Career guidance: Using your voice
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We hear professional voice users all around us – actors, radio jockeys, newsreaders, voice-over artists, dubbing artists, singers, anchors, etc. It sounds so easy (except singing, may be) – all you have to do is talk/speak and get paid for it!
Then there are people who use their voice occupationally like teachers, trainers, public speakers, attorneys, sales executives, call centre employees and so on. This sounds even simpler, a cakewalk some would say!
Think again! If asked to read a page, most of us would rush through the words, sound breathless and even end stuttering and stammering all over the place. You may even sound nasal, shrill, squeaky or high-pitched. And there lies the difference!
Well, it is not as if these public speakers were born with exceptionally mellifluous voices. It is just that over a period of time, they have modulated and cultivated their vocal cords to sound rich, pure and beautiful. And so can you, this is where voice culture comes into the picture.
With the proliferation in media, professional voice users are in great demand. Especially, there is a boom in the dubbing and voice-over market with abundant opportunities for trained and professional voice artists. You can provide your talented voice for narrations in video and radio programmes, documentaries, presentations, sports, phone software, multimedia animation, e-learning and even jingles for advertisements. Particularly, media channels and production houses are always in search of good voice-over and dubbing artists.
Media and marketing fields also welcome proficient voices. Comperes for hosting live programmes are much in demand too. With the variety of opportunities on offer, the salary range is also bound to vary.
Generally speaking, your earning level will depend on your voice quality, experience and the medium you opt for.Even the complexity and popularity directly affects pay packages.
So what are you waiting for? Why not choose this expressive career and unlock the full potential of your voice.
Become an adept communicator who can easily create live images/convey emotions just by using your voice!
Where to study
All India Radio, Staff Training Institute (Programme) - Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Shillong http://www.allindiaradio.org/sti.html
Indian Voice Training Centre, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, New Delhi http://www.indian-voice-overs.com/
R. K. Films & Media Academy, New Delhi http://www.rkfma.com/
AAROHA - Centre for Voice and Performance Empowerment, Mumbai http://www.drsadhananayak.com/
ACTiIndia – Accent & Communication Training Institute India, Mumbai http://www.actiindia.com/
Voice Culture, Mumbai http://www.voiceculture.com
( Reference article by Payal Chanania firstname.lastname@example.org , The Hindu )
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