Is it better not to have a photo at all? Do you have a photo or a graphical image that represents you as a voice actor?
Let’s have a debate and discuss the pros and cons of including a headshot on your profile.

A commonly held belief is that photographs can actually become a hindrance to voice actors because their physiques (outward appearance) and vocal talents are completely separate from one another.
For example, a talent may have a large, booming, and muscular voice perfect for voice-overs related to sports, but they may not have the physical appearance to match.
Is it better to remain visually anonymous, or should there be at least something visual, whether it be a head shot or a logo created specifically to reflect the vocal talents of a professional voice actor?
If you’re one just to jump right into it, we’ve crafted a list of online tools that you can use to create your own avatar. You can use the avatar instead of a professional headshot.
Curiously awaiting your thoughts…

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her blog serves an audience what wants to grow in their careers as professional voice users, and more specifically, voice actors. Stephanie was recently listed on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.


  1. What a coincidence, Stephanie. I was helping a friend get a web presence -he’s a great voice but not so good at internet stuff- and I got tired of waiting for a photo, so I made him a signature graphic similar to what you would use on an internet message board. It has an icon that is original, nobody else has it, and it immediately tells people what his voice sounds like. I am dumping my photo and putting up a graphic instead.

  2. From one of the most well known agencies in Los Angeles, the answer was DO NOT put your picture on the site unless you are an on-camera talent. Voice talent should never put their picture on their site for the reasons you specified.
    Brian in Charlotte