How Do You Break Into Voice Over Acting?

The most obvious answer is: voice over schools and classes. When directors and producers are looking for new voices, these are ready-made pools of talent for them to tap into. If you’re just starting out, these tips will help take you to the next level.

Train with Professionals and Ask Questions! Many classes, such as, bring in guest professional directors, producers, and actors. When taking a class with such professional, the most important thing you can do is ASK QUESTIONS. Take advantage of those professionals who are already in the industry.

Talk to Voice Actors One on One A professional actor may be reluctant to offer up his/her agent’s private cabana number, so instead, ask them how they got started, how they practice, what are some of the most important lessons they’ve learned from being in the booth, etc.

Speak with Directors and Producers Ask a director/producer what they look for in an actor, what makes an actor easy to work worth, and why certain actors jump to the top of their list for specific projects.

Ask Your Friends Ask your friends if they know any professionals in the voice over industry. Get connected with these people, and have conversations with them. Learn from them. If you have the additional advantage of living in a larger city, those professionals may be more prevalent than you realize.

Hire a Private Voice Over Coach This person would certainly have connections. Not only will they help you get connected in the industry but when the time comes, private coaches can be paramount if you are going in for a specific role, honing an accent, or adding character types to your repertoire.

Most importantly, once you book your first gig, come prepared, be flexible, be personable, be ready to work, and you’ll be well on your way to booking more projects!

Established in 2000 in Los Angeles, CA, Resnick Interactive Group is a voice over production company. Leveraging deep relationships within the voice acting community, we’ve developed high profile strategic alliances with some of the world’s biggest names in animation publishing.

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  • Dave Justus

    Great and positive ideas! I just want to add this advice: Don’t give up and don’t let the gigs that pass you by…get you down. If you auditioned…you had the same chance as the talent they chose. You simply weren’t what they were looking for that time.

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  • Resnick Interactive Group

    Yes, We most certainly do. @Resnickcasting is our twitter and Resnick Interactive is our Facebook.

  • Trevor

    awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks.

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    Very tough arena to break into. Thank you for the post.

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  • Sammi

    Hey, really enjoyed reading your article… I definitely agree that hiring a private voice over coach is a must! Thanks for sharing your great ideas :-)