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Would taking a theater course help with voice acting?

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I have no experience with acting or voice acting in general. Would it be helpful to take an acting course?

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Ellen’s Answer

Updated Woodbridge, Virginia

Hi KJ

You didn't say what grade you are in, but if you are a Middle or High School student, you should definitely sign up for a Theatre Arts Class. You'll get the basics on acting and performing. It should also be a lot of fun; I know many middle school students who loved taking theatre arts, and several of them continued with theatre arts classes in high school. If your school does not offer any kind of Theatre arts classes, then see if there is an after school Theatre arts club, or if there is any sort of a community theatre that you could join.


If you are in college, then you should check out the theatre arts classes in your school. Think of any kind of acting as a profession, and you'll need training and experience to be successful; theatre arts classes are the way to go.


I hope this helps.

Ellen recommends the following next steps:

  • Sign up for a Theatre Arts class, or join an after school Theatre Arts club, or check out community theatre where you live.

Taylor’s Answer

Updated Portland, Oregon

Yes and no. It will help with voice projection, character building, personality, line memorization, script reading, dialogue nuance with a scene partner and more. Any type of acting class will help with any kind of growth as an actor. Voice acting specifically does require more specialized training, however. Voice coaches will train you to use different volumes or registers with your vocal chords to acquire the end product your client is looking for. They will also teach you speed, cadence, and different dialect approaches. In short, any class will help you to become a better actor regardless of the type of actor you become, but be prepared to take a more specialized class if voice acting is your main focus. Hope that was helpful!

Taylor recommends the following next steps:

  • Acquire a vocal coach.
  • Record a demo tape professionally.
  • Submit demo tapes to voice over agents.
  • Get a decent home recording set up so you can send your agent reliable audition material when someone is interested in booking you. This is a key step that should not be overlooked. My agents have turned down past submissions if they weren't acceptable quality to forward to the client for selection.
  • Get to work! Add your accolades to a polished resume and enjoy the experience!

Thomas’s Answer

Updated Nashville, Tennessee

I absolutely would help with voice acting, but you have to be strategic in which class you take. A general acting class will benefit you with clarification of intent and objective. However, taking a Voice and Speech class will help you understand how to most healthily produce sound and help you learn to manipulate your instrument without causing harm. However, the best advice that I can give you is to do your research. Find out who teaches the classes that you are interested in, reach out to them with how you hope the class will move you toward your goals, and they will tell you if it's the correct fit. If it's not, they will also probably know if there is something reputable in the area that will help you.