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When you connect with a great Voice Over coach, you'll be able to improve by leaps and bounds. Every great athlete needs an amazing coach to be able to push and encourage them, voiceover is no different. Getting to know a coach, and having a coach know you will propel you to excellence.
When you're first starting out in voice over and you are getting ready to do your demo, I think it's really important to make sure that you have a great coach.
Find a good one-on-one coach that you trust, and that can be trusted to tell you when you are ready to produce that demo. I say this to all my students all the time - we go to school, we study topics and subjects for years, we get degrees, and for whatever reason people come into voice over and think that they could have a few sessions in voice over and then they're ready to make a demo which is the proclamation that they are a professional.
I really believe it's important to find a coach that you can work with one-on-one that can be very honest with you to let you know when you're ready to make that demo. Because for the most part, a couple of sessions, even if you have 8 to 10 sessions, think about it, if you're not practicing in between your sessions, that's like eight hours of your life. So you spend eight hours and then all of a sudden you're going to make a demo? Demos say "I'm a professional" - and that's just not a whole lot of time.
I think that we need to really understand and put that in a realistic light. Because eight hours is not a lot of time. And if you did produce a demo after eight hours of work give yourself a break because it may not be exactly where you probably should be when you're creating a demo. Finding that coach that you click with is going to help you feel confident and propel you at the right time, There's a lot of coaches out there that offer a 15-minute consult or a free consult, so you can find out if you connect with them.
It's super important that you connect with your coach in a very real way. That you trust them to be honest with you. As hard as it can be and I'll tell you it's hard. I mean I'm a coach myself so it's hard if I have to tell a student that they're not ready. For me a lot of times it really is about making sure that you can produce that sound that is on the demo on your own. That you can make the educational acting choices and good interpretation choices to perform and re-create that sound if your client should ask for it.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.