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If you want to become a voice-over (VO) artist, chances are you’ve been researching the basics, such as: how to get into voice acting; where to find voice acting classes; or simply how to do voice acting practice. Sound like you?


A key element to good voice acting is mastering different voice-over tones. Getting into voice acting requires a commitment to regular voice acting training. Practice makes perfect, so the more dedicated you are to honing your craft, the better your chances in the industry will be.


Voice acting exercises at Home (for Beginners Who Are Starting Out)

Time to get serious now. Ok, yeah, these exercises might be mostly tailored to a beginner’s needs because experienced voice actors work with their personal coaches all the time, especially in periods that they tend to overwork.


However, the ideas below will get you into the voice training mentality and what it takes if you’re wondering how to become better at voice acting.


1. Learn how to breath

Think of ads, voice-over artists, or even your favorite animated characters.


Think of Ariel the Little Mermaid (above water), Simba from the Lion King, or movie trailers. And listen closely. No role or voice-over narrator ever breaths — and when they do is part of their performance. So, the better you learn how to control the source of your vocal power (i.e., the lungs), the better voice actor you’ll be.


Start by taking deep breaths to figure out your lungs’ capacity. Learn how to engage your diaphragm and keep track of how much air you exhale when speaking in front of a mic.


Then, take a book and read sections while keeping your tone of voice in mind. Don’t make it robotic. Try to use your voice to express different emotions and monitor how they affect your breathing.


2. Do impressions

If you’ve ever watched voice acting gurus or people who use their voices to make money, you’ve most probably noticed that most of them are able to control their voice so well that they can imitate other celebrities and voice acting styles.


This is not just an attempt to appear relevant or show off their talent rather than proof that they’ve done their research. When making impressions, you get into the mentality of voice acting, see what makes big names actually big, and eventually do better voiceovers.


So, voice actor lesson #3: Make impressions and imitate the way others speak to learn how to do different voices.


3. Practice your cold reading skills

Sometimes, you might have to deliver a voice over without having the time or luxury to study the script extensively beforehand. When you don’t have the ability to review a script before an audition, you need to respond immediately and be your best voice-acting self right on the spot.


This is what we call cold reading. It’s when voice actors need to read and perform with little or no time to study their script, rehearse, and prepare. But beginners usually get nervous, and they end up sounding too flat.


To practice this unique voice acting skill, you need to develop your sight-reading talents that will allow you to read upcoming words in your script while you’re speaking the ones before them.  It takes time, though, and the only voice acting training exercise to get better at it is to read books or short stories that you’ve never read before out loud as if you were auditioning.


Don’t forget to color your voice and make it sound natural.


Thank you for your reading. Good Luck!

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