Tips to Become a Voice Actor

 

 

Voice actors provide their voice for animated films and television shows, read documentary film narratives, and voice radio and television advertisements. If you like acting and have a unique voice, maybe this is the right career. To be a voice actor, you must hone skills, make your voice heard, and take part in many auditions. Because it is very competitive, this profession is not for people who give up easily. However, with persistence, hard work, and knowing how, you will be able to pursue a career as a voice actor.

 

Developing Talents

  1. Practice reading aloud

The ability to read aloud and effectively is very important for voice-over, especially if the job requires you to read scripts. Read books, magazines, or news articles aloud on a regular basis so you get used to. Spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day to read. Practice pronunciation and intonation. Try changing the sound when reading to add to the challenge.

 

  1. Record your voice

Try telling a monologue or reading a script while recording. Listen again and record some things that need to be fixed. Maybe you will be surprised by the results. The sound in the recording is not always the same as the sound you heard every day. Pay attention to these changes and get used to recording sound so that you can express yourself through the microphone effectively.

 

  1. Practice your Vocal

Certain exercises can help you control and improve sound. Most of these exercises are based on breathing. You can try humming by blowing a straw to control your breath. [5] You can lie on the floor, draw and exhale deeply, and take out “shh” when exhaling. [6] Sitting up straight with your shoulders pulled back also produces a big change in sound. You can practice articulation by turning the tongue.

 

  1. Imitate Various Sounds

Learning to imitate sound can help develop flexibility, recognize tone, and provide good material for demo videos. You don’t need to be an impersonator, but this exercise helps change the sound. This allows you to be a versatile voice and help acting skills. Try not only to imitate their voices, but also their personalities so that the voice you emit is alive.

 

  1. Take an Acting Course or Find an Acting Coach

This helps you develop acting skills. Even though the voice actors never appear on the screen, they must be talented actors in order to be able to speak the dialogue effectively. In various cases, the work of voice acting may harder than other acting working types, it is  because there is no opponent to speak and the audience cannot see facial expressions, hand gestures, or body movements. You don’t have property or other equipment to help deliver. Emotion and personality can only be expressed through sound.

 

 

Selling Your Talent

After doing some of the tips above to improve your skills, of course there is a need to market yourself with the skills you have as voice actors. There are two options for selling your talent. You may find some talent agencies that may help you to find a good company to hire voice actor as you already have the talents, or you can sell your talent via social media which has been widely used.

 

  1. Make a Resume

Try to get any related experience so you can compile a resume. Take acting courses, attend workshops, create YouTube channels that display your original content, participate in community theaters, offer to be broadcasters at school, read electronic books, or whatever is relevant to your new voice acting career. As such, you appear to be experienced in the eyes of the director and these activities also help you develop skills.

 

  1. Look for Talent Agents

Just like actors, voice actor careers also need help from agents. The agent will notify if there is an audition and find a suitable job. Agents will help you market yourself and handle your career. They will negotiate your salary and get a commission from your work. They know jobs that you can’t find yourself. Send demo and resume videos to talent agencies. Choose the agent that you trust and the most suitable.