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  • Q: What type of equipment do I need for training? Do I need to have a home studio setup before I train?

    A : The VFA Live Online Master Class is available to anyone with a broadband internet connection and a web cam. You don't need any special equipment for your initial sessions. When the time comes to set up your home studio and start prepping for your demo, you will be given a detailed list of the equipment we recommend. (Gold membership includes home studio equipment) Once you have your equipment, we'll guide you through setting it up and we'll make sure you have professional sound quality through our Home Studio Assessment.

  • Q: I see that the Gold Package has Home Studio equipment valued at $650 - what does that include?

    A : We discuss all the elements that go into setting up your own home studio... the right way in all of our Master Classes. We explain what you need and how to put it all together. You will be given a detailed list of the equipment we recommend and an explanation of why we recommend it. Through VFA, you will also receive great deals on all of this gear and anything else you may need.

    Our equipment list includes:

    • USB Audio Interface; Pro Tools (free download)
    • Large diaphram cardioid condenser microphone by ADK
    • Closed-back Headphones by Audio Technica or comparable
    • Telescopic boom mic stand
    • Script stand
    • Pop filter
    • Cables
  • Q: How long are Master Class sessions?

    A : In each session you will spend 60 concentrated minutes in a video chat, typically using Skype, although other video chat options are available.

  • Q: Does the MC course have a manual or other resources for me to reference and use in the future?

    A : Our Master Class includes our in-depth Master Class Workbooks, almost 500 pages in all. You will also have access to our growing list of online resources and, of course, we are always available by email or phone to help you in any way we can.

  • Q: What are the hours of the day that training must be scheduled ? Can my time slot vary from week to week ? Do the weeks have to be consecutive?

    A : Your training sessions will be at a date and time that is mutually agreed upon by you and your instructor and can vary week to week depending on your or your instructor's schedule.

  • Q: Is my demo recorded in my Home Studio or in a real studio?

    A : You will work with your coach directing you, in your home studio, to make your Commercial and Narration Demos. When you compare the voiceover industry of today with how things were 20 years ago you can see there have been some drastic changes. These changes benefit the beginning voiceover actor as well as the established, veteran voice talent by bringing professional-level technology into the home studio.

    Today 95% of all voiceovers are created, recorded and produced from the voice actor's home studio.

  • Q: What does Lifetime Support entail?

    A : Lifetime support means that our graduates will always have us as a resource to turn to for voiceover-related questions. Whether it's evaluating marketing materials, reviewing auditions or reconfirming professional sound quality in your home studio - we're here for you. You will always have access to our most current workbooks and resources as well.

    We want our students to feel free to call or write us whenever a VO-related issue arises; whether it's seeking assistance on how to pronounce Potawatamie or sharing with us news about that first gig. You are welcome to write any of the staff directly or send your inquires to [email protected]

  • Q: Can I chose my instructor?

    A : All of the Master Class instructors at Voices For All are qualified to teach this course, yet each brings their personal and professional perspective to the craft. We will try to accommodate each student's request for a specific instructor but may not be able to assign a specific request due to scheduling conflicts.

VoiceOver Industry FAQ


  • Q: How do I know if I have "The Voice" for voiceovers?

    A : Thats a good question, and we have the answer for you. In today's world of voiceovers the trend is toward natural, everyday voices, like someone who might be your neighbor, friend, or a person who you can really relate to. Just listen to the radio, or an audiobook and you will hear "normal everyday" people. You will hear voices of people who could be your friend, your neighbor, or even you. Finding success in today's voice acting market seems to be more an issue of having the proper tools, knowing how to use them, and then following through, rather than having that unmistakable voice that is more reminiscent of the voiceover world from days past.

  • Q: What is involved in becoming a professional voice actor and creating my own voiceover business?

    A : Remember this is a business, and as such you must treat it like one. Having a successful voice acting business means having a set of well developed tools that you know how to effectively use in the areas of...

    • Voice Acting Technique (how to perform as a professional voice actor)
    • Marketing (how to effectively find voice acting jobs and then successfully audition for them)
    • Home Studios (how to create a proper home studio and use it for practice, auditions, and actual paid work)
  • Q: What is involved in becoming a professional voice actor and creating my own voiceover business?

    A : Remember this is a business, and as such you must treat it like one. Having a successful voice acting business means having a set of well developed tools that you know how to effectively use in the areas of...

    • Voice Acting Technique (how to perform as a professional voice actor)
    • Marketing (how to effectively find voice acting jobs and then successfully audition for them)
    • Home Studios (how to create a proper home studio and use it for practice, auditions, and actual paid work)
  • Q: Is there enough work out there? (I have heard that this is a very competitive business)

    A : Think about this for a moment...

    • Think about how many commercials will be played today on the radio stations of your local area, your state, your region, and the entire United States. There are many many thousands of commercials being created weekly around the US.
    • Now think about audiobooks for a moment. Think about how many popular books there are that have yet to be converted to audiobooks. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of new audiobooks yet be made. And... of course there are new books coming out every day that also need to be performed by a professional voice actor.
    • Now think about how many businesses have professionally recorded voicemail systems and message on hold systems. We are talking about tens of thousands of them and many of these need to be updated regularly.
    • Now think about all the toy, video game, airport, grocery, and retail store voiceovers that you hear on a daily basis. We are talking about many many thousands more.

    We could go on and on. So, is there enough work out there? Yes, there is plenty of work. Now, is it competitive? Of course, just like most other businesses, it is competitive. The good news is that there are differing amounts of competition at different levels of the voice acting business. If you are competing for the big national jobs like being "the voice" of a given national chain, then sure, the competition is stiff and rightfully so. One of these jobs can pay you nearly enough to supplement a large portion of your annual income. But what about regional jobs? Local jobs? How about smaller publishers of audiobooks versus the mega publishers? There is much less competition for these types of jobs. What does this mean for you? It means that if you have the needed tools, then it is very possible to build your momentum in the voice acting business. Once you have the needed education, you will know where to look for work at different levels and how to best go about being the voice actor chosen for a given job. The national jobs are achievable for any voice actor, and we encourage you to shoot for the stars, but at the same time, keep your feet on the ground with local and regional work.

  • Q: Where is the best place to live to be a voice actor? (I have heard that I need to be In NYC or LA)

    A : More good news for you. Because of the internet and modern recording equipment technology it is possible to work from just about anywhere for employers located just about anywhere as well. The vast majority of VO work is now produced from small home studios, and then delivered via the internet. Setting up a small home studio has never been easier or more affordable. Our graduates will tell you that with the help and continued support of VFA, you can easily be practicing, auditioning, and working from your own home.

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