Your confidence behind the mic is increasing, your foundational skills are growing, and you’re beginning to build your home studio! Yes! Yes! Yes! You’re on your way to starting your voice over career!
Along with the amazing progress you’ve made inside the booth, we’ve put together a four part series on ways to advance your VO career outside the booth. Expanding your training to include acting, business, voice, and industry knowledge will not only contribute to the growth of your career, but are crucial elements to sustaining it.
Let’s start with the absolute, must-have, foundational ability: ACTING
No matter what type of voice over you pursue, your purpose is to have an active, entertaining, and consequential impact on your listener; and you must do it with someone else’s ideas and words. This requires you to alter, open, develop, or express various parts of yourself in front of the mic multiple times in a month, week, or day.
Animation, Anime, Video Games, Audiobooks, E-Learning, Commercials, Audio Description, Live Action Dubbing are among the genres that require bringing characters to life. If you don’t have acting training, you won’t be considered competitive in these genres. Not to mention, if, for example, you are a person who is generally upbeat and happy, you are going to be challenged when auditioning for a corporate narration job with a serious or somber tone. The cold, hard reality of a voice over microphone is that it amplifies when we are “pretending” to feel something.
Studying acting will develop your imagination, self-expression, and emotional range giving your auditions dimensionality, and preventing everything from sounding the same. It also enables you to express and adapt to a multitude of styles and tones, which will expand your booking potential. Imagine feeling at ease when portraying a CEO, rocket scientist, or warlord on demand. Your confidence will soar, the client will be impressed and happy, and your career will grow.
A flourishing voice over career brings new challenges every day, consistent and continuous acting training will empower you to handle whatever comes your way. It will become your most valuable resource to take with you into professional and home studios, and will contribute greatly to sustaining your voice over career. Most importantly, it will help you feel competent, well-equipped and self-assured inside and outside of the booth.
Next week, we’ll turn our focus to the indispensable topic of developing business savvy.
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