In last weeks video tip I discussed the value of coaching. Having had the opportunity to work with some really great producers during my nearly two decades in broadcasting, I know what a difference a good coach can make!
This week the World-Voices Twitter Chat was on the subject of Predatory Coaches and Demo Mills. It was a very enlightening chat filled with plenty of valuable information.
The cold, hard truth is, there are a ton con-men out there. I know the term sounds strong, but let’s be honest. What else do you call someone who promises the moon, takes all your money and delivers nothing of value? Con-men, if I’m being entirely frank, might actually be a mild term!
Finding A Good Voice Over Coach
Knowing there are so many bad coaches out there, where does one turn to find a good one? An honest one? A coach that will actually help you develop your voice over skills?
I put this question out to a large group of professional voice actors recently in a Facebook group. The suggestions and recommendations began to pour in rather quickly.
Let me be upfront with you in saying that I have not personally worked with most of these individuals in a coaching capacity. However, based on the number of recommendations that were given, and from whom these recommendations came, I feel confident listing their names on my blog.
Voice Over Coaches To Consider
Nancy Wolfson – Unquestionably the most recommended name.
Pat Fraley – I had the opportunity to attend a workshop lead by Pat. He’s brilliant!
Marc Cashman – His resume speaks for itself!
Terry Daniel – He produces an incredible amount of content. He knows his stuff! .
Roy B Yokelson – Roy’s name has come to me repeatedly as a trusted coach.
September Day Carter – Highly recommended for those new to voice over.
This list is by no means intended to be a comprehensive list of voice over coaches. However, these are definitely some of the most recommended names that I’ve received in my attempts to compile a list. They’ll provide you with a solid starting point, and they’ll steer you well clear of predatory coaches.