1-1 Voice Over & Radio Drama Training
Is it for me?
Recording a great reel costs a lot of money, so if you want to take the plunge then you have to be completely prepared - otherwise that’s a lot of money down the drain.
The best way to get the right commercial and radio drama reels, and to not throw away that £350.00, is not to cut a reel until you are totally ready, your voice is flexible, believable and you have confidence in it. It’s also important to get some practice using a microphone and cans so that when you record a reel, and start to work as a voice-over artist, you are completely in control and comfortable on the mic.
Working with me in a number of one-to-one sessions, spaced over several weeks, we will focus totally on your voice, the microphone and on building your mic time experience. I will show you the things that you need to research, and, together, we will find the right commercial and/or radio drama scripts for your voice and build your vocal range and flexibility. You
will learn how to take and respond to direction, be believable and build your confidence. If you want to work on a character reel, we can also work together through improvisation to begin to develop a range of characters.
Our rehearsal time will use professional recording equipment so that you can practise using a mic and cans, as well as listening to your playbacks on high-quality studio monitors.
What will I learn?
Depending on your level of experience, areas to be explored will include:
In your intensive one-to-one sessions at the Voice Zone's studio in Walton on Thames, you'll have plenty of focused practice on the mic. Sessions will be completely tailored to you but will include:
Understanding of what goes on a reel
Understanding of your voice and how it could be described
Timing and improving your inner clock
Tuning your ear
Discovering your "money voice"
Exploring different voices and thinking about sustainable character voices
Building a flexible vocal instrument
Improvisation to free the voice
Using visual images
How to approach commercial scripts
Responding to direction
Working under pressure with clients
Marking scripts and effective sight-reading
Building microphone technique - including how to deal with popping and lip-smacking
Using body and gesture to affect the sound of the voice
Building an impressive, believable and compelling voice
Commercial, documentary, narrative and conversational reads
Marketing yourself as a voice-over artist
How does it work?