What You Never Knew About Being A Professional Voice Actor

By Francis Tunwase August 23, 2022

The animation process would be incomplete without the contributions of the industry’s top voice performers. A blood-curdling laugh, an authoritative tone or a signature phrase are just some of the ways they bring our favorite characters to life and make them memorable.

Isn’t it interesting to know how a voice actor decides what a character’s voice should sound like? Or how they got their start as a voice actor? Here, we dive into things you might not know about being a voice actor.

Starting off

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Behind the scenes

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Myths and tips

It’s a common misunderstanding that the anime voiceover industry wants voices that are exaggerated and goofy. In reality, they’re searching for performances that are grounded and have real, live voices. If you’re aiming for a cartoonish aesthetic like Looney Tunes, there are several exceptions to this rule. However, the best weapon a voice actor may have is his or her own natural speaking voice, because the industry is always on the lookout for new talent.