A voice over artist is a person who provides voices for characters in films, television shows, animation, video games etc. This person also hosts radio shows and audio dramas, does voice-overs in radio and television advertisements.
The voice over artist is also called a voice actor, as the method of voice delivery has to have an element of emotion and character. Ample opportunities in media and other industries are available to be explored by a voice actor. Documentary films, corporate presentations, radio jingles, product demos, e-learning content are the newer avenues that have opened up.
So how to become a voice over artist? Here are some questions that you need to ask yourself.
1) Do you have a good voice? A good voice has to have a good tone to it, should be flexible, dynamic, versatile, heavy, soothing, mesmeric and so on. The best way to find out is to ask people. The better thing would be if people have told you good things about your voice without you asking.
2) Are you creative? Do you understand drama, characterization? Do you have an innate quality to assess your audience? If yes, then you are well set to enter the voice over industry.
How to develop you skills as a voice over artist
1) Practice your lines. Pick up scripts from the net and read them aloud. Try to experiment with your voice for different characters. For narrative scripts, watch documentary programs, and understand the nuances of voice acting.
2) Use a microphone and voice recording software to record your voice. Play it back. Do it a number of times until you touch perfection.
3) Voice over is tougher than it looks. Avoid sounds of the mouth like gulping saliva and breathing. The more you avoid it, the more you reduce the effort required in taking out those unwanted sounds using software. Try to achieve an error free voice-over session.
‘Smile’ when you are talking about non-serious stuff. Smiling when doing voice-overs will help you avoid a lot of mouth sounds and also gives your voice some emotion. Pursue perfection.
4) You could enroll into specific courses that teach dubbing, voice recording and sound production. These courses will definitely help you find out more techniques and apply them into projects.
5) Make a copy of all your work. Record it on a CD. You will have to produce your samples if you want to work in voice-over projects.