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What Kind of Voiceover Coach Do You Need?

As a voiceover coach for about ten years now, I've worked with countless voice actors of all experience levels. In that time, I've noticed that some people respond more positively to my coaching style than others. And that's cool. Different strokes for different folks, as they say. Every human is different, so naturally every voice actor is different as well as their needs.

I've noticed that voiceover coaches fall into one or more of these archetypes:

The Professor

The Therapist

The Cheerleader

The Drill Sergeant

I'd say I'm a hybrid of Professor and Therapist. If you've worked with me in the past, do you agree? If you disagree, which kind of voiceover coach do you think I am?


Which kind of voiceover coach do you need to help you realize your potential as a voice actor?

Do you need a Professor to break things down analytically?

Do you need a Therapist to help you emotionally engage with the copy, the story, the characters?

Do you need a Cheerleader to effusively praise all of your reads?

Do you need a Drill Sergeant to constantly kick your ass?

Do you need a combination of two or more of these coaching styles?

Work with different coaches to help you determine their coaching style and the kind of coach you need. Talk to other voice actors to get an idea of their experiences with different coaches. And keep in mind that you may need different styles of voiceover coaching for different genres. Also, as you learn & grow as a person, your needs may change so don't be afraid to switch coaches at some point.


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Saturday, December 4th @5PM ET: The 12th Annual NYC VO Mixer! (In NJ). Voiceover beginners, pros, or "adjacent" to the voiceover industry; come on out! Dress to impress! It's the "company holiday party". Please RSVP at the Facebook Event page as there is an attendance cap. Sunday, December 5th @9AM-5PM ET: "Kelly and Tom are Hanging Out at a Hotel". The day after the VO Mixer, we've rented a conference space at the hotel for voice actors to discuss the current state of the voiceover industry and share tips & tricks for success. Voice actors of all experience levels are welcome. It's free to attend but we do ask for a small donation to help cover the cost of the space. To RSVP, email me at

Saturday, December 11th @5PM ET: The Voice Actor's Studio "eLearning Performance with Guest Coach Tom Dheere". eLearning, training modules, and instructional content is a leading category in voiceover opportunity! Every voiceover genre has a unique set of "performance rules." Get a clear understanding of what is required when voicing educational/training content. Don't miss three hours of script reading! You'll be sure to "learn" a thing or two and have a lot fun while doing it! Saturday, December 18th @1PM ET: VO Resolutions: Setting Goals for 2022. We are nearing the end of 2021 and the new year is quickly approaching. How can we set ourselves up for success in the voice over industry and enter 2022 feeling confident and ready for success? In this one-hour webinar, students will learn how to set realistic professional goals as a voice over actor and how to take the new year by storm.



Tom Dheere is the VO Strategist, a voice over business & marketing coach and demo producer since 2011. He is also a voice actor with over 25 years of experience who has narrated just about every type of voiceover you can think of. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.


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