Peter Moody, voice coach
While working in telesales, Peter discovered an interest in how people used their voices. He is now an established voice coach.
What job do you do?
I'm a self-employed voice coach.
What previous jobs have you done?
During the early part of my career, I had to take other jobs to supplement my income. These included working as a cabaret singer, children’s entertainer and security guard.
I was also a sound engineer at the Magic Circle Theatre in London.
I spent a short period in a telesales office. I used it as an experience to really understand the way voices work. You can tell so much about people by the way they speak rather than what they say.
I had coached my peers for school plays, and was teaching professionally by the time I was at university. From here, I built my client base through word of mouth, and very little advertising.
I have been very lucky. Now, most of my clients approach me themselves. I rarely need to go out looking for work.
I’ve coached many West End performers, and even some X-Factor stars. I've also written a book, 'How To Be A Pop Sensation'.
What qualifications do you have?
"I’ve coached West End performers – and X-Factor stars."
I’ve got a degree in popular music studies.
What do you do at work?
I work seven days a week. Most weekdays I see private clients at my home studio.
Alongside this, I also lecture at various workshops. Speech and singing are very similar.
Some of the workshops are for theatre and performing arts schools. Others are for companies who wish to improve the verbal communication skills of their staff.
In the evenings, I teach individual clients until around 10pm. At weekends I work away from home at a theatre school, and on Sunday evenings I often work with bands.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I enjoy showing people that they can achieve things they previously thought were impossible.
And the worst thing about the job?
I would like to be able to spend more time with my family.
How do I get into music?
Lots of people say that any performing arts career is all about luck. However, I believe the harder you work, the luckier you get!
If you're interested in becoming a voice coach, make sure you understand as many schools of thought on the subject as possible.
Voice coaches are always judged on their current results, so make sure every voice you work with benefits in some way from your input. Always be politely honest with clients.
No matter how much you know, there will still be others who know more. Don’t ever stop developing new skills and opening your mind to new methods.