- Posted April 21, 2014 by
Mommy, I Want to Be A Voice Actor like in 'Frozen'
I know this to be true because my 7-year-old daughter bellows this popular song day and night and even recites lines from the animated film, as she were the backup voice actor. In fact, she tells me with certainty that one day, she will be a voice actor and work on an animated film like “Frozen. ”
Voice acting is quickly becoming a career choice for many – the excitement of acting and with today’s home studio options, the flexibility of working from home as well. However, when considering the potential of a career as a voice actor, it perhaps does one well to understand that voice acting is much more than just talking into a microphone and mimicking a voice.
It is true that there are successful voice actors working in this industry who began their careers without formal training in the field. But, almost all of them began their careers with something in common – being involved in an industry that was similar to voice acting such as in stage and television acting, singing, radio announcers, and other performing and entertaining arts. It is the acting skills that these folks possess that make them attractive for potential work. It is also those same skills that folks getting into voice acting need to land an audition and get the work.
It can also be a fairly expensive business - mostly due to the start-up costs of training and demo production, the cost of building a home studio, purchasing a vocal booth or other types of acoustical treatment, and the on-going costs of marketing and continued training. People who leaped onto voice over without proper research often discover that there is a great deal they should have learned before taking that first class or spending a lot of money on their demo.
The research that needs to be done before taking that leap includes reading books and online material about voice acting and what area of voice acting you desire – radio, television commercials, animated movies, corporate videos, audio books…..
After much research, taking workshops and training will help you develop skills. If you rush into producing your demo, and you’re not properly prepared then you’ll be wasting your time and money.
Some beginner voice acting students will invest in a voice coach to help them refine their skills – much like a vocal coach for a singer. After you have considered and taken steps to get training and other ways to improve your craft, you will need to invest in proper equipment such as a portable sound booth or create a home studio with sound blankets or other acoustical materials.
The voice over business is very competitive. In fact, there are approximately five times the number of people “doing” voice overs than there are actors trying to break into film or television. Getting a role in animated films such as Frozen is an accomplishment and could open up opportunities for other films.
However, even if you do everything to prepare yourself to become a voice actor, there will be times when you are told that you just don’t have the voice for the part. A positive spirit and a drive to keep-on-going will help you land the next gig. And, as the move says, you have to “Let it go“— any negative feelings that will deter you from succeeding.