By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 29, 2009
When people are voice acting, their names are not generally associated with the voice over or the product they are selling.
The one exception that I can think of is in the world of character voice acting where there may be credits included at the end of a cartoon, film, or in a video game.
Bearing that in mind, how does this affect the voice acting profession?
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Voice over is very much behind the scenes work. You are at home or in a studio and rarely (if ever) get to see your audience or be seen by them.
What motivates people to do voice over at this point?
Is it recognition?
Voice over has to be one of the most humble occupations in the sense that recognition is not what is really what's driving the individual voice artist to do their job.
Based upon what I know of voice over professionals, recognition for themselves is probably the least motivating factor... these people would rather be part of a greater whole and pin their motivation upon effectively conveying and spreading a message.
The ultimate goal is to ensure that the audience comprehends the message and acts upon it in a positive way.
Remember when we discussed ego in voice acting? This is very much the essence of humility: a modest view of one's own importance.
Is humility a hallmark of voice acting?
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