As the great Dee Bradley Baker says... "So you wanna be a voice actor?" Well, there is A LOT to learn. And figuring out where to start is daunting to say the least. This page was a little messy and as it was brought to my attention wasn't giving you all a good enough PATH to victory. So in an effort to clean it up and set you on the right path, I've given it a table of content below. I put things in the order that I started out my career. Of course you don't have to follow my path, everyone's path is unique and messy and glorious. Another amazing place to start is Dee's website, just click that quote above. Even when you are done with that site, there will be plenty more here for you to explore.
A Word of Advice...Even though you are an eager little VO beaver and want to do it all right away, choose a focal point. There are many avenues in voice over and if you try to do them all at the same time you will spread yourself too thin and it will only take longer. Focus on ONE aspect of VO until you master it (or at least start to make money in it) and then move on to the next. I PROMISE you will find success much faster.
The VO Bookshelf
Books are one of the absolute best ways to start learning something you didn't know. It's also a great way to test your commitment to your craft. Reading a book isn't for everyone, some people just hate reading. Why would you want to buy a book and read when you could just ask someone who's doing it all your questions for free? Well, those people like you asked these authors below so many times that they wrote a book with all the answers. Seriously, some of the nicest and most successful voice actors answered all your questions below.
In fact, we believe in it so much, we started a Book Club!
"Read more BOOKS...BOOK more work!"
Always start here - I Want To Be A Voice Actor! by Dee Bradley Baker
And now a brand new website for Newcomers www.GetStartedInVO.com
The VO Schools
There are a good amount of online and in person (when the world goes back to normal) VO Schools and Academy's these days. Here are just a few of our favorites. And here's,
A WORD OF ADVICE... make sure you are a well-rounded talent. Don't just choose one school or one coach and then go make your demo. You didn't have the same math teacher for 8 years, the same goes for VO, learn as much as you can in order to be the best well-rounded voice actor you can be.
At Edge Studio, we have long believed in building a thriving community around the art of voice over, and our programs are centered around making you a part of that community. At Edge, we’ve identified 3 major categories of learners that come through our doors – Casual Learners, Aspiring Professionals, and Working Professionals.
The V.O. Dojo is a training, networking, and resource center connecting voiceover actors of all levels, from those with an initial spark of interest to seasoned V.O. professionals.
Inspired by the discipline of martial arts and the fun and playfulness of improv, we encourage voiceover artists to approach their craft fearlessly and with the wisdom of a warrior.
VoicePrint West’s teachers are working professionals in the voice over field ranging from Casting Director to successful VO artists. We provide you with up-to-the minute understanding and training through interesting, challenging workouts for your advancing success in the voice-over business.
The art of voice over is an ever-evolving process. Enjoy the ride.
The two principal instructors are Terry Berland, Casting Director, and Nick Omana, Voice-Over artist.
Acting and Technical Training for the Beginning Voice Actor in All Things VO, in the Southwest Region and Beyond!
We are a group of professional voice actors and coaches, based in the southwest region of the U.S.
Focused on constant growth-- we provide classes, workshops, and opportunities to help support voice actors along their journey and hopeful success in voiceover.
Voice One is the leading voice over school in San Francisco, offering a comprehensive training program for everyone from the novice to the professional. Our Core Curriculum features classes in commercial, character, narration, and acting to build a solid foundation in skill and technique. Advanced students get the opportunity to meet agents, casting directors and producers as well as membership on a talent database for exposure to local job opportunities.
The VO Workshops
Workshops are plentiful! They differ from classes because usually they are just one-off's or offered for a week or two. You can take workshops in pretty much EVERY aspect of voiceover. They are taught by anyone who has had any sort of success in their fields big or small. From Casting Directors to Agents, Pro Talent to Voice Directors if you are interested in something chances are there is a workshop for it. Below is an ever growing list of where to find workshops, but they will pop up everywhere so keep your VO eyes peeled!
Bill Holmes has been a voiceover actor/director for 35 years. He started referring to himself as The Voiceover Doctor because of the style of teaching that he has developed over the past 35 years. It's a unique self-improvement system for voiceover actors.
The VO Pros is a supportive and exclusive environment that invites talent and industry professionals to connect at our studio in Los Angeles and, with some events being offered via Zoom.
We have a full curriculum available to you from entrance level to advanced. You can participate in the entire curriculum, or jump in any place in-between, as long as you meet the criteria for that particular workshop.
The Voicecaster is the largest voice casting company in the country. Workshops are currently held online via Zoom and are conducted by Owner & Head of Casting, Kelly Moscinski, various Casting and Booth Directors from The Voicecaster, amongst other talented VO veterans!
Our workshops and private coaching focus on one thing - improving your commercial VO auditions. Drawing on daily casting conversations with VO buyers, Elaine will arm you with tools for successful self-direction and give you a current, legitimate perspective on the industry.
Perfect your voice acting skills while we all stay safe at home. Adventures in Voice Acting now offers online versions of our in-studio training events!
Virtual Courses are held on Zoom on Pacific Time (PT), and are open for students around the world!
Join the Weekly Workouts for 1 or 2-hour practical coaching sessions, over 6 weeks, with Victoria Atkin and her team of top coaches in Voice Acting as well as Performance Capture. Victoria also offers 1-1 Voice Acting coaching for Video Games and Performance Capture.
For booking inquiries email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The VO Coaches
You can be coached in EVERY aspect of voice-over. Do your research, ask your piers. Find the coaches that you vibe with. Don't just pick one. Trust your instincts as well. Test out a coach in a workshop setting first and if you like the way they teach, start coaching. A solid coach can make all the difference in your VO career. Below are just a few of our favorites.
Champion of talent for over 2 decades, NANCY WOLFSON is a private Voice Over Teacher. Her coursework has been accredited at the university level for beginners, working pros, and celebrities.
Commercial • Animation • Narration
With Mary Lynn Wissner, you’ll learn how to adapt, apply and succeed with the ever-changing trends in advertising and production. You’ll gain the skill set and techniques tailored to your abilities, talent and range.
Commercial • Career
The core of Dave Walsh’s revolutionary voiceover coaching is what he calls The TrueTell which is an easy and effective method for anyone, to accurately zero in on that most connected and passionate part of themselves and how they communicate
Commercial • Promo • Narration
We create a customized voiceover curriculum just for you based on your experience, strengths, challenges, and goals. We can focus on ANY area of voice over
Commercial • Promo • Narration
Whether he’s coaching, casting, directing, writing or performing, it’s Keythe’s commitment to telling stories clearly and effectively that drives him in everything he does.
Commercial • Animation • Video Games
Whether you’re new to the industry or are an experienced talent, coaching with Anne will improve your reads and enhance your business!
Corporate • Commercial • Elearning • Tech • Medical •Broadcast • Explainer • Telephony
Tina Morasco brings a unique blend of industry and artistry to her VO coaching, having been a voiceover agent at two of NY’s premiere talent agencies (WME and ICM) as well as a successful VO artist for the past 20 years. Most recently, Tina has been lending her expertise to Sound & Fury Casting, helping hundreds of brands find their perfect voice.
Commercial • Narration • Promo
Dave Fennoy has been a preeminent voice working in Los Angeles since 1990 and one of the most versatile voices in the industry providing voices for Commercials, Narrations, TV Promos, Award Shows, Animation and Games. Mr. Fennoy is a sought-after VO instructor, and the subject of a chapter in the book “Secrets of Voiceover Success” by Joan Baker.
Commercial • Animation • Video Games
She is the co-author of the industry book, “TV: Sex, Lies & Promos.” Invited to guest direct at several VO workshops, she was urged to teach privately and produce demos. Jodi has been teaching VO for over twenty years and specializes in promo, commercial and trailer reads.
Promo • Commercial
Elaine's online private coaching focuses on one thing - improving your commercial VO auditions. Drawing on daily casting conversations with VO buyers, Elaine will arm you with tools for successful self-direction and give you a current, legitimate perspective on the industry.
As Senior Producer for network television, Harry has been in charge of promo campaigns for a multitude of shows. He coaches from the perspective of the on-air producer. It’s a super competitive business. Everyone needs an edge. Harry can help you get there.
All aspects of Promo
The VO Classes
Classes are a little different than workshops and schools/academies. They can be live, or pre-recorded. They usually last a few days or weeks or even months. They usually have a particular focus and at the end of them you usually tend to be a little better at whatever it was than before! They are also a great way to get good at the more technical aspects of voiceover like Audio Engineering and Editing! Below are just a few of our favorites.
Tired of searching endlessly on the web for the right/wrong answers about audio? Tim Tippets, AKA "VO Tech Guru" has taken his many years of experience teaching his one-on-one Audition Ready audio course, honed it, refined it, and is now making it available online.
Adobe Audition • SEO Overdrive
MAKING YOUR VOICEOVER AUDIO SOUND AMAZING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SCARY!
Whether you just got your first home studio setup with some blankets and your first microphone, or you're an established VO pro, there are countless ways to improve and optimize your home studio audio.
From Home to Pro Studios
For nearly 40 years, Nancy Cartwright has voiced some of the most iconic animated characters on screen, including you know, Bart Simpson! Now the Emmy winner takes you into the recording booth to teach you the art of voice acting.
Characters & Animation Class
The VO Podcasts
These incredible podcasts are invaluable and chock full of tips and info!
Rob Paulsen... one of the absolute best in the business. Each episode is chock full of laughs and insider knowledge, stories and incredible heart. If you were to just choose one podcast to listen to, this would be the one. Also be sure to catch a live show. Rob is one of a kind.
The VO School Podcast is a weekly show that explores the ins and outs of the voiceover industry. Each week builds upon the last to give you a comprehensive understanding of the industry. We look at the art, craft and business of voiceover, and with the help of some of the industries top professionals, we drill down and dig up the truth.
Get comfortable. Take off your shoes and put on some slippers. I did. Settle in, unwind, and Lounge with me for an hour or so. We’ve got stories and songs and movies and recipes all designed to help you groove with the rhythms of the season. You know, the way the light and the darkness are always flowing into and out of each other?
The VO BOSS podcast blends solid, actionable business advice with a dose of inspiration for today’s voiceover talent. Each week, host Anne Ganguzza focuses in on a specific topic to help you grow your voiceover business.
BOSS features guest interviews with members of the professional voiceover community, gathering insight into what makes up a VO BOSS.