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10 Voice acting tips from successful voice over pros

Ask the pros – 10 voice acting tips from experienced voice actors, Pippa Vos and Erikka J. They’ve taken the time to share key insights and tips for voice acting, so that whether you’re just starting out or looking to improve – you’ll be able to learn from these experienced pros.

Voice acting tips to help you start and succeed - Pippa Vos

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1. Get Voice Over Training

Once you have learned how to use your voice, you will want to learn about the voice over industry as well as how to run a voice over business. My advice is to try Gravy for the Brain, which you pay a monthly membership for, so it is cost-effective. 

2. Make professional voice over samples

This is vital to help you book voice over work. It’s equivalent to your resume. As your career progresses, keep samples of auditions that match clients’ requests. In the beginning, you don’t even need to add music to the audio; a straight voice over will do perfectly.

3. Get the right equipment and sound treatment

You want your audio to be able to compete with some of the best in the world. So, reach out to voice over professionals or get audio engineers to listen to the quality of your audio and create a special software rack based on your recording environment. Investing in software that helps with editing is also a lifesaver – like the one that removes clicks and mouth noises saves hours of work with just a click of a button.

4. Look for voice acting work everywhere and don't give up

Look for work everywhere and anywhere. If you are used to a 9-5 job then this business takes a little bit of getting used to. The first few years were stressful as I had no idea what I was doing. Most voice artists don’t like their own voice so it takes a while to get used to their voice. Besides that, most people don’t really know what a voice over artist is. So be prepared for everyone that is close to you, not to support you. But with a strong will and support from my husband who now works with me full time, I never gave up. Now, I only really have time to voice act.

5. Learn how to market and brand your business  

Once you have made some money from freelancer sites, you will want to get a website to point your clients and leads to, with links to your work. Then I highly advise you to start calling production companies, animation, or any other type of business that requires audio around the world. If you are shy, start emailing first. It can be something short and sweet with a link to your site. I have emailed thousands of companies and called those who never got back to me.   

Voice acting tips to help you start and succeed - Erikka J

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6. Learn how to start and run a voice over business 

Voice over work is super fun to do, However, if you want to build a long-term career, you must take the time to learn about voice over rates, usage of recordings, and how to run your business effectively.

7. Learn the tech side of things

At first, voice acting might seem like just talking into a microphone, until someone asks you about your signal chain, noise floor, and for a sample recording. So learning about and how to use the right voice over technology is a must.

8. Learn how to act  

Again, voice actors don’t just talk into a microphone. they need to practice the art of acting. Take workshops, read books, and study other actors to learn how to make words and circumstances that aren’t real for you, sound like they are.

9. Watch and monitor market trends 

As a voice actor, you work in the media industry. So you have to stay up to date with media trends in order to be successful. Watching TV and commercials is now part of your job description.

10. Remember to have fun

Your level of interest, engagement, and excitement in what you are reading will show up in your recording, so have fun with it. You’re way more likely to book the jobs where you actually enjoy reading the script!

Special thanks to Pippa Vos and Erikka J for taking the time to share their experience on voice acting tips to help you succeed!

Voice acting tips - FAQs

  1. Get voice over training
  2. Make professional voice over samples
  3. Get the right equipment and sound treatment
  4. Look for voice acting work everywhere and don’t give up
  5. Market and brand your business
  6. Learn how to start and run a voice over business
  7. Know the tech side of things
  8. Learn how to act
  9. Watch and monitor market trends
  10. Remember to have fun

Spend time improving your voice overs, optimise your online presence, consider investing in coaching and professional equipment. Learn more in how to get better at voice acting. 

In how to practice voice acting, Liz Saydah shared “If you’re starting out, be patient, use workshops or coaching to help learn how to voice act and get a handle on your instrument. And practice and/or audition like crazy. There’s tons of work out there to be had, so get out and get it!”

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