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



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. 


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. 

For quick overview of how to become a voice actor CLICK HERE.

All newbies should also 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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  1. I took theater for two years and voice class for a year during college, but I was told that I was too quiet, monotone and could not show emotions. How do [voice actors] show emotion and control your voice especially in character?

    • You are asking me how do you become a good actor (how to access emotion and control your expression). My answer is to persistently explore and develop your interest in performing in any way you can and explore and refine your ability with instruction if it is constructive and brings practical results, as I detail on my site. Classes may or may not help you find whether you 1. have talent or 2. are suited for voice acting. I believe you best learn acting by getting in shows or on stage in front of a live audience and learn from working with actors who are more experienced than you are. You access and show emotion by becoming a good actor (assuming you have the talent and personality for it, which not everyone does). Controlling your voice in character is also a function of your acting.

  2. …Could you suggest any good voice acting teacher in the LA area?

    • To learn the acting of voice acting, I’d choose to learn from a voice actor. Charlie Adler, Cathy Cavadini and Bob Bergan are teaching off and on these days and they are all very good. There are other good ones as well. Look for someone with a good resume’ and who is currently working.

  3. Hallo! I’ve commented a few times and always appreciate your response. I was hoping you could shine some light on getting voice acting talent attached to a cartoon pilot. If someone were to approach a voice actor to be in their pilot or at least attempt to get them attached to the project should they approach the actor via their own representation or if they don’t have any is it possible to reach out themselves? I’ve heard there is a greater chance of getting a meeting to pitch if you have a well known name attached to the project. I honestly am very green in this area and I’m trying to understand the process. I have the pitch packet basically done because I’d never made one and wanted the practice. But it got me wondering about the voice over talent and so now I’m here. Thank you in advance!

    • Well, you can approach any voice actor through their agent- or even social media- and depending on your pitch it might grab the interest of the talent. It’s not unheard of for top VO talent to lend a hand with a non-airing presentation on an up-and-comer’s project. Your focus should be on putting together an irresistible idea that is compelling, fun, moving, etc and seems well put together and ready to go. You can learn about putting together things like pitch materials or a show “bible” perhaps at convention panels, if you need that kind of info, I’d think. Good luck! And don’t be afraid!

  4. I wanted to ask a question about time management. I know that many aspiring actors, especially early on, take on part-time jobs while they are searching for more consistent work. Would it be viable, time-wise, for someone working full time in, say, software development to try to break into the industry?

    Additionally, would it benefit them if they worked in related industries such as Video Game development or Computer Animation? I’m not looking for a cheap or easy in, but I am wondering if the schedule of such a job would lend itself to another profession that requires (I am assuming) time flexibility.

    • An aspiring actor needs a side job(s) that has some flexibility when you are at the intermediate stage of auditioning and working. When you are starting out and getting performance experience or training, you at least need some nights and weekends free to attend a class or get on a stage. Most corporate jobs probably aren’t flexible in a way a freelance actor wants (there are exceptions- theme parks, for example). Service industry jobs or temp jobs may be a more flexible choice for a “working” actor on their way to earning enough to pay the bills.

      Experience in a related industry can certainly be of help (some voice actors have been animators or writers, for instance), but you are primarily hired to be an actor above all for animation and game VO.

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