Working as a voice actor is one of those things that a lot of people tend to assume is pretty easy. After all, surely anyone with a microphone at home and a few acting chops is going to be able to start putting themselves out there and get some voice acting work, right? Well, no. The truth is that the process of getting into voice acting and voice over work is a lot more complicated than you might initially think. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible, far from it! You just need to know the right steps to take to actually make it happen. Here are just some of the first things that you need to do if you want to become a voice actor.

Get your technique down

Maybe you’ve been told that you’ve got the kind of voice that’s perfect for voice-overs. Well, that’s only going to get you so far. The truth is that there’s so much more to it than just showing up and reading lines into a microphone. If you’re really serious about becoming a voice actor then getting yourself a voice coach should be pretty high on your list of priorities. Voice coaching can help you to better understand your voice and how to use it most effectively. Your voice is like your instrument, you need to learn how to use it properly.

Have a great demo reel

Of course, no one’s going to care how great a voice actor you are if you’re not able to actually demonstrate that to anyone. To do that, you’re going to need a demo reel. This is essentially a portfolio that shows off your abilities as a voice actor. Of course, agents and directors are constantly being sent demo reels so standing out can be tough. If you want to give yourself the edge then you really need to have your demo reel professionally recorded. Not only is this going to produce the best possible final product in the end, but anyone you send it to is going to take you a whole lot more seriously than if it was recorded at home on your laptop’s in-built microphone.

Find an agent

The question then becomes: what do you do with your demo reel once you have one? Well, the next step is to start sending it out to agents. Just like any other actor, you’re going to need representation if you want to start getting auditions and work. Luckily, the internet has made it a whole lot easier to connect with agents both near and far. Sure, you probably aren’t going to hear back from the first agent you sent your demo reel to, or even the second. Or the third. But the key is to keep at it. If you’ve got the chops, and the demo reel to show them off, it’s just a matter of persevering. Then again, it’s also worth remembering that, in the same way plenty of bands will succeed without a record label, it is entirely possible go it alone. You just need to make sure that you’re doing as much research as possible to understand the process of things like auditioning and getting work.

One of the most important things to remember about voice acting is that it’s the same as any other discipline, you’re going to need to put in a lot of time and effort if you really want to make it happen. You can’t just sit around waiting for the perfect opportunity to fall into your lap, you’ve got to get out there and seek those opportunities out.

Further reading:

https://www.spotlight.com/news-and-advice/tips-and-advice/getting-started-as-a-voice-actor/