Let's start with qualified voice over trainers and coaches. Who qualifies them as trainers? Who have they coached? I know of no college or online course that teaches people how to be voiceover trainers or coaches. If there are any, please, let me know, set me straight. I love being in the 'know'.
I suppose, then, qualified trainers would be people who have not only been in voiceover for a great deal of time, but actually have done many voiceovers within the genre they teach. Another rub. How do you know what and how good their qualifications are? You can ask them. Surely no one would lie about something that important. Right?
Actually it's quite easy to check them out. Most reputable trainers and coaches offer at least one free 15 min session to evaluate your chances of being a voiceover person. Use that time to check them out as well. Ask them questions about their career accomplishments. It will, after all, be your money you are about to invest, not theirs. Make it a two way conversation. If they aren't willing to share their qualifications and references, or seem vague about them, move on. Tell them thank you and call someone else. If they are willing to stand up and share their story and work they have done, along with checkable references, research what they have told you. Contact the references. If all is good on both sides go for it.
This process should not be a burden since the key to building a successful voiceover career is based a great deal upon contacting people and building relationships. A voice and talent are also good to have, but from what I have heard on some television documentaries and a few commercials, not a must have. (a little humor).
The whole point is that at the beginning and throughout your new chosen career you have to meet people and build relationships either in person or online. Both is better. There is also a fair amount of money to be invested. To some it is not a big investment. To those who have little, investment becomes sacrifice. Your career should not become a sacrifice unless you're a non-profit.
Next time I'll get into a couple of other items involved.
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