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

“HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE OVERS?”

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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 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 acting in general. 

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

Dee Bradley Baker

Beginners

Beginners will find a broad overview of the art and craft 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.

Those who already have voice acting experience

Actors further along will learn how the VO business works and what to do or avoid in pursuing an 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 an acting career 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 and it is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it. 

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  1. I’ve always loved voice acting and it’s pretty easy for me to slip into a character as long as my face is not being recorded but now I’m confused because I’ve always wanted to be an animator too I’m only 12 so I know there’s time but I would love to know if there is some sort of way I can to both

  2. I’m severely visually impaired. My low vision is due to a genetic condition I was born with and can’t be corrected by glasses, contacts, surgery, etc. I can’t read something unless I’m holding it only a couple of inches away from my face, even if the font is big. My question is, do you think there are accommodations that can be made for this?

    • Hm. Not sure. Recording VO requires an unobstructed space between mouth and mic, typically placed 7 or 8 inches away from the face, in order to record it. It also requires a lot of reading and modifying or notating of text as well as reading scene partners’ lines (in animation and commercials). I’m trying to imagine a work around for this for a visually impaired voice actor but I’m not coming up with one. A stage actor could memorize a script and be okay, but not sure about VO.

  3. Mr. Baker, I am wondering if you would recommend using a usb microphone with a laptop to practice recording yourself? Also do you now of any good recording programs on a computer?

  4. I’m new to LA, an experienced commercial voice actor, but I’m trying to get animation work and build an animation demo. Do you offer classes or have one to recommend–potentially one that will also help to produce or record my demo down the line?

    • I rarely teach, though I do sometimes through SAG-AFTRA do presentations for union members. They have a VO Lab that is excellent and offers many classes and instructors for free to members. If you have an agent or a VO friend you can ask them for a demo producer recommendation. Also, you can listen through demos online of other voice actors and perhaps approach them online or in town for specific recommendations. You are right to be careful in this selection, as it’s not just about your voices or the smooth production, but more importantly about a string of disparate mini performances that show you can act and have versatility and a unique talent that fits with contemporary projects.

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