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

COVID 19 has transformed the voice over industry over night! I’ve created new pages detailing how to set up an affordable home VO studio, along with an unpacking the new realities of working from home that voice actors now must adapt to in animation and games. I also consider the risks of an early return to studio recording. For my “Working from Home” pages: CLICK HERE

New advanced page! “I’m Ready to Voice Act! What Do I Do Now?” CLICK HERE

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“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 over 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 how to become a professional artist. 

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

Dee Bradley Baker

For Beginners

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

For those who already have voice acting experience

Actors further along in their careers will learn how the VO business works and what to do or avoid in pursuing a professional 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 being a professional artist 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 ask it, and it is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it. 

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372 Responses »

  1. Hi I’m a twelve-year-old girl and I’m doing a presentation of voice acting at my school . What can I say to those who do not know about voice acting. I want to be a voice actor when I’m a little bit older what tips can you help me so I have more help of learning how to voice act .Respond to me whenever you can thank you

    • First off, voice acting is “acting,” just without a stage or a camera. You do everything expected of a stage or on-camera actor, but it’s for a microphone. There’s a lot more variety of roles you can play and you can work potentially multiple shows per day, unlike other kinds of acting. Also, it is quick, air conditioned and you don’t have to memorize your script! Best of all, you can perform from the safety of your own home during COVID. To get into voice acting, you want to first get into being an actor. My advice is usually to try stage work for fun- plays or improv or stand up comedy, even singing. The key is you get confident by learning from others and getting used to performing in front of an audience. Improv experience is particularly helpful for voice actors. It’s a very improvisational kind of acting. Other ideas about the career you can find on my site. Good luck with your presentation!

  2. How do you know if an acting agencies is legitimate? […]

    [Also] If I were to read a […] collection of books on youtube, would that be a good start to VO work?

    • You can verify an agency’s “legitimacy” roughly by taking at look at their client list and the work they facilitate. Any performing you create and put out into the world can be good practice and experience, but your focus now is fun and enjoyment and exploration- not “work” and certainly not yet “money.” Check my “Starting from Zero” pages for more direction.

  3. I have no experience in voice acting or voice over. […] what should I do when I don’t know where to start?

  4. What are your thoughts about going into voice-overs for small time gigs like commercials and audio books as supplemental income? […] Does this still require training and should be treated as a career? […]

    • I don’t think it’s realistic to pursue VO (or any acting) primarily as a source of supplemental income (or even any income). Though is it an entrepreneurial venture, if it’s pursued primarily for business reasons (immediate profit, no matter how small), I’d guess it’s doomed to failure. It must start and be sustained by a sense of fun and enjoyment. The money comes second, if at all.

  5. […] I am a aspiring voice actor, however, I am struggling to get my foot in the door. […] I’m just asking for guidance.

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