Can you explain how I get into voice over acting?
Fate is finally knocking on my door. I repeatedly have people I know and don’t know tell me that I have a voice for TV, cartoons or radio. All my life I have had people randomly tell me that I remind them of old children cartoons and the voices they remember in them. It’s finally made me realize that maybe being a voice over actor is for me?
I can’t say I’m an expert at this at all. I have no formal training but I’d like to know what to call the career and how I might find jobs in this area? Is it a voice over job, voice acting jobs or what? Either way, can you point me in the right direction?
The best way to get started in voice overs is to craft your abilities in a well rounded portfolio. If you can emulate different children cartoon voices then you should make a range of recordings doing them even if they are not 100% professionally done. You should try and do a wide range of different voices from ones interacting, to reading serious scripts and even emulate voice over commercial spots. Put these in a portfolio to share with agents and possible opportunities.
If you have had some type of experience already you will know how well you can twist and turn with changes. If you can go through and in depth written script and do it without any errors and have your work come out crystal clear without imperfections then you know you have a future in this career. Time is money and perfecting the voice over art is being sound in the production of your characters and reading the scripts fluidly and doing multiple takes and shots with no problem.
If you are serious about becoming a voice over artist you need a full and fleshed out portfolio showing off your work. Search the Internet for voice over agencies to help you create and develop a demo reel. If you can’t find an agency to help you create your demo, put one together as best as you can and start sending your portfolio to these voice over agencies. There are hundreds of them and they will put your work on file and alert you when you match their needs.
You can always go the free route and offer to do voice over work for many different agencies and freelance jobs at no cost to them. When you work is used in video, on tape, on CD’s, on TV or on Radio make sure you get copies in hardcopy and digital copy of all your voice over work. Investing a couple months in doing free work will help you build up not only a portfolio but references of your ability to do the work fast and with quality in the voice over market. Freelance voice over jobs are a great way to start here.
Professional media companies use the Mandy directory and have been using it for ages. This directory is chock full of big and well known media producers that crank out top of the line content and could get you featured in some big top positions. The catch? A lot of these places like the BBC don’t pay much if at all. So this is a good place to get your feet wet in the industry and your portfolio and experience built up. You can find it at: http://www.mandy.com
I have seen quite a few people with a natural talent in voice overs make it to the professional tip top of the career. You never know, you may find yourself doing a Pixar film. Good luck! Hope my voice over experience has helped you out.