Becoming a Voice Over Artist

Mar 19, 2023 ByClaire Miles

Everyone has a unique talent; for some, that passion leads to a successful career. For dreamers looking to turn their love of voice acting into a job, the opportunity can be more than just fun and life-changing. Becoming a voice-over artist requires dedication, but with hard work and ambition, you will find yourself as one of many working in this exciting industry. Here are some steps in becoming a voice-over artist. Reading aloud can help you better understand your voice and find ways to improve it. Read a chapter in a book or news article aloud and try to pronounce it carefully, focusing on the correct pronunciation of the words. Practice can help you develop voice acting skills as you can change the expressiveness of your voice depending on the material you are reading.

With your recording studio, you can practice your voice-over skills in a soundproof room and track your progress. A small space, like a dressing room, can create a studio. Make sure your area is quiet so your recordings only capture your voice. Equipment you will need for your studio includes microphones, recording software, computers, and sound insulation materials such as acoustic foam or mineral wood. You can pursue a career as a voice actor through an agent of a casting agent. Casting agents sell your skills to recruiters and inform you of castings you can audition for. They will also negotiate your salary on your behalf. Submit a demo video to find an agent to represent you. You can express interest in a specific market, such as radio or film, and find an agent specializing in that market.

A demo reel is a portfolio of various snippets from your previous work that you can use to demonstrate your voice-over skills to employers. To create a demo, collect voice recordings and edit them into one file. You can show your versatility by using voice acting for different characters. You can also include items related to the job you are looking for. Demos should also be short, no more than 1-2 minutes. Include the strongest or most important items for your job in the first 30 seconds of your video to capture the attention of employers.