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

Afraid of Acting?

Learn like a baby!

Everyone who’s now a working voice/actor started at the very beginning, just like you. Yes, it seems daunting and intimidating to take the first steps of what may be a long journey, but it’s just one step after the other. Focus on that. What’s so hard about taking a step? And then another?

Want to know how to learn well and quickly? Look to the ultimate learning machine– a baby. Is a baby afraid to take it’s first steps? No. Does a baby stop trying to walk after repeatedly falling or taking a few bumps? No! Is a baby dissuaded from even trying because of the long road ahead? No! The little tyke learns from the stumbles and face plants and doesn’t give up. That’s why a baby is crawling one week then walking the next!

A baby’s incredible developmental quantum leaps are made possible by putting obstacles and missteps to good use and ignoring the frustration of missteps! We grownups too often focus on obstacles, we manufacture and reinforce our own obstacles before the journey has begun! We pre think everything and plant pessimism along our future unnecessarily.

But optimistic little babies are not distracted by this nonsense. They are unbendingly focused on achieving their goals step by step. They learn and grow without the distraction of self-imposed mental blocks.

That’s why I say, “Be the baby!”

The only permission you ever need to take a step forward is your own.

Okay. For those still sitting on the fence: If you want to try voice/acting–or anything, really– no one is going to wave some kind of checkered flag to get you moving forward. Sitting around wishing and wanting will ensure that you never leave the starting block. Don’t waste your time or life waiting for someone else to wave that flag and start the race for you! Your own permission is all that matters!

7 Responses »

  1. I am a south african who is living in the U.S and I have always wanted to do this with my life and I just wanted to thank you for your help along the way! Thanks

  2. [Is it] a bad thing if i start voice acting in high school?

  3. [G]iven that my native language isn’t English, should I practice [voice acting] in English or in my native language.

    • I would spend most of my time practicing for the market I wanted to become a part of. Analogy: You may like and feel comfortable playing baroque harpsichord, but if you want to play jazz piano, that’s the musical language and instrument I’d spend most time with.

  4. I would love to become a voice actor someday but I’m only 13. My question is how do you find available characters to voice?

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