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How Do I Get Started in Voice Acting?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

January 28, 2008

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New Online Training for Voice Actors

With the field of voice acting growing at an accelerated pace, there are no shortage of "getting started" questions circulating the web.

In effort to help answer some of those questions, we've compiled an article with links to some of the best free resources for beginner voice actors and those who are seriously considering a look at studying voice over.

I read on one of my favorite blogs that sometimes it's OK to repeat yourself.

Today, I'll take the opportunity to do just that and share a variety of links that are immediately useful, encouraging and completely self-serve - all of these fantastic resources are available to you at your own convenience online.

My advice to anyone considering a career in voice acting is to start your research by visiting links listed on this voice actor's resource list before trying to contact a professional voice actor with questions about how to start a voice over business.

The amazing part is that the vast majority of these spectacular voice acting career-oriented resources are free for you to use and listen to with the exception of a few eBooks that are available for purchase as is noted below.

Take a look and if you see something you like click through the link associated with the resource you are interested in.

All of the blogs and podcasts are free to subscribe to. Keep in the loop, expand your voice acting education and prosper with these handy resources from Voices.com.


BLOGS

VOX Daily
Author: Stephanie Ciccarelli
A daily dose of voice acting news, articles, tutorials, interviews, intelligent conversation and business ideas.
Read this blog if you are: A voice actor, talent agent, voice over coach, casting director, journalist, audio producer, musician, public speaker, student, or member of the entertainment industry.
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Casting Voices
Author: Erica Bontje / Stephanie Ciccarelli
Pick up tips on how to pick the perfect voice for your project and read about the latest in voice casting news from Hollywood and around the world.
Read this blog if you are: A talent agent, casting director, advertising agency, small business, manager, voice actor, student, or journalist.
Subscribe >>

Ask the Voice Cat
Author: Marc Cashman
Q&A with a professional voice over coach and commercial voice over talent.
Read this blog if you are: A voice actor, singer, student, teacher, voice over coach, actor, musician, or a talent agent.
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Master VO
Author: Dan Lenard
Demystifying the home recording studio, one question at a time. Q&A with a professional voice talent and audio production coach.
Read this blog if you are: A voice actor, an audio engineer, student, radio personality, setting up a home recording studio, podcaster, or hobby engineer.
Subscribe >>

The Biz
Author: David Ciccarelli
Get the inside scoop from the CEO of Voices.com and learn more about the business of the business, including marketing strategies, how you can use technology, and more.
Read this blog if you are: An entrepreneur, small business owner, web designer, tech enthusiast, CEO, audio engineer, or a decision maker in the advertising or entertainment industry.
Subscribe >>


INDUSTRY TRADE MAGAZINE

Voice Over Times

Author: Voices.com Staff and a Variety of Contributors

The leader in online voice acting news and press release distribution, Voice Over Times is the driving force propelling the public relations of the voice over industry. Covering voice over in all aspects, this website will help you find the news and stories that you need to hear about now and connect you with media contacts who make your story happen.

Subscribe to Voice Over Times for Free >>


PODCASTS

VOX Talk
Host: Stephanie Ciccarelli
The #1 voice acting entertainment podcast covering voice acting news, business tips, technology, and an assortment of voice actor contributions. This show is produced weekly.
Listen to this podcast if you are: A voice actor, talent agent, voice over coach, student, audio producer, actor, theatre major, musician, podcaster.
Subscribe: Free in iTunes >>

Voice Over Experts
Host: Julie-Ann Dean
The #1 educational podcast featuring renowned voice over coaches from US, Canada and abroad. Join us each week for pearls of wisdom and tricks of the trade to improve your voice over career. This show is produced weekly.
Listen to this podcast if you are: A voice actor, actor, public speaker, voice over coach, student, producer, instructor, voice talent agent, or a casting director.

Subscribe: Free in iTunes >>


VIDEOS

Tutorials
Learn how to use the Voices.com website to your advantage with interactive videos that entertain as well as educate.
Watch these videos if you are: Voice actor, person hiring voice actors, or a customer of Voices.com.
Subscribe: Free in iTunes >>

Commercials

What if Life Had a Soundtrack? Find out in our series of commercials for the web featuring two great actors and hear a variety of narration styles as they hear a soundtrack narrate their lives, turning the mundane into the interesting.

Watch these videos if you are: A voice actor, casting director, agent, someone hiring voice actors, or a fan of videos.

Subscribe: Free in iTunes >>


DOCUMENTS

Official Voices.com User Guide
Find out everything you've ever wanted to know about how to use the Voices.com web service from both the perspective of a person hiring voice actors (client) and that of a voice actor.
Read this document if you are: A customer of Voices.com, whether a client or voice actor member.

Download the PDF now! >>

Getting Started in Voice Overs
Quickly learn the basics of what it takes to make it in the voice over industry with this attractive and useful guide.
Read this document if you are: A voice actor, actor, musician, changing careers, student or voice professional.
Download the PDF now! >>

Blueprint for Voice Acting Success
Discover how easy it is to succeed as a career voice actor. Learn more about managing and promoting your business online using the Voices.com website.
Read this document if you are: A voice actor, voice talent, public speaker, voice talent agent, or student.

Download the PDF now! >>

Voice Over in the Google Era
Google can help you in some major ways when it comes to running your business and being found online. This document will teach you the basics of Google, list Google properties that you can use, and demonstrate how you can make waves with search engine optimization.
Read this document if you:
Download the PDF now! >>

Small Business Podcasting Kit
Want to learn how to podcast? Download this free kit on how to bring your podcast from concept to completion.
Read this document if you are: Starting a podcast, are interested in podcasting, are a podcaster, voice actor, student, or an advertising agency.

Download the PDF now! >>

Voice Over Rate Sheet
Wonder how much a non-union voice over goes for? Download this sheet to find out the general cost of commercials, narration, telephone voice overs, and more.
Read this document if you: Hiring voice actors or are in need of a reference sheet for quoting clients.
Download the PDF now! >>

The Definitive Guide to Voice Over Success
Getting started in voice overs has never been easier with Voices.com's best selling eBook, The Definitive Guide to Voice Over Success. Learn how to build your brand, web presence, and record professionally from home.
Read this document if you are: Getting started in voice overs, are a voice actor, student, professional voice actor, or audio producer.

Buy the eBook for $29.95 now! >>

The Voice Over Script Collection
50 original scripts including telephone, commercials, promos, station IDs, narration and more. Use these scripts to practice from and change the fictitious names of products or companies to suit your needs. Perfect for rehearsal and material to record a voice over demo.
Read this document if you are: A voice actor, voice over talent, public speaker, teacher, voice over instructor, advertising agency or student.
Buy the eBook for $29.95 now! >>

Commercial Scripts for Radio and Television Ads
50 original royalty-free scripts to be used for television and radio advertisements covering a variety of industries. Comes with artistic direction as well as voice casting suggestions.
Read this document if you are: Producing a commercial for radio, television, podcast, or web broadcast.

Buy the eBook for $29.95 now! >>

Frequently Asked Questions
Search the Solutions Database that holds over 500 answers to common questions about the industry and how Voices.com works.
Visit the FAQs:
Visit the FAQs now >>

Did you find this list to be helpful? Feel free to leave a comment or email me with any feedback and or suggestions (stephanie@voices.com).

Best wishes,

Stephanie

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Comments


    Q. I've wanted to do voice overs for some time but they make it so hard to get started. I know that I have talent people have told me so. I want to start right away not even next week. They make it so hard to get started My Q. Is there some place to tryout other than a bunch of red tape to get started. CHUCK MCNULTY

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    • Chuck McNulty
    • December 29, 2010 9:40 PM

      Hi Chuck,

      Thank you for commenting. Happy New Year!

      To answer your question, there are three basic things you need to do in order to really give voice acting a proper go. First, education or some form of training is key. Second, you'll need a home recording studio or the capability to record your voice. A sample of your voice in MP3 format is integral to your success. Third, I advise that you establish your business and then seek out marketing opportunities. When a voice talent has studied, can record from home and has a demo to promote they are welcome to present their talent at Voices.com. I recommend the Guest membership (free) to get started.

      That may seem like a lot but if you are truly going to put your best effort forth, there is some work involved. I'm not sure what the red tape you were referring to is but if you could elaborate on that a bit for me, I might be able to give you some insight or direction.

      Best wishes,

      Stephanie

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