How Anyone Can Begin A Career In Voice Overs Work

By Adrianna Notton

Voice overs work pays well but is very competitive. If one wants to be successful in this area of entertainment work, one has to be professionally trained and prepared to put in many hours of practice. For those who are committed to learning all there is to learn about this profession the rewards can be substantial.

There are many types of speech classes to choose from but choose the class that combines speech training with acting techniques. Professional broadcasters are not necessarily those who work in the commercial, narration, or in the animation field, but are more suited for news reporting. Vocal acting is about an emphasis on being one with one’s character, or acting with one’s vocal cords.

A radio disc jockey and a news reporter anchor person will follow a different training and career path than the person who is using his vocal skills in the commercial, narration, or animation entertainment field. When one is just beginning in the vocal acting field, one should begin with an introductory class that emphasizes the basic skills needed in vocal character acting. Students quickly learn that the vocal skills they take for granted, skills they use everyday, have to be controlled and mastered.


Students of vocal acting have to learn how to develop a character vocally and learn how to develop proper vocal inflection in order to portray their character’s emotion through vocal exercises. Students learn that the spoken word is the primary way to express feeling, emotion, and character, and that attitude is nothing if not spoken with sincerity.

The vocal acting class should not only teach the basics such as developing emotion and feeling through the use of the spoken word. The class should also teach students the practical side of the vocal acting business and teach students how to behave like professionals during auditions. The class should teach students how the industry is run and what is expected of voice acting professionals by producers and directors.

When searching for a class set up an appointment with one of the teachers or other representative from the learning program and get a feel for the curriculum. A smaller class is better than a larger class because instructors can offer more one on one attention. If one is a beginner he might feel more comfortable learning with other students at his own level rather than training with advanced pupils.

Choose the right teacher, one with experience in commercial production and performing. The more areas of expertise an instructor possesses the more students will learn and and the more they will develop. Classes should be held in an authentic recording studio so that students learn how to work with a recording engineer and director.

When is comes to learning voice overs work the only way to learn is by doing so choose a school that allows each student ample microphone exposure. The vocal acting field is competitive but the person who is determined to learn how to develop characters through the use of vocal acting techniques and learns how the industry operates has a good chance of succeeding as a vocal artist. Choose the right school and the right teacher and start preparing for that big opportunity.

About the Author: Allison Smith provides recognizable voice talent and specializes in professional voicemail greetings for corporate telephone systems.


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