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How to Become a Voice Actor in 2024

Megan MacBride

Megan MacBride

27 June 2024

How to Become a Voice Actor in 2024 - Voquent

Voice acting is a dynamic and rewarding career that offers the opportunity to lend your voice to a variety of projects, from animated characters to commercial advertisements.

As the industry continues to grow, especially with the rise of digital media, there’s never been a better time to dive into voice acting. This step-by-step guide will help you navigate the path to becoming a successful voice actor in 2024, covering everything from developing your skills to finding opportunities in the industry.

 

Read Trusted Resources

When starting your journey, it’s crucial to rely on trusted resources that offer comprehensive insights into the voice acting industry. For example, check out this blog, which conducts and publishes research on the value, process, measurement, and tools of customer experience. This blog provides valuable information for aspiring voice actors. Additionally, other reputable sources like our blog, other industry blogs, forums, and professional websites offer extensive guidance and up-to-date information that can help you understand the nuances of voice acting and stay informed about the latest trends and opportunities.

 

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Developing Your Skills

To succeed as a voice actor, you must develop a versatile skill set that includes voice modulation, acting techniques, and consistent practice.

Enrol in Voice Acting Classes

Formal training is essential for aspiring voice actors. Voice acting classes provide structured learning and expert guidance. Reputable schools and online courses offer a range of programs tailored to different skill levels, and mastering your own ability will help secure those roles.

Practice Regularly

Daily practice is crucial for honing your voice acting skills. Incorporate the following routine into your daily schedule:

  • Warm-up Exercises: Perform vocal warm-ups to prevent strain.
  • Breathing Techniques: Practice diaphragmatic breathing for better voice control.
  • Script Reading: Read voiceover scripts aloud to improve articulation and expression.
  • Feedback: Take feedback on board when from reputable sources such as voiceover directors or coaches.

Learn Acting Techniques

Acting skills are fundamental to becoming a voice actor. They help you bring characters to life and convey emotions authentically. Consider resources like Stanislavski’s “An Actor Prepares” and online workshops – voice acting IS acting, and you need to know how to act before you start looking for work.

 

Voice actor over a pink and yellow background in 2024.

Setting Up Your Home Studio

A professional home studio is vital for producing high-quality recordings, and it’s a great way to help you secure more gigs.

Essential Equipment

Invest in essential voiceover equipment to ensure clear and professional recordings. This can be done on a range of budgets, and you might not need to start out with the latest and greatest. Acoustic treatment can be achieved with a blanket over your head, or you can invest in foam panels, but a USB microphone simply won’t cut it. Discover the best microphones for voiceover here, and remember to position the microphone correctly.

Software for Recording and Editing

Choose reliable recording software to enhance your productivity. Popular options include Audacity, Adobe Audition, and Reaper.

Software Features Price
Audacity Free, open-source Free
Adobe Audition Professional editing tools $20.99/month
Reaper Comprehensive DAW $60

 

While Audacity might be free, it’s an extremely limited software. We would advise aspiring voice actors to use Reaper and make the most of the free trial.

Creating a Professional Recording Space

Set up and acoustically treat your recording area to minimise background noise. Use foam panels, carpets, and heavy curtains to improve acoustics. Ensure your space is quiet and free from external interruptions – nothing is worse than the sound of a fan or electrical interference in the background of your perfect take.

 

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Building Your Portfolio

A strong portfolio showcases your skills and helps you land jobs.

Create a Demo Reel

Your demo reel is your calling card in the voice acting industry. Select a variety of 30-second recordings that highlight your range and versatility. Demo reels will usually consist of 6-10 recordings, and professional voice actors will have one for each style: narration, characters, commercial, and business.

If you’re just starting out, a character reel and a commercial reel will do just fine.

Assemble Your Resume

A well-crafted resume should include your training, experience, skills, and previous roles (if you have any). Many voice actors will list this on their website.

Designing a Personal Website

An online presence is crucial for showcasing your portfolio. Use website builders like Wix, Squarespace, or WordPress to create a professional site. Include your demo reel, resume, contact information, and client testimonials. If potential clients can see that other brands and creators are happy with your work, they’ll be more inclined to ask for an audition.

Having your own website is especially important if you are signed up to other casting platforms. Say a client hears your voice online and wants to book you; they will google your name. This work could come directly to you, but it may instead go through a casting site if you don’t appear first in the Google search results.

 

Voice actor on a blue background.

Finding Voice Acting Opportunities

To find work, you need to be proactive and utilise various platforms and strategies. The more revenue streams you have and places you can be discovered, the better.

Online Casting Platforms

Create profiles on popular casting websites to access job opportunities.

Platform Features Subscription Cost
Voices Job postings, client reviews $499/year
Voice123 SmartCast matching system $395/year
Backstage Casting calls, industry news $149/year
Voquent Clients find you, resources FREE
CCC Great for newbies, unpaid FREE

 

To start your voiceover journey with Voquent, sign up here! We’re completely free, and our demo sample system allows clients to cast voice actors without the need for auditions.

Networking Strategies

Networking is essential in the voice acting industry. To connect with other professionals, attend industry events, join social media groups, and participate in forums. Twitter has a surprisingly great community of voice actors to ask for advice.

Auditioning Techniques

Auditioning is a critical part of landing roles when finding work on other casting platforms. Follow these tips for successful auditions:

  • Follow instructions: Adhere to the casting call requirements.
  • Be punctual: Submit your auditions on time.
  • Showcase your best work: Only send your best takes.
  • Stay professional: Maintain a professional tone in all communications.

 

The Bottom Line

Becoming a voice actor in 2024 requires dedication, continuous learning, and strategic planning. By developing your skills, setting up a professional studio, building a strong portfolio, and actively seeking opportunities, you can carve a successful career in the voice acting industry.

Remember, persistence and passion are key to achieving your goals in this exciting field, and before you invest in anything, train, train, train!

 

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Megan MacBride

By Megan MacBride

Multitalented professional who specializes as a Marketing specialist, professional writer and digital marketer from the United States of America. Hobbies include reading, writing, paddle boarding & snowboarding.

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