Dee Bradley Baker's "Basics of Going Pro in V.O."


“How do I become a voice actor?” “How does the voice-over biz work?” “How do I get from amateur to pro?” “How do I make a demo?” “Where do I start?”

If you have questions about voice acting, you have come to the right site. I’ve created for you a thorough, practical overview of the craft and career of voice acting by distilling everything I’ve learned from over two decades of working in television animation, commercials, video games and movies in Los Angeles. Much of what I have to say applies to on-camera acting as well.

Ultimately, no website, book, class or guru will transform everyone into a professional voice actor and mine isn’t the only perspective on this. Study and research may help, but your progress is more dependent upon a combination of your talent, ambition, persistence, and much “paying of dues.” There are no short cuts to the hard work ahead, even for the few that are right for this line of work. The road can be long and hard, but if acting is fun for you, that won’t matter.

If you are new to voice acting, start by reading my pages “Starting from Zero,” “Classes,” “VO Myths,”  “FAQs,” “Workout” and “Research.” Everything I’ve learned is here for you, whether you live in Nowheresville or a Big City, whether you are inexperienced or already on your way, young or old. (Check back often– I continually add new content while I polish up the old.)

The rest of my site offers the more advanced aspiring voice pro ideas to improve your readiness and hopefully up your odds of sustained career success by pointing out missteps to avoid and what I think you should shoot for with your demo, auditioning, and how you handle yourself as you navigate your career. I want to help save you time in what will hopefully prove a long and fruitful journey.

Best of luck and maybe someday I’ll see you in the studio!

Dee Bradley Baker

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  1. Is there a chance that a filipino with a talent in voice acting could work in america?

    • Most of the work I am familiar with is straight ahead “American English,” but having other languages or experience abroad could be a speciality that could, for instance, be of use doing dubbing (ADR) for occasional feature films or television series– if you are good enough, have a good agent and the right kind of project comes along. I used my German language skills, for instance, to book “American Dad.” I know a few Asian actors who get a fair amount of work voicing roles that are Asian in animation, as well. Filipino I’ve never heard used, but it’s not impossible to imagine that. I have a friend with a Peruvian parent who gets a ton of hispanic roles because of that. Also, shows get “brownie points” with the actors’ union when they hire “ethnic” actors.

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