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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10 Responses »

  1. Im recording my animation demo and I was wondering what your thoughts were on borrowing script/character from another voice actors? To be clear, not ripping the whole thing but using a portion of the script and a different take on the voice.

    • What’s most important is your acting, not the originality of your script. Personally, though, I wouldn’t copy another’s demo scene or character too directly. I’d prefer my material to play original and I’d want to make a demo that feels fresh and unique. If you can accomplish that with borrowing character ideas or copy from other shows, then great! There’s a wide world of sources you can appropriate and modify to make your own. For me, aything you like you want to tweek and make your own–go for it!

  2. I have been taking acting lessons for about a year now, and I was thinking about getting an internship …to see how voice acting works from the inside. I live fairly close to [a large city], [are] there any specific places [that] would be good to intern for?

    • I suppose you could tag along with a voice casting director who casts things you are interested in, if they’d let you. Not sure what use that would really be in becoming a voice actor, though. You don’t become an actor by watching actors anymore than you become a tennis player by watching tennis. Not that you shouldn’t observe actors, but it’s not the main thing you should be doing. If you want an “inside view” of what happens, aside from my site, all aspects of voice acting are covered extensively by the sources I list on this page: https://iwanttobeavoiceactor.com/study-up-on-voice-acting/ You can access all that for free.

  3. I noticed a clicking sound from my tongue and slightly from my lips, [any] advice to help quiet that sound while recording?

  4. [Could you] comment on a quick clip I made [?]

  5. I cannot thank you enough for this website! I moved to LA from Colorado a year ago and was lucky enough to sign with a great agency ( i studied and worked from my own on pay for play sites, improv and acting classes before the move) but it is definitely not smooth sailing now that I have an agent. I am working harder than I ever have before to establish myself and audition well here in this wonderful city. Your website, the advice and “myths” are the most honest of anything I have read about ” breaking into voice acting” and again I want to thank you for that. I am now referring anyone who asks me how to get started to come to your site. I do feel like I am training to be an olympian athlete! Also I have just started studying Buster Keaton and loved that you had that video and others on story telling and physical comedy!!! Yay!! And Charlie Adler is the best!

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