I’m sickened…Like ready to throw up at this point from reviewing another “Voiceover Coaching” website. One that claims to be legit and not like the others making false promises, but alas, their website is filled with fancy words to describe their studio or how they treat their students. And the bottom line is that it’s all, as my father used to say, “Smoke and Mirrors.” Now I’m not against promotion by any means but please back up this promotion with a great product for the price you are asking unknowing people to fork over. I won’t give away all of the details here, but for TWO one on one sessions, plus ONE time in the studio to “Make your demo,” they are asking for an amount in the thousands…I…I…just…can’t even continue from my disgust. This is the reason I started coaching in the first place! To help promising new voice actors out by being honest and real on how this business works. To not lock anyone into some long-term package rate, but to truly create a bespoke experience for each student. Fact is, everyone is different and at a different place in their journey of learning. And I encourage you to go at your pace and take the time to find your right niche in this business. And believe me, there are ways to improve without taking out a personal loan or taking up the “financing” options other schools offer. Don’t get me wrong, there are coaches out there with solid backgrounds and a resume filled with credible clients after years of hard work. But sometimes, we are tough to find. So do yourself a favor and when you start searching, make sure you look for 3 things:
- A reputable resume of clients with video samples of their bookings: Audio samples can more easily be faked, so look for video examples. Anyone can also put up a logo, but can they back it up showing the project that was done for that client? Watch out if you see just logos of big companies on their website.
- Current work being done in the industry other than teaching: A solid coach will know what’s happening on a day to day basis of this tough business because they actively still do voiceovers as a primary source of income.
- An Honest Evaluation: An honest coach will want to evaluate your abilities first, before agreeing to take you on as a client. Many will give a free evaluation, and some request a fee because you are taking their time, after all. But a good coach should be frank and not sell you on training if you indeed aren’t ready or lack the necessary talent.