Put up, or Shut Up
You can do a lot to prepare yourself for a career in voiceover. There are tons of books and hours of youtube videos and webinars that will give you some great advice and instruction. But the one thing you can't do is get feedback on how you're doing.
Terry Daniel coaching in the studio.
Here is the most important aspect of all of this: until you have someone you can talk to DIRECTLY; to walk you through a script, give you specific advice for your voice and guide you down a path of success, you're just spinning your wheels.
To really perfect how YOU SPECIFICALLY do voiceover, You need a person skilled in voiceover who can give you constructive feedback: You need a coach.
Fact: There is not a single person working in the voiceover industry that is entirely self-taught. No one.
If you're serious about getting into the voiceover business, you NEED a coach. You need someone that’s going to hold your hand and tell you what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong and how to make the wrong stuff right. You need a coach.
You need someone that can show you specifically how to tweak your voice to give it the right amount of inflection or to sound more natural and conversational; You need a coach.
You need someone that has been where you are now. Someone that can show you the right way to market yourself; You need a coach.
You need someone that can offer solid advice customized specifically for YOU and ONLY YOU, suited to the direction you want to go in and showing you how to get there; You need a coach.
Think of all of this like baseball: you can pick up a bat and join a team and maybe you'll hit the ball a few times when you step up to the plate.
But if you want to make it to the majors; to play in the big leagues, where the only way you survive is by the skills and abilities you’ve learned through years of practice and training...you are going to need someone that can show you the finer points of your swing, how to properly field, and all of the little technical details that go along with the game. You need a coach to help you get there.
So it comes down to this: are you serious about having a career in voiceover? Are you REALLY serious? Do you want this to be your full time career, able to work when you want to work and not have to punch a timeclock or commute, or deal with annoying bosses? Do you want to help businesses shape their message? Do you want to be "the voice" of some product or company? Do you want to narrate the next best selling audiobook? Do you have the passion, commitment and the drive to make this not just your job, but your CAREER? Do you want to play in the majors, or just "ride the pine" and watch others hit it out of the park?
Do you want to be successful in voiceover?
Then it's time to put up or shut up: you need a coach.
About Rob Marley - A Los Angeles native, Rob is an accomplished voice talent, coach, producer and writer, now living in the Hill Country of Austin Texas.