4 Voice Acting Classes and Workshops That Are Worth Your Time

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To become a voice actor, you need a few key things: a malleable, one-of-a-kind set of pipes, a willingness to learn and grow, and someone to help you hone your craft. Of course, as with any area of acting, your skills will need some work. If you’ve been thinking about taking some voice acting classes or workshops, one of these might be perfect for you.

HB Studio

The voiceover workshop at Herbert Berghof Studio in New York City is meant to introduce students to specific techniques necessary for commercial and radio voice acting. Both online and in-person workshops are available, with the goal of each being for students to acquire vital tools to help them translate commercial copy into a compelling voice performance.

Voice One

Voice One in San Francisco has an extensive program of classes for the aspiring voice actor. The studio has more than 30 instructors; a recording studio, 30-seat theater, and classroom; and offers classes for voice actors of every level, from beginners to established professionals. Additionally, it offers several online videos and tutorials.

Edge Studio

Edge Studio has coaches all over the country so that voice actors can obtain proper training no matter where they’re located. With nearly three dozen instructors, there’s someone for everyone. Its courses are separated into four phases, in addition to Spanish voice training and a class for teens and kids. All of Edge Studio's classes are taught by live instructors, either in person or in studio.

Shut Up & Talk

Commercial casting director Ed Lewis heads NYC’s Shut Up & Talk. Lewis offers a six-week program called Cracking the Voice Over Code, which teaches voice actors—from amateurs to veterans—what clients are actually looking for in a voiceover casting. Hosted by Hyperbolic Audio, the class provides real-life studio experience to its participants. Shut Up & Talk also offers other classes and private coaching sessions.

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