VO Classes? Getting Educated:
Voice Over Educational Resources
Here's some helpful voice over education resources.
These are free online YouTube classes that are great resources and with no price attached to them.
These are a few websites that offer voice over classes for a price.
Books with helpful voice over advice:
College classes: TV, Radio or Acting classes
Save money and start with a local community college then move on to a university. Each class will not only educate you but also give you a broader look at how many areas that the voice over industry has to offer.
Q. What education do I need to get into the voice over business?
A. The best advice I can give you is to research. Before taking an online class that charges a price, research free resources and "do your homework". You'll have to ask yourself these questions:
1. How far do you want to go in this business?
2. Do you want to do this full-time or part-time?
3. What genres' of the business do you want to pursue?
There are many different avenues to pursue. For example: commercials (TV, radio, internet), phone messaging systems, audio books, character voices or cartoons, educational & instructional, emcee and live events. You will likely add your voice to all of these but some genres' you may enjoy more than others. Their are some people who only voice audio books, instructional video or others who mainly voice commercials, phone systems and more commercial intities.
Q. Do I need a college degree to get into the voice over business?
A. No, you do not need a college degree to be in the voice over business but I encourage you to take some college classes in radio and TV and acting. This will help by giving you a good foundation as to broadcast styles, avenues, "fitting you into your niche'" and acting styles. The voice over business is a genre of broadcasting and communications as well as acting. If you want to start taking college classes then start with a local community college to save money and see if you like the broadcast industry. Each class will educate you and give you a broader look at the many areas that the voice over industry has to offer.
Non-College Online & In-Person Classes:
Q. What if I don't want to take college classes?
A. If college isn't a good fit for you then look at free online courses on YouTube, TikTok, etc Also read everything you can get your hands on. After researching all the free online resources and classes and feel you need more then start taking "paid" classes online or in-person. Please be careful not to spend too much money on these. Many times they charge a lot of money for the same advice or information you will get from all the free resources. Also many of these in-person classes will charge a small fee to take the initial class but then they'll try to "up-sell you" by getting them to produce your demo anywhere from $2000 to $5000. THAT is WAY too expensive! With that kind of money you could take college classes and get credit for them.
Q. What work experience do I need to get into the voice over business?
A. No work experience is needed to get into the voice over business but you do need to research to get an idea of what you're getting into. Many people that contact me about the voice over business, I suggest that they either volunteer or work for a TV, radio station, theater or theater company. There is a lot of terminology, skills and other valuable things to learn in the broadcast industry. Working or volunteering in either of these industries can give you experience with production, working on-air, live interviews (especially TV & radio), live acting or comedy and how to work with an audience and others in the business. Plus these are a lot of fun and a great experience.