If you have a child who has shown a lot of interest in acting, then you might be considering getting him or her into voiceover work. While it certainly differs from stage acting, many young, creative children have done very well in the recording studio. There are a few things that you should consider if you are trying to break into the industry on behalf of your child.
Age Though personality and maturity will be gauged above all else, many casting directors will have an age cut-off (on both ends). Although there is an awareness that working with children is not quite the same as working with adults, the client is most concerned with getting a good recording, and will, therefore, stipulate an age range most likely to fulfill those needs while in the studio.
Training It is not impossible to land a voiceover job without professional training, but your child is going to be much better off if he has something to put on his resume. Stage experience is great, professional training is even better. Acting classes are offered all over the country, many devoted to young children. There are also professional voiceover coaches, although these professionals are more commonly found in large cities (where live auditions are most likely to take place).
Making the Transition A voice over coach will be able to provide additional input on where to look for audition and casting opportunities. There are also websites devoted to voiceover work, where you can upload your child’s resume and demo reel. Another option is to seek the assistance of a talent agent. You, as the parent, will also have to take responsibility for the other end of the voiceover business – the marketing, accounting, and time management concerns, for instance. And check online for other opportunities.
With a bit of luck and the investment of some of your time, your children can start a voiceover career at a very young age.