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 my comprehensive overview of the art, craft and career of voice acting! I’ve distilled all I’ve learned for the benefit of both beginners as well as advanced performers seeking to get into voice acting. Having learned much over twenty five+ years in this business, I hope to provide you clear-headed, practical and supportive insight.

Check back often for frequent updates!

Dee Bradley Baker

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Beginners

Those new to voice acting and all curious amateurs should start by reading my FAQ and VO Myths pages.

If you are new to acting check the pages under the “Starting from Zero” dropdown menu above.

More advanced performers

More experienced performers will find specifics on advanced topics like how to make a demo, how to audition, what happens in a session and how get an agent, as well as broader discussion of the career of voice acting for those suited to it.

New Pandemic Pages!

For a breakdown of risks of early return to in-studio recording CLICK HERE.

COVID has rendered VO fully mobile! For my Working from Home pages CLICK HERE.

For a new page for experienced performers ready to start: CLICK HERE.

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 if it is relevant to others, I’ll try to answer it. 

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  1. […] when people ask me my rates I struggle with how to price my vocal creations. How do you do it?

    • If you’re non union, you’re on your own to gauge your own worth and set your rate. Non-union is a stance of generally accepting all terms offered, take it or leave it. Once you join an actor’s union, your rate has an established minimum plus other protections built into each gig. Union voice work pays “scale” (minimum) plus often ten percent for your agent. Stars can sometimes get more. If you have sufficient “brand” or a unique speciality, you may have additional leverage to ask for (or demand) more and they can take it or leave it. That is a position of power and a great reason to shoot for upping your craft and going union and committing to a more powerful stance with a community of fellow professionals and elected officials to back you up. You’re no longer on your own and there is real power in numbers.

  2. I have a home booth. How much ‘EQing’ do VO vocals need.

    • Don’t adjust your EQ or otherwise modify the sound your microphone picks up. All you want to deliver is a clean sound. Leave all sound modification to the sound engineer/expert. The only adjustment for the voice actor to make is of their performance.

  3. Are there any voice acting coaches or VA classes you’d recommend?

  4. Hi Dee!

    I was hoping you could bless me with more wisdom!

    I am re-vamping my creature reel. What do you think makes for a great creature reel that can stand out from the crowd?

    Thank You”

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