After the so called training or workshop or a yearlong course, the artist enters into the real world of learning and earning. Here what matters is your passion, hard work and openness while working and it helps the artist to implement the theory learnt so far in his actual work.

To hone the potential skills everyone has to choose his own path as per his or her comfort zone to begin. Somebody can start with anchoring. Somebody can start reading for blind students or different audio blogs. Few of the Voice Artists take up supervision jobs to begin with. Actually it’s more of a coordination job than supervision wherein one aligns the entire day’s dubbing or voicing schedule. Actual Supervision requires more knowledge of the language of delivery, exact expression required for the voicing etc. Thus there is sometimes a mixture of roles and sometimes crystal clear roles to be performed. It all depends on for whom you are working. But these supervision assignments give the artist tremendous learning experience. Another option is instead of doing all these, one may even start giving auditions too. But the learning sense has to be on.

Every opportunity whether voluntary or paid is a learning opportunity. I have seen many newcomers have a knower’s attitude. Their knower’s attitude kills the learner’s attitude.

Some of the artists are already too sensitive about people exploiting them. They do not examine their own skills but rather worried about how much they will be paid for.  You be aware of your earning rights but first make yourself worth with the help of learning to earn that respect. I would say even the initial voluntary recording teaches one a lot about Microphone sense, getting used to studio knowhow, recording terminology, artist’s capacity of recording for a consistent period. It also introduces the artist about his weak areas. Be it pronunciations, breathing technique in front of microphone, capacity of his voice throw etc.

Hands on training is the best way of learning and earning. It also introduces some new potential skills which we have but are totally unaware of for e.g. the skill of character voicing.

Finally Sitting at home and waiting only for nicely paid assignments will never give one this ‘on the job learning experience’. The initial learning phase at work also helps the artist to decide his forte for a longer period. Learning leads to growth mind set. So… learn as many skills as possible and Practice them continually.

Madhavi Ganpule