Expert Voiceover Coaching and Training
Voiceover Kickstart has been supercharging voiceover careers since 2006.
No matter what stage you are in your career, we can help you develop and sustain as a professional voiceover artist.
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Voiceover Kickstart's programmes cater for Voiceover Artists at all levels LEARN MORE
We don't just cover 'How to become a voice actor', but how to sustain a long and healthy career in voice acting. In this video, Stella explains what working with Guy has done for her voiceover career. Guy has helped many hundreds of voice actors through his programmes, coaching and professional voice demo production.
WHAT IS VOICEOVER KICKSTART?
Voiceover Kickstart began as a voiceover demo production company (originally under the name of Round Island Voicereels). Founder, Guy Michaels has been delivering workshops in aspects of voiceover production since around 2002 and from 2006 these developed into a series of programmes designed to get actors ready for work in recorded voice. Today, Voiceover Kickstart Ltd delivers online Voiceover Training and Coaching for actors and Voiceover Artists worldwide. The original programmes have been developed, expanded and continually updated to serve the needs of the modern-day VO (or VA...sometimes Voiceover Artists refer to themselves as VOs or VAs).
No matter what stage you are at in your career or level of experience, there's always room for improvement or a new fresh approach.
Still very much led by Guy, Voiceover Kickstart now develops new programmes covering a wide range of topics that are essential for those working in this fun yet competitive industry.
"The only company I turn to for help or advice on all things voiceover, and a creator of industry-leading demos. Voiceover Kickstart is an incredibly valuable resource and the first place I recommend to fellow voiceover artists, whether they are long standing professionals or absolute newcomers. Highly recommended - plus Guy is a really nice guy! "
Alexa Brown - Voiceover Artist
ESCAPE THE BOOTH!
Our Annual Event for Voiceover Artists
Every year we run an event in London for Voiceover Artists. It's called 'ESCAPE THE BOOTH' and is a fantastic way to connect with fellow VOs and share experiences and make new connections. Watch this VIDEO to find out more. We'll announce our date for 2020 soon.
Are you a complete beginner wanting to LEARN VOICE ACTING?
Voiceover Kickstart can act as the first, second and third rung on the ladder. Even if you just want to try it out, there is no better place to learn the practicalities of creating a voiceover career. Our programmes cover the essential Vocal, Business and Technical aspects needed to be a voiceover artist.
Maybe you have some experience and want to move to the next level of income and success?
It can be frustrating to plateau quite early on in starting a new business. You start off all excited and then you realise that in voiceover you have to wear many different hats throughout the week as you navigate being a busy entrepreneur. Voiceover Kickstart's intermediate voiceover courses will help you to focus on what you need to focus on to create a thriving voiceover business. Some find their way into voiceover from the world of acting/theatre. Of course it uses some of the same skills but it is quite different and our online voice over training helps actors to create a parallel career to support their acting work.
Are you a highly experienced voiceover artist?
Perhaps you realise the need to change and keep evolving in this fast moving industry? Our online voice over courses, including Expert Edition, have supercharged the careers of already very successful pros, some of whom have been in the industry for over 30 years but just needed to refresh their business and approach.
VOICEOVER TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Our membership inclusive programmes cover topics from Vocal Care, Technical aspects of Voiceover through to Branding and Marketing advice to strengthen your voiceover career.
In our specialist interviews members' questions get answered by our guests including: Kay Bess, Debi Derryberry, Guy Harris, Helen Lloyd. We've a whole series of 'Talk to the Talent' features lined up for members.
THE LOUNGE - our thriving community
The heart of Voiceover Kickstart is our community 'The Lounge'. A safe and supportive place to experiment and get questions answered. We have weekly challenges for all members and there's plenty of opportunities to gain from technical feedback on your home-studio.
ANNUAL SOCIAL EVENT
Our events have been going strong since 2014. A fantastic way to network and meet your fellow voiceover artists working at all levels.
VOICEOVER SCRIPT LIBRARY
Available to all members, this library of voiceover scripts is on track to be the largest collection in the world. Covering commercial, corporate, drama, documentary, narration and more.....
VOICEOVER DEMO PRODUCTION
Industry-leading voice reels produced by Voiceover Kickstart owner Guy Michaels. Book your session at voice-reel.com
PERSONAL VOICEOVER COACHING
Get in touch if you would like to arrange a session of 121 Career Coaching with Guy. Drop us a line to find out more firstname.lastname@example.org
BECOMING A MEMBER
If would like to join Voiceover Kickstart as a full member, please get in touch. You can find out more here: JOIN VOICEOVER KICKSTART
What stage are you at in your career?
"For anyone looking to start out in the industry, Voiceover Kickstart really should be your first port of call."
"terrifically eye-opening and helpful, contemplating this side of my craft in great detail, from many angles, with Guy's experience and wisdom as an anchor throughout."
"it will take a while to consolidate all the new stuff I've learned, but ultimately I believe that my career will move forward - I've just got to implement the plans Guy has helped me make - which is the hard bit of course!"
- Understanding where your voice fits most naturally in recorded voice work
- Current trends in Voiceover
- Various markets and work opportunities in voiceover worldwide
- Examples of working Voiceover Artists
- Branding basics
- Promotion and Social Media
- Investing in your career wisely
- Your Voiceover Website
- Voiceover agents
- Voiceover demos
- Getting booked for VO
- Developing your ear
- Effective vocal warmups
- Breath, resonance, articulation and posture
- Practical vocal challenges
- Working with scripts
- Succesful auditioning for voiceover
- Commercial Voiceover
- Corporate Voiceover
- Weekly challenges
- The language of voiceover - the technical terms you need to know
- The recording chain
- Optimising the recording environment
- Working in a voiceover studio
- Understanding microphones and the technology used in home studios
- Saving money on recording equipment
- Setting levels for improved recording quality
- Understanding 'waveforms'
- Basic editing skills
- Being an expert communicator
- Creating a plan for voiceover success
- Branding essentials for voiceover artists
- Marketing techniques and strategy
- Building your Voiceover Business
- Identifying strengths and weaknesses
- Targeting the right jobs
- Improved productivity
- Time management
- Developing voiceover skills
- Improved articulation, resonance, breath control and capacity
- Sounding 'real' - nailing the conversational read
- Intepretation and identifying core messages within voiceover scripts
- Going beyond the natural read
- Practical challenges designed to push you to the next level
- Aural and Vocal awareness
- Developing your ear through focussed listening and peer-to peer feedback
- Weekly challenges
- Improved microphone technique
- Dealing with common home-studio problems
- Understanding processing voiceover recording
- Improved editing skills
- Branding congruency
- Marketing planning and strategy
- Educating clients
- Growing your business to an international level
- Increasing hourly rates
- Pricing strategies
- Increased business confidence
- Networking skills
- Influencing and negotiation
- 121 career coaching
- Working on versatility
- Improving stamina
- Character work - Voice Acting for Games
- Alexander Technique
- Applying acting techniques
- Vocal care techniques for a long and healthy career
- Weekly challenges
- Pro recording techniques
- Improving acoustics to give true 'broadcast quality'
- Time saving tips
- Post production know-how
- Using effects like a pro
- Mixing vocals with music
Take your career to the next level with Voiceover Kickstart
"My focus is employability. The programmes, modules, interviews, community and more work in harmony to help you take your career to the next level. In the increasingly isolated world of the voiceover artist, having a safe and supportive space for discussion and development is of the utmost importance. "
Director of Voiceover Kickstart Ltd
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VOKickstart is a fantastic resource for anyone starting out or considering a career in the voiceover industry. It's also a great programme for established voices who want to check their career is on track.
Having completed his VOKickstart classes and now recording my newest demos with him. I cannot recommend him enough. Thanks Guy!
Whether you are just starting out in voiceover, or have (like me) been working as a VO Artist for a while, the Voiceover Kickstart online course is fantastic!