Introduction to Voice Over Weekend Workshop – July 20/21

With our April 17/18 Introduction to Voice Over Weekend Workshop now fully booked we have opened up places for July 20/21.

If you missed out or couldn’t make it in April we’d love to have you join us for this great weekend workshop in July to introduce you to the world of Voice Over.

You’ll find more details about the weekend HERE, however in short it’s a great opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to know more about professional voice over work. The workshop is set in a professional recording studio where you’ll get plenty of time in front of the microphone to see if voice over is something you enjoy and want to pursue further.

Along with the practical side to the weekend you’ll get coaching in some of the basic techniques and technical things that you need to know before even walking into a studio.

The Voice Over Industry is highly competitive, however the connected world we live in, along with easy access to recording technology has provided more people the opportunity to be part of it. No voice over course or coaching can (or should) ever guarantee you work in this industry, however what we can do is give you some of the basic tools to help you get started.

Cecelia & Andy are both working Voice Over artists represented by EM Voices, one of the top voice over agencies in Australia.

April 27/28 Weekend Workshop is now fully booked

With 2 weeks left until we run our next Introduction to Voice Over weekend workshop all 10 places have been filled.

If you’ve been thinking of signing up for this great introduction into the world of voice over then we’d love you also join us for our next weekend workshop and we’ll be announcing dates very soon. You may also like to consider doing a 1 on 1 coaching session in the studio.

If you’ve been Googling voice over training or courses then you’ll see that in Melbourne there are a few options suitable for those who are new to voice over. If you’re not sure if our weekend workshop is right for you then feel free to get in touch with any questions you may have. You may also like to read reviews from others who have completed either the weekend workshop or 1:1 training with us.

It’s important to remember that no Voice Over course or coaching can guarantee you work in the industry. What we can do for you is get you started with some basic skills, give you a better idea of how the industry works, how you how to gain more valuable experience and give you a real voice over experience in a professional studio with two professional voice over artists. You can read more about what’s involved in the weekend workshop HERE.

Andy & Cecelia.

How did our February course go? Read the reviews!

We were just about to write up a summary of how last weekend’s Introduction to Voice Over Course went…but then one of our enthusiastic participants, Darren, posted his own review to Google… so here it is in his words.

The Voices of Tomorrow course is top notch with Andy and Cecelia both being engaging, supportive and knowledgeable. You hit the studio straight up for a novice studio experience with a script first thing on Day One.

We cover great topics and receive helpful tips to improve your style and be more at ease in front of the mic with warm up exercises and understanding scripts of various styles. You have plenty of opportunity to get behind the mic in the studio with the small class size set to 10 in our case.

Day Two and you’re straight into where you left off, choosing more scripts to master and record with one-on-one tuition and coaching from Cecelia.
Andy and Cecelia hold you to account more on Day 2 in producing a quality script delivery and recording.
We touch on characterisations and have fun as a group exploring different personalities.

Group numbers are limited and courses sell out well in advance. A fabulous experience and suitable for all ages. I did this course with my son and there was another young fellow there too.
Plenty of resources to follow up with after the course ends and you’re given an electronic (dropbox) copy of all your files. One is produced into a more polished product.

Thanks for an enjoyable weekend learning the art of voice over. I now listen to the adverts in the car with a better understanding and appreciation.

Thank YOU for the great review and wrap up of the weekend Darren.

Andy & Cecelia.

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 😉