The last decade or two has been quite eventful, and some would argue that we are in the middle of a revolution. Nowhere is this more evident than in the entertainment world.
Seemingly a lifetime ago, we used to watch whatever we could find on cable TV and rent movies from Blockbuster on the weekends. We also used to balk at the idea of listening to anything other than music or sports on the radio.
Now, streaming services offer a whole library of shows and movies, and podcasts rule the airwaves. Voice acting has become a popular career, and many people see it as a dream job. We'll talk more about voice acting and what it takes to become a voice actor in this article.
1. Practice Acting
Voice acting and stage acting have a lot in common. The big difference is that a stage actor uses their body and voice to convey a character. Knowing how to effectively play all parts of a character makes it easier to focus on just the voice later.
There are several different ways to go about this, and what's best for you depends on your specific circumstances. If you haven't gone to college yet and are planning to, you might want to take a few acting classes while you're there. You can even go to college for acting and turn your degree into a voiceover career.
If college isn't in your future, try working in community theater. It's nowhere near the big time, but it's a great place to hone your skills before trying to break into voice acting.
2. Avoid Spending Money
It's easy to watch the studio tour of a podcaster and voiceover artist and get jealous of them. We envy their success and their top-of-the-line studio equipment. The important thing to remember is that they didn't start there, and most of their gear likely came after they found success, not before.
When you're starting out as a voice actor, it's best to avoid spending too much money until you've made a bit to spend. This keeps you from accruing much debt before you have the means to pay it back.
3. Create a Studio
Once you've practiced your acting and started saving money, you'll need to set up a studio. This might sound like it contradicts the 'avoid spending money' advice, but it doesn't necessarily. Your first studio doesn't have to be fancy.
While the recordings you make here might not be the highest quality, and the equipment might not be the most advanced, just having a way to record should be enough.
How to Start Voice Acting
Voice acting and similar voice artistry is a burgeoning field, but getting into it takes a lot of work. We've offered some advice on how to begin voice acting in this article. However, voice work is a complex field with many different career paths, so we encourage you to read up and find what kind of voice actor you want to be.
If you want, there are even ways to start voice acting from home.
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