Before you decide on a class, ideally you should find a teacher who is also a casting director–someone who can bring you in for an audition. If you choose, as your teacher, an engineer at a big voice-over agency, chances are they are trying to make ends meet and have no pull as far as getting you represented or heard.
What I hear from the best teachers is this: even if you have an agent, you should be spending 1-2 hours each and every day developing your craft.
How do you do that?
What do they suggest you do?
Some say you should:
1. Dissect the copy. Find its essence.
2. Find your voice, your unique sound.
3. Find your tone, your attitude.
4. Say what you are communicating in five words.
Others, the wiser ones, will teach you how to be more natural–to be yourself –and they will often focus on your role as an actor!
If you want to learn about voice over, take a class at Kalmenson and Kalmenson or Carroll Casting. Here you will find people who are prepared, organized, and also excellent communicators. As casting directors, they could also hire you.
Stay away from those $60-100 one night shows that headline a teacher from the very best voice-over agency in town. From my experience, most LA voice-over classes are disappointing for two reasons. Firstly, the class will probably be 20 minutes late because, invariably, the teacher will have forgotten to xerox enough copies; and secondly, what they offer in the way of wisdom is minimal. You will soon realize they are struggling to make a buck at any cost–and sadly, at your cost. Pay a bit extra and get quality.
In my 23 years of attending LA voice-over classes, the best teacher, so far, that I have found is Carroll Day Kimble. She is someone who not only communicates clearly but also knows exactly what you need to do to book a job. Pay those extra bucks and you will be inspired. You might even book a job.