How do I Become a Voice Coach?

Simone Lawson

Actors and singers often use their voices as a primary means of communicating their artistic abilities. In order to perform more effectively, artists often employee voice coaches to help them learn techniques for voice projection, vocal emphasis and clarity. To become a voice coach, one may need proper training or education, experience and the right contacts.

Many voice coaches were singers earlier in life.
Many voice coaches were singers earlier in life.

Formal training at an accredited school is very helpful for one seeking to become a voice coach. Those who train performers are typically experienced performers themselves. Many successful voice coaches are trained singers or actors who additionally possess a degree or certificate in teaching or a related field. Vocal coaches will need to be able to recommend the appropriate measures to their students for taking care of their voices and should have knowledge of safe and effective vocal exercises and techniques.

Voice coaches may have a background in voice over work.
Voice coaches may have a background in voice over work.

Many who become voice coaches have had success in acting or singing at some point in their careers. The most sought after voice coaches are those who have either been successful themselves or those who have trained students who have gone on to become successful in their respective fields. It may be easier for those with a solid amount of experience to become a voice coach than those who are just entering the performance industry.

To begin seeking work as a voice coach, it may be beneficial to post one’s resume and contact information in relevant areas, such as local theaters, arts venues or schools. The resume should highlight one’s most relevant and prestigious career experience, along with a clear explanation of the services offered. It may also be helpful to check with local high schools to see if work in theater or concert performances is available. This can help a new voice coach gain exposure and develop contacts with potential clientele.

Others may become a voice coach by actively seeking out clients rather than posting advertisements for clients to contact them. Many voice coaches will attend smaller performances to find new and upcoming talent. Often, trainers will approach those performers they identify as talented and offer to help enhance their performances and give them more of a competitive edge.

If a voice coach is actively seeking talented clientele, it is helpful for them to have some type of connection with others in the performance industry. Many performers are looking for solid contracts and steady employment, so if voice coaches are able to offer a guarantee of employment, they become all the more desired. Voice coaches often offer to help train their clientele and will then introduce them to the appropriate contacts once they feel their client has received adequate training.

A voice coach might work with a group of singers.
A voice coach might work with a group of singers.

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