How to become a voice actor
Do you remember growing up as a child, watching all your favorite Disney movies and Nickelodeon cartoons? I know I do. I distinctly remember wanting to do that when I grew up – use my voice to entertain others. I was always the center of attention at group functions and in school. The way I could change my voice was unique and I could even mimic many famous celebrities. I tried taking up singing in school, but let’s be honest here. I’m completely tone deaf. Now while I have a good voice, it’s not meant for singing. Kind of seems like I was destined for voice acting then, doesn’t it? Back then, as it is now, it wasn’t easy to break in the voice acting industry. It requires great skill and dedication, and perhaps even a little luck. Luck? Yeah, you need someone to “discover” you. Mark Hauser
So there are a myriad of different ways to break into the voice acting profession. Just don’t expect to make it big and rich over night, because that most likely will not happen. Voice acting is a career and as such, takes time to develop and get your name out there. A good starting point is to join some voice acting workshops. These are normally held by higher ups like casting directors in their own personal studio. This gives a great chance to get to know people and spread your name. Network, network, network! It’s just as much who you know, along with what you know. Now this is an expensive way to break into the field but it’s an investment in your career so it’s worth it.
Work with a voice over coach or vocal coach. They specialize in one on one sessions and can point out your flaws and correct them, as well your strengths and how to make them stand out. They will work with you on your range and how to train your voice to keep you from damaging it. This is another expensive option but is well worth it as you will be learning valuable lessons to enhance your voice acting career. Along with voice acting lessons, you can take classes. This is a great group activity that will have you learning the ins and outs of voice acting and getting valuable feedback from professional teachers and other students. This is also another great way to network.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do is create a demo. Yes, once again this will require money but what doesn’t? Especially when its for the benefit of your career. Don’t skimp here. Listen to other demos from professionals in the area to get an idea of what yours should consist of. Reach out and ask for guidance and you may be able to get the hook up on a good price and great producer. You can get a demo from anywhere to a couple hundred bucks up to a few thousand dollars, depending on the quality of work you want in return. Work your tail off and it will pay off in the end, trust me.