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Getting Into Voice Acting: Making a Career Choice in 2020

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Starting Your Voice Acting Career

Has it been your heart’s desire to make money with your voice? If so, buckle up and hold on tight – you’re about to experience our new series of mini articles that will help you to make your transition into the world of professional voice-overs! But first… let’s identify the biggest misconception about voice-overs…

“I have a great voice, and that means that I can do voice-overs, no problem!”

Needless to say, a great voice is not the only factor that breeds a solid career in voice acting. A voice talent is not just a great voice, but a person with endless ambition, polished talent, and good business sense.

If you have a naturally enthusiastic voice, smooth voice or otherwise attractive voice – you may have been considering getting into voice acting for a while – and with good reason. Truly, voice acting is one of the most exciting and rewarding careers available today, especially so, when you consider the diverse range of clients, the flexible work hours and the ability to work from home.

You’ve likely asked yourself ‘how do I become a voice actor?’ and so you’re curious how to become a voice actor.

However, the decision to embark on this career path requires careful consideration. Just like with any major job change or any new endeavor, you need to evaluate whether or not it is right for you.

To help you understand what it takes to kickstart a successful career in 2020 and become a voice actor, we’ve created this comprehensive article, which covers all the information you need to get started, including:

The Pros and Cons of Getting Into Voice Acting

The Pros of Voice Acting

The Impact You Can Have by Lending Your Voice to Projects Around the World

Even small voice over projects can make a big splash. Every client you work for, whether it’s an international power house or a local small business, is being made better by the voice over you provide. It can be extremely fulfilling to witness what success is achieved with your help.

The Voice Acting Community and the Amazing Clients

As you begin to book projects and build a portfolio, you’ll be connecting with producers and coordinators who can very easily become repeat clients if you employ some simple rapport building tactics. Before you know it, you can be working with the producers responsible for Coca-Cola’s international campaigns.

Networking also extends to fellow voice actors. It’s quite important to pursue this particular kind of networking, too. Not only to expose yourself to others who are open to sharing business, technical, and artistic tips, but also because voice actors frequently refer a fellow talent in situations where they’re not quite right for a job.

Many voice actors report feeling that the voice over community plays a major role in the fulfillment that they experience as a voice actor. Attending VO conferences and events of the like are great ways to start meeting other VO artists to build your support and referral network.

The Ability to Work from Anywhere, on Your Schedule

By far, one of the most appealing aspects of the voice over industry is the ability to work from anywhere that has an internet connection, and on a schedule that works for you. Some of the most successful freelance professional voice actors on Voices.com have expressed gratitude for their ability to create a work-life balance that works for their family, as well as their personal schedule.

The Freedom to Make as Much Money as You Like

Voice actors are often entrepreneurs – their voice is their business, and they treat it as such. When you’re your own boss, the sky’s the limit on how much you can make. Although, that’s not to say that becoming a successful voice actor is easy. As a business owner, be prepared to work hard and learn a lot in the process.

Cons of Voice Acting

Starting a Voice Over Career Comes with a Variety of Costs

Getting started in voice acting has its costs, not all of which are monetary. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need to invest in:

Time Costs

From getting coaching, to setting up your home studio, to learning about audio production, to prospecting jobs and auditioning, the amount of time you’ll spend preparing for your first booked jobs may be longer than you anticipate.

Sometimes, beginner voice actors book their first jobs within their first month, while others can spend much more time seeking out those first few gigs. Be patient, self-reflective, and willing to explore your vocal capabilities.

Isolation and Emotional Costs

Being inside the booth for hours a day has been described as isolating, even by voice actors who are well into their careers. That’s why it’s important to balance your booth time with other activities, and engage in the voice over community through social media groups, conferences, Meetups, etc. There are other ways to protect your mental health as well.

Long-form narrator Ilyana Kadushin recommends taking frequent tea breaks, taking time to close your eyes and rest your mind, and paying attention to your posture and positioning in the booth. All of these suggestions not only help to protect your voice, but also help to protect your state of mind and help you to avoid burnout.

Monetary Costs

The monetary costs of running a voice acting business can vary depending on your lifestyle and whether you’re looking to make voice acting a full-time job or a part-time side income. If you’re looking to pursue VO in a full-time capacity, a high quality home studio, professional-grade equipment, and an understanding of general business and marketing practices are all investments that are required when launching this exciting career.

For Countless People Around the World, The Pros of Voice Acting Outweigh the Cons

There are so many other advantages to being a voice actor like being your own boss, working from home, and going to work in your pyjamas. For many people, these attractive working conditions outweigh the sometimes stressful situations posed by working in an industry known for high competition and lightning-speed turnaround times.

At the end of the day, becoming a voice actor is a unique career path that is sure to expose you to new people, new thoughts, and knowledge in new areas that you would have never expected. It’s the perfect career for the never-ending-learner.

Voice Over Coaching and Training

When getting started in voice acting, you simply don’t know what you don’t know. You may have a natural talent for voice over, but the most successful voice actors will attest that education is still crucial to success. There is so much value in attending training sessions and hiring a voice over coach.

Vocal coaches are industry gurus who can expose you to techniques, concepts and tactics you would have never thought of otherwise. They can broaden your horizons in ways that help you become more connected with your talent, and then turn your upgraded skills into dollars.

What’s more, is that in this digital age many voice coaches are making their services available via video phone chats – so voice actors and coaches can connect like never before, from anywhere around the world.

Voice Over Coaches Provide All Types and Levels of Training

Many voice over coaches offer generalized training for beginners, but there are a plethora of coaches who offer specialized training in every niche you can think of. They can help with audio production education, and demo production, accent training or reduction, character voice development, marketing your services, and so much more.

Whether you’re just starting out, or if you’ve had many years of experience in the voice over industry, everyone can benefit from continuous learning.

Voice Over Coaching Tips

Voice actor David Thackara shares his thoughts on voice over coaching, as well as his 3 best tips for voice actors who are getting started, including: (watch the full video for all 3 tips).

  1. Taking care of your voice.
  2. Ensuring you have the stamina to complete the job you’re auditioning for.
  3. Getting coaching – no matter where you are in your career.

To learn more about how to choose the best voice coach, and what services voice coaches offer, check out our Selecting a Voice Coach article.

Voice Over Salary Considerations When Getting Into Voice Acting

It’s a tough topic – voice over industry rates and how to quote for jobs. Yet, it’s a vital part of the equation when getting started in the voice over industry. The fact of the matter is that you’re in control of your salary figures.

Especially when you’re just starting out, there can be a temptation to quote lower in an attempt to edge out the competition, but your voice over skills are worth more than the ‘low-ball’ rate – and clients know that too!

In the 2018 voice over trends report, clients expressed that they’re willing to pay when they find the right voice for their brand. Budget was the last factor on their mind when deciding to hire a voice actor.  

There are many considerations to take into account when calculating what you should charge for your services. The best place to start is by understanding the voice over business model. From the perspective of break-even and profitability, you need to factor in the costs associated with running your business and managing your career.

  • Your studio space and the equipment you use
  • Your education and training
  • Your industry experience and portfolio
  • And more.

Only once you understand your expenses, will you understand what it will take to make a profit.

At a bare minimum, the salary expectation you set for yourself needs to account for those costs (and others) associated with conducting business.

How Voice Actors Are Able to Increase Their Rates

From the perspective of building your business, as you gain experience, build your client base and referral network, and complete jobs for more notable brands, your salary can increase too. Voice actors who have more developed brands, higher reputations, and more notable clients in their portfolio are able to set higher rates.

And sometimes it comes down to confidence. It can take some self-assurance to recognize when you’re worth more, and follow through on increasing your minimum rates and command a higher salary.

Other Considerations for Voice Over Job Quotes

Beyond the business scope mentioned above, some quote considerations need to be weighed repeatedly for every voice over job you go for:

  • Post-production services provided (if any)
  • Niche services offered (accents, languages, character voices, etc.)
  • Time commitment of the project
  • How the voice over will be used (national broadcast, non-broadcast, etc.)

Ensuring you get all of the necessary details from the client ahead of time will help you to provide your most accurate quote. You can also read more about how to crunch the numbers into your very own voice over rate sheet.

Setting Up Your Home Recording Studio

A voice over home studio is essential to enabling you to produce high-quality work for your clients. If you’re interested in building a recording studio in your home, step one is to assess which rooms or locations would make the most suitable recording space.

This may not be as daunting as it sounds, because a recording studio only needs to be large enough for you to comfortably sit in. People can get quite creative with which spaces they convert into voice over studios – from garages to closets.

Additionally, creating a professional-grade studio doesn’t have to break the bank. In this article, audio experts offer sound advice on where you should spend money and where you can save money when setting up a recording studio on a budget.

Tips for saving money on your home studio build:

  • Soundproofing and insulation don’t have to be expensive – you can use really heavy blankets or comforters to absorb any unwanted sounds.
  • With recording equipment, more expensive doesn’t always equal better. Plus, recording gear can also be purchased secondhand and/or upgraded as you go.
  • Your home studio space can be as simple as a closet – as long as it is quiet and allows you to give a professional quality read everytime.

Soundproofing Your Home Recording Studio

Regardless of whether you choose to spend or save on the cost of building your home recording studio, there is one important step that is often overlooked – and that is soundproofing your studio.

Soundproofing is one of the most important considerations for those who wish to set themselves apart with professional sound quality, as well as those who wish to save valuable time. Imagine how much time and frustration you would save if you could reduce the number of unwanted sounds you had to edit out after recording your track.

3 Keys to Effective Soundproofing in Your Recording Studio

It helps to remember that soundproofing has three key phases – all of which must work together to create the perfect voice over environment. Specifically, soundproofing needs to address:

  1. Filtering out unwanted external sound
  2. Insulating the studio space
  3. Setting up measures to handle any remaining noise

Soundproofing tips from an audio expert:

Choosing Your Voice Over Microphone

There are a lot of different microphones available on the market and about ten times as many opinions over which microphone is best. However, the process of choosing a mic must be tailored towards which one best suits your unique voice. You could have a low pitched voice, a raspy voice or a booming voice. Each may need a different microphone.

It’s worth shopping around to discover all of the options before making such an important purchase. Keep in mind that the most expensive mic doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best for your voice.

4 Tips to Find the Best Voice Over Microphone for Your Voice

  1. Try many types and brands of microphones before you settle on one
  2. Test out your mic in the space you will be using it
  3. Choose one that highlights the great details of your voice
  4. Stay away from handheld mics

You can also get advice from savvy audio experts who will be able to steer you in the right direction when it comes to choosing the right microphone.

A Note on Why Mixers are Important

Typically, the cable on your microphone (XLR cable) is not compatible with your computer and cannot be plugged in directly, so you will need a mixer that you can plug your microphone into. The cable you need will vary depending on the type of computer and software you plan to use.

Choosing the Best Headphones

You want to spend a bit of your studio setup budget on a good set of headphones. Recording with headphones will allow you to hear if you are making unwanted sounds with your mouth, or if there is any other interference being picked up by your mic.

You will want to get a good pair of over the ear headphones (don’t use earbuds!) that are comfortable and allow you to hear yourself at a comfortable audio level. A decent pair of headphones will cost anywhere from $100 and up. A great example is the Sennheiser  HD-200 Pro, or the Sony MDR-7560 headphones.

You should also be aware of the difference between closed-back headphones (used for recording tracks) versus open-backed headphones (used for mixing) to know which ones will work best for your needs.

Here is a list of other reputable headphones that voice actors recommend:

  • Extreme Isolation EX-29
  • Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro
  • Focal Spirit Professional
  • Shure SRH 1540
  • Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro
  • AKG K 701

Software Requirements for Getting Into Voice Acting

Once you have your perfect microphone, it’s time to think about the software you will use to create professional-grade recordings. Recording quality is incredibly important, as your voice over demos and auditions need to highlight your vocal skills, underscore your professionalism, and ultimately ensure that you stand out.

Recording Software for Voice Actors

Some of popular recording programs/software include:

  • Adobe Audition
  • Audacity (Free)
  • Pro Tools
  • Sound Forge
  • GarageBand (standard software on Macs)

Choosing the Right Recording Software for Voice Acting

A number of factors need to be taken into consideration as you source the right audio recording program, including cost and compatibility with your computer and equipment.

Because there are a number of options on the market – ranging from free to notably pricey, we prepared an article specifically on voice over recording software for those who want to go in depth.

Pro Tips for Voice Over Business Development When Getting Into Voice Acting

Successful voice actors engage in very specific activities that help set them apart from the rest. They have a definite focus on marketing their skills and business, as well as diversifying the services they offer (which complement their voice over business).

Marketing Yourself as a Voice Actor

Build an Online Presence that Mirrors Your Professionalism

A Voices.com survey among voice talent showed that voice actors who considered themselves to be successful, full-time voice actors, invested significantly more time into developing their own website and social media accounts to build a solid online presence.

This online presence building includes sharing happy client reviews and being active in relationship management (with clients and voice actor communities alike).

An established online presence helps a potential client feel more confident in their decision to hire the voice actor, because it serves as further evidence of their professionalism and skill.

So if you’re auditioning for voice acting jobs, expect potential clients to research you online – and make sure your online presence reflects your professional persona.

Don’t Make Celebrity Comparisons

When you’re attempting to market your sound, it can be tempting to make comparisons between yourself and celebrities. For example, listing out known actors that you sound like may seem to be an easy way to help potential clients understand what you bring to the table – except, what it actually does is pigeonhole a voice actor into a typecast niche net.

So, rather than compare yourself to a celebrity, consider what vocal qualities made you want to draw this comparison in the first place. These descriptors are your ‘vocal archetype.’ For example, rather than saying you sound like Cate Blanchett, round the description out to say that you have a warm voice, deep voice, or authoritative voice.

Ask Clients for Use of Final Projects that You Contributed to

A great way to build your portfolio is to request permission to use a final project you’ve contributed to, as a demo that prospective clients can hear. Many successful voice actors say that they always ask!

Remember – the answer is always ‘no’ unless you ask.

 Choose Networking Over Cold Calling

Gone are the days of cold calling producers and advertising agencies in an attempt to book work, according to a Voices.com survey of voice talent. In fact, 60% of respondents agreed that this tactic is no longer an acceptable business practice.

What is a viable option, however, is networking with other voice actors – heavily. Research shows that when a voice actor isn’t quite right for a job that they’ve been approached with, they’re quite likely to recommend another voice actor for the spot. Of course, picking up on that mindset and referring other voice actors to jobs you know aren’t quite right for you is a great way to build goodwill between you and that client, as well as you and the other voice talent!

Take a read through the compilation of awesome ideas from other voice actors if you’re looking for more on how to market yourself as a voice actor.

Diversifying Your Service Offerings

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when you’re able to offer extended services, like post-production editing, you can make more money.

Plus, your client will also be delighted to save money by not having to pay another third party for those additional services.

Two Ideas for diversifying your service offerings:

  1. Deepen Your Audio Production Abilities As a voice actor, you most likely already have an introductory to intermediate level of knowledge about audio production. Invest in your new revenue stream by taking community college night courses to get some professional level training. Or, study online. There are countless websites, blogs, and forums that discuss audio production and post-production at length.
  2. Find a Post-Production Partner. Start by researching newly-graduated audio production engineers via LinkedIn, Facebook Groups and even College Alumni boards. Establish a working relationship with a post-production partner and agree to working terms, so that they can make a living, while you get to offer valuable services to a client who needs them.

The same thing can be done for offering translation services! Find out more about translation, and other business development strategies.

Finding Voice Over Work

Getting started in the world of voice acting takes a bit of research and a lot of practice, but if you have the right tips on hand, and sound advice (pun intended), navigating the industry is possible.

As we’ve mentioned, being a voice actor often means that you are a freelance artist and as such, you will have to put time and effort into marketing your skills and building up your brand. Essentially, you are a small business and have to treat it this way to make the most out of your career.

Great Voice Over Demos are Essential to Getting Into Voice Acting

Your voice over demo is your calling card. It validates your description of your voice by showing potential clients that you can do exactly what you’re saying you can.

Say you can speak five languages. Do you have a demo in each? If not, then you should. Showing, rather than telling, is incredibly powerful.

6 Tips on How to Produce an Incredible Voice Over Demo:

  1. Plan to have a demo for each style of voice over you provide (e.g. radio announcer voice, narrator voice, blue collar voice, etc.), as well as each language, accent, or dialect.
  2. Don’t waste valuable time slating or adding long intros. You only have a few seconds to hook the listener – hit them with your best voice over read instead.
  3. Use your real voice – leave stereotypes behind. Provide an authentic performance.
  4. Make sure that your recording levels are properly set. The last reason why anyone should pass you over is because they can’t hear you!
  5. Ask previous clients if you can use samples from their work as your demo.
  6. When creating a demo from scratch, make sure you choose the right script.

A Fully Set-Up Voices.com Profile is an Incredible Asset to Finding Voice Over Jobs and Getting Into Voice Acting

Prospecting for clients on your own can be tough. Many voice actors sign up for a Voices.com account in order to put themselves in front of, and be matched with jobs from some of the world’s biggest brands and best-loved clients.

However, if your profile isn’t complete – or accurate – you could be missing out on incredible opportunities.

You can make it easy to be discovered by the right clients and voice over jobs, by ensuring that your Voices.com profile is complete and accurate. You’ll know that you’re missing out if your profile score is less than 100, but just in case – here’s more information on how to create a great Voices.com profile.

Other Ways to Find Voice Over Work and Auditions  

Once you’ve set up a Voices.com profile and have some excellent demos, you can start looking for work and auditions. If you are new to the industry, you may be wondering how to seek out voice acting gigs. There are numerous avenues available to new voice actors that are free or inexpensive to access.

As discussed, voice acting careers are no longer constrained by geography or proximity to a recording studio. Platforms like Voices.com make it easy for voice actors to work around the world, in any location with an internet connection.

3 Ways that Voice Actors Land their First Gigs

  1. Sign up with an online platform like Voices.com, which will email you jobs tailored to your skillset regularly.
  2. Find an agency to represent you.
  3. Volunteer or audition for voice work in your community: Look at community job boards online and consider auditioning – remember to only audition for jobs that you think your voice will be a good fit for.

You can find more specific details on what you need to know about finding voice over work by visiting our Online Voice Over Work article.

Tips on Auditioning for Voice Over Jobs

Finding auditions used to be like trying to find a needle in a haystack – but now, finding voice over jobs is much easier. To help voice actors get matched with only the best opportunities for their unique voice and skillset, Voices.com use proprietary technology called ‘VoiceMatch,’ which uses an algorithm to ensure that voice actors only get jobs that they’re suited for and/or interested in.   

Here are some time-tested tips on how to nail the voice over audition, and set yourself up for landing the job:

  1. Audition for jobs you’re well-suited for: If the job is for a bilingual actor who can speak fluent Spanish and English, but you have rusty language skills for either option – don’t audition. Be selective and audition for voice over jobs that truly match your sound and ability.

At a bare minimum, you should evaluate auditions by paying attention to:

  • The language, accent, and dialect specified in the job posting
  • The rate of pay
  • The deadline to submit auditions
  • Gender
  • How the files should be delivered to the client
  1. If the client posted a script, read 10-15 seconds: Nothing will sell your voice better than if the client can hear your audition with their script. However, make the most of your time by only reading for 10-15 seconds. It’s just enough for the client to get a taste of what you can do, while still allowing you to be efficient with your time.
  2. Audition often: If you can, try to audition for seven or more jobs each day. You can’t win jobs unless you audition for them, and even if none come through, you’re still gaining valuable experience while giving yourself a daily vocal workout.

Learn more about Making the Most of Your Voice Over Auditions.

Putting the Pieces Together

Here at Voices.com, we often refer to the 3-legged stool that is a voice acting career:

  1. Business Skills
  2. Artistic Skills
  3. Technical Skills

Investing time into developing these three very separate – but complementary – skill sets is a great way to start your voice over career off on the right foot. You need to work on all three in order to be successful.

Having talent is a great starting place, but when you build a more developed business acumen and become a little tech savvy (for recording), you’ll really start to see your career take off.

To sum it all up, to getting into voice acting online:

  1. Get voice over training or coaching
  2. Practice reading out loud, constantly (see our sample voice over script library)
  3. Seek out pro bono gigs to build your resume
  4. Record several voice over demos – each one should highlight an aspect of your ability
  5. Build your professional brand online (including a Voices.com profile, of course!)
  6. Audition often, reading 10-15 seconds of the client’s script, when provided
  7. Ask previous clients for permission to use past projects as part of your portfolio

Through this introductory article, we hope that you feel more empowered on your journey to becoming a voice actor. However, the information here is just the tip of the iceberg. Voice acting is a profession and a craft that requires continuous learning and dedication.

Subscribe to our blog (through the sign up widget on the right), and/or come back often to read more in-depth articles and expert interviews – all aimed at helping you continuously learn, improve, and become more successful than your wildest dreams.

Happy auditioning!

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  • Joe Todd
    April 10, 2019, 12:19 am

    Love what your doing over at voices.com and want to send my students here that are learning to be a voice talent. As in the industry you are top 5 best sites for many avenues of voice work.

    Reply
    • Manasi Wankhede
      September 14, 2020, 11:17 am

      Sir, i want to try myself as voice actor.. please share any vacancy..if

      Reply
      • Oliver Skinner
        September 16, 2020, 4:42 pm

        Hi Manasi,

        When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you can begin auditioning for voice over jobs featured on our platform.

  • Chris Tesch
    April 26, 2019, 8:49 pm

    Could you give us an idea of the average price per session for coaching, and an average of how many sessions a typical neophyte might need? Excellent article!

    Reply
    • Tanya
      April 29, 2019, 8:29 am

      Hi Chris,
      That’s an excellent question. I think that the generic answer would be that ‘it depends’ on a number of factors like who the coach is (e.g. a dialect coach to the stars may cost more), the structure of the coaching (group vs. 1×1 support), where you are in your VO journey and what you need to work on, etc. However, I know that if I were in your shoes I’d want a starting point – so, I’ve forwarded your inquiry over to our support team as well, as they should have more info. Note that we DO have a resource for you to find coaches as well, and you can view their profiles here: https://www.voices.com/coaches
      All the best,
      – Tanya

      Reply
      • Maribeth McGowan
        July 4, 2019, 4:56 pm

        I found the average online voice coach to be $30 a week for a 30-60 minute meeting. I pay $40 because our coach specializes in working with clients with disabilities and my son has autism. It is EVERYTHING to have a great voice coach! You should have the chance to email with them a bit and get to know them before you commit. Ask every question you can think of! I clicked with our coach immediately, and his grandson has autism! Best wishes in your quest; you got this!

      • Rich G.
        July 16, 2020, 2:45 pm

        Could you provide contact information for the online coach who specializes in clients with disabilities?

  • Gerrie Ferguson
    August 2, 2019, 7:57 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    My name is Gerrie Ferguson, & I am a voice-over professional/artist with over 30 years experience in the field of audio books as well as corporate applications including film voice overs, TV advertisements, Mitsubishi Motors GPS Voicing & the SAS Pilot Training Flight Simulator.

    I have a fully equipped recording studio as well as a high speed Fibre internet connection for swift audio delivery.

    Looking forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

    Kind regards.

    Gerrie Ferguson

    Reply
    • Tanya
      August 13, 2019, 9:45 am

      Hi Gerrie,
      Nice to hear from you!
      Please note that we can’t include links to outside sites in the comments, however, if you’d like to be found by clients on voices.com, you’re welcome to create a free profile and upload your audio files on our platform as well: http://www.voices.com/signup.
      All the best & thank you for reading 🙂
      – Tanya

      Reply
  • Gabeloja
    February 2, 2020, 6:39 pm

    Hi there Mrs. or Mr. I am very interested in voice acting, I took acting classes in middle school and also in high school. I haven’t finished college because I had to help my mother with the rent. But I would like to continue this part that I really Love. can you provide me with advice please? thanks I’ll wait for your reply back.

    Reply
    • oliver
      February 3, 2020, 3:46 pm

      Hi Gabeloja,

      It sounds like acting is a long-held passion of yours.

      Our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting can be a helpful resource if you’re wondering how to go about launching a career in the voice acting industry.

      To start browsing and auditioning for voice over jobs, the best place to begin is by creating a voice talent profile on Voices.com.

      Follow this link to learn about our different membership levels.

      Feel free to take a look at our FAQ and contact us at support@voices.com anytime you need.

      Wishing you the best,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Justus Ratliff
    March 22, 2020, 6:04 pm

    Hey, I’m 14 is there an age requirement or can you just start whenever. I put some serious thought into this after reading this article. Any advice on that please, I’m kind of lost on where to even start with someone my age.

    Reply
    • oliver
      March 23, 2020, 10:19 am

      Hey Justus,

      Thanks for reaching out! The good news is that there’s no minimum age you’re required to reach before being eligible to begin voice acting. You’re free to start whenever! In fact, there are a number of casting calls on our platform that specifically seek out Teen (aged 13-17) voices.

      To embark on a career as a voice actor, the best place to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent profile. You can read up on our membership levels to identify which option is the best choice for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at support@voices.com.

      If you’re unsure where to get started, you ought to take a look through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting. It’s jam-packed with illuminating info about getting to know the industry, recording your demos, and how to promote your talents.

      I hope that helps!

      Oliver

      Reply
  • Hazel Traylen
    March 26, 2020, 4:45 pm

    I am interested in voice acting. I have in the past been a telephonist for many years and have been told that I have all sorts of voices. I await your comments. Thank you.

    Reply
    • oliver
      April 2, 2020, 10:07 am

      Hey Hazel,

      Thanks for your comment. If you want to pursue your interest in voice acting further, you should sign up for a Voices talent account. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to build your profile, browse job postings, and start auditioning for the voice over work that most appeals to you.

      You may also want to check out our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, which is a great resource abounding with useful info that will help you kickstart your career.

      Happy auditioning,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Media Group
    May 3, 2020, 7:21 am

    Thank you for the great post.

    Reply
  • Allison Nika Gundran
    May 17, 2020, 1:53 pm

    What if I don’t have a coach?

    Reply
    • oliver
      May 20, 2020, 1:32 pm

      Hi Allison,

      If you don’t have a coach but you’re in search of one, you can check out the options we have listed on our Voice Over Coaching page.

      If you don’t have or want a vocal coach for the time being, that’s fine too. You can take a look through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting to learn more about what it takes to get started in the industry, and sign up for a Voices.com talent account here.

      Reply
    • Asma rima
      July 22, 2020, 4:02 pm

      I want to be a voice actor.

      Reply
      • Oliver Skinner
        July 27, 2020, 1:21 pm

        Hi Asma,

        Signing up for a Voices talent account is the best way to begin building your online presence and auditioning for voice over work.

  • Jon Kramer
    May 20, 2020, 7:43 am

    Hey,
    Thanks for sharing this useful information to become a voice actor for a successful career in 2020. It’s really important to know the Pros and Cons of getting into voice acting before starting a career, as Voice acting is an exciting and varied career. We can make money using our voice. There has been an increasing demand for voice talent. We should step ahead after knowing all these points keeping in mind.

    Reply
    • Mudiyanse pathiranage niluka dilrukshi
      May 23, 2020, 3:52 am

      How I can voice actor

      Reply
  • Reeta saroj
    May 28, 2020, 12:21 am

    How I can be a voice actor? I am from india.

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    • Oliver Skinner
      May 28, 2020, 11:19 am

      Hi Reeta,

      You can certainly uses Voices if you’re from India. When you’re filling out your profile, you’ll want to list any of the unique vocal capabilities you possess – for example, which languages you speak fluently, and whether or not you speak with an accent. That way, clients will have an easier time finding you when they’re seeking your specific vocal qualities for a project.

      You may also want to leaf through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting when you’re first familiarizing yourself with the platform and this exciting industry, and we also have a YouTube channel packed with videos that should guide you as you set up a profile and get started on Voices.

      Sign up here.

      I hope that helps! Happy recording,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Richa Baghel
    May 28, 2020, 4:54 pm

    Hi I am Richa Baghel, I’m from delhi, india, how can I start my career in this?

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    • Oliver Skinner
      June 1, 2020, 9:55 am

      Hi Richa,

      The best way to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent account. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo.

      Feel free to check out our Talent Help page, and never hesitate to send us an email with any questions at support@voices.com.

      If you’re still in need of some tips on cutting your teeth in the industry, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and our YouTube channel are both helpful resources.

      I hope that helps. Best of luck on your voice over journey!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Giles Eichenauer
    May 31, 2020, 7:42 pm

    I want to become a voice actor since I have been able to do different voices of characters from popular shows and game characters too that’s why I have been trying to get into voice acting

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    • Oliver Skinner
      June 3, 2020, 11:55 am

      Hi Giles,

      Thanks for your comment! If you’d like to become a voice actor, the best place to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent profile. From there, you’ll be able to fill out your profile with your vocal qualities, take a look through our board of voice over job postings, and upload your demo for casting directors to listen to.

      If you want additional tips for getting started in the voice acting industry, I’d suggest leafing through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and checking out our YouTube channel.

      Happy auditioning,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Patricia Wright-Domingue
    June 4, 2020, 1:55 pm

    I enjoyed reading your tips. However, Is there aN age limit to start doing VOICE OVER? I live in Canada , but, is originally from Trinidad. My accent is still there, yet, at times a British accent can be heard.

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    • Oliver Skinner
      June 4, 2020, 4:55 pm

      Hi Patricia,

      Thanks for your comment. There are no age limits that restrict anyone from working in voice over. However, when you submit an audition, you’ll want to ensure that your voice falls within the same range of the age the client is seeking for that role. You may be interested in taking a look at this blog post on getting your child into voice acting.

      As a voice actor, the ability to authentically speak different accents can be a major advantage. When you sign up for a Voices talent accent, you’ll have the ability to list the accents you can perform directly on your profile.

      Wishing you the best as you embark on your voice over journey!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Mennie Enoh
    June 12, 2020, 6:37 am

    Great!! I am an aspiring voice actress. I’ve read all this. I’m not deterred. It’s just time for me to get ready.

    Reply
  • Marriyam
    June 15, 2020, 5:37 pm

    💓💓💓💓💓💓💓

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  • Christopher Triplett
    June 17, 2020, 5:14 am

    I wonder how the steps to being a voice actor works?

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      June 17, 2020, 10:38 am

      Hi Christopher,

      Here are two great resources that can introduce you to the world of voice acting and using our platform: the Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, and our YouTube channel.

      When you’re ready to get started, sign up for a Voices talent account and build your profile, upload a demo, and submit auditions for voice acting jobs.

      Oliver

      Reply
  • Trina Chakraborty
    June 17, 2020, 10:04 pm

    Very informative.

    Reply
  • David Leonard
    June 26, 2020, 8:54 pm

    Very useful article; much more info than I ever expected to receive when I searched for info on voice acting

    Reply
  • Tyjhai Bowie
    June 29, 2020, 12:24 am

    I’m interested in voice acting job to here be on Anime shows it tough I need to someone to practice me hard me to act the more I speak

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      June 29, 2020, 11:35 am

      Hi Tyjhai,

      To start auditioning for voice over work, you ought to sign up for a Voices talent account and fill out your profile with your vocal qualities and your own voice over demo. If you’re in search of some resources about cutting your teeth in the industry, I’d recommend reading our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, as well as checking out our YouTube channel!

      Reply
  • Kawsar Tanjim
    July 2, 2020, 8:14 pm

    Hey! I am interested in Voices.com. I have a question. Do we have to pay first to get started?

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      July 13, 2020, 1:33 pm

      Hey Kawsar,

      That’s a good question. We offer free and paid membership options. You can compare them here.

      You can also check out our membership FAQs if you have any additional questions, or shoot us an email at support@voices.com.

      I hope that helps!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Kimodo
    July 9, 2020, 9:03 am

    So glad such a comprehensive article was available. For a budding VOA it was a very informative and appreciated read. Thanks for making it a touch easier for me to find my footing in the industry, especially amidst all the chaos of 2020. Just created my account and look forward to getting a new mic and posting some samples.

    Also read the article in all the different voices I could manage which made it really fun.

    Anyways just wanted to say thanks for the assist this platform provides.

    Reply
  • Lakhikumari
    July 10, 2020, 9:29 pm

    Hey I am from Jamshedpur Jharkhand how can I start my career

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      July 13, 2020, 1:11 pm

      Hey there,

      I’d encourage you to first take a look through the Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, as well as our YouTube channel. Once you understand how both our platform and the voice over industry function, then you should be ready to sign up for a Voices talent account and begin auditioning for voice over work.

      Reply
  • Gage Guerra
    July 15, 2020, 6:59 pm

    Hello im a beginner teen voice actor and I would like to know how it works and to get auditions

    Reply
  • Irene Goh
    August 15, 2020, 2:50 am

    Would like to find a voice over job in Singapore. Just dunno how to?? Please help!

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      August 19, 2020, 1:43 pm

      Hi Irene,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you’ll have the opportunity to audition for a wide variety of voice over work from the comfort of home. When you’re filling out your profile, if you speak with a Singaporean accent, you’ll be able to list this directly on your profile.

      Reply
  • Sarah Moon
    August 16, 2020, 10:59 am

    Thanks 😊

    Reply
  • Madiha S Zafar
    September 1, 2020, 4:01 pm

    I want to be a part of voiceover in any company.

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      September 3, 2020, 11:47 am

      Hey Madiha,

      If you’d like to get into voice acting, you ought to sign up for a Voices talent account and upload a demo of your best vocal performance. As you’re completing your profile, you’ll also get the opportunity to list business as the category of voice work that most interests you, if that happens to be the case.

      Reply
  • Rick W
    September 5, 2020, 3:10 pm

    I’m a 57 year old male with an interest in voice acting career. I’ve always been told that I should consider a career that allows me to use my unique voice to earn a living. It goes without saying I do not have a clue where to begin. Sure would appreciate your thoughts and ideas.

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      September 8, 2020, 10:50 am

      Hey Rick,

      To start your voice acting career, you can sign up for a Voices talent account and audition for voice over work from home. When you’re filling out your profile, you’ll have the opportunity to list any vocal qualities you possess, including your voice age, which will help clients find you when they’re looking for a vocal performance from a man in his 50s.

      I’d also recommend taking a look through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and our YouTube channel for more tips on launching a career in this exciting industry.

      Best of luck!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • raahamohamed
    September 11, 2020, 7:48 am

    can i become a voice actor

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      September 11, 2020, 10:30 am

      Hey there,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you can begin auditioning for voice over jobs on our platform and set out on the path to becoming a voice actor.

      Reply
  • Henrietta Henshaw
    September 16, 2020, 10:31 pm

    My 16-year-old grandson wants to be a voice actor. He is very intelligent (Advanced Placement everything, etc.), is acting in the local little theater and is also interested in technology. But although he plans on college, he is more focused on funimation or other voice acting opportunities right now. I believe he could do well in multiple areas and want him to explore all options and his own potential. Do you have suggestions about education that would help him achieve his goal and at the same time discover all the possibilities? I don’t want to quench his enthusiasm but I’d like to encourage him to make good education choices.

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    • Oliver Skinner
      September 17, 2020, 2:23 pm

      Hi Henrietta,

      That’s a good question!

      The good news is that your grandson won’t need a formal education to pursue voice acting. In fact, I’d encourage him to begin trying his hand at voice acting right now. Our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting is a valuable resource that can introduce him to the field. Once he’s ready, he can sign up for a Voices talent account (and this YouTube playlist can help guide him through that process).

      Many successful voice actors are also film/television/theater actors, broadcasters, audio engineers (here’s a roundup of the top audio engineering schools), writers… and the list goes on. There are a multitude of different types of voice over work, so depending on the professional sector your grandson ultimately pursues, he may be more qualified to provide voice over in that field (for example, someone with a healthcare background may be more qualified to perform voice over in the healthcare field).

      In short, the possibilities are pretty unlimited. I’d encourage your grandson to continue to develop his interests in acting and technology, and know that he doesn’t have to wait until he’s much older before he can begin voice acting. I hope that helps.

      Reply
  • Adri Vermaak
    September 18, 2020, 5:10 am

    My son wants to study drama and voice acting. Where can he study?

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    • Oliver Skinner
      September 18, 2020, 11:59 am

      Hi Adri,

      Good question. There are a number of established acting conservatories out there, and there are also plenty of schools that have standout drama programs. It really all depends on where your son lives, where he would like to study, and what type of acting he’d like to pursue (the path to booking TV commercial gigs can vary significantly from spending years dissecting Shakespeare, and both are equally valid). If I were your son, I’d put in a lot of internet research before making a firm decision on where I’d like to go.

      When it comes to voice acting, there are many valuable resources on our site that he can access to familiarize himself with the voice over industry. I’d suggest he read our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, and once he’s ready to start auditioning for voice over work, to sign up for a Voices talent account. You don’t need a formal education to get into voice acting, so your son can easily try his hand in the field without even needing to leave the house.

      Reply
  • Nora
    September 19, 2020, 2:15 pm

    Greetings! My name is Nora and I’m 17 years old. I was wondering if you could help me. You see, I’ve always dreamt of becoming a Voice actress, but my parents don’t think its a good idea and are trying to move me away from it. I have a few questions to ask if it’s not too much. First, My parents want me to find a college for voice acting, do you know any college that provides that? Second, Do I need to pay in order to audition or get the role/ job? and if so how much? Third, Do I need any fancy equipment in order to voice act from home? can I voice act from home? There are a lot of questions, I know. I still have more, but I’ll wait till I get my answers for those.

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    • Oliver Skinner
      September 21, 2020, 10:52 am

      Hey Nora,

      To answer your questions:

      1) The great thing about voice acting is that you don’t need a formal college education to succeed in the field. If I were you, instead of seeking out college programs based solely on course offerings associated with voice acting, I’d also factor in my other professional interests. Many professional voice actors are trained in adjacent fields, like film and television acting, audio engineering, broadcasting, writing, etc. It all really comes down to where and what you would like to study, and what feels like a justifiable investment for you.

      2) Voices has a few different talent membership levels. Check them out here to determine the right talent membership for your specific needs.

      3) You can totally get into voice acting from home. Here’s a great blog post about home studio setups.

      Reply
  • Andrea Twinkles Muro
    September 30, 2020, 3:12 pm

    Do I need a professional demo to start?

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      September 30, 2020, 3:55 pm

      Hey Andrea,

      Having a professional-sounding demo is one of the best ways to get noticed by clients on our platform. Follow these links to learn how to plan your demos and upload your demos.

      Reply
  • Sonu sahu Sonu sahu
    October 2, 2020, 2:53 am

    My voice is super

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  • Logan Torres
    October 8, 2020, 4:46 am

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  • Ethan Walker
    October 21, 2020, 12:56 pm

    Hi, my name is Ethan Walker. I’ve wanted to be a voice actor for about a year now, and I found out that I have a wide range of voices. I just need work with smoothing out my voice, accents, and equipment. I’m graduating in May of 2021. I’m really hoping that I can get a VO job a little before I graduate, so I can get my name out to many other producers.

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      October 22, 2020, 9:45 am

      Hi Ethan,

      You’ve come to the right place. Our YouTube channel is a great resource that will guide you through using our platform. You can also check out our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting to brush up on your industry knowledge.

      Once you feel ready, sign up for a Voices talent account to begin auditioning for voice over work featured on our site.

      Reply
  • Neil Carter
    October 21, 2020, 9:09 pm

    An excellent and informative article, thank you..
    Having been told for many years (over 30) that I have a velvety/chocolatey and commanding voice and that I should seriously consider using it to my advantage.
    I have now – in my early 60’s – started investigating the possibility.
    I’m London (UK) based and wondering, is Voices.com, a) purely for the US market or worldwide; if US only, b) is there a UK/European equivalent website, and if worldwide, c) do the job offers sent out include UK/European opportunities?
    Many thanks in advance,
    Neil C

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    • Oliver Skinner
      October 22, 2020, 10:30 am

      Hi Neil,

      Thanks for reaching out! Voices.com is a global voice over marketplace. We’re the go-to VO source for a multitude of companies based outside of the US, and our talent pool features multilingual voice actors from all around the world. So, to answer your question, you can certainly find UK/Europe-based job opportunities on the site.

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you’ll actually have the opportunity to list all your vocal qualities or expertise on your profile. For example, if you speak with a British accent or have velvety vocal characteristics, then you’ll be able to feature those on your profile.

      Best of luck,
      Oliver

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