Now you might be thinking that I’ve already touched on his subject before since I already posted a tip pic about how voice acting should be considered as real as stage and TV acting. Well, you’re not exactly wrong, but this can be thought of a little differently.
I personally like to believe that voice acting isn’t just giving life to a character, but can also be a form of expression; Speech Team back in high school taught me that. I’ve seen people pull off performances that are really amazing to watch. Not just with words, but sometimes those strange performance art pieces where the actors do really weird stuff without saying a single word. That’s considered art in its own way.
Then I had a moment of clarity. Voice Acting is just as much art as the next thing. While many artworks of the world are more for your eyes, this is more for your ears. A metal band playing, choir at a church, opera at the theater, and now changing your voice to sound like a cartoon character; it’s all an artistic feast for your ears. There is such a mélange of sounds to hear and experience that when you take a moment to just step back and listen to all the sounds and voices that we as humans have created, it’s really quite breathtaking.
Welcome to your new religion. When starting out as a voice actor, this is going to become your new favorite habit. Whenever there is a chance that you can meet someone who could potentially help you out, never let that pass you by.
This is the reason why I have created a like page, twitter, tumblr, youtube, any kind of page that I can think of that could be useful to me in some way. It’s all for the purpose of trying to get your name out. Also, If you ever catch wind of any kind of seminar about radio or broadcasting, it would be a good idea to go to those, you might learn something.
Another thing; never underestimate the power of business cards. Sometimes the act of giving an actual physical object with your name on it to someone will have much more of an impact on them than seeing a page on the internet. It’s something that they can keep for themselves. This works especially well if the card is well designed.
Time to get a little technical here.
I own a Bluecorp Yeti Microphone. At the time I got it, it was about $350. It comes with built in adjustment knobs that allow me to control the volume, gain, and which sides of the mic I want picking up sound. Having this kind of mic allows me to do recordings without the need of a sound card.
I also use Adobe Audition. I spent a long time trying to know not just how to record my voice, but also how to edit, modify, and layer sounds so that when I press play, they will sound at the same time.
It is a very good idea that you take the time to actually learn about the equipment that you’re using so that you can record yourself more effectively. You might be thinking “But Evan, I’m a voice actor. I shouldn’t have to know how to work the equipment because that’s an engineer’s job.” Well, you’re not exactly wrong, but you still get a slap in the face for thinking such a thing. It’s still a good idea to learn the tech because then when the engineer is trying to convey something to you, at the very least you will be able to understand what he or she is saying.
Take the time to actually get to know the tech that you’re using. Learn how to use the mic, get used to your editing software, be it Audacity, Audition, Protools, anything. Knowing how to talk is one thing, but you also have to know how to actually work with your voice.
Now this is an absolute must if you want to be a voice actor. You have to learn to follow the commands of the director. More often than not, he will know what he wants and you don’t. It is your job to try and understand his directions and to perform to his expectations.
Now this is not supposed to be a bad thing. I’m willing to assume that there might be some young up and coming voice actors who have that rebellious attitude and have what they think to be the perfect rendition of what they are working on. Once they are told that what they have is no good, they go on the defensive and problems start happening. That is not supposed to happen.
This isn’t just an attitude issue, but also an issue with comprehension. You need to have at least some level of human understanding when it comes to comprehending the ideas of the director. If you’re constantly having problems understanding directions and this starts to become a reoccurring thing, then people won’t hire you. So do your best to understand what you are being told.
Bottom line, try to understand what the person is saying so that you can get your job done better and quicker. Also, have a good attitude during the recording sesson. Yes, you may have a good idea, but you are the actor and he is the director. He is the one that gives the directions and you have to follow through on them. IT. IS. NOT. ROCKET SCIENCE!