What is a voice actor?
As a voice over artist you’ll possesses multiple functions and be able to work in various fields where your voice is needed, such as audiobooks, commercials, documentaries, apps, toys, announcements, as well as animated films and video games. Despite being a form of acting, actors and voice over artists can’t be called the same thing as both require different skills. For instance, an actor relies a lot on their body, using facial expressions and physical movements, whereas a voice over artist uses only their voice but is constantly working on it by constantly training and adapting it.
Make a demo
It is essential for any voice artist to produce a demo in order to demonstrate their abilities. This enables potential clients to pick out any unique skills they may possess, like for example any specific accent or the ability to speak in different languages. It makes it easier for you to apply to job opportunities as you can simply add your demos to the emails sent to possible clients, as well as adding them on websites for clients who are looking for voice talents. We even have a service for aspiring VO artists to record their first professional demos with us, which you can check out here.
Clearly your voice is the most important tool to your success! Make sure you’re constantly training it. Carry out daily vocal exercises or even take part in acting classes or join professional voice acting groups. Why not also listen to the types of voices that are used in commercials, cartoons, podcasts or video games? This could help you pick out on the different techniques, tones and inflections that different VO artists use. Warming up your voice by reading the script out loud could be a good idea before starting the recording.
There are several elements a VO actor needs to perfect, such as:
– Clarity. Adapt the volume so that the audience can hear you properly and not be bothered by the volume being either too low or too loud is a necessity. You must make your voice clear enough to be understood correctly.
– Pacing. Pacing is also an important element as people can struggle to keep up because of the pace being too fast, or too slow, so they detach themselves from it.
– Tone. Probably the most important element. A natural, pleasant, friendly and engaging tone will make people more likely to listen to you.
– Pronunciation. Of course, pronunciation is also a significant aspect. Being able to master different accents is very helpful as more people would be more likely to relate. You should avoid mumbling and shouting as much as possible.
It is also important that you establish connections with people in the same industry. By building relationships you will widen your scope and perhaps provide you with more opportunities. When casting agents approach VO artists with a project that isn’t the right fit for them personally, they might decide to refer you instead.
Create a comfortable environment
If you have the means for it, creating your own little studio at home could be beneficial to you. You will have access to your own soundproof environment, without any background noise! And you’ll be able to invest in advanced audio equipment which will improve the quality of your work.
Remember, if you’d like to discuss your next project, then give us a call on +44 (0) 207 095 5730 or email [email protected] for a quote.