What You Never Knew About Being A Professional Voice ActorBy Francis Tunwase
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.
- If you’re a newcomer to the industry, expect to start out as a background character until you earn your way up to a lead position.
- You can begin voiceover work at any moment if you are committed and passionate about it.
- There is no upper age limit.
- Also, getting voiceover work in the industry does not necessitate being an avid anime fan from the start.
Behind the scenes
- There are times when dubbing errors go unnoticed until the show has aired, and it’s too late to fix them.
- Recording your lines in real-time is the major distinction between voice acting and other forms of acting. In the voiceover booth, two screens will be set up: one will show the animation and the other will show a Word or Excel document containing dialogue. Your next step will be to rewatch the sequence so that you can mimic the character’s mouth motions as you speak.
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.