How do you become a voice actor?

I do know that you have to be in theatre, but what else do you have to do? Please privide good understanding answers.

3 Answers

Relevance
  • 7 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Pretty much the same way you would become a "regular" actor except it's more competitive and networking and who you know is probably even more important. Everybody from well-known stars to kids want to do voice acting - so it's not something easy to break into (or easy to stay in).

    Professional acting is a business (both voice acting and regular acting). There are not a bunch of open auditions for professional work that you can just keep going to or submitting to until you're "discovered" or something. For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through a talent agent. And you can't just hire a talent agent. Legitimate agents are paid on commission, getting a percentage of what their clients make. Since they are paid only if the actor books a professional job, agents are picky about who they take on as clients. And they can be picky because there are a lot more people wanting to be actors than there are roles.

    There's no one way to become an actor. There's no set of steps and "voila!" you're an actor. You need talent, training, and experience - but you have to understand the industry end of things. So you have to know how to market yourself to casting directors and talent agents. You need to be able to network and make connections. And there are a lot of scams an rip offs out there, so you'll have to educate yourself to protect yourself. No one is going to give you an acting career - it'll be up to you (or your parents if you're a minor) to learn enough that you can manage your career and make good business decisions.

    So start by getting good acting training and experience. Some basic acting classes like scene study and improvisation are helpful. You can do vocal training as well. You can get some experience in theater. You can also do things like volunteer to read stories to people and things like that. But you also need to do the research and understand the business end of acting. Come up with a plan as to how you want to approach a career base on your strengths and your goals There are several different options from making books on tape to ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement,or looping). Often voice actors have their own in-home studios so they can create their own demo tapes and do their own work, which makes them more marketable. It'll be up to you to determine how you want to approach your career.

    So in addition to getting the training and experience - do the research. Read industry trades and websites to learn the business end of things. Check out books about the acting industry (voice acting in particular) and how to manage a professional career. Talk with people in the industry in your area and see what input they have. Again - if you're a minor, your parents will have to be in charge of any professional career you attempt so talk to them first and make sure they do the research. (Some helpful information - http://bizparentz.org/thebizness/voiceoversforkids... )

  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Almost all voice-work goes to fully-trained and very experienced actors - they do the occasional bit of voice-acting just to earn a little extra money in between ordinary acting roles.

    I mean - think about it. You have a role to fill in a cartoon or commercial or whatever - who do you choose to audition - 500 kids with no experience or 50 professional actors with fantastic resumes showing years at drama school and loads of stage and film experience?

    Basically, to make a start as an actor, you'd need to -

    1) Have loads of natural talent.

    2) Get a few years of training at a good acting school, going from the basic classes to advanced ones.

    3) Get experience in a wide range of stage plays and shows.

    4) Learn to sing and dance if possible.

    5) Train for a good ordinary job as well, one you can work free-lance, as you’ll need it. Almost all actors work at least one other job just to survive.

    6) Ideally study Drama at degree-level at drama school or university.

    7) After all the above, try to find an agent who will accept you.

    8) When you get an agent, which is how you find auditions, try to win a few auditions out of the hundreds you'll have to apply for.

    Just bear in mind that all that hard work isn't enough - you also need huge talent, dedication, determination, resilience and luck.

  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    start on the internet and get some cred. Then move up in the world

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.