Chris Edgerly is here again with the seventh video in the #VONotes series and today he’s talking about what type of VO training a voice actor should do between jobs! The #VONotes series is a video series designed to answer your questions about the voice acting industry and it offers plenty of great tips and references for any aspiring voice actor! If you missed the first few videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
What Training Should a Voice Actor Do Between Jobs? #VONotes
What’s up, everybody? It’s Chris Edgerly with another #VONote and today I’m gonna talk about training.
Now, I get asked this every now and then by other VO actors who are just breaking into the business – what kind of training do I do, or should they do to stay at their best in between auditions and jobs?
The thing to remember is: voice acting is acting! So, acting classes are always a good idea!
If you feel like you are getting rusty, there’s nothing wrong with taking a class. If you don’t have any money but you have a few like-minded friends, find some copy – it’s really easy to find scripts online, find a few scenes that you like and get together and practice!
Also, live performing. If you’re into stand-up, great, keep it up! It’s a great way to keep your rhythm, your pace, your timing, all sharp. It’s also a nice trial by fire. You feel pressure if you’re on stage, you have to give a good performance.
If you’re part of an improv group, that’s wonderful training. So many pieces of copy come your way that are going to have some ad-lib or improv suggestions, they’re gonna let you go and do your thing!
If you’re already in the union, the SAG-AFTRA website has some resources for voice actors to call upon. Dee Bradley Baker has a wonderful website called IWantToBeAVoiceactor.com where he goes into this in depth.
You can find animated shows online or DVR them and you can transcribe the copy and pretend it’s your own copy that you’re working with!
There’s really no excuse for not having some form of training under your belt for when you do get that opportunity.
Hope this has answered a couple of questions for you. If you have any more, put them in the comments section below and hit the subscribe button so you can see more #VONotes as I make them!