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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Establishing Your Child as a Voiceover Actor

In the last blog post, I wrote a bit about the considerations that must be made before deciding whether or not the voiceover industry is the right fit for your child.  Once you have made that decision, however, you will have to take the right steps to get to the point where your child can sign his or her first contract.

The first step should be voice lessons.  Not only is it really important to have this sort of training before doing any recording work, it will also give you a good feel for how committed your child really is.  If he or she does struggles to find the motivation to go to the voice lessons, then it is very likely that he or she will get bored with voiceover work very quickly.  That could spell trouble when the first jobs come through the door.  Better to realize that it isn’t going to work now.  Assuming, though, that he or she continues to enjoy the lessons and is still excited about doing the job, then the training will help him or her understand how to properly control and care for his or her voice.  Good instructors will also be able to explain the concept of ‘getting into character’ even to very young children.

Once the training is at a point where everyone feels comfortable that the child is ready to take on some professional work, a studio will be required.  Even before the first job has come in, this is a must.  Why?  You will need to record a demo.  Most potential clients will ask for a copy of the demo tape.  The good news is that this is a great way for the child to become comfortable with the recording process.  It will also give a good indication of how well he or she will handle the editing phase.  But, first, you must have a recording space that will allow for audio to be captured without background noise.  A quiet space with a high quality microphone, headphones, and a computer loaded with good recording software.

When you have the studio set up, get to work on that demo.  Create a good one and your child will likely have work very soon after.

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