On a near weekly basis, I receive emails and notes from people who are looking to “break in” to the voice over business. They come to me looking for advice.
The truth is, most of them are coming to me looking for easy answers to fast track them to fame and riches and glory.
I have none of those.
Every single voice over rookie that comes to me receives the exact same advice, “invest in a coach.”
“But I want to buy a fancy microphone.”
“But I want to build my studio.”
“But I’m shopping for an agent.”
Again, I tell them, “invest in a coach.” The end.
Why I Recommend Coaching Every Time
For the next six weeks, two nights a week for three hours each night, I’m taking a recertification course for Emergency Medical Responder. This is part of my training as a firefighter. I have to re-certify every three years.
Show of hands… if you call 911 for a medical emergency of any kind, from a serious vehicle collision to chest pains, who wants the first responders arriving on scene to be well trained?
I see you all have your hands up.
Now, who wants to call 911 and have a well meaning individual who “always wanted to be an emergency worker” but has zero training to arrive on scene?
I see all your hands went down.
Why do people assume voice over is any different?
People spend years in schooling to become lawyers and doctors and electricians and teachers. People take continual training to be firefighters and heavy equipment operators and web developers.
But for some reason, so many people assume that with zero training or experience whatsoever, they can buy a microphone and call themselves a professional voice actor.
Why is that?
If You Want The Dream Invest In It
I get the voice over dream. I really do. My voice over dream started when I was a kid!
Believe it or not, I want you to succeed! If you come to me for advice and genuinely want to build a career in voice over, I want to see that happen for you.
But the first thing I’m going to tell you is invest in some coaching.
Who knows, after a couple sessions a coach may say you’ve got a natural ability and you’ll be well on your way. Or maybe it’ll take a little longer to develop your skill and craft.
Either way, if voice over is truly your dream, isn’t it worth the investment?
There is no short cut to success. Not in this industry or any other. If you want to achieve it, you’ve got to put the effort in.
After you’ve read this, if you’re still looking for advice or want some recommendations for coaches, drop me a line. I’d be happy to help you out.