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How to Get Your Child into Voice Acting

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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?

Good question!

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 support@voices.com 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! 

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  • Robert Leach
    March 12, 2011, 12:48 pm

    My kids ages 16 & 9 work regularly. It started with my teen daughter, I attended the classes with her, and she convinced me to try a demo, then little brother wanted to do it too. The thing is to make it fun and diffuse the pressure of “winning” an audition. Its really great family time for us.
    Most of the recording is done from our home studio, but they occasionally work in commercial studios. I went against conventional wisdom and made a family voice over web site rather than one for each of us. At first it was a cost issue but I have found we stand out from the crowd. Also clients who go to our site for me for instance will see the kids and vs versa, we have all gotten work from clients that started with another one of us.

  • Jeany Van Meltebeke Snider
    March 14, 2011, 10:02 am

    I love it when I get to work with my family on voice overs. I’m so proud of my boys when they get a gig and I enjoy coaching and engineering their auditions and jobs.
    Half of the jobs I’ve gotten over the last year have been with my husband or one of my sons, or both!
    Some clients have definitely appreciated our package deal. They only have to communicate with one studio for all the work, and I think they can hear a genuine connection between the characters.
    It’s especially been great for children’s stories where I can cast various characters given the actors in my own household.
    I will say that my boys are NOT nearly as excited about auditioning as I am. We try to pace out their auditions and their recording times. They just don’t do well after 8-10 minutes.
    In terms of their compensation, we take a small percentage for studio/editing time (10%) and have them give away 10% to worthy cause, then we place the rest of their earnings in a savings account or investment for when they come of age.
    At least, this is how we do it now. Perhaps when they get older and learn to edit their own work, things may change.
    Overall I’m so proud of everyone.
    Jeany Van Meltebeke Snider
    (and Donovan and Weston and David Snider)

  • Nicole Vilencia
    March 22, 2011, 2:00 pm

    My six year old got her first PAID voice over today reading a line for a Hooked on Phonics direct response radio ad through a direct response agency that regularly uses me. She did a great read and nailed it. I am thrilled for her but I think I need more information about how to set up her finances so that we are compliant with entertainment laws.
    I was impressed with her ability to mimic, take direction and bring enthusiasm to the read. She’s been in studios with me since before birth so it’s kind of in her genes!

  • Brian Jonathan Griffin
    March 23, 2011, 9:38 am

    I am a trained actor and I was wondering how to get work.

  • Paul Hernandez
    March 24, 2011, 7:44 pm

    I have always enjoyed trying to do impressions. One of my first voiceover jobs was doing an Elvis GPS voiceover for pigtones.com. My son Jared has picked up this interest in doing impressions and I got him a job with this client doing a Captain Jack Sparrow GPS voiceover.
    There is a bible passage that says “train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I guess that might apply to voiceovers as well.

  • Lynne
    January 9, 2014, 2:04 pm

    Hi! We live in the UK, near London. Could you tell me the nearest voice coach. My 11 year old loves to talk and do voices and has often expressed an interest in doing voice overs. Can you help? Thanks lynne

  • Tim K
    June 17, 2016, 1:09 pm

    Love the article! I’ve been working with my son for some time now, and this information surely helps. He’s got a good demo reel, and i’ve sent it where I could, but have struggled to take it to the next step.

  • Rick Jones
    July 11, 2016, 5:54 pm

    My kid has wanted to do this, but we haven’t understood how to get into it. This blog helps a lot, thank you!

  • Lime Eirfan
    August 5, 2017, 11:20 am

    I wish I could be a voice actor like my favourite voice actor. I need to tell my parents first.

  • Myerl Smith
    October 23, 2017, 6:54 pm

    I am researching voice acting for my nephew who is 13 and highly functioning autistic. A super kid. He lost his dad to cancer in April 2015 and uses character voices and games in his own way to cope, but he did imitations before that. A few months back when I was spending time with him he told me he wanted to be a voice actor. If that doesn’t work he wants to be a scientist. Academically he does well. He has been reading at a college level for almost 2 years.

  • Tim Yaotome
    December 25, 2018, 9:39 pm

    Thanks for the great tip about hiring a voice acting coach to teach kids about the industry and reinforce their development. Aside from the coach, I believe that they should also be enrolled in acting classes. With their help, they can help start a kid’s career. Also, their work can help them explore how to be an actor too.

  • Lazaius Carver
    June 9, 2019, 12:41 pm

    I am a kid I would love
    too be a voice actor.

  • Me
    August 2, 2019, 9:46 am

    I am a parent and do you have any auditions for my kid and that is his dream do you have any auditions for my son of a cartoon.

    • Tanya
      August 13, 2019, 8:18 am

      Hi there,
      Voice over jobs for children do certainly get posted on Voices.com. Please sign up for a free membership to receive invitations to jobs.
      If you need any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at support@voices.com.
      All the best
      – Tanya

  • Tajzane
    August 6, 2019, 11:40 pm

    Hi I’m a 13 year old girl and I would love to be a voice over!!

    • Tanya
      August 13, 2019, 9:16 am

      Hi Tajzane,
      That’s awesome! We have many voice actors who range from children, to young adults, and beyond!
      Information about membership and how our site works, for you and your parents, can be found here: https://www.voices.com/talent-memberships and here: https://www.voices.com/help/talent
      Best of luck & wishing you all the best in your budding acting career,
      – Tanya

  • Stella
    August 17, 2019, 10:43 pm

    Hi my name’s Stella and I would love to be a voice actor! But can I work from home?

    • Tanya
      August 27, 2019, 9:41 am

      Hi Stella,
      Absolutely you can! As long as you have recording equipment and an internet connection, you can work from home as a voice actor. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are doing the same, via Voices.com. You can find answers to frequently asked questions about Voices.com here: https://www.voices.com/help/talent
      Hope that helps & don’t hesitate to reach out if you have more questions.
      All the best,
      – Tanya

  • Mrs C H Bradley
    October 19, 2019, 3:43 pm

    Hi my daughter is 13 years old and really keen to do voice over work .. how do I go about getting her into it she’s very keen and brilliant and learning lines and had a beautiful voice x

    • oliver
      October 23, 2019, 1:45 pm

      Hi there,

      It’s great to hear that your child is interested in getting into voice acting! We’d suggest reading through this article and weighing all of the considerations behind having your child embark on a career in voice acting, and if you’re prepared to move forward, then you can sign up for a Child Membership on our site: https://www.voices.com/signup

      Best of luck,

  • Tyler Pitts
    November 6, 2019, 10:40 pm

    Hello, my name is Tyler im looking for a voice over, if you need a boy that is a tenor voice im your man

  • Raine F
    December 10, 2019, 3:23 pm

    Hi, I’m a 14 year old girl and I am currently trying to look into voice acting, but I wanted to know if voice acting, being a freshman in high school, would interfere with school. Thanks.

    • oliver
      December 11, 2019, 3:58 pm

      Hey Raine,

      Thanks for reaching out! There are certainly some voice actors who use our platform while still in school, but it’s completely up to you to determine what you’re comfortable with when it comes to juggling the two.

      You can browse our catalog of Teenager Voices for a glimpse at some of the the voices out there: https://www.voices.com/voice-actors/role/teenager

      Wishing you the best,

  • Charlie Garton
    December 12, 2019, 2:15 pm

    I would also like to be a voice actor, but i should tell my parents first. got any recommendations?

    • Tanya
      December 30, 2019, 8:19 am

      Hi Charlie,
      That’s a great question, and ultimately, I think that the answer depends on your unique situation. You know your parents best.
      In general, if you’d like to supply them with information on what voice acting is and how people get started, you can point them to our blog post on getting started in voice acting (https://www.voices.com/blog/starting-voice-acting-career/), and/or our beginner’s guide (https://www.voices.com/help/beginners-guide-to-voice-acting) – each of which help to detail all of the considerations that go into voice acting, from training, to tech required, career opportunities available to voice actors and more.
      We also have a page dedicated to showcasing stories of successful voice talent: https://www.voices.com/talent/stories So you can see how other people have made voice acting their career.
      Lastly, our talent membership page (https://www.voices.com/talent-memberships) and our help section for voice actors (https://www.voices.com/help/talent) will help to provide information on frequently asked questions, costs (we have a free guest membership option) and more.
      And of course, if there are any additional questions, our customer support dept is always happy to help (just visit our contact us page).
      Wishing you all the best as you explore this exciting career option 🙂
      – Tanya

  • Diya mirani
    January 13, 2020, 9:43 am

    My name is diya Mirani, I am an indian and i am sixteen i want to work as a voice artist.

  • Josh Barron
    March 30, 2020, 11:41 pm

    Hello, my daughter is 10 her dream is to be a actor. since she cannot leave the home. can she do it online? and how will she sign up? and also will headphones work as equipment. Thank You.- josh barron

    • oliver
      April 2, 2020, 10:36 am

      Hi Josh,

      Thanks for your question. Voice acting can absolutely be carried out from the comfort of one’s own home.

      By signing up for a Voices talent account, you and your daughter will have the opportunity to build out her profile, browse through job postings, and begin the thrilling process of auditioning for voice over work.

      I’d encourage you to pop your head into our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting for tips and resources that will lead you through getting started in this industry. You might be particularly drawn to the chapters on Auditioning Online: Getting Voice Over Jobs From Home and Building a Home Recording Studio.

      Happy auditioning!

  • Yu Yi
    April 25, 2020, 12:16 pm

    My son 7 is years old.
    We want to register, What steps are required?
    Thank you so much!

    • oliver
      April 27, 2020, 11:25 am

      Hi Yu Yi,

      Thanks for your interest! That’s a good question.

      First of all, you can follow this link to sign up for a Voices talent account. While registering, you can specify that you’d like to sign up for a Child Membership.

      Here’s some additional clarification from our FAQ page:

      In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, Voices.com does not accept membership registrations from users who are under 13 years of age.

      By registering with Voices.com, you represent that you are at least 13 years old.

      Parents of children under the age of 13 years may register their child for a Child Membership, provided they manage the account and adhere to our recommendations for keeping their children safe online using the site.

      I hope that clears some things up for you and your son!

  • malama
    May 9, 2020, 1:12 pm

    hi I’m malama I’m 10 years old I really enjoyed watching animation movies I really want to become a voice actress I don’t know if you guys would accept me but the problem is that I live in New Zealand and if you guys are reading this comment can you probably be able to sent me some lesson emails or anything that would like to help me be able to become a voice actress and I’m still looking forward to hear more about you guys?

  • Tumi
    May 18, 2020, 5:22 am

    Can a 12 year old child take place in voice acting

    • oliver
      May 20, 2020, 1:59 pm

      Hi Tumi,

      There’s nothing stopping a 12 year old from becoming a voice actor! However, there are some things that should be taken into consideration. We’d suggest reading through this article and weighing all of the considerations behind having your child embark on a career in voice acting, and if you’re prepared to move forward, then you can sign up for a Child Membership on our site.

      Best of luck,

  • Sade Lagrone
    May 23, 2020, 4:49 pm

    Hello! I am here because my big sister only has drawing to do and she is always in her room, she’s always told me she wants to voice act, I want her to be happy, she is only a year older than me, she is 11, but she’s always wanted to do it, The name I put is her’s, mine is Leyla, and I really hope you reply, this is her dream, but can she work at home?

    • Oliver Skinner
      May 28, 2020, 10:50 am

      Hey Sade,

      Thanks for your comment! Recording voice over work is certainly a job that can be done from home.

      If your sister’s just getting started in the voice over industry, I’d suggest taking a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and visiting our YouTube channel. She can sign up for a Voices talent profile here.

      Take care!

  • England dickerson
    May 26, 2020, 3:01 pm

    I am looking for a acting studio for my granddaughter to act for the studio

    • Oliver Skinner
      May 28, 2020, 11:26 am

      Hey England,

      When she signs up for a Voices talent account, your granddaughter can audition for voice over work from the comfort of home! I’d suggest taking a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting – particularly these chapters on building a home recording studio and auditioning from home.

      I hope you find these helpful!

      • Ndifreke John udomesiet
        June 23, 2020, 5:59 am

        Enter your comments *I am eleven I want to be a voice actor how can I sing online and see a coach to train me in I live in Nigeria at akwa ibom state

      • Oliver Skinner
        June 25, 2020, 10:28 am


        First of all, to find a vocal coach, I’d recommend doing a google search of “[your area] + vocal coach.”

        You may be interested in taking a look at this blog post on getting into voice acting as a child.

        When you’re filling out your profile, you can also list any of the unique vocal capabilities you possess – for example, whether or not you speak with an accent. You can list the ability to speak in a West African (Nigerian) accent directly on your profile. That way, clients will have an easier time finding you when they’re seeking your specific vocal qualities for a project.

        We also have a YouTube channel packed with videos that should guide you as you set up a profile and get started on Voices.

        Best of luck on your voice acting journey,

  • serena amofa
    June 22, 2020, 11:08 am

    from my whole life i wanted to be an actress but now i think this is the right place

  • Elijah Baer
    June 29, 2020, 12:04 am

    Hello my name is Elijah and I was wondering if I can audition and voice act in any animated shows…

    • Oliver Skinner
      June 29, 2020, 11:27 am

      Hey Elijah,

      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,