There's something exciting about recognizing a voice over. Whether it's a commercial or animation, there is a surprising amount of famous actors lending their voice to these productions.
Voice-acting may seem easy, but voice plays a huge role in effective communication. It can be very difficult to maintain the breath, pitch, intonation, articulation, and emotion appropriate for the role. Voice-over acting techniques are very different depending on the type of production. The appropriate voice for an insurance commercial will vary greatly from a voice for a cartoon.
To read more about the most famous and talented voice actors in the industry, check out the list below.
1. Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis is best known for her unforgettable role as Jackie on The 70's Show. She succeeded in breaking out of that sitcom and becoming a movie star -- who could forget her thrilling performance in Black Swan?
She may also be one of the most memorable voice actors for her role as main character, Meg Griffin, in Family Guy. She is even featured in video games, including Saint's Row as Tanya Winters.
2. Jon Hamm
Most people remember Jon Hamm for his powerful role as the main character, Don Draper, in Mad Men. That is likely why many people associate Jon Hamm with power and luxury.
It's no surprise that Mercedes-Benz hired Hamm to narrate their luxury car commercials. His smooth dialogue has been a part of their marketing strategy since 2010.
3. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts is one of the biggest movie stars in the industry, but even she is not too big to voice-over commercials. Nationwide Insurance picked up her A-list talent to lend a calm and reassuring element to their marketing.
With someone as big as Julia Roberts, it's obvious that she's been sought after for animation voice-over work as well. She's also featured in the films Ant Bully, Charlotte's Web, and Smurfs: The Lost Village.
4. John Krasinski
The Office is an incredibly popular television sitcom, and John Krasinski is arguably one of its most famous actors. He's also the voice behind an Esurance marketing campaign.
Krasinski always appeared to be a pillar of sanity, logic, and reason in The Office series, and using his voice to narrate for potential insurance companies is a wise marketing move.
5. Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal has had a long career with plenty of time for voice acting. He's likely most famous for his role as Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc film series.
He also has an unconventional role in the Pixar-dubbed version of the Japanese animation of Howl's Moving Castle. Voice-overs can play an important role in bridging the language gap between productions from different countries.
More Famous Actors with Famous Voices
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the famous actors who are talented voice actors. Some actors stick to commercial work, while others are better suited for animation. Even video games recruit famous actors to improve the storytelling experience for players.
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