I keep hearing that improv is a great technique for us VO folks to learn. If you think about it, it makes total sense: even when we’re doing straightforward narration, we’re playing a part, even if it’s just the knowledgeable person who knows about this new website or that new product.
And of course when it comes to commercials there’s more acting involved, not to mention straight-up character work for everything from animation to video games to audiobooks.
In all of these situations it makes a lot of sense that it behooves us to learn how to easily adapt, switch roles, become a new person or just approach a scened/script from an entirely different perspective. And what better way to hone that skill than improv?
So the cool thing is that the Washington Improv Theater actually offers FREE improv workshops! The February and March ones are already sold out/full, but it looks like there’s still room left in the April workshop.
I’m guessing there are other places around the country that probably offer this same type of thing, so if you’re not in DC, just Google “improv classes” (like I did), and I’m sure you’ll find something near you!