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

“HOW DO I GET INTO VOICE OVERS?”

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This site is a comprehensive overview of the art and career of voice acting for both beginners and more advanced performers. It is a distillation of everything I’ve learned from over two decades of earning a living voice acting in video games, movies and television series in Los Angeles. 

Beginners

Those new to VO will learn that becoming a voice actor means becoming a specialized kind of actor. For those just starting out with little or no voice acting experience, I show how you might go about finding whether voice acting is a good fit for you. 

For quick overview of how to become a voice actor CLICK HERE.

All newbies should also read: “Starting from Zero,” “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.

For a quick overview read What a Voice Actor Needs to Learn.

Those who already have voice acting experience

Those 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.

I try to show you the “long game” as well as the “short game” of being a voice actor.

After giving my site (as well as posted comments) a careful read, if you still have a voice over question, ask it!  

If your question is not already addressed and is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it.

Although no website or book or class can make everyone a professional voice actor, I hope these pages provide you a practical and comprehensive “launch pad” for exploring voice acting. I continually add new content as I keep polishing the old, so check back.

Have fun, best of luck and maybe someday I’ll see you in the studio!

Dee Bradley Baker

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  1. I took theater for two years and voice class for a year during college, but I was told that I was too quiet, monotone and could not show emotions. How do [voice actors] show emotion and control your voice especially in character?

    • You are asking me how do you become a good actor (how to access emotion and control your expression). My answer is to persistently explore and develop your interest in performing in any way you can and explore and refine your ability with instruction if it is constructive and brings practical results, as I detail on my site. Classes may or may not help you find whether you 1. have talent or 2. are suited for voice acting. I believe you best learn acting by getting in shows or on stage in front of a live audience and learn from working with actors who are more experienced than you are. You access and show emotion by becoming a good actor (assuming you have the talent and personality for it, which not everyone does). Controlling your voice in character is also a function of your acting.

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