In every industry, there is a lot of competition. Along with this, you will face some serious challenges when you enter into the voiceover industry. There are also many skills you will develop such as learning how to market yourself and apply creative thinking.
Learn About Your Voice
Have you ever been told that you have a great voice or are you always entertaining friends with funny voices and imitations? There are a lot of people who do this and do not look at entering the voiceover voice industry. It is important to remember that voice acting is hard because everything needs to be expressed through your voice. It is very different from acting as you have no props, no one will see your body and the other actors cannot help to signal what you are saying.
Learn Basic Voice Techniques
When you know more about your voice and what it can do, you have to learn the techniques that help you control it. These techniques will include how to warm up your voice, breathing techniques, the best way to control volume, tone and pitch. While it is possible to learn these techniques on your own, it is recommended that you take a professional course. This can be done in a studio workshop or online.
Learn How To Read Scripts
To do this, you need to find some real scripts. There are a lot of good scripts available online that you can use to help practice. Another option that you can use is to write down the script of a TV commercial or another piece of narration. While you know what it should sound like, the next step is to test how well you will be able to perform that script.
It is important that you focus on timing in the reading as this is vital. You should record yourself and play it back to see how you have done. You should also be critical and get some friends to offer honest feedback.
Learn How To Record Your Voice
A lot of people do not realise that the price of setting up a professional home studio is within their budget. Good home studios allow you to record your voice and create your own showreel. Having a home studio is necessary if you want to work in the global voice over industry. You will be able to take on jobs from producers all over the world. To create a basic studio, you will need a purpose-built room which has been soundproofed, acoustically fitted and has the correct equipment into the booth.
Learn How To Produce A Showreel
Your showreel is the first impression that voice directors are going to have of you. These directors will generally listen to the first few seconds before they make their decision on your suitability. Your showreel will showcase your talents when you look for paying work. Casting directors will not care what you look like because they are looking for a voice that suits their project. All your best material should be at the start of your showreel and it needs to fit the work that you want to get.
Learn How And Where To Promote Your Work
You will have to be determined to get work when you are new to the industry. It is recommended that you have a structured plan that will improve your chances of getting a job. If you have followed the steps outlined, you should have been experimenting with your equipment, voice and have a high-quality showreel ready.
To get into voice acting you need to work at it. You have to practice and learn what to do while putting in the hard work that any profession needs. It is vital that you use all the resources at your disposal and be as social as you can. Learn from others in the industry and develop your talent. There are many communities that you can join to get the help that you need. People in the voice-over industry are good to each other, patient and willing to help.