How to Get Your Child into Voice Acting
Wondering if you should get your child into voice acting? Here’s what you need to know about getting started.
Should You Get Your Child into Voice Acting?
Every child, every parent, and every family is unique. The decision over whether or not to get your child into voice acting is one that no one else should make for you.
However, if you’re looking to make an informed decision, there are some considerations to weigh – especially when it comes to your lifestyle, your child’s abilities, and the investment required for getting started.
How Do I Know if My Child Would be Good at Voice Acting?
The truth is, when it comes to starting a career in voice acting it doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 95: there’s no bad time to begin.
Some parents start wondering if voice acting is a good fit for their child after hearing them imitate (or create) character voices, watching them in plays, or even enjoying their singing voice around the house.
There’s no doubt about it, many children naturally possess abilities that could make voice acting a good fit. Some examples of abilities and qualities that transfer over into voice acting include:
- An extensive imagination
- Openness to learning new things
- Ability to focus on pronunciation
- Creativity, especially when it comes to becoming a character
Consider Your Child’s Resiliency and Level of Interest
Children who thrive in voice acting not only enjoy the performance aspect, but also possess an interest in developing their abilities.
One note though, is that part of developing a voice acting career is learning how to deal with rejection. Even the most skilled and successful voice actors find that they are not right for every part or every client, and as such, not every audition is successful. This might be particularly difficult for children because they don’t yet have the life experience or emotional maturity needed to keep the audition process in perspective.
With this in mind, it can be incredibly helpful to hire a coach who can teach your child about the process and positively reinforce their development.
Investment of Time and Resources to Start a Voice Acting Career
Just like any other activity that you may enrol your child in, voice acting requires practice, equipment, and education or coaching.
Voice acting is a craft and a profession, like any other. To become highly skilled, people of all ages invest both time and money into training.
Hiring a Child Voice Over Coach and/or Enrolling in Voice Acting Classes
As we mentioned above, hiring a voice acting coach or joining voice acting classes can be crucial to helping both beginning and established voice actors to grow their careers. Sourcing a coach who works with children and will be a good fit for your child can take some time – but when you find the right person, it’s worth it.
Recording Your Child’s Voice Over Demo
Demos are essential to starting a voice acting career.
There are a number of best practices for creating a great voice over demo, as well as a couple options on getting one recorded. For instance, some voice actors opt to work with a recording studio and producer to get the demo done, while others may cut their demo in their own home studio.
Which brings us to…
Setting up a Home Studio for Voice Over Auditioning
You may also choose to invest in a home studio. While this doesn’t have to be as expensive as setting up a professional-grade studio – many voice actors get professional sound with free software and thrifty hardware purchases – it can take some research to find what will work best for your space.
Investing Time: Practicing and Auditioning for Child Voice Over Jobs
One other consideration is the time investment. Professional voice actors audition for several hours a week (or even dozens of times each day) in order to continue to earn work.
Note: If you find that you’re auditioning frequently with poor results, you might benefit from an audition diagnosis or review.
Kind of Jobs for Child Actors
The number of jobs posted to Voices.com that are specifically looking for young voices(child, teen and young adult), account for almost 30 percent of all jobs. That’s thousands and thousands of opportunities to take advantage of in a marketplace where all jobs must meet the requirement of being ‘E for Everyone.’
Some of the projects that children are hired for include commercials, narration (e.g. for audio books), characters in cartoons and more.
It’s important to remember that auditioning is an ‘opt-in’ process. You and your child are not required to audition or take any job except for the ones that you’re truly excited about. However, if you’re looking to attract the best opportunities for your child’s skill set, be sure to properly (and fully) fill out the account profile so that job opportunities that may find you organically, are those best aligned with your child’s (and your) vision for his or her career.
There is a return to authentic children’s voices instead of just voices that can sound younger than they are. Consider the voice of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, the late Dick Jones, who was just 10 years old when he voiced the role of Pinocchio. If you can imagine, he already had 40 movies to his credit!
All of this said, while the demand for certain child voices is there, sometimes we find ourselves short on supply. While most of these needs can be met by the existing talent pool at Voices.com, there certainly have been times where we’ve reached out through social networks to discover new talent and invite them to sign up for a profile to audition.
Wouldn’t it be easier though to simply be notified of the job without having to be specially invited long after others have already submitted their auditions?
About the Voices.com Child Membership
Once you sign up for a free Guest Membership, you will be contacted by your account manager by email, at which time, you can request a Child Membership.
You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about our options for Child Memberships and more.
Do You Think Voice Acting is a Good Fit for Your Child?
Once you’ve weighed all the considerations behind having your child embark on a career in voice acting, you can get started in just seconds, by signing up on Voices.com today! If you need more inspiration on children and teens who have become successful as a voice actor / actor, check out the Forbes list of teen stars – some of which have lent their voices to animated films!