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A Question About Your Voice And Its Relation To Becoming An Actor

How do I become a voice over actor ?

The same way you become a "regular" actor except it's even more competitve and dependent on who you know. Voice acting is a lot more then just having an interesting voice.

Start with quality training from respected instructors. And get some acting experience. School plays and community theater are some good places to start and can help you start to understand script analysis and character development. You can try volunteering for audio books to become more familiar with the more technical end of voice acting.

Then learn the business. There are not a bunch of open auditions. For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent. You'll need to understand contracts, unions, marketing and networking. Many voice actors have their own in-home studios.

With training, experience and an understanding of the industry you can develop a plan for your career. Some helpful articles:

How Do I Become A Voice Actor?

I’m a working voice actor giving you the REAL DEAL!
Voice Acting is one of the HARDEST forms of acting to get into because your face and body is not seen so you have to be able to effectively convey emotions and what you mean in your reading with JUST your voice! It's more than just reading off of the page. You can be a Robert De Niro on camera, but it does NOT mean that your acting will translate with just your voice.

Don't believe me, then listen to what one of the most successful voice actors, Robbie Rist (Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has to say:

Good voiceover training consists of proper vocal exercises and warmup, proper diction in American standard English, breaking down a VO script into phrases and being able to analyze it, and being able to make that script come to life with your imagination and not just some regular read, and proper mic technique. Improv is also highly recommended as well for you want to be able to loosen up and use your imagination when you're in that isolation chamber (recording booth). When you're recording for the producers, you'll be asked to do multiple takes and say a line or script differently. Improv helps with that!

Getting into SERIOUS voice acting is a hefty investment. Largely because you have to invest hundreds even thousands of dollars in putting together a demo reel that shows your range as a voice actor. There are different types of voiceovers. Commercials are the biggest chunk. Then there are promo, narrative, foreign language, audiobook, and animation. In animation, you want to create original characters, NOT imitations of Bart Simpson, etc.

Once you have a demo done, you mail them out to Voice Over Agents. They're the ones who get you auditions.

If I had to recommend a book, I think The Art of Voice Acting, 3rd edition by James R. Alburger is a good place to start. He also gives recommendations for other Voiceover resources as well.

Here's a great Voice Acting resource site:

How to become a Cartoon voice Actor?

People really like my voice (not to boast) but some people think I should be a voice actor. The more I think about it the more I think it is a good idea!

So I was wondering how to become one.

What sites do I go to?
How do I get an agent?
How to I find a good...well...cartoon/movie character.

By the way, I am only 13. BUT! There are very young people my age that
do voice cartoons, for instance Dakota Fanning (Coraline)

So how do I get a "job" like that? My Dad told me to find out and then we
can look into it. Please help. Give me all the information.

Thank you so much!

What is a good way to get experience for becoming a voice actor/actress?

Acting classes, Improv and specific VO training are key areas to focus upon.Though you say that there are no Voiceover classes near you, there are good teachers who will work remotely with you. Also - you might think a bit about which areas of VO are most interesting to you right now, as that may change how you approach finding work in those areas.Most of the people working on the voice talent side of the business came to it through an incredibly varied range of paths. Singing, music, stage drama, comedy, radio all pop up frequently. The key thing to remember is that voice acting is “Acting.” If you have good training in creating characters, playing a scene, being clear in your choices, that will serve you well when you learn the specifics of voice work.I would figure out how to work with a coach at some point. Voice acting is a specific craft with definite techniques.I’m unaware of any college which has a specific VO degree - so I’m not quite sure how to share advice on how to improve your chance of being accepted in the program you mention.On the other hand, there’s so much information available, and most working actors have websites with demos, are reasonably accessible via social media and participate in public venues, there’s no reason that your geographic location should be an issue. And of course, you should be absorbing everything you can through advertising, video games, animation, and whatever other areas of VO are interesting to you.

Is it hard to become a voice actor?

It's as hard as becoming a "regular" actor, and many voice actors are also "regular" actors. Rather than being easy, it's actually harder because you have to create a character through your voice, and you often are recording by yourself in a sound booth rather than interacting with other actors playing the characters. If you're lucky, maybe the director will read off the opposite lines to help you with the timing, but the other actors voices will be edited in later.

You may have to spend hours for days in that booth recording several "readings" of the same lines over and over so they can pick which ones they want to use. Sometimes, voice actors (for animations) record their lines first and the animation is drawn based somewhat on that voice performance. Other times, especially when you dub foreign films into English, you have to watch the screen carefully as you record so you can match the mouth movements appropriately. Once again this might require several "takes" before you get it right.

Here is a link that has some basic tips and information.
Other websites you should look at to get an idea of what voice acting may involve:

This question comes up a lot. I located a few of the better answers on Yahoo.

Also these are actual legit talent agencies--don't even think of submitting anything to them at his point--but take a look at what's involved here. What level these people are. Google individual names (under talent) and see if you can pop up other credits for the actors. You'll see most have worked very hard for a long time. Kids who do voiceovers, usually are kids who did stage, television, or movie acting first.

I want to take a voice acting course but my husband said it’s a waste of money. We can afford it. What do I do?

Talking from the perspective of someone who was kinda forced to take piano, voice, and gymnastic lessons as a kid/teen, but appreciate most of it (and loved pursuing the voice lessons past the first level offered by Center for Pop Music Philippines):If you want to, and can afford not only the time and money for the lessons themselves, but also the time and effort needed to practice outside the classroom, go for it even if your husband says no. He might think that voice acting is a waste of money, but oftentimes these things can also help develop other things that aren’t money wasted. Personally, I doubt I would’ve overcome my stage fright or connect with others as well as I could now, if I didn’t get those lessons**.Before you dive into taking lessons however, check the itinerary/lesson plan and see what you’re getting yourself into. You’ll want to see if there is going to be a sort of on-the-job training in that lesson plan, since merely getting lessons in a classroom could technically also be done by watching online tutorials (some of which are free!). Ask previous students and talk to the teachers about what goes on in the classes. If you could ask them if you could observe so that you know what you’re getting into, that’d be great too.** Even now, I still prefer typing my thoughts over talking in front of someone’s face about it, and I’m certain that I’m an introvert for the most part because even talking to just one person I like can often be exhausting compared to being alone. But at least I’m not an active recluse now, compared to my time between college courses.