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

About

I was born in Indiana, grew up in Colorado and got a great liberal arts education at The Colorado College. I had many interests and found myself a full time actor in my late twenties and settled on voice acting exclusively as a career in my early thirties. 

I’ve enjoyed all kinds of performing– on stage, on camera and behind a mic– since second grade. I’ve been earning my living acting in Los Angeles since 1993.

I’ve put this site together because it’s fun for me and it saves everyone a lot of time. Acting is a voluntary family- we help each other out and I figured it’s my turn to lend a hand to a new generation of voice pros.

If you want to read answers to questions I’m often asked, click here for an extended interview. 

I wish you the best of luck and an enjoyable path!

Dee

@deebradleybaker

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  1. [Do you teach or coach via Skype? What about creature sounds?]

    • I think trying to learn voice acting online via Skype is like trying to learn karate via Skype. Many will happily take your money to show you some moves, but if you go out and get in a brawl, I don’t think you’ll have learned anything that will help you hold your own. I’m just not sure learning voice acting remotely is possible, as I don’t know anyone I’ve worked with that has done that. I think you learn acting in-person or in front of an audience. And every voice actor’s path is different.

      This applies to creature sounds as well. I suppose you could learn to make certain vocal “effects,” but making sound effects is not the heart of it, in my view. It’s acting and improv channeled through your own weird collection of vocalizations you’ve accumulated through a process of experimentation and exploration. It’s an ability to connect with those that create and diagnose what is needed to make a scene or creature work. It’s having a well of vocal possibilities at hand and the confidence to dial up a good idea quickly and deliver it quickly with variation, if so directed. It’s putting specific intent or implied conversation to non-verbal sounds. It’s the ability to inspire confidence and solve very particular puzzles consistently. I know a few voice actors who can make some awesome sounds, but the rest isn’t in place, so it doesn’t really matter.

      My experience in improv and theater helped me explore without inhibitions, plus I love animals and monster movies. Not sure there’s a general path to lead anyone to this. For me, it was mostly a process of driving around in my car and trying stuff vocally for years while I worked on other actor-y things like doing improv. My only advice I can think of is experiment vocally relentlessly and keep learning to act and improv.

      I occasionally do voice acting presentations in LA or maybe at a convention, but it’s pretty rare. With family and work, there’s little time for it right now.

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