As a voice actor, I know that training is the most helpful tool for honing my craft and getting my voice to sound its best. Like any other vocation, voice acting requires practice and–maybe most importantly– feedback.
Through training, we become more well-versed in analyzing characters and copy and delivering great reads quickly. We all know this industry is fast-paced, and training helps us stay up to date on the latest and greatest techniques.
Below I’ve compiled a list of the five trainings (all tailored toward animation) that boosted my VO confidence and helped me achieve my voiceover goals. You won’t want to miss these– especially you, animation VO artists!
Check Out These Training Programs
1. Edge Studio Education Edge Studio offers some of the most comprehensive VO training in the industry, and they have truly helped me build my animation VO skills and career. If you’re just starting out, this is a great place to begin.
2. Kara Edwards She has been instrumental in advancing my animation VO career– coaching me, and helping me develop my voice and technique. She’s knowledgeable, encouraging, and an animation expert. Check out her website here.
3. Dream BIGG with Lisa Biggs Training with VO pro Lisa Biggs is a must; she offers voiceover classes, coaching, and demos, and she specializes in kid’s voices, toy voices, and animation & character voices! I’ve gotten to work on my boy voice with her, and it’s been extremely helpful.
4. Chris Rager Learn all about animation voice acting from one of the best. Chris Rager’s trainings will give you practical in-the-booth advice about animation voice acting. I love that his 3-day classes incorporate training with other industry professionals, including casting directors, and renowned animation actors! You won’t want to miss it! Find his announcements for training sessions on his Twitter here.
5. Sonny Strait Improv is one of the most exciting (and also nerve-wracking) parts of being a voice actor– even though it’s off the cuff by definition, it takes practice to do well. That’s why I love Sonny Strait’s training course– he specifically incorporates improv into his training. As an animation voice actor, improv training is invaluable.
Training is an ongoing thing, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to continue training and coaching in the genres you’re interested in. When you train consistently, you’ll notice yourself getting better and more confident. Since the voiceover industry is always changing, training will help you keep up with the times, and make sure you’re at the top of your game.