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A Short Guide to the Different Types of Voice Acting

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It's time to get in on the act. 'Lights, camera, action!' or perhaps a simple 'Action!' would do. When it comes to voice acting, it's what the listener can hear and imagine that matters.

We're surrounded by voice actors every day. There are those who make recorded travel announcements. Others provide the voices for our favorite cartoon characters. Here are the main places you'll find this often-overlooked talent.

1. Narrations, Movies, and Animations

Narrations make up a huge slice of voice acting work. For many artists, this is where their bread and butter lies. 

Actors may have multiple character voices that they can sustain for long periods of time. They may work in the movie, animation or audiobook industries. Many will provide movie voice-overs as narrators.

High profile acting parts include Darth Vader in the 'Star Wars' films. James Earl Jones provided the voice for this. Tom Hanks was the voice behind Woody in 'Toy Story.' TV narration and documentaries are also other possibilities.

This kind of acting has a lot of attractions. The logistics are less complex. No hairstyling or make-up is required. You won't need to buff up for a specific role and the working day tends to be shorter. What's not to like?

2. Radio Plays

A few lucky actors may get parts in radio plays. Take the BBC radio drama series, 'The Archers.' It's been going in the UK since 1950. Almost twenty thousand episodes later and it's become the world's longest-running drama.

The actress June Spencer who just turned a hundred, has been in it since the start and is still going strong. Proof, if any were needed, that it's possible to have a future as an 'unseen' actor on the radio.

3. Commercials and Voice Acting

The ad industry which makes commercials across all media types is a more niche area for voice acting. It can be a tough market to crack for a budding voice actor. However, once you get a foot in the door, it can be lucrative. 

Companies and advertising agencies are always on the lookout for voice actors to use on both the radio and TV.

4. Announcements 

Have you ever been on a plane and wondered whose voice is behind the recorded safety instructions? These recordings are often the work of a voice-over artist. 

There's a seemingly endless supply of this type of work. Recordings are used at airports, in train stations, and shopping malls, for example. 

5. Corporate Work

Companies and particularly large ones, will often also require the skill of a voice-over artist. They'll have a lot of training videos and human resources material. These will require a recorded voice to provide commentary over the visuals.

6. Education

This can be quite similar to corporate work. Schools and universities provide students with a wealth of training materials. All this needs the talents of those proficient in voice acting to explain issues in an engaging way.

Sound Qualities

There are lots of opportunities in the voice acting industries. These range from a starring role in a high-profile animated movie to providing the voice-over for a public announcement.

Read here to find out who are the ten most famous voice actors of all time.

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