Get your voice's foot in the audio door!

As I am getting a lot of requests about how to get started in voice over, so I'll post my general answer here for all interested parties. There will be lots of awkwardly employed voice-related metaphors to make it memorable. So, prepare yourself.

You need a way to get your vocal feet wet (see, told you!). Dip your acoustic shoes into these two well-vetted & affordable online resources, first.

1) UK based online training:

2) US-based online training

If you're in NY or LA there are other options, too (which are better for reasons I can go into later...looking at you, but for now those online options will give your voice a good head start.

Here's what you should wrap your head around - or vocal cords! - about getting started:

1) You will need to invest thousands of dollars into professional equipment. Right now? No. When? When you move from beginner to intermediate. I spent 10K on my home studio, but I had to because street noise was a problem and having to rent a studio was scaring away clients. You may not have to invest this much. You may have to invest more. It all depends, but getting the acoustics right is your number 1 priority before ever choosing a mic or a sound card or DAW (audio software) or anything. You cannot work professionally until you do this step, but you can get started and get experience without working professionally. It's not a waste of time and those vocal chickens (see another one) will come home to roost.

2) Voice Over is ACTING, for all intents and purposes. If you can act, you can do voice over. Investing in acting classes, singing classes and anything performance related is as important as VO training (more actually). There is no right type of voice because it's not the voice but how the voice is used to connect to people.

3) "Fiverr" and other despicable websites are NOT voice over venues. You can go there just to get some experience, but remember clients there will pay you $10-20 bucks but earn hundreds or thousands off the jobs posted. These sites also take a big cut. You are better off working for free, to get experience and bartering to use the free work in your demo or showreel.

I can (acoustically) say more later, but hope this helps you get a (vocal) foot in the (audio) door!

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