A different kind of coach
Have you ever wished people would listen to your opinions, or just say ‘you’ve got a nice voice’?
Well all voices work on air, so to get a nice voice with strong communications skills that people listen to, you just need to know how use yours a little better!
My method of helping people reach their goal of getting a great voice is bit different. Most voice coaches make their student slog through hours of punishing exercises turning vibrant, natural accents into an old hierarchical relic of the past called ‘received pronunciation’. This usually involves having students repeating boring tongue twisters or old speeches – leaving them spending their days worried about slipping back into their native tongue when they get tired or too excited.
Is all that stress really necessary? I don’t think so.
Listen to any advertisement on the TV and you’ll hear a myriad of accents. I don’t believe you need trade your own rich, warm and musical dialect for an anachronism of the past. That’s why I’m a different kind of voice coach, because sometimes the traditional ways are only accepted because no-one tried leading students along a a path they made themselves.
Let me guide you along the journey to speak well with a great, memorable voice with strong communication skills, all whilst still keeping what makes your style unique!
For over a decade Richard Di Britannia has worked as a voice actor for top global brands, institutions and organisations such as Mercedes-Benz, Amazon and the US Government. He’s also sold thousands of audiobooks; all beginning when he was rendered mute due to acid reflux and had to teach himself how to talk again.
Richard is also an expert communications coach and has created numerous strategies improving executive presentation, vocal confidence and public speaking skills for non-native speakers, private companies and industry leaders.
He’s also an international best-selling author on the topic of improving enunciation, building vocal strength and verbal fluency with his work ‘Speak and Be Heard: 101 Vocal Exercises for Voice Actors, Public Speakers and Professionals’.
Is your voice sabotaging your first impression due to a slurred accent, by being weak, croaky or nasal?
Are you terrified of public speaking, speaking into the phone or a microphone?
Are people asking you to slow down or speak up when you talk?
Do you find your voice hurts after a short speech or are your opinions being ignored when speaking in groups?
Are you learning English and struggling to make certain sounds?
With lessons from me you’ll learn:
• Ways to empower yourself with three key concepts that create a great voice.
• How to identify weaknesses in your own voice and how to fix them.
• Exercises to rectify breathing problems and strengthen the muscles used when talking.
• How to deepen or heighten your voice.
• Routines to clearly vocalise all forty-four phonemes of the English language such as ‘st’, ‘th’, etc…
Or, if you struggle with a particular vocal sound, mouth shape or just have an anxiety when talking, please get in touch to discuss how I can help you become a better speaker.
Guy is one of the most in demand voice actors in the UK, he recommends me! “Looking at the content, it’s a must have for any voice or aspiring voiceover. Some really great vocal exercises. Whatever weight I have in this business, I endorse this!”
As someone who generally struggles with absorbing new information and learning in general, Richard’s enthusiasm and calm patience really helped me convince myself I could improve myself. The additional reading material you get also really helped make sure everything learnt was solidified. Great teacher, couldn’t recommend enough. Thanks!
Richard is a very technically aware and competent tutor. His teaching style is friendly and thorough, and he has helped me a lot on several voice acting auditions. The free book that came with the lessons was very useful as well.
As a voice acting hobbyist, hoping to go pro, I’ve only just started with this book and it’s already helping me with my enunciating and the power of my delivery. I think it really is helpful when it comes to strengthening your voice, even if you just speak a lot for work.
Very well written with insightful tips and suggestions to help improve oneself. As someone who has to speak to children and adults on a daily basis, I found a lot written within to be very helpful for myself. I would highly recommend giving this a read. There is something in here for everyone of all levels of public speaking! I would also heartily recommend Richard to anyone who was looking to develop their voice acting or public speaking.
Richard’s lessons are really fun and the book he wrote helps a lot. I’ve started getting compliments on my English accent and people in shops understand me better!
Richard is super polite and reliable. I enjoy my lessons with him. At my first lesson, he gave me a book wrote by himself to help me with my pronunciation and vocabulary. I highly recommend his book and lessons.
Joan. M. Edens:
I bought this book when first decided to pursue voice acting. I didn’t like my recorded voice and I had some diction issues that I wasn’t seeing progress with in working with my generalized voice coach. It’s helped tremendously. This book focuses in on specific issues and types of sounds. It helps you evaluate where you are, and explains the mouth mechanics required to practice to improve. It’s a book that makes sure you know that you need to put in the work to make it work for you, and when you do, you will see tremendous payoff. Make sure to record a script or article/book narration before starting and repeat it every now and then to highlight your progress and motivate you to continue! Best of luck on your journey!
Richard is a fantastic voice coach and he has completely changed how I perceive my voice to be! The lessons were tailored specifically to my needs and Richard is very quick to reply to any worries/questions I might have on my voiceover journey. Cannot praise him enough!
Rate for online lessons: £90 p/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons: £425
Rate for 10 hours of lessons: £800
30% discount available for payments made in Ethereum (ETH) or Bitcoin (BTC).
For voice acting performance coaching having a ‘good’ voice isn’t enough. Character development is key! As I personally focus on commercial reads, my lessons focus on commercial copy rather than cartoon, animation or video game characters.
For voice coaching, all lessons are planned one week in advance and are specifically tailored to your needs and requests. Nevertheless, lessons are extremely flexible and the content is never set in stone. I recommend all learners to ask as many questions as they wish. However, I will not simply give you positive praise – this is not the way to improve!
A lesson with me will often cover resolving any major vocal issues, polishing your voice and then learning how to relax behind a microphone, script or an audience. I recommend all students have some improv or acting lessons beforehand to maximise their potential. Lessons may involve teaching you how to speak in a more fluent and conversational manner, others may draw from public speaking techniques and voiceover specific classes involve deconstructing example scripts. Most lessons work with my textbook which is given to you free of charge!
I also offer advice on setting up a suitable recording environment or answering questions relating to marketing and audition techniques for complete beginners. For advanced career and performance advice, I outline what has worked for myself and then recommend other experts who I have hired to improve my own skills. For business advice for established talent, I recommend the legendary Guy Harris & Philip Banks.
Finally, I do not produce demos as this is a specific skill which should be handled by an expert script writer, producer and mastering engineer. I am happy to recommend experts I have worked with previously.
Importantly: if any coach offers to secure you clients, get you representation or produce you a full demo reel when you have just started, it’s a scam, run away!
I am available 10am to 6pm seven days a week (depending on workload).
Lessons are taught via Skype. No screen sharing is required, but a webcam and an external microphone is advised to aid with enunciation exercises.
I am not a speech language pathologist.
I am neither medically qualified nor have my methods been peer reviewed (but I welcome them to be tested).
I strongly recommend individuals with a vocal disability or who have undergone vocal surgery to consult a medically certified speech language pathologist.
I fully understand if you have to cancel last minute, therefore there are no cancellation fees if you give me at least 24 hours notice!
If you have to cancel on the same day, I respectfully ask you contribute a small sum to cover my expenses in rescheduling.
Payments made in cryptocurrencies cannot be refunded under any circumstances.