8 Voice Over Tips For Actors

Whether you want to improve your voice work, or simply just get started in the voice over industry, it’s definitely a great tool for an actor. Voice work should not be taken lightly as it’s just as much acting as anything else you’ll do. Along with getting work as a voice over artist, working on, and mastering your voice skills will help you in all your other acting performances. Your voice is one of the most valuable instruments and working on strengthening, and improving your range and clarity will help you to book more roles, adapt different characters, as well as increase your earning potential.

So what are some important voice over tips and ways to improve your voice skills?  

1. Know your character: One of the most important starting points before trying to work on creating a voice is to know exactly the character you’re supposed to be portraying. For example, before you were to create a voice for an animated character you would be given multiple pictures of the character and you would get an opportunity to talk with the writers before working on carving out a voice that would best suit the character. So, just as you would spend the time, and do your research on your character for an acting role on screen, for voice it is the same. You need to put in the time, to rehearse, study and create all aspects of the character you’re going to be playing.

2. Enunciation is key: Clearly you won’t get the job, or book work if you don’t have the ability to enunciate perfectly. Voice actors have absolute control and precision, and know how to use their instruments. You can’t mumble or muffle over your words. What you say needs to be completely clear, sharp, and articulated. It’s important to work on this by doing cardiovascular exercise regularly so you have stamina and can work your vocal instrument harder when it comes time to recording. Also drinking lots of water and making sure your sinuses are clear leading up to a job is going to be key to make sure that your enunciation is on point when the day of the job comes.

3. Voice work is acting: One of the great misconceptions of a new voice actor will be that voice work is a much easier than acting on screen because all you need is your voice. While it appear to require fewer tools to get into character, you need to be able to channel all the emotion, and feeling of a particular situation and moment into your voice. This will require you to do a lot more than just read from the script. You will need to use your whole body, your imagination, and have a clear understanding of the story and your character in order to accurately portray the voice for that scene. This is actually quite difficult because when you’re acting on screen you have your whole face, body, mannerisms, as well as the tone in your voice to perform with, but when you’re only lending your voice, you have just that one single instrument to get across so many different  levels and experiences the character is experiencing in that moment. It’s important that you use your entire body and actually act, and react, with someone in the room while you’re working.

4. Practice by reading out loud often: Obviously the best method for improving your voice skills is going to be to speak and read out loud as often as possible. You can find different passages to read and take on various voices and characters, as well as practice different voice techniques. The best voice actors in the business got to be as good as they are by working on their sound and constantly trying to come up with new tones and characters. So be sure find your own space and work on your voice technique as much as possible.

5. Avoid jewelry and never bring cell phones into the booth: Bringing your phone into the booth will create interface with the audio and potentially ruin your performance, while any dangling jewelry will take from the sound of your performance and disrupt your audio for the editor. So make sure you leave your cell phone outside of the booth and have your body free of any jewelry.

6. Develop accents and a few key voices: Voice work is definitely a time when having the ability to take on different accents will be a huge advantage for you. Even if the accents are made up, through the process you could potentially bring different characters to life. So by improving your ability to take on some of the important accents, you can increase your diversity and marketability for booking voice work. Also, trying to create 3-4 voices that you have stored on the back burner to showcase if somebody asks you if you can do voices is going to be key as well. These are also voices that you can showcase on your demo reel when it comes time to making one.

7. Know your voice type: Before even entering into the voice industry you should access what type of voice you may be. Are you going to be a real voice? A narrator? An announcer? A spokesperson? Or a character voice actor for animation? These are all very important things to take into consideration before proceeding because knowing your type will be exactly what your voice demo should be catered to. For example, if you saw yourself as the perfect voice for late night infomercials, then that would be one of the main selling features on your voice demo reel.Seek out voice workshops in animation, commercial, and or character, to learn what areas of voice work your best suited to, and to gain valuable feedback from voice professionals on your voice and where it is suited to be cast within the film, television, commercial and animaton voice market.

8. Building a voice demo: Even more so than acting on screen, a voice demo is going to be your number one selling feature for booking work. You must provide a voice demo to your Agent in order to be considered and promoted to voice castings. Most  work will be booked off your demo reel, so take the time and get feedback from professionals to know what your voice style is; then build a well rounded and professional demo reel. Make sure your demo reel highlights a diverse range of vocal styles that you can use to market your work. Your demo should include a number of professional recordings that showcase your talents in 15 and 30 second spots and titled; Commercial, Character, Narration and Corporate Demo. If you have a special skill such as accents, fluent languages, yodelling, or  your a skilled auctioneer, be sure to include those on your demo as well.Where should you get a professional voice demo done? Through voice workshops which are offered at accredited schools, and studios and taught by voice professionals in the industry. Many long time voice casting directors teach voice workshops in Toronto, NY and LA and other markets.

Deciding to pursue voice work is a very important thing for every actor to consider, as it opens up the doors to so much more work at your disposal, and will help to improve your acting performance on the screen. It also gives you another avenue to build a name for yourself and book more work. Many name actors (Kiefer Sutherland in Phone Booth and Scarlett Johansson in Her for example) are lending their voice to take the life of characters, whether it’s in big feature films, sports, car and beer commercials, or for the latest wacky and wild animation film. Voice work is another exciting way to broaden your opportunities off screen!

Learning Center

Let The Dream Success Come Alive For Your Personal And Professional Ventures

Being a top talent, model, and branding agency situated in Toronto, Ontario, we at AMP Talent Group take great pride in our work. We understand that brands and public figures must have a robust online...

20 Years of AMP TALENT GROUP: Navigating the Evolution of Talent, PR, Digital, and Influencer Marketing

As the countdown begins to the much-anticipated year of 2024, AMP Talent Group proudly reflects on an extraordinary journey that began in 2004. From our humble roots as a Toronto-based talent agency, ...

Finding the Perfect Voice: Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Voice-Over Talent in New York:

In the bustling world of entertainment and branding, finding the perfect voice over talent agencies is a critical step toward creating memorable and impactful content. Whether you're producing commerc...

Elevating Brand Eminence: A Strategic Guide to Media Publications by AMP It Up PR, Your Leading Digital Marketing Agency in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles

In the fast-paced world of business, establishing your brand as a household name demands strategic visibility in reputable media publications—online, in magazines, and across various platforms. This...

Decoding the Role of Digital Marketing Agencies: Unveiling the Magic Behind Success

In the dynamic realm of online promotion, understanding the functions of a digital marketing agency is key. Let's unravel the intricate tapestry of services these agencies offer and how they contribut...

Unlocking Success in the Digital Realm with AMP It Up PR

In the bustling landscapes of Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, and beyond, AMP It Up PR emerges as the beacon of distinction in the realms of PR and digital marketing. As an award-winning agency, our c...

Unleashing Your Potential: Essential Modeling Tips for Success

Welcome to the exciting world of modeling! Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your career to the next level, this blog post is packed with essential tips and expert advice to help you...

Unlocking Success: The Importance of a Well-Designed Website for Artists, Brands, and Businesses

In today's digital age, a strong online presence has become paramount for artists, brands, and businesses alike. It is no wonder that a well-designed website has become a powerful tool in unlocking su...

The Top 10 Must-Read Books for Aspiring Actors: Unleashing the Power Within

Are you an aspiring actor with the desire to take your craft to the next level? Whether you're just starting on your acting journey or looking for ways to further hone your skills, reading books dedic...

Unleashing the Power of Influencer Marketing: Ignite Your Brand’s Success

In today's digital realm, traditional advertising methods are no longer enough to capture the attention and trust of a savvy consumer base. As people increasingly turn to social media and online platf...

10x Your Business or Brand: Amplify your Reach with Media Publications and Publicity

In a highly competitive business landscape, it's crucial for entrepreneurs and brands to find innovative strategies that can propel their growth to new heights. One such strategy that holds immense po...

Unleashing the Power of Publicity: Why You Need a Publicist for Your Success

In the fast-paced world of business and entertainment, standing out from the crowd is essential. Whether you're an aspiring artist, a budding entrepreneur, or a seasoned professional, getting noticed ...

Lessons Learned: Our Journey as a Talent and Branding Agency

At AMP Talent Group, our journey as a talent and branding agency has been filled with valuable experiences and lessons learned. We are incredibly excited to share that our achievements have been recog...

Unveiling the Top Logo Branding Trends of 2023: A Visual Revolution

In today's fiercely competitive business landscape, the importance of a well-designed logo cannot be overstated. As logo branding continues to evolve, staying updated on the latest trends is crucial f...

Celebrating AMP Talent Group: Honoured as a Top Branding Agency That Delivers Results by DesignRush!

We are thrilled to announce that AMP Talent Group has been honored as a Top Branding Agency That Delivers Results by DesignRush. This prestigious recognition not only reflects our dedication to excell...

Getting Noticed: A Guide to Grabbing Casting Directors’ Attention and Landing Auditions

Breaking into the world of acting can be challenging, but one of the most crucial aspects of building a successful career is getting seen by casting directors. These gatekeepers of acting opportunitie...

The Power of Influencer Marketing: How to Use Influencers to Boost Your Brand and Reach Your Target Audience

Social media has created a new breed of celebrity: influencers. Marketers are using these influencers, who have a significant following on social media platforms, to promote their brands. Influencer m...

The Power of Public Relations: Mastering Media Outreach, Image Management, Press Release Writing, Content Creation, and News Release Distribution

In today's fast-paced world of business, building and maintaining a strong brand reputation is more important than ever. And that's where Public Relations (PR) comes in, as it focuses on building trus...

Building a Strong Brand: The Guide to Brand Development, Logo Design, Brand Strategy, Content Writing, and Web Design & Development

Building a strong brand is essential for businesses of all sizes. It helps create brand awareness, build credibility, and establish a positive reputation among customers and stakeholders. In today's d...

Ultimate Guide to Digital Marketing: Mastering SEO, PPC, Email Marketing, Social Media Ads, and Content Marketing

Digital marketing has become essential in today's business world. It helps businesses of all sizes attract, engage, and convert potential customers into loyal brand advocates. Digital marketing compri...

Building Your Brand Online: Steps for Success

Building a strong brand online is crucial in today's digital age. Whether you're an aspiring actor, musician, or any creative professional, establishing your brand presence can open doors to exciting ...

8 Ways to Boost Your Acting Career

Embarking on an acting career requires dedication, perseverance, and a strategic approach. While the path to success may not always be straightforward, there are certain steps you can take to boost yo...

How To Handle Rejection

“As actors, we have to deal with rejection so much more than any other business. So I don’t care how much of a genius you are, if you don’t have the propensity to be able to get back up every ti...

5 Reasons Why You Should Never Pursue Acting To Be Famous

“I want to be an actor!” Even just admitting those words is a huge step in the direction of your dreams. For a lot of people it’s a scary step because it finally becomes real when you say it out...

The Art of Modeling: Tips for Posing, Runway Success, and Fashion Modeling

Welcome to the glamorous world of modeling, where showcasing your unique style and personality takes center stage. Whether you dream of strutting down runways, gracing magazine covers, or becoming the...

10 Personality Characteristics That Make Great Actors

What personal characteristics help make GREAT ACTORS? This is probably a question that will intrigue a lot of people. What is it about certain people who make them great performers? Or at least have ...

Comedy Acting: Is It Innate, Or Can It Be Learned?

Comedy Acting: There’s an old adage, “dying is easy: comedy is hard.” This is very true — comedy is difficult because it requires a certain amount of spontaneity, creativity, and ability to pl...

Audition Etiquette Dos and Don’ts for Self-Tape Auditions

In today's digital age, self-tape auditions have become an integral part of the casting process. With the convenience and flexibility, they offer, more actors are embracing the opportunity to showcase...

10 Ways To Build A Loyal Social Media Following

In the era of technology and social media, building a strong social media following is essential for anyone looking to establish their brand or boost their online presence. Whether you're an influence...

8 Voice Over Tips For Actors

Whether you want to improve your voice work, or simply just get started in the voice over industry, it’s definitely a great tool for an actor. Voice work should not be taken lightly as it’s just a...

7 Ways To Market Yourself As An Actor

Marketing and promotion are important for actors at every stage and something that should not be overlooked. Here we look at ways YOU can build a smart marketing strategy and start to create a profess...

9 Ways To Become A Better Comedic Actor

Whether you believe it or not, you don’t have to be a stand up comedian to be a good comedic actor. In fact, a good portion of the best comedy actors would be fish out of water if they ever tried st...

5 Insider Tips for a Successful Career in the Entertainment Industry

Breaking into the entertainment industry can be an exciting yet challenging journey. At AMP Talent Group, we understand the complexities and hurdles aspiring artists face....

5 Ways To Prepare For Your Audition

The truth is that some people can be great actors but terrible at auditions. There’s the pressure, the nerves, and the last minute notice that can sometimes eat away at a person to the extent that t...