By Stephanie Ciccarelli
April 7, 2008
Getting a job doing voice overs is about more than just your voice.
This Howcast video goes through some of the steps any person encounters when they first get serious about training and launching a voice acting career.
Before you get too far ahead of yourself and buy studio equipment, get trained! When you're exploring voice over as a potential career take a class or two to help determine if voice over is the right business for you. You can experiment with training either in a group setting or one-on-one. There are opportunities for training posted here on VOX Daily often that list all of the class details necessary information for registration.
Read all the time and be sure to read out loud. It is when you are reading aloud that you can really feel the copy, hear your voice, and play with the interpretation. Get over any inhibitions by practicing your reading on a regular basis either on your own, with a teacher, family member or a trusted, objective friend.
Consider apprenticing under an established voice actor or volunteering your talents for charities, not-for-profits, or student projects. As you are building your voice over portfolio, it is important to make the distinction between volunteer work and "giving your voice away for free" -- your future colleagues will thank you.
Every voice is different and has a unique voiceprint. The industry is booming and there is a voice for every job and a job for every voice so long as you can act. Develop your skills, embrace your voice, and realize that your voice is both an instrument and a means to make a living. Take care of your voice.
Remember to breathe properly. This means being able to control your breath and shape it to create flowing phrases and energetic, articulate performances. Breathing deeply from your diaphragm, breath support and proper placement can work miracles and keep you conditioned to deliver in top form, even through sickness.
You can never read enough books, news clippings, pieces of ad copy or audition scripts. The more you practice reading a range of scripts, the wider your vocabulary will become, and the more versatile your voice acting skills. Diversify the material you are reading with regard to content, application and style to tone up your reading skills. Nurture a voracious appetite for reading.
Making a voice over demo is a very personal, artistic and technical process. You can go about doing this on your own but it is advisable to consider the possibilities of having a demo produced for you professionally. Your voice over demo can be your ticket to success and often serves as the first impression of your voice a prospective client will hear.
How lovely it was to see this as a suggestion and we're honored to be included in the video! When you're ready to pursue voice over work as a pro you'll need to have a web presence and a steady source of auditions (i.e. opportunities for acquiring work!). Subscribing to Voices.com is a great way to get your hands on more copy, your name in front of clients, market your talent on a global scale, and most importantly, be heard.
Although we live in a digital age be sure to have a physical copy of your demo on CD to send to agencies that prefer receiving a hard copy. Some welcome emailed MP3s, however, you should ask first to avoid any problems. No one likes to receive unsolicited files by email. Also, inquire before you mail a CD so that you address the envelope to the right person and secure a contact who you can follow-up with.
When you are pounding the pavement on your own be sure to follow up with the prospects you have sent your marketing materials to especially if you mailed a package with a CD. Keep your name front of mind. You may not receive a response from every person you send your promotional materials to but that shouldn't deter you from marketing your services. When someone needs your voice, they will get in touch!
P.S. If you watch carefully near the end, it looks like the actress recording the voice over is also the same voice actress who recorded the voice over. Do you think it's the same person?
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