In VoiceArchive we call them voice artists, but a voice actor or actress is a performer who uses his voice to tell, inform, entertain or market products. It can be in connection with advertisements, films, audiobooks, videos, e-learning and much more. We call it voiceovers.
Since a voice actor or actress is rarely seen on screen, they are dependent on being able to communicate their feelings by simply using their voice. They need to practice a lot and improve their vocal skills and the emotional registers of the voice if they want to deliver the best possible performance for the project in question.
How do you become a voice actor?
There is no specific recipe for how to become a good voice actor. The way to get there can vary from person to person, and it is also different whether the voiceover artists work full-time or part-time. However, there are some tips that you can use if you want to increase your chances of achieving a successful career in voiceovers.
Listen to professional voice actors
Watch commercials, listen to audiobooks, or play video games to hear how professional voice actors work. Maybe you have a favorite that you like. Listen to the way they deliver their lines and note how they vary in their tones and emotional registers. There are several voice acting podcasts that are worth listening to. Here you can get an insight into how their approach is to specific roles and tasks.
Take classes in acting
A voiceover artist must also be able to perform a convincing act if he or she is to be able to deliver a line authentically and believably. Voice acting is much more than simply reading a few sentences aloud. It also requires the ability to act. Take some acting classes where a teacher can help you hone and refine your skills to become more confident and a better voice performer.
Hire a voice acting coach
Being a voice actor requires more than just being able to do some funny voices or good imitations. Here, a voice acting coach can help you improve your technical skills such as e.g. pronunciation, articulation, delivery and breathing, so that you know how to best perform a line.
Lots of exercises
As with anything else, you won’t get far if you don’t train. So even if you don’t have access to a professional sound studio, it’s important that you train your voice and your skills. Many professional voiceover actors have their own home studios where they can practice. If you invest in the right equipment yourself, you have the option of recording a script and then listening to the recording. In this way, you can train your voice so that it appeals to casting officers and different target groups.
Record a demo
With a well-executed demo portfolio, you as a professional speaker can show your range when it comes to voiceover jobs. It is very different whether it is all gathered on one demo or if you send separate demos with your commercial skills. Here you have to come up with mixes of different lines or dialogues that you have performed in different voices.
Go to auditions
Auditions are an essential part of becoming a good voice actor. Although it may seem intimidating, you just have to throw yourself into it. At the start of your career, try to go to auditions that match your talent. In this way, you avoid unnecessary rejections. You can start by looking for open casting jobs on the Internet and make use of speaking agencies where you can submit your auditions.
Use your network
With a solid network, you’ll have a better chance of finding job opportunities, building friendships and learning a lot more about being a voiceover actor. However, it is important that you keep in mind that you must also return the favor, so help your connections and show interest in their successes.