Voice Training and Mentoring

Many people have expressed a desire to work in the voice industry, and due to a distinct lack of courses and education in this area, Toby Ricketts has set up this page to give students options to get them on the right course for them.

Toby has taught voice acting, studio engineering, and script interpretation for many years. As founder of the New Zealand Voice Academy in 2008 he has much experience in what it takes to get great performances out of people, and how to retain those skills in the booth.

There are three options for people wanting to explore the world of voice over, or hone their craft if they are already working in the industry;

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Beginners course
2 day workshop

The NZ Voice Academy runs 4-6 times per year and is held at Native Audio Studios, Auckland New Zealand. We have 5 professional working voiceover tutors all teaching different facets of the voice craft, from sound engineering to script interpretation.

The cost is NZ$950+gst and all food, materials, tutoring and studio time is included. Plus you walk away with a recorded demo reel of your work on the course.

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Advanced 3 Day modular workshops 2019

New for 2019 is this 3 part modular course, with a day spent on each of the following;
Day 1. VOICE - Voiceover masterclass & pro jam
Day 2. CHARACTER - Discover, inhabit & play with characters
Day 3. SOUND - Get the best out of your gear.

Cost is $450 +gst +bf
Each day is sold separately, so students can pick and choose which bits will work best for them, or take the whole weekend.

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online coaching and script workouts

Following on from one or both of these courses is individual, one-on-one online voice tutoring, provided by award-winning voice artist Toby Ricketts.
Cost is US$100 p/h (or NZ$130 +gst within NZ)
In each session voices will either work on a particular technique or read through various scripts with each being carefully critiqued, and constructive feedback given.
The scripts are supplied, and Toby can dial via Skype, Zoom, Messenger, WhatsApp, or phone!


The NZ Voice Academy has negotiated a discount offer for Voices.com which reduces their membership fees by US$100. To take advantage of this offer, enter TOBYRICKETTS at checkout as your discount coupon to take advantage of this offer.


Toby was a speaker at One Voice Conference 2019 and talks are available to download from here: Accents, Supercharge your VO business.