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

“HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE OVERS?”

 

I wanted to create a site to help anyone seriously interested in a professional voice over career, as well as beginners who might want to explore voice acting in an amateur capacity. 

To that end, I’ve distilled everything I’ve learned in over four decades of performing and over two decades of earning a living as a voice actor in television animation, commercials, video games and movies in Los Angeles. Since voice acting is fundamentally a form of “acting,” much of what I have to say applies to those interested in stage or on-camera acting as well. 

If you are new to voice acting with little or no experience: Read my 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 clueless or confident, young or old.

If you already have some experience as a voice actor: Read the rest of my site as well. I show you what I’ve learned about things like making a demo, auditioning, getting an agent and how to handle the ups and downs of an acting career.

If you have a question about the art or business of voice acting: Read my site first, then post your question. If your question is not already addressed and is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it.

For most who are bold enough to try it, acting will never be a money-making proposition. It’ll just be something fun to do– a hobby. And there is nothing wrong with that! But for the few that have the talent, focus, business sense and patience that it takes to “go pro,” I hope this site provides you a bit of a short cut to the hard (and fun) work ahead as you advance towards earning a living as an artist.

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!

  2. I’ve been in talks with the guys at [Company] and it’s like $4500 for demo producing and training and other stuff. I’m not new to performing arts but the stuff they say they offer sounds pretty sweet. Just seeing if you have any thoughts before I drop serious dough.

    • Man, that is a lot of money is my first thought. I don’t know the company, but that’s irrelevant. I’d want to speak to all kinds of graduates and do a good amount of auditing before plunking down that amount of cash. Wow. It had BETTER be “sweet.” I’d also need to know how respected it is and how competitive their demos are to other objective ears. In LA, I’d expect to pay maybe one to two thousand to produce a decent demo– assuming I was ready. Classes, might cost seven or eight hundred for five “weeks” of a learning. My view, as I state, is that voice acting isn’t a vocation that anyone can learn. Many who want to make a demo and get rolling in VO aren’t ready, but it’s always easy to find someone to take your money. Not sure of how this company selects their students, but I’d sure be very cautious of a company that will take anyone and everyone’s $4500, promising a “sweet experience” and a great demo. Perhaps they are fantastic, and maybe you are ready to make a demo, but yowzah, that is a lot of money.

  3. …a few mentors I’ve had work from home more regionally through P2P sites, is this a good/bad/indifferent way to cut one’s teeth before uprooting your life to move out to a place like L.A.?

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