By Lin Parkin
March 11, 2011
Has 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.
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!
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.
Be sure to write in and share your experiences and any tips you might have!
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