Interested in furthering your acting career and opening up new doors? If so, then you may want to consider taking voice lessons.
Voice lessons help you to develop your singing voice and prepare you for roles where you may need to sing. Wondering why this is so important? Well, let's take a look at the importance of voice lessons to an actor and a few great tips for finding a quality voice teacher in your area.
Importance of Voice Lessons
First of all, it is so important that you realize how important voice lessons can be to an actor. Often there are roles that come up that require that you are able to sing. If you have not had proper voice training, then your chances of landing the role are slim.
You'll be more valuable as an actor if you add the ability to sing to your list as well. Also, taking voice lessons opens up a whole new world of acting - musical acting. Many actors that can sing get involved with musical acting, such as acting on Broadway. This is another great way that you can broaden your acting career, so it is worth the money you will spend to get these voice lessons.
A Healthy Voice is a Good Choice: Three Things for Good Vocal Health:
Water: Drink lots of it. And keep it at a cool temperature. In other words, not too hot (yuck) and not so cold that it tightens your vocal cords
Rest: Get plenty of it. Not only does a good night sleep help you stay awake in class, it also is a nice rest for your voice.
Resist: Yelling…just don’t do it. If your team scores a touchdown or the bonfire is burning high, show your excitement by a smile on your face and not a high pitched squeal.
Tips for Finding a Quality Voice Teacher
Now that you understand how important voice lessons are for an actor, you may be wondering how you can find a great teacher.
Here are a few tips that can help you find a top quality voice teacher for your voice lessons.
- Tip # 1 - Check Music Shops
One great way to find a good teacher is to check out music shops in your area. Often music shops know of top quality voice teachers in the area and can give you a phone number to call.
- Tip # 2 - Consider a Music College
Another way to find a top notch voice teacher is to consider checking with a music college. Most music colleges offer voice lessons as part of their curriculum. You may be able to get into the school for your voice classes, giving you an excellent acting teacher and an excellent voice education.
- Tip # 3 - Take a Look at Ads in Papers and Magazines
Take a closer look at ads in papers and magazines. You may find that there are ads for great voice teachers. Many good voice teachers advertise in papers and in acting or music magazines. This is a wonderful way to find a great teacher for the voice lessons you need.
- Tip #4 - Ask Other Actors for Referrals
If you know other actors in the business who have gone through voice lessons already, then consider asking them for referrals. They may be able to refer you to a great teacher that you would have never found out about any other way.
Developing a Voice of Your Own
Developing a voice of your own is one of the most important things you'll want to do if you are going to get involved in voice acting. Just think of some of the famous character voices that you can think of. Casting directors are looking for a specific voice. Work on developing a voice of your own.
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