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

“HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE OVERS?”

 

“How do I become a voice actor?” “How does the voice-over biz work?” “How do I get an agent?” “How do I make a demo?” “Where and how do I even 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 four decades of performing and over two decades of voice acting 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.

If you are new to voice acting, begin by reading pages “Starting from Zero,” “Classes,” “VO Myths,”  “FAQs,” “Workout” and “Homework.” Most everything should be relevant to 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.)

With the rest of my site, I show the more advanced aspiring voice pro what to shoot for with your demo, auditioning, getting an agent and how you handle yourself as you navigate your career. I also discuss pitfalls of success and things to avoid.

Beyond talent, your career’s progress depends on 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. But if acting is fun for you– if you love the process and the people– none of that will matter.

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

 

Dee Bradley Baker

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  1. I just relocated from the east coast (Orlando) and am now stuck acquiring a new voice agent on the west coast. The catch is even after doing voiceover union jobs, acquiring an agent in California is nearly impossible. None of them seem to take unsocilicited materials, in other words they won’t take demos or resumes? What advice do you have for a new vocal nomad for finding agents?

    • My main advice is patience. It took me over a year to get a decent V.O. agent after I moved from Orlando- and that was with a successful television series and lots of other voice over work already under my belt! And I felt lucky! After getting an agent it took a few more years for the working animation companies and casting directors to become aware of me. Maybe ten years before I felt “known.”

      Agents get a ton of unsolicited submissions every day, just like you get ad mail everyday that you mostly ignore. It’s not that agents don’t want fresh quality talent, the do! but it takes too much time to sift through all the silt to get to the gold. I’ve never been a fan of “cold send outs” since you pretty much get the attention of agents who are either desperate or bored. Not the kind of representation you’d probably want.

      A better way- if you have a great demo and/or are indeed ready to impress- is to take a v.o. class that rotates through a number of working casting directors and/or agents from agencies you’d be interested in. You can connect with other voice actors who may be of help, you can perhaps impress an agent and maybe get an interview or even catch the eye of a casting director who likes what you do and will make a call on your behalf to an agency that might be interested. A well-respected recommendation is gold! The class is not a guarantee of any of this, but it’s a much better aimed shot than a cold send out.

      Good luck!

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