that’s why we’re here and while we’re happy to answer some general questions if you contact us, you’ll gain must more insight by coming along to our weekend workshop or attending a 1 on 1 studio or Skype coaching session.
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