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Doing a Voice Over Course in Melbourne – Your Options

So you’re thinking about doing some sort of Voice Over Course…but what are your options?

Well, like anything you’re looking to buy or sign up for , doing some research will give you a good understanding of what’s available, when you can get it and how much it costs.   If you haven’t already done this then you’re in luck as we’ve also looked into this in order to deliver a great Introduction to Voice Over experience.

Here’s a brief description of some of the Voice Over Courses available if you live in Melbourne, plus a couple that are in Sydney, just to give you an idea of what you can generally expect.  Naturally, we feel that our Introduction to Voice Over Course offers the best start to those new to the industry.

Note that only the first course listed here is run by us.

Voices of TomorrowIntroduction to Voice Over Course (2-Day weekend Course – 2 x 5 hours – up to 10 participants)

Cost – $550

Outcome – Gain industry knowledge of the voice over industry and learn the basic skills needed to get the most out of your voice.  Participants receive a copy of all of their own voice over recordings plus one fully produced radio commercial featuring their voice.

Target – Anyone (15+) interested in Voice Over – No experience needed

Trainer – Industry Professionals Cecelia Ramsdale & Andy Wells.  Both professional voice over artists with agent representation.  Andy is also a qualified trainer and assessor.

Below – Courses run by other businesses.

Voice Over CoachDiscover Voice Over 1 Day Workshop (7 Hours – up to 13 participants)

Cost: $280

Outcome – Gain knowledge of the voice over industry and understand techniques to help create great reads.  This course is conducted at the Malthouse Theatre and does not include any studio recording.

Target – Anyone interested in Voice over

Trainer – Industry Professional Abbe Holmes. Veteran Voice Over artist with EM Voices.

Course Dates – See website

http://www.voiceovercoach.com.au/coaching/discover-voice-over-technique-workshop/

 

Brave Studios6 week Voice Course  (6 x 2 hour evening sessions)

Cost: $330

Outcome – The ability for actors to use their voice for a stronger and more confident performance

Target – Actors looking for better control of their voice in performance.

Trainer – Industry Professional Rob Meldrum. Actor / Director with 45 years’ experience.

Course dates – August / September

http://bravestudios.com.au/voice-course/

Voice BusinessVoice Over & Broadcasting Skills course (4 hour course)

Cost – $825

Outcome – Learn how to use your voice to deliver a variety of retail and corporate reads for radio and TV.

Target – Individuals who want to become voiceover artists, presenters or broadcasters.

Trainers – Not stated

Course dates – None provided.

https://voicebusiness.com.au/course/voice-over-broadcasting-skills

 

Sydney Courses
AFTRSVoice over Fundamentals – 2 Day weekend Course (Sydney)

Cost – $750

Outcome – Knowledge and skills to get the best out of your voice to get a start in the voice over industry.

Target – People with some experience in radio / TV or acting.

Trainer – Industry Professional Amy Longhurst.  Stage and Screen artist and voice over talent with EM Voices.

Course dates – June 23 & 24

http://www.aftrs.edu.au/short-courses/voice-over-fundamentals/I517

Showreels Australia – 6 week voice over course (Sydney – 6 x 2.5hour sessions)

Cost – $880

Outcome – Knowledge and Skills to start in voice over with a beginners demo reel.

Target – Anyone

Trainers – Industry Professional – not specific

Course dates – Current course underway.

http://www.showreelsaustralia.com.au/voiceover-special/

We certainly encourage you to read up more about any of those courses if you’re looking to do some training, and if you have any questions about the Introduction to Voice Over course we offer, please do get in touch.

 

Voice Coaches and students from May course

7 Places left in our July 7 & 8 Course

A must-do if you’re curious about becoming a voice over artist.

Voice over student recording - voices of tomorrowThat’s part of what Alysa had to say about our Introduction to Voice Over Course.
She was one of 10 participants for the weekend course we ran in May and you can read her full review along with other reviews of the course HERE.

With 4 weeks until our next weekend course we’ve already filled 3 places, so there is just 7 spots left for the July 7 & 8 course.   We have intentionally limited the number of participants to just 10 to ensure that along with the group work we do over the two days, we also get to spend time working with individuals.  This is especially important when working in the voice booth as we coach you though recording sessions.

Speaking of which, everyone does get plenty of time in front of the Microphone during the course and we record everything you do…and give you a copy of the raw recordings at the end of the two days.    From those raw recordings we’ll also select your best work and give it the full production treatment to create a 30 second radio commercial.

If your intention after the course is to pursue voice over work, you’ll need to set about doing more recordings, so this first fully produced commercial will be a good start for you.

If you’re thinking about doing the course we’d encourage you to sign up sooner, rather than later as our May course was fully booked.   Got questions?  Please ask!  Head over to the contact page or call the number at the top right of the screen.

 

See you in July!

 

Student prepares to record her voice over

Should I do it? Of course!

So you’re thinking about doing some training with your voice and you’re not sure where to start.

Recording a voice over with the Introduction to Voice Over CourseWell our first Intro to Voice over class with students from all walks of life was a real success, the feedback we got was that everyone walked away feeling like they had new skills, more control over their voice and new ideas about what their voice could do and what they could do with it!

Here’s the latest feedback from one of the students…

“Andy & Cecelia, thank you for your effort and inspiration at the May V.O Course.  The 2 Days were full of learning, fun, stimulation, discovery, encouragement & more.  I enjoyed every minute!”
– June.

So come and join Andy and I for the next Voice Over Course on July 7 & 8.

You know what? For about 20 years I have thought about taking a course in a breathing method that could really help my voice work and my health, but I have I done it yet? No!!! I haven’t, and whenever I think of it I regret that, because I think that learning new things always opens new doors. (it’s on my to do list this year believe me!)

So if you’re interested in Voice over, want more confidence in using your voice, if you have to record things for work, want to make a podcast or get some practice in a professional the studio the Introduction to Voice over course will be a weekend well spent!

See you there.

Cecelia.

How Voices are cast for Radio Commercials

One of the most common places you’ll hear professional Voice Over artists is on the Radio, but what types of voices are used, and how are they chosen?

Geoff Esdaile Senior Creative Writer
Geoff Esdaile – Senior Creative Writer

We talk about this during the Introduction to Voice Over course, however this week Andy caught up with senior creative writer Geoff Esdaile from Hit105 / Triple M in Brisbane on this subject.   Geoff shares his thoughts on how the variety of voices used in commercials has expanded and the voices he has recently cast for the last few radio commercials he has written.

The discussion on trends in voice over casting also looks at the shift to home recording studios.  Geoff has some great tips to share for anyone thinking about setting up their own recording space at home.

We think you’ll find this conversation very educational and enjoyable.

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Introduction to Voice Over – July course now open

Looking for Voice Over Training?

Following the success of our Introduction to Voice Over course in May, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be running the course again over the weekend of July 7 & 8.

There are just 10 places available.  You can secure your place now on the Course Dates page.

With the new course dates also comes a new venue for the course.   We’ll be using the facilities at The Backlot Studios in Melbourne.

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The Backlot Studios

After scouting around we feel that this professional, working studio is the ideal venue for the Introduction to Voice Over course.

If you’d like to ask us questions about the course before you book you can head over to the ‘contact’ page and send message or jump onto our Facebook page and message us there.

 

Voice Coaches and students from May course

Introduction to Voice Over Course – May wrap-up

What a great way to spend the weekend!

Voices of Tomorrow ran the first Introduction to Voice Over Course on May 19 & 20 we were fully booked with 10 eager participants.

While we did spend plenty of time getting in front of the Microphone, firstly Cecelia had some great tips on looking after your voice, including how to warm up for the studio.   Check out the short clip below for just a slice of the fun.

Over the two days we explored various voice-over styles, with plenty of scripts on hand for everyone to practice with.   Here are a few snaps from the Voice Over booth.

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Yes, we do get out of the recording studio for some group work too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Looks like fun right?  Well it was… with the bonus of learning some new skills.

Here are some of the reviews we’ve received so far

I learned so much and had a great time. Both Andy and Cecelia are very experienced and are great instructors. I recommend this course to anyone thinking about voice over work – Stuart

Really awesome voice coaches in Andy and Cecelia who were experienced, professional, energetic, talented and so encouraging and helpful. It was a great learning experience, I enjoyed the Voice Over Workshop course a lot. A really fun engaging weekend – Joyce

Overall, I really enjoyed the course and found it very interesting and informative.
It was a great opportunity to have extensive studio exposure to gain confidence and experience and to receive copies of the recordings made throughout the course – Rod

Stay tuned.  We’ll be announcing our next course dates for July in the next week.
If you have any questions about the course please contact us, and if you haven’t already register to stay up to date with the latest news from Voices of Tomorrow.

You’ll hear us on Radio

What better way to promote a Voice Over Course than by creating a radio commercial for it.   Here’s what we’re running on-air over the next week.

With promotion of our upcoming Introduction to Voice Over Course on May 19 & 20 ramping up over the next week, secure your place now as the course is limited to just 10 places.

If you have questions before you book, great!  Ask now via the contact page or chat live with us on Facebook.

Are places still available in the Voice Over Course?

Have a question before you sign up for the Voice Over course?

Update!  Our Introduction to Voice Over course for May 19 & 20 is now full, however we’ll be announcing our next course date in the next coupld of weeks.

Over the past weeks we’ve received quite a few emails asking questions about our Introduction to Voice Over course.   We’re more than happy to chat with you via email, Facebook or phone and answer any questions you may have before you sign up.”

With each of these course dates we’re limiting the number to 10 participants so we can give you the best experience with this course and give personal attention to everyone attending.

So, please do drop us a line via the Contact page, or head over to the Facebook page for a live chat if you’d like to ask anything …then head over to the Course Dates page and register you details so you’re the first to know when our next course date is locked in.

You’ve got a great voice for Radio

Voice Over courseHas anyone ever told you that “You have a great voice for radio” or have you ever made the same remark to someone else?

The truth is, that ‘radio voice’ doesn’t really exist. Sure there are some outdated ideas of what types of voices belong on-air, but thing have changed.

Here I’m specifically looking at the voices you hear everyday on Radio & Television commercials /Promos, Documentaries, Youtube videos, Podcast intros and anywhere else you hear the work of professional voice over talent.

Casting a male voice talent with deep tones or a sultry sounding female has become, not quite a thing of the past, but now just a couple of options as the trend moves towards a mix of different types of voices.

Turn on your Radio. Listen to the next Ad break and take note of the voices.

  • Are they Male or Female?
  • What age range do you hear?
  • Style – Traditional ‘announcer’ style / conversational / quirky characters?
  • How many voices in the one message?

Listen to a few more Ad breaks across Radio & TV and then across other mediums that utilise professional voice talent and you’ll soon realise that it’s not just what your voice sounds like that will determine whether you’ll be successful as a voice over artist. There’s more to it.

We’re looking at some of the other skills and knowledge as part of a new “Introduction to Voice Over” course running in Melbourne over May 19&20.

The course if presented by Cecelia Ramsdale and Andy Wells, delivering a two day workshop that aims to give curious minds an opportunity to see if Voice Over is something that they may enjoy and pursue further.

You don’t need someone to tell you “You’ve got a great voice for radio” to be be part of this.