As I said in a previous tip, there is a misunderstanding that voice acting is a really easy job. Well, some of the worst offenders of this assumption are voice actors themselves. People who want to get into voice acting think that it’s easy; you just get a microphone, download some recording software, and then your set.
Yeah, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
Now I’m never going to claim that I know everything about voice acting. I’m still very much a novice myself. I’m concentrating on just getting my name out there and auditioning for what I can find with little success. I’m constantly learning new things from all the big names out there from Facebook as well as on twitter, and I don’t stop there. I read articles and books and try to keep track of interviews so I can learn what I can. This can be a very discouraging career at first, but in all honesty, I’m having the time of my life.
Never think that after just a couple of classes, you have what it takes to voice in a big budget animated series. Most likely, you’ll be doing nonprofit stuff on Youtube and Newgrounds at first for a while, but don’t let that get you down. People will notice you and if you can prove to them that you not only have the talent, but the knowledge as well, they will love you all the more.
Don’t think that just because you’re signed on with an agency that you are all of the sudden the great and mighty VOICE MAN!!! Chances are, you’re not going to get signed any jobs right from the get go. When wanting to be a voice actor, I’ve always like the idea of focusing on getting your name out into the world first.
There’s nothing wrong with doing a little pro bono work to get yourself noticed. Look up projects happening on Youtube and Newgrounds, the people there are always looking for voice actors for their projects. The advantage of working with people like them is that 9/10, you can be totally chill with them. Sure, you have to put on an aura of professionalism when working in an actual studio and such, but it’s always a good idea to start off tiny and then work big. Get them to know you and then get them to like you.
You must always be mindful to the time when being a voice actor. For example, never EVER show up late for a gig. The people of the studio will think that you think they’re not worth your time. That is not something you want them to think about you.
Also, timing doesn’t have to just be appointments for a gig, but in recording itself. Often times you may feel rushed when doing an audition and you need to speed through it. This will most likely break your audition. Best to just relax, take a breath, and then go through it smart, not fast. They will love pronunciation over how quickly you can get through a script.
This just cannot be stressed enough. You need to take care of your voice. You are the instrument in your work and you need to keep your throat healthy and happy in order for you to do good work. Tea with lemon and honey, never overexert yourself, and so many other things you need to keep in mind. If you keep your voice happy, people will like you.