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Best Voiceover Training Courses in London? VO Reel Producer?

Hi, Guys.

Have any of you taken voiceover training courses? Had a producer make you a VO reel? Most importantly, did you subsequently get work after taking the course / making a VO reel?

Thanks.

  • I've hired voice over actors before. I never hired anyone on the strength of a showreel, and I only hire people I can work with directly.

    I also wouldn't hire someone on the strength of some short "voice over" class.

    Having worked at an inbound call centre, and been involved in other companies with call centres, and making documentaries, and corporate films, I can tell you that the voice is not an isolated instrument. Smile, and it comes through in your voice. Your body language often mirrors your voice.

    (Working at a call centre is great voice training, if you allow it to be. Unfortunately, many people don't.)

    One weakness of many voice over showreels (and composer showreels) is they seldom are shown with picture. Part of giving a good voice over, the part you don't learn working in radio or at a call centre, is timing your voice to picture. Show, to show you can do that, it makes sense to actually do that.

    Simply having a "great showreel" and having one that gets you work are two different things. (Some people who've been involved in my films have gone on to get agents, have their work commissioned, and so on, without making any dedicated showreels.)

    I'd rather advice more general voice training, or general acting training. Specialist training makes sense with martial arts, accents, dance and stuff like that, but voice over is just performance without the camera pointed at you.

    3 months ago
  • Some excellent points Vasco. The best narrators are entirely natural. I really don't like those voice overs that absolutely scream, "I have no idea what I'm talking about but look how controlled and articulate I am'.

    Having said that, I've noticed that most contemporary narrations for factuals and commercials no longer use those sort of unempathetic thespian trained voice overs. I'd suggest that if one needs more than a few hints and tips then perhaps a career in voice overs might not be for you.

    3 months ago
  • Guys, many thanks. This is great advice that would never have occurred to me (nor, I'm sure, to the many other actors thinking of transitioning to voiceover work).

    3 months ago
  • Returning to the point in questions, yes, I've done a training course in voice over.

    theshowreel.com/

    JP who takes the courses is great. He will take you through all the key things you need to know about voice over work. He'll critique your performance, and you can listen in on the rest of the group and hear there crits as well, which is really useful.

    At the end of the session he gives you the best takes as a showreel. If you're interested in this kind of work, it's a sturdy starting point.

    I've subsequently sent 4 members of staff on the same course, and all got a lot out of it.

    Gavin

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    3 months ago
  • Hi Lynwood,

    I'm a working actress and VO artist and I think there are a bunch of great industry voiceover training courses around, some which don't even cost money. Guy over at the Voiceover Kickstart offers a free 4 week course which is excellent. You don't pay a single penny. And if you do nothing else from there, it's super useful to give a guide to voiceovers, how to get your own work, set up a studio and more. He doesn't pressure you to sign up to anything either.

    The gents over at Gravy For the Brain run a site with loads of free webinars, and a paid section with really detailed training on every part of the VO industry.

    These courses and classes along with a bunch of others have lead to acting and VO friends of mine booking substantial work so I think they can be very useful - especially for those who are less experienced.

    Personally for me, once I had a professional voicereel, it helped me to start booking work. And to this day (just last month in fact) I voiced a job in a Soho studio where the client said, "can you do your read like you sound in this part of your reel" so I actually think voicereels are exceptionally useful. They help people who aren't as creative as directors or film/tv producers, to get an idea about what you can create using just your voice.

    I've also written articles for Backstage and The Stage on voiceovers, so please DM me if you'd like any more info. Always happy to help a fellow shooter...

    Also Gavin, thanks for that link - I'm totally going to check them out too :)

    Best
    Angela

    3 months ago
  • Dear Vasco, John, Gavin and Angela. This is all so incredibly useful and all of your posts are full of information.

    This is why I'm such an SP devotee. :)

    3 months ago