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“HOW DO I GET INTO
Welcome to the web’s most comprehensive resource covering the art, craft and career of voice acting!
This site is for all levels of ability- from those utterly new to voice acting to amateurs to working pros. You’ll find no fees and no adds- just practical, encouraging insight.
I’ve distilled for you what I’ve learned from my over three decades as a professional voice actor in Hollywood, as well as five decades of live performing.
Whether you’re looking for an exploratory overview or a career-expanding deep dive, you’ve come to the right place!
Check back often for frequent updates and additions!
–Dee Bradley Baker
Those new to voice acting and all curious amateurs should start by reading my FAQ and VO Myths pages.
If you are new to acting check the pages under the “Starting from Zero” dropdown menu above.
More advanced performers :
More experienced performers will find specifics on advanced topics like how to make a demo, how to audition, what happens in a session and how get an agent, as well as broader discussion of the career of voice acting for those suited to it.
Pandemic/ Work from Home Pages!
COVID has rendered VO fully mobile! For my Working from Home pages CLICK HERE.
For a new page for experienced performers ready to start: CLICK HERE.
After giving my site (as well as posted comments) a careful read, if you still have a voice over question, post it (below)!
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I’ve seen a few prominent voice over artists claim that new actors should avoid sites live Fiverr, upwork, voices.com, etc. due to their high volume (difficulty to compete and get work) as well as the potential that they can permanently damage your reputation as someone who’s willing to pump out amateur work for amateur pay. They advocate to instead focus on building long lasting relationships with good clients.
In your experience, should I avoid these kind of sites or is there really no downside to giving them a shot?
Online non-union VO sites are like looking for a job in construction by hanging out in front of the hardware store with a shovel, hoping someone will pick you up for who knows what. In all probability it’ll be hard labor and low pay. You might get work under such a low ceiling of opportunity, but you’re unprotected and it offers little or no horizon that might build towards better gigs. If that’s the kind of “learning” you’re looking for, knock yourself out.
It’s fine that some may be satisfied with this, but the path beyond the lower level of professionalism is hard to see.
With any gig or workspace, ask yourself, “Where does this kind of work, this level of expectations, lead me?”
I can’t begrudge anyone just wanting to earn a few bucks or get some ground-floor experience, but if you aim for more, for better, to be professional- it’s not a place to linger.
You set the bar for how much others value you and your work by how much you value you and your work.
How good do you want to get? How far do you want to take this? Answer this for yourself, then seek out those actors and teachers whose answers and aspirations mirror your own.