Even if you have natural voice talent and a great sound, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll find success as a voice over actor. There’s a lot more that goes into it than just “having a knack for it.” A successful career in the voice over industry requires time, persistence, dedication, patience, and of course, skill. If these are things you can supply, then you’ve got a good start. Here are a few other tips to help you along the way:
Practicing is the number one thing you can do to hone your talent, improve your skills, and perfect your sound. Set aside a minimum of 15 minutes per day to practice, being sure to record it so you can play it back and listen to yourself. Try a diverse sample of voices and sounds to expand your range, and mimic other successful voice over actors you hear. If you can afford it, get a coach to help you with your acting skills and timing.
Getting to know other people in the industry is another key component of becoming a successful voice actor. Connecting with other voice acting professionals can help you expand your skill level and get your name and unique sound out there. There are a number of voice actors’ groups to join, along with classes and workshops that provide opportunities for learning and meeting others.
Having a solid marketing plan in place will also help you on the road to success. This plan should include a demo and a list of contacts to send it to. Obviously, your demo should include your best work, but it should also be diverse so your range is adequately reflected.
Get an Agent
Having an agent represent you can also be a big help. An agent can help you narrow your focus and find work that suits your sound. An agent will get your name and voice out there, as well as connect you with casting calls and auditions. Depending on their experience, they can also help you navigate what can be a complicated and competitive industry.