Voice Over Training & Lessons - How to be a Voice Actor - SOUND4VO

The difference is “night and day.”

The difference is “night and day.” That’s what Dan Friedman’s voiceover students say when they get coaching from Dan. In just one session, you will hear improvement in your voice, your delivery and in the impact and effectiveness of your communication.

“Whether you are a voice actor wanting to sound more like a real person, or a real person wanting to sound more like a professional voice actor … I can help.” – Dan Friedman

Dan can help you improve your delivery and communication … your performance. He can help you with the sound of your voice and how you use it … your instrument. He can teach you how to best capture both your instrument and your performance and produce them into a high quality, broadcast ready production … recording, editing and mixing. There is no other voice coach who can provide you with this level of help and instruction in all of these areas.

Dan has worked professionally for over 20 years as a voice actor, voice director and audio producer and over a decade as a voiceover coach and mentor for actors. He is the Author of Sound Advice – Voiceover From An Audio Engineer’s Perspective. In addition to coaching voice actors, Dan also provides professional voice coaching for business executives, legal and medical professionals, educators and anyone who wants to improve their voice and ability to communicate.

Training in: Voiceover, Public Speaking, Professional Business and Educational Communication, Audio Production.

Training for: actors, legal, business and medical professionals and executives, educators, performers, public speaking, podcasting, broadcasting, court room, board room, conference room, living room and … of course … voiceover and voice acting.

Sound natural, conversational and confident with your verbal communication.

Increase your audition booking ratio and have an advantage against the competition.

Increase sales.

Be more confident and effective as a speaker and communicator.

Improve your business and personal relationships by improving your voice.

Dan Friedman is a ROGER LOVE VOICE METHOD certified coach.

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The 4VOICE COACHING and SOUND4VO Professional Voice Program

My Sound4VO training program is based on decades of training, experience, mentorship and (most importantly) listening. It is important for you to understand that this program does take time, patience and practice. The skills you will use and the tools I will provide must be experienced, often many times over, before they will become recognizably familiar and/or effortless.

Session 1 – Introductory Voice Assessment (for everyone)
In our introductory session we will discuss your voice goals and discover specific areas where I hear potential for adjustments and possible improvement. If you are interested in voice acting, I will listen to your script delivery and assess your current execution of basic voice acting skills. We will also discuss basic equipment you will need to either practice and/or prepare for the training or career goals ahead.

Session 2 – Voice Transformation Track
In this session of my voice transformation track I will introduce you to vocal warmups and begin to work towards transforming your voice. This session will address any major concerns you may have.

Session 3 – Voice Transformation Track
This session focuses on proper execution of the exercises, assessing your improvement from the prior session and continuing efforts toward achieving your goals.

Session 4 – Voice Transformation Track
In this session we continue to focus on proper execution of the exercises, assess your improvement from the prior session and begin to fine tune issues we’ve identified as well as begin working on any new or additional concerns. We’ll also address any existing or newly formed “bad habits” that may be revealed.

Session 5 – Voice Transformation Track
In this session we will evaluate your overall progress, discuss specific concerns and next steps.

Session 2 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
In this session of my voiceover and voice acting track I will introduce you to the foundations of script interpretation and discovery. It begins by asking lots of questions about the script, the client or story and context in which the final production will be presented.

Session 3 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
I will fill your “tool belt” with tools for better script interpretation. Which tools and how many may be determined by the work you’ve been doing on your own. But, each tool will help you to make important changes and help you to discover new and varied ways of being more believable and genuine (therefore more trustworthy) to your listeners.

Session 4 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
Tools, tools and more tools. Deeper dives into script interpretation as well as discussions focused on physicality, methods for emphasis, and how all the tools form building blocks to help you interpret and effectively communicate any script in any voiceover genre.

Session 5 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
By now you have received many of the tools you need. In this session, we’ll make sure you are using them effectively and can do so within time constraints in scripts of varying lengths.

Session 6 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
Let’s work out! Your scripts or mine. We’ll put your skills to the test.

Session 7 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
Mock session day! Just as you would go to your booth for work, thats what we’ll do in this mock session.

Session 8 – Voiceover/Voice Acting Track
Review and Follow-up. We will go over everything you’ve learned, discover areas that still need improvement and plan a path forward.

Audio Recording, Editing and Production
This session or sessions will cover audio equipment, recording, editing and introductory audio production including: microphones, preamps, DAW’s, acoustics and more.

Demo Recording and Mixing
I only make demos for people who have completed my coaching program, have been referred to me by another reputable coach, or who are working pros. Please contact me via email to discuss your needs and receive a quote.

While this is an outline of what you can expect, it is important to understand that everyone’s journey is different and some flexibility in the program should also be expected. We have a lot of material to cover. Including: pitch, pace, tone, melody, volume, intentions, emotions, physicality, attitudes, deliveries, formats/genres, timing, improvisation and so much more! Success is not guaranteed. Your results are ultimately dependent on you.

Training in the Roger Love Method will require additional program materials at additional cost. All sessions are one hour. Sessions can be purchased individually at a cost of $150. Purchase the entire voice transformation and voiceover track of classes with advance non-refundable payment ($1,800) and receive Audio Recording, Editing and Production free. Have an important audition and want some direction or another set of ears? Half hour audition intensives are available at a cost of $80. Discounts offered for students age 16-25.

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Voice Over Training – Coaching 4VO

By Dan Friedman

Almost everyday I read a social media post, get an email or hear something about someone wanting to know how to be a voice actor, but don’t know where to begin with voice over training. Over this past weekend, I received the following comment on my voiceover page:

“Great site! I am completely new to voiceovers. I’ve never had a gig in my life….

I’m wondering how I could get voice over training or even get a gig that I could do for free, to gain a portfolio. I can read well and I have decent equipment…

…I would like to learn how to be a voice actor and if doing voice over work could be a career for me.”

There are quite a few things to address here. While everyone’s situation is different, there are some universal truths to getting started in this business.

Get Started with Voice Over Training

If you want to learn how to be a voice actor, no matter what your background, you should read The Voice Over Entrance Exam by Peter O’Connell. This publication is free, and it will give you the opportunity to learn some of the realities of this business. Also, it will allow you the chance to reflect on whether or not you are truly ready to move forward toward a voice over career.

You need voice over training. Everyone needs training or voice over coaching in order to learn the terminology and the basic principles that are the foundation for reading, interpreting and delivering scripts. This information is critical for many reasons, but at the very least, you need to have the ability to communicate with directors, engineers and others who expect you to know and understand what they need from you as a voice actor.

Gear

You need gear. It takes equipment to record high quality audio. You don’t need to spend a great deal of money on this equipment when you first get started. However, if you really want to work at a high level, you will need to upgrade your gear and your recording environment when you are ready. Furthermore, you are going to need to learn how to use this gear. Utilizing proper microphone technique and learning how to record and edit audio are essential to having a voiceover career. I wrote a book to help you with all of this, Sound Advice – Voiceover From an Audio Engineer’s Perspective.

Practice, Practice, Practice – That’s How to be a Voice Actor

You need practice. Read out loud… record… playback… listen. Do it again. Again. Again. Do it some more. Again. Again and again! Even more. Still more. Again and again and so on and so on and so on…

Build Your Credibility

Too often we see postings on social media where people are posting their demos or offering their services as voice talent before they are truly ready. Often, as was suggested by the person who commented above, we hear about people offering their services for free or for very little money just so they can get their feet wet. These are the sort of things that lead to clients making low-ball offers (another hot topic) or worse; thinking they can do the voiceover on their own without the help of a real professional (a suggestion made to me by someone from an e-learning company just last week).

So, how do you gain credibility when you haven’t even done your first gig?

1) Gear

Own the necessary gear and take the time to learn how to use it.

2) Voice Over Training

Get training, learn and listen.

3) Practice

Practice and keep practicing.

Doing these things will undoubtedly lead to you being heard by the right people… at the right time. Then when the opportunity presents itself, you will be able to prove that you are ready, willing and able to do the job. This is the best way to build a solid career and it is far better than being heard by the right people… at the wrong time. If you think gaining credibility through time, training and practice is difficult; try getting an opportunity to earn it once you’ve lost it. It is far more challenging, if not impossible.

Voice Over Coaching

Don’t let your own ego or impatience stand in the way of your success. Other than your voice and your ears, coaches and colleagues are your greatest asset in this industry. These are the people who will allow you to fail, while encouraging you to succeed. They are the people who will watch you grow and help you gain the credibility you need to truly have a career in voiceover. They may help you get your first gig and perhaps many more. Spend time with them. Learn from them and listen to them.

While nobody will begin their career in exactly the same way, everyone can benefit from time, voice over training and practice (having the gear is a must). Lastly, working really cheap or for free is called “practice”. It will not help you gain credibility with colleagues or clients. Credibility, like money, is earned. Be worthy of receiving both.


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A Letter to Voiceover Beginners

Congratulations on making the decision to find coaching! It is one of the most important things you will do to advance your voiceover career.

I often compare voiceover actors to carpenters. The carpenter, new to the trade, begins by learning about tools and how and when to use them. He or she begins to fill their tool belt with essential tools. Once the carpenter has a full tool belt and begins using those tools on a daily basis, it eventually becomes unnecessary for him or her to think about which tool to grab and how to use it. When they see a screw, they automatically grab a screwdriver. They know where it is in their tool belt and which type of screwdriver to grab … all without thinking.

I believe my role as a voiceover coach is to fill your tool belt. Once you have the basic tools, we work on learning how to utilize them. Over time, with patience and practice, you will start to use them without thinking. Then we are able to focus on bringing emotion and creativity to your work, which is where the real magic in voiceover happens.

Success is Contagious

Your success is my success. I coach voice actors to help the voiceover community as a whole. This not only helps actors, but engineers, producers, directors and clients as well. The voice actor is often the highest paid person involved in a recording session for the time they are in that session. Their ability and attitude should demonstrate that they are worthy of being in that position. Voice talent should be able to deliver a solid interpretation of the script quickly and efficiently, change direction when the director or client demands it and not rely on engineers or editors to piece together a final take for use in a production. I want my students to be ready to work and make everyone else’s job easy.

My voiceover journey began in 2000, and I have worked on both sides of the microphone ever since. From audio engineering to performance, my years of experience have provided me with a unique and comprehensive skill set that I am excited to offer to my students. Please let me know how I can help you move forward in your voiceover career. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve success in this challenging and fun industry.

– Dan Friedman

 

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