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.
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
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.