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How Can Your Child Get Into Voice Overs?

By Lin Parkin

March 11, 2011

Comments (6)

Boy smiling and holding a microphone in front of a red studio wallHas your child shown an active interest in doing voice over?

Is there a flair for the dramatic in your house?

Learn more about how you can help to both nurture their interest and avenues for pursuing training and representation for child voice actors in today's VOX Daily.

Voice Acting For Kids

Many children are enthralled with the cartoon characters they hear in their favorite animated TV shows and films, often wondering how they can become the voice of a cartoon character.

If you're interested in getting your child involved in voice overs and they have no prior acting or auditioning experience it's best to enroll them in some classes with a professional voice over coach. Look for a coach or instructor who specializes in teaching children. They will help your child to learn acting and auditioning skills as well as help prepare your child's first professional voice over demo. A demo for a voice over talent is like a headshot for an actor. It will be your child's calling card.

You are most likely to find a voice over coach who specializes in teaching children in larger city centres. That's because large cities are usually where the action is in terms of casting calls for film and television. In television there are pilots shows, which are shows that haven't been picked up yet by a network, being developed all the time and many require child voice actors. If the show gets picked up by the network - you're golden!

How Do You Get From Training to Auditioning?

After your child has developed their skills and is ready with a professional demo, try joining Voices.com. You'll receive a personalized web page to promote your child's demo and have the ability to audition for suitable jobs. You will be notified by email any time that a voice over job matches your child's profile. Voices.com offers a special membership for children. Please contact us by phone if you would like more information about it.

It's also a good idea to find a voice over talent agent. You may need to send physical copies of the demo to agencies that represent child actors, so be sure to do some research. All agents are different regarding how they want to receive materials from applicants. Make some phone calls and ask around for some recommendations.

If an agent selects your child for representation they will keep the demo on file and submit it for jobs which your child is suited for. While voice talent can be hired straight off a demo, the producer will most likely want you and your child to visit the studio to audition or to submit an audition via email.

As a parent or guardian you will be expected to be 100% involved. You'll be acting as your child's manager. That being said, you will need to be vigilant about what your child is auditioning for, always accompanying them to the studio, and handling any and all business matters for them.

In fact, there are many wonderful voice over families out there with the both children and parents involved in voice acting.

Is Your Family a Voice Over Family?

Be sure to write in and share your experiences and any tips you might have!

Lin

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Comments


    My kids ages 16 & 9 work regularly. It started with my teen daughter, I attended the classes with her, and she convinced me to try a demo, then little brother wanted to do it too. The thing is to make it fun and diffuse the pressure of "winning" an audition. Its really great family time for us.

    Most of the recording is done from our home studio, but they occasionally work in commercial studios. I went against conventional wisdom and made a family voice over web site rather than one for each of us. At first it was a cost issue but I have found we stand out from the crowd. Also clients who go to our site for me for instance will see the kids and vs versa, we have all gotten work from clients that started with another one of us.

    Posted by:

      I love it when I get to work with my family on voice overs. I'm so proud of my boys when they get a gig and I enjoy coaching and engineering their auditions and jobs.

      Half of the jobs I've gotten over the last year have been with my husband or one of my sons, or both!

      Some clients have definitely appreciated our package deal. They only have to communicate with one studio for all the work, and I think they can hear a genuine connection between the characters.
      It's especially been great for children's stories where I can cast various characters given the actors in my own household.

      I will say that my boys are NOT nearly as excited about auditioning as I am. We try to pace out their auditions and their recording times. They just don't do well after 8-10 minutes.

      In terms of their compensation, we take a small percentage for studio/editing time (10%) and have them give away 10% to worthy cause, then we place the rest of their earnings in a savings account or investment for when they come of age.

      At least, this is how we do it now. Perhaps when they get older and learn to edit their own work, things may change.

      Overall I'm so proud of everyone.

      Jeany Van Meltebeke Snider
      (and Donovan and Weston and David Snider)

      Posted by:

        My six year old got her first PAID voice over today reading a line for a Hooked on Phonics direct response radio ad through a direct response agency that regularly uses me. She did a great read and nailed it. I am thrilled for her but I think I need more information about how to set up her finances so that we are compliant with entertainment laws.

        I was impressed with her ability to mimic, take direction and bring enthusiasm to the read. She's been in studios with me since before birth so it's kind of in her genes!

        Posted by:

          I am a trained actor and I was wondering how to get work.

          Posted by:
          • Brian Jonathan Griffin
          • March 23, 2011 9:38 AM

            I have always enjoyed trying to do impressions. One of my first voiceover jobs was doing an Elvis GPS voiceover for pigtones.com. My son Jared has picked up this interest in doing impressions and I got him a job with this client doing a Captain Jack Sparrow GPS voiceover.

            There is a bible passage that says "train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it." I guess that might apply to voiceovers as well.

            Posted by:

              Hi! We live in the UK, near London. Could you tell me the nearest voice coach. My 11 year old loves to talk and do voices and has often expressed an interest in doing voice overs. Can you help? Thanks lynne

              Posted by:
              • Lynne
              • January 9, 2014 2:04 PM

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