Voice Over Training and Coaching
Voice acting is a work of imagination, not manipulation.
Why you should hire a pro to produce your demo instead of DIY-ing it (briefly considered):
The pro knows what you can do. You think you're the best judge of what you do best, and what you don't do very well? "Eh," as Bugs Bunny said, "Could be." More likely an objective ear would be a great asset here.
The pro knows the market. Unless you're already working steadily, you don't yet have a finger on the pulse of v/o - especially what's hot with clients right now.
The pro knows the competition. He'll help you find a spot of "blue ocean" where there's room for you to swim.
It may be that you can get by with "samples" for a while, or that you can audition for everything without making a demo right away. But when you do make a demo you want it to be right, you want it to be serious, and you want it to be competitive. No sense going to all that trouble otherwise. - dp
Dan...I literally just was talking about you and the top-notch treatment and demo I received at Colors. In fact, I had a new one done in Atlanta this fall and was told by industry folks who listened to both to stick with yours. You're the best!
— Terri-Nicole Singleton
So You Wanna Be a Voiceover Star? - Article
Dan is the go-to guy for Voice Over and Commercial Production. He helped me tremendously. He truly is the 'Simon Cowell' of Production Directors. If you're not prepared to hear the truth then don't show up. He is the real deal!!
— Jim Midock
It was wonderful working with you, Dan. Thank you for all of your thoughtfulness and hard work. You made it so fun and easy.
— Michelle Chaho
Dan...stretches your voice, your talent, and your mind. So make sure you bring a bottle of water, a notebook, an open mind, and maybe even a yoga mat.
— Carrie Doak
Dan Popp and Colors Audio worked with me to produce a stellar professional VO demo! From start to finish - script selection to coaching to mixing tracks – the work was everything and more than I expected. Dan’s balance of challenging and encouraging brought out the best in my voice. I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.
— Glad Faith Klassen
Paul Schmidt on How to Choose a Voice Acting Coach. Good stuff:
Dan, thank you! Your training helped a ton, as the [first] session felt almost like an extension of the class. - Dave Thomas
What you taught me was BIG. I hope you realize that! You are the first coach who taught me how to have an ear. - Felicia Naoum
You are a marvelous teacher. I learned so much and had a great time becoming more professional and skilled.
— Phil Scrimenti
Can you teach yourself voice acting? Here's what I'm seeing. Several miles down the wrong road
It was wonderful working with you on my demos. I really appreciate the attention to detail and individualized feedback that you gave me....
— Rosy Hong, Voice Actor
Here are some answers to the most-asked question in this field. How to Find Voiceover Work
OMG...you are a MAGICIAN! Or GENIUS? Take your pick...I sound AWESOME! I love it Dan!!!! Thank you so much. Ok...I'm excited to see what happens when I put it 'out there'.
— Cherie McClain
What happens in coaching? We learn new techniques and apply them! Here's a sample with student Rob Grant, used by permission.
I can't thank you enough for all the instruction, correction, criticism, and encouragement. I'm looking forward to continuing to learn and to what the future may hold.
— Leonard Grabowski
And then the explosion exploded - Article
Working with Dan enables me to reach a new level of performance. Dan...will put the most nervous artist at ease and bring the best out of them. He shares his knowledge in a fun, pressure-free atmosphere, so you can be yourself and really let it fly. Bravo!
— L. Victoria Buss