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Part 1: Voice Over – Introduction
A Voice Over is a production technique where an actor or talent’s voice is used to read a narrative (copy) in film, radio, tv, etc.
Hi, my name is Michael Chase. I’ve been narrating VO’s for several years. This is your introduction into the world of Voice Overs.
Many people have asked, how to get into the Voice Over business? The best answer is to look at who’s working in that niche market.
Jon Hamm is doing commercials for Mercedes and Chris Pine is the voice for BMW. Those are well established actors “A” list actors. People know their work in TV and film which makes them easy to identify and relatable.
So that’s it? Without being a name I'm locked out of the business? Well, that’s not true at all. Take a look at Tara Strong, the Canandian-American actress. She is not so well known but has made a career of doing numerous animated/film characters. Another example is an African-American named Sanaa Lathan. You may recognize her name as the lead actress in Alien vs. Predator but she had a solid Broadway and film career before voicing characters on The Cleveland Show and Family Guy.
In essence, there is no one clear path into the Voice Over business, but one thing is for certain, they all had a starting point. Part 2 of Voice Overs will discuss how to take a self-assessment of your voice; accent, tone, clarity. Ways will be discussed on how to improve your voice and I don’t mean doing boring scales and other crazy things you see on YouTube.
The most important advice for now is don’t get discouraged. You can be trained to speak better and by reading future blogs on 800Casting.com, you will be on your way.