Dee Bradley Baker's "All to Know About Going Pro in V.O."

“HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE OVERS?”

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This site is a comprehensive overview of the art and career of voice acting for both beginners and more advanced performers. It is a distillation of everything I’ve learned from over two decades of earning a living voice acting in video games, movies and television series in Los Angeles. 

Beginners

Those new to VO will learn that becoming a voice actor means becoming a specialized kind of actor. For those just starting out with little or no voice acting experience, I show how you might go about finding whether voice acting is a good fit for you. 

All newbies should read: “Starting from Zero,” “VO Myths,” “Learning to Act,” and “FAQs.” These pages are relevant to all beginners, whether you live in Nowheres-ville or a Big City, whether you are clueless or confident, young or old, local or international.  

To start improving your VO skills right away, click on over to my “Voice Acting Academy,” for lots of at-home practice material.

For a quick overview read What a Voice Actor Needs to Learn.

Those who already have voice acting experience

Those further along will learn how the VO business works and what to do or avoid in pursuing an acting career. You’ll also find specifics on more advanced topics like how to make a demo, how to audition, what happens in a session and how get an agent. I also discuss handling the ups and downs of an acting career and discuss the importance of keeping your artistic “fuel tank” full.

I try to show you the “long game” as well as the “short game” of being a voice actor.

After giving my site (as well as posted comments) a careful read, if you still have a voice over question, ask it!  

If your question is not already addressed and is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it.

Although no website or book or class can make everyone a professional voice actor, I hope these pages provide you a practical and comprehensive “launch pad” for exploring voice acting. I continually add new content as I keep polishing the old, so check back.

Have fun, best of luck and maybe someday I’ll see you in the studio!

Dee Bradley Baker

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234 Responses »

  1. Hello, I have been thinking about making a career in voice acting if I don’t go into music once I’m finished with high school. I assume one ought to start with acting for example in a local drama club or something, but I cannot bring myself to ask my mother about it. She may think it is a ridiculous idea, also I might not deserve it, but I have never actually told her about it. Please, do you know of any arguments I could use if I eventually tell her? Thank you.

  2. Do all voice actors do table reads [before recording]?

  3. I wanted to …interview [you] for a project I am doing for one of my college classes. …how you got started, what you should expect when going into the field, and what advice you would give to an aspiring voice actor.

  4. Are there any places that you could recommend near the southern Indiana area that I could attend to help me start learning about this line of acting? Schools, workshops, theater, etc? Also, do you suggest moving to a bigger city or out west?

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