Vox Daily The Official Voices.com Blog

Has Your Voice been Typecasted?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

May 1, 2006

Comments (0)

Just because voice-over roles are behind the scenes doesn't mean that voice talent can't be pigeon-holed or typecasted for specific work, voice types or character roles.

Where does typecasting come from? Who is responsible for typecasting actors?

Stuck in a pigeon hole? Break free!

The state of being 'typecasted' is frustrating for many talent. Being typecasted is like having a reputation, being associated with one particular role, type of person, physique, or, for our purposes, voice types and capabilities.

Some golden examples of the typecasting phenomenon are manifested in some of Hollywoods most famous stars. There are even web pages and Wikipedia listings dedicated to typecasted actors and the qualities for which they were typecasted.

It would appear, after a little thought, that agents may have direct influence here. After all, aren't they responsible for who they refer for specific jobs or auditions? Agents will want to present voices with characteristics that best meet the requirements of the artistic director or project manager.

But, wait a minute. Agents only present talent for certain jobs because they are fully aware of their capabilities and background in a particular line of voice-over work...

Could it be possible that voice talent typecast themselves?

How would a voice actor go about doing that?


    • Performing a role too well

    • Isolating yourself into a comfort zone, a niche voice-over cocoon

    • Not promoting your other talents, i.e. only showcasing certain demos, withholding others

    • Little variety regarding recorded voice samples for clients or agents

    • Not exploring other opportunities

    • Snubbing other kinds of work, leaving you stranded in only one area of voice-overs

    Performing a specialty voice-over service or meeting the needs of a particular market is a definite plus, but you don't want to lose the thrill of working on new and exciting projects.

    Forfeiting well paying work and business relationships? That doesn't sound like something an entrepreneurial voice talent or voice actor would do!

    Back to the matter at hand...

    Have you been typecasted?

    Let us know if you have been, and what it has meant for your career.

    Cheers,

    Stephanie

    Related Topics: agents, Hollywood


    Comments


Leave a Comment



Recent Articles

Apple App Store Video Preview Is A Gamechanger

Don't Ignore Your Vocal Health

Microsoft Buying Minecraft Creator Will Drive Mobile Voice

The 3 Things Voice Pros Can Learn From Sir Jony Ive

Don Pardo's Final Voice Lesson

iPhone 6, 6 Plus & Apple Watch: Studio On The Go for Voice Pros

Apple iWatch Could Drive Voice Over Market

How Localization Unlocks Business Growth Potential

Are You a Self-Made Voice Over Actor?

Slate In Character Or Don't Slate At All

   

Upcoming Webinar

Localization Webinar

Join us for a free webinar on how localization can help expand the use of all your voice-over work for new markets, new services and reach new heights with your business!

Register for the webinar

Subscribe by Email

About Vox Daily

Vox Daily offers a daily dose of voice acting news, articles, tutorials, interviews, intelligent conversation and business ideas for voice talent and voice actors.


Follow Us

   

Our feed & social options update you with special offers and news as it happens.

New YouTube Video

Watch videos on YouTube