One of the biggest surprises that a lot of new voice actors come up against is the realisation of just how much of a fast-paced, high-pressure environment the voice-over industry can be. A lot of the time you will find yourself in either an audition or at a job where you don’t have nearly as much time to prepare as you would like, where you don’t necessarily know what you’re going to be saying, and where pretty much everything is unfamiliar. This can be a pretty intimidating situation, especially if you’re still new to the world of voice-over. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do give great performances, even in tight situations.


Be versatile


Having a niche as a voice actor is often a really good thing. It means that you’ll be the first person that casting directors think of when they’re looking for actors. However, it’s also important to make sure that you don’t end up letting that limiting your range. If you’re coming into an audition when you don’t know exactly what the job would require, you need to be able to shift your style, tone and delivery on a dime. This is not a skill that comes easily and it takes a lot of practice, but it’s one of the most important skills that you can develop as a voice actor.


Listen to the director


Whether you’re in an audition or you’re working, there will almost certainly come a moment where the director asks you to change something or gives you some kind of feedback. This can be pretty scary, especially during auditions, because it makes you feel as though you’re doing something wrong. However, the difference between those who succeed as voice-over artists and those who don’t is whether or not they’re able to listen and respond appropriately to feedback. If you record your voice reel with Notable Voices, you will get a great deal of feedback and coaching which not only helps bring up the quality of your reel but lets you get a feel for responding to feedback and criticism in real time in a safe environment.


Be confident in your abilities


The pace of the voice-over industry means that you often have to get through auditions and performances pretty quickly. This means that the worst thing you can do is to second guess yourself. If you’re presented with a script then it’s important that you have confidence in your ability to deliver the right performance. Wasting time by going back and forth over what to do is going to make a far worse impression than giving a performance and then having to change it based on feedback.


It would be wonderful to be in a position where every audition or voice acting job you went to was as relaxed as possible so that you could prepare and feel confident that you’re going to deliver a perfect performance. Sadly, that’s just not the nature of the beast. You need to be able to work around those kinds of limitations if you want to succeed in what is an incredibly competitive and challenging industry.