How do I get into voice acting at 17?
- Katrina E.Lv 71 month agoFavorite Answer
You become a voice actor the same way you become a "regular" actor. Voice acting much more then just having an interesting/different voice - it's creating an entire character using just a voice. So it includes being able to break down a script, build a character and make specific choices about things like inflection, tone, work/phrase emphasis, pacing, personality, intention, and the like. And companies who hire actors (voice or other) invest a lot of money in their projects and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professionals. There aren't a bunch of open auditions you can submit to. For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent.
Start by getting quality training from respected instructors and getting experience. Take acting classes and voice lessons. Improv may be helpful. Find a good acting coach and voice coach. Audition for what you can - school plays, community theater, things like that. Try volunteering to record books for people. Check websites for amateur voice over work. Maybe find some online groups of like-minded people to get advice from. (But do be careful, there are a lot of scans and rip offs out there.) Finding things might be hard given the current situation with COVID, but once things get better you need to look into that.You can also take this time to research and learn the business end of the industry and what's really involved in an acting career. Scams prey on people who mistakenly think they can be "discovered". It's show business and people are in it to make money, not make your dreams come true. So you need to understand things like the casting process (agents, breakdowns, casting directors); legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes); marketing (headshot, resume, demo reel, website, social media) and networking. You'll need to understand terms specific to the industry like "popping","slate", "three-in-a-row". Industry websites like backstage.com have articles to help you better understand the business end of the industry.Actors who focus on voice acting often have their own in-home studios to record their own demo tapes and auditions. Advances in technology has made that easier to do. So that's another area you might want to look into getting the equipment you would need for that. You'll want to understand the industry well enough to make good investments.Attempting an acting career is like starting and running a business where you are the product being marketed and sold. It requires a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee that you'll ever get a job let along "make it" big. So get realistic and do some research to make sure this is what you want to pursue.Good luck.
- CogitoLv 71 month ago
By training as an actor.
It takes about seven years (in normal times) of very hard work, at drama/acting schools and getting loads of stage and film experience. Almost all voice work goes to very well-trained, very experienced actors.
- Anonymous1 month ago
You've already asked this question and gotten a few answers telling you just how:
Again, you need to get realistic. ASAP. You're not gonna get into any professional voice acting or any type of professional acting anytime soon. Nothing will happen at 17, you've missed that boat. No professional production is going to hire a beginner. Period. It's going to take a huge investment of money, time and effort, and even then there are no guarantees.
Instead of asking over and over again and refusing to accept the realities of this industry, go do your own research. You're supposed to, anyway. If you can't even do that, the easiest part, don't bother trying to get into anything in the entertainment industry.