“HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE OVERS?”
I’ve got a lot to say when I’m asked that. Perhaps too much to say. It’s a question that deserves a thorough answer, though, so I’ve built you this site.
I’ve tried to lay out everything I’ve learned in becoming a voice actor. It’s a mostly invisible career, though that is now changing. It was a career I never imagined existed until I was in my thirties.
My advice will favor voice acting in television series, movies and video games, though much of what I have to say applies easily to other branches of v.o. (promos, commercials, or narration, for example) as well as on-camera. Each branch emphasizes it’s own characteristic skills– it’s own personality– but to me, it’s all acting.
The path to becoming a professional actor presents all sorts of obstacles, dead ends and pitfalls that I hope to help you avoid. Your path will be uniquely yours, but I want to show you the things I’ve found to be generally true that can hopefully serve as guideposts for all.
Establishing a voice acting career is not just about being “lucky” or merely “wanting it.” It’s about talent, persistence, earned confidence and being ready to take advantage of luck.
Armed with knowledge I’m presenting for you here, you will have a significant advantage over the unfortunate majority who pursue their dreams blindly. I find the hapless strategy of the naive dream-seekers rarely ends well. I prefer a path with better odds.
Best of luck and maybe someday I’ll see you in the studio.
Dee Bradley Baker