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

I’ve created new pages detailing how to set up an affordable home VO studio, along with an unpacking of the new realities of working from home that voice actors now must adapt to in animation and games. For my “Working from Home” pages: CLICK HERE




Welcome to a comprehensive overview of the art, craft and career of voice acting for both beginners and more advanced performers. It is a distillation of everything I’ve learned from over twenty five years of earning a living voice acting in movies, video games, commercials, promos and television animation in Los Angeles. 

I hope these pages provide you a practical and encouraging “launch pad” for exploring voice acting and how to become a professional artist. 

Keep checking back, as I continually add new content while polishing the old!

Dee Bradley Baker

For Beginners

Beginners will find a broad overview of the art the craft and business of voice acting. I show the many paths available to begin exploring the fun of acting and whether a career might eventually be a good fit for you:

If you’ve never acted before: CLICK HERE

If the idea of acting or voice acting sounds scary: CLICK HERE.

For a quick overview of where to start your journey: CLICK HERE

For a more detailed roadmap of how to become a voice actor CLICK HERE.

For a quick look at what a professional voice actor needs to bring to the table: CLICK HERE.

All newbies should also read: “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. It’s by no means a comprehensive course, but a good start.

Those new to VO will learn that becoming a voice actor means becoming a specialized kind of actor.

For those who already have voice acting experience

Actors further along in their careers will learn how the VO business works and what to do or avoid in pursuing a professional 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 being a professional artist and discuss the importance of keeping your artistic “fuel tank” full, among other topics.

For those actors looking to earn a living at this, I show you the “long game” as well as the “short game” of being a professional voice actor.

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

If my site doesn’t already address your question ask it, and it is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it. 


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328 Responses »

  1. Do I have to become a Brilliant Actor by taking Acting Classes like you and the others did if I wanna get into the Voice Acting for Cartoons and Anime on TV?

  2. Hey Dee,

    I’m 28 with a degree in History just doing volunteer work, but decided that Voice Acting should be what I do, the problem is that I never have done acting, plays, or any acting classes in my life. I live in the Bay Area and wondering is taking acting class the best I can do?

    • Start with an acting class and see how it goes. If you like it as much as it likes you, you keep going.

      I think it’s great to decide you want to explore and get better at a new thing, but it’s a bit of a stretch to “decide” you want it as a career without any experience or confirmation of your talent or that you actually enjoy it. Go for it, but don’t put unhelpful pressure on your exploration and growth. Follow the fun and enthusiasm as long as it burns bright for you.

  3. Dee is one of my personal heroes and gives you truth from the trenches. What a brilliant resource!

  4. Does having a small mouth give you a disadvantage?

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