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Cartoon Voice Overs

Breaking into the field of cartoon voice acting is a lot easier than you may have first imagined. With some hard work and persistence, the following insights will help you make your entrance into the world of cartoon and animation voice over work.

Performing Cartoon Voice Over Work Remotely

The state of the entertainment industry changed significantly at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions forcing most film shoots to grind to a halt.However, one branch of the movie business that was prepared to keep producing at full capacity was the animation industry. While live-action film productions often call for large crews and on-location shooting, animators have the unique ability to continue working from home. One of the reasons for this is the ease with which cartoon voice actors can now record high-quality voice over performances and take part in live-directed sessions remotely.

Develop Multiple Skill Sets to Flourish in Animation Voice over

Above all else, the animation voice artist must possess a wide vocal range. Voice over actors who can make their voices sound younger tend to be hired most often for cartoon voice over jobs. However, many older professionals have also been able to market their skills for use in cartoons and animations.

The best cartoon voice over candidate will have an energetic voice and plenty of inflection. Believe it or not, voice acting is not just about the voice. Oftentimes, voice actors involve facial expressions and physical movements to get into character, and read the script with the appropriate tone and emotion. There are many other ways that physicality can play a part in the sound of the voice.

In today’s voice acting industry, specializing in one kind of voice over doesn’t mean only knowing one thing. According to voice actor and coach Shelly Shenoy, in order to succeed in the area of voice over that you’re most drawn to—in this case, animation—you need to expose yourself to the 3 main ‘buckets’ of voice over:

  • Long-form narration that hones the skill of stamina reading and clean character splits
  • Commercial reads that hone the art of the sale
  • Animation projects that hone the development of special character work

Think of each of the above as the posts of a three-legged stool. Only when you’ve exposed yourself to all three and dedicated time to developing skills from each, will you find exactly what you enjoy and where you flourish as an animation voice actor.

Our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting provides a great primer on taking the plunge and developing your career in the voice over business. 

Uncovering Your Niche With Sample Scripts

There are so many pieces to the voice over puzzle that go beyond simply recording your voice and submitting an audition.

In their “Day in the Life” webinars, voice actors Anatol Silotch and Katie Harrington explained how important practicing with sample scripts was to their early success. Learning to understand a script, rather than simply reading it, is something that requires constant practice. Using sample scripts, like these video game voice over scripts, is a great way to build up strength in this area.

Getting Into Character and Finding Success

Getting into character requires more than a great voice. It also requires creativity.

We sat down with long time animation voice actor and coach Ron Rubin. In his webinar with us he provides the key takeaways to find your character and concentrate on embodying them for your performance.

It’s a long one, so bookmark it for later!

In Anatol Silotch’s case, his start in voice over began when someone told him to get into voice acting not because he had a great voice, but because he had a creative mind. Having a creative mind is essential for plucking out the voice that’s perfectly suited to the scripted character. Successful animation voice actors consider the elements of a character and filter through a thousand different voices in their heads until they settle on the one that embodies a character.

When character voice actors share their advice about getting into character, another point they touch on is doing research. That research can consist of product or company research, script pronunciation, or research into what a unique character, like an ‘apathetic mother,’ might sound like.

To create a fully-realized character, acting coach Dee Cannon recommends asking yourself questions like:

1. Who am I?

2. Where am I?

3. When is it?

4. Where have I just come from?

5. What do I want?

Answering these questions as the character will help you do that important script interpretation, which is just as important as how to pronounce tricky words in the script.

A Note on Dealing with Rejection

Every job you don’t land offers an opportunity for reflection. For Harrington, that meant paying attention to the types of jobs she was and wasn’t landing, and then identifying a trend.

The trend she noticed was that she wasn’t landing mother roles. With that realization, Harrongton now ‘works smarter’ by trying to select jobs that are 100% suited to her skillset and character work. Yes, that decreases the amount of jobs she auditions for in a day, but her win rate has skyrocketed since she now identifies jobs that are perfect for her and her skillset.

Sometimes, voice actors don’t win a job simply because they didn’t happen to fit the character. In moments like this, it’s important to remember that, above all, it’s never personal. 

Take your reflection beyond the job description and role by circling back to your audition. Is there any ambient noise in the background? Can you hear rush hour traffic in the background? Is the audio too quiet? Did you follow the specified file naming convention? Did you slate? Anything short of perfection will hinder the client’s ability to fully grasp your awesome animation character capabilities.

Recap on Getting Into Animation

If you know the job is perfect for you and you’ve researched and practiced the script to fully realize the character, finish it off with a high-quality audition.

Always keep practicing with sample scripts that showcase your unique talents. Never take rejection personally and always reflect back objectively to learn from the audition.

Subscribe to a Voices talent membership to launch your cartoon voice over career today.

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  • Avatar for Sima suryakant deore
    Sima suryakant deore
    June 26, 2020, 5:03 am

    I want to do job of cartoon voice actress

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    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      June 26, 2020, 9:39 am

      Hi Sima,

      If you have an interest in performing animated character voices, you should have a go at lending your voice to cartoons. To start auditioning for voice over work, you can sign up for a Voices talent account. From there, you’ll get the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo. Since cartoons and animation seem to be the category of voice over work that most interests you, you’ll be able to list this directly on your profile.

      Happy recording,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Avatar for Hemeema
    Hemeema
    September 3, 2020, 3:00 am

    Good voice working in telugu

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    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      September 3, 2020, 11:35 am

      Hey there,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you’ll be able to list the fact that you’re a fluent Telugu-speaking voice actor directly on your profile.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Michael a Mendez
    Michael a Mendez
    September 7, 2020, 3:04 pm

    I want to be a voice actor.

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    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      September 8, 2020, 11:03 am

      Hey Michael,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you’ll be able to audition for voice over jobs listed on our platform. You can also take a look through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and watch our onboarding video series for extra tips on how to launch your voice acting career with our site.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Reshma khan
    Reshma khan
    September 10, 2020, 11:18 am

    I want to become an voice artist for animation ..

    Reply
    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      September 11, 2020, 10:42 am

      Hi Reshma,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account you can begin auditioning for voice over jobs featured on our platform. When you’re filling out your profile, you’ll have the opportunity to list cartoons and animation as a category of voice over work that you specialize in.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Rakhi Acharya
    Rakhi Acharya
    September 23, 2020, 7:00 am

    Hello ,
    I am very eager to be a voice actor but I am a fresher. So do I have any scope in this field of creativity.
    Please give me suggestion what I need to do to become a voice actor .

    Reply
    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      September 24, 2020, 11:55 am

      Hey Rakhi,

      To get your start in voice acting, you sign up for a Voices talent account, upload your demo, and begin auditioning for voice over work. I’d also encourage you to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Chandrasekhar
    Chandrasekhar
    October 19, 2020, 1:20 am

    I am very good voice

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  • Avatar for JACQUES HUISWOUD
    JACQUES HUISWOUD
    October 28, 2020, 9:56 am

    I WOULD LIKE TO VENTURE INTO CARTOON VOICE OVERS

    Reply
    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      October 28, 2020, 11:30 am

      Hey Jacques,

      If you’re interested in getting into cartoon voice acting, one of the best places to start would be signing up for a Voices talent account! When you’re filling out your profile, you’ll then have the opportunity to list cartoons and animation as the category of voice over work that you specialize in.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Sree Rama tulsi
    Sree Rama tulsi
    March 23, 2021, 6:00 am

    I want to do job for cartton in telugu

    Reply
    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      April 12, 2021, 11:13 am

      Hi Sree,

      The best way to get into cartoon voice acting is by subscribing to a Voices talent membership. Then, when you’re filling out your profile, you’ll have the opportunity to list Telugu as one of the languages you speak fluently.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Sakshi singh
    Sakshi singh
    April 3, 2021, 2:50 am

    I want to do cartoon dubbing .

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  • Avatar for Jesús Adrián Perales correa
    Jesús Adrián Perales correa
    April 6, 2021, 12:41 am

    Quiero ser actor de doblaje para dibujos animados

    Reply
    • Avatar for Oliver Skinner
      Oliver Skinner
      April 12, 2021, 11:07 am

      Hola Jesús,

      Suscríbase a una membresía de talento de Voices para comenzar a hacer una audición para trabajos de locución de animación.

      (Response translated via Google Translate.)

      Hi Jesús,

      Subscribe to a Voices talent membership to begin auditioning for animation voice over jobs.

      Reply
  • Avatar for Fay Bridge
    Fay Bridge
    May 2, 2021, 2:42 pm

    Im hear today to ask to be the best that I can and be in what ever I can i might just need a bit of help along the way I have always wanted to be on a cartoon show xx
    Many thanks Fay Bridge

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  • Avatar for Eliza Merrifield
    Eliza Merrifield
    April 28, 2022, 11:23 am

    I am ready to start a career in cartoon voice acting!

    Reply
    • Avatar for Tara Parachuk
      Tara Parachuk
      April 29, 2022, 10:23 am

      Hi Eliza! That’s great to hear. Happy auditioning.

      Reply