Voice Acting Quick Start Guide

Over the years we’ve written various guides on getting into voice acting.  This guide is going to focus on hobby and beginner level tips. We’ll look at non profit/fan projects. This isn’t a career guide for people looking to go into voice acting professionally. That said this can be a good start and a way to gauge if voice acting is for you. Even if you’re voice acting as a hobby, make sure you’re a good member of the community.

Research your hardware

We tend to recommend stand alone mics.  If your budget is around £100 or more we recommend you look into a USB XLR mixer and an XLR microphone. One of the biggest influences on sound is your environment. Avoid recording too close to your pc, look into proper mic technique and research soundproofing in your budget.

For beginner recording the open source program Audacity is great. If you can spend a bit more, Izotope sells recording software with some really great noise reduction tools.

Should I voice act for free?

This is as much as a personal choice as it is a professional one. It’s especially relevant for new voice actors. If you voice as part of a hobby and make sure the projects you take part in are non profit and fan based too, then voice acting can work like many other creative hobbies such as cosplay. You can always make content yourself rather than other people. In fact we recommend doing a bit of both. Working with others is a great way to learn and get feedback, but making your own content means there’s no downtime between roles. You also get full control of your work and can build your own following. Don’t voice act for free or very low pay if the project is making money. If a small indie game is charging money for its project you should be paid. If they can’t afford to pay you they can’t afford acting. If a project is paid then don’t undermine it and offer your services for free to get the role. 

How do I get roles if I am a new voice actor?

Aside from making your own content you’ll need to audition for other people. People may also approach you. The more energy you put in, the more likely it is you are to get cast. Send in high quality auditions. Make sure you have a regularly updated demo. Be active in the community. Don’t just post your own work. Take interest in other people’s work. Networking is about making friends and building a support network. We advise using Twitter and keeping an active youtube/soundcloud account.

Be discerning in the project you audition for. Look for people who have well written casting calls. Who have completed work before. It’s rare that people actually set out to and complete a 100 hour epic series. It’s much more likely that the person creating short clips regularly is going to get their project done.

You may need to look at places like our discord or voice acting club to find auditions. You should also keep an eye out on twitter. Search for auditions, but also follow people whose work you like. Don’t just zero in on the biggest creators look for other people starting out and team up. Being a good member of the community and signal boosting new creators is not only a good thing to do but also helps you get to know people in the community. Actors will often refer each other for parts.

Look out for modding and fan communities who may have casting calls. Again watch out for people who are badly organised. 

When you get cast

Be sure to record on time and to the best of your ability. Be prepared for pickups. That said if someone makes you feel uncomfortable, is rude or makes excessive and unreasonable requests it’s OK to politely drop out.  If you’re pleasant and do a good job people will remember and may come back to you again. Make to do lists, open a trello or set a calendar. Work out how much recording you can do and don’t overburden yourself.

If you don’t

Don’t get cast don’t be mean. Your work could have been great but someone else met the producer’s requirements better. Other times there could be work you need to do on your performance. Keep networking and make your own projects or take part in our challenges while you wait.  Working actors have downtime too. Make yours count. Good luck.

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