Tips On How To Become A Freelance Voiceover Artist

My guess is that you’ve heard about voiceover work, or voice acting. You’ve already seen (or heard) voice artists at work through cartoons, films, and many advertising campaigns. Being a voice artist can be quite exciting. It’s similar to working in radio, but with a little more acting than just playing yourself.

The best part is that you get paid to make voice recordings. If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re considering becoming a voice artist. In this article, we’ll be going over some tips on how to become one.

The freelance industry has grown so much that you can hire various talents to handle different tasks. The voiceover sector has been around for decades. Entertainment and advertising have developed so much that voice artists are in high demand, and the pay is great. It all depends on how talented you are and the amount of experience you have.

What a Voice Artist Does

The first step that every beginner needs to take before committing to anything is understanding what the industry is about. Many people don’t understand certain jobs and try to do them, only to fail or not enjoy them. Just like most businesses and careers, you need to know what a voiceover artist does.

Voiceover work is a production technique that utilizes a voice in filmmaking, theatre, television, etc. A voiceover artist is recorded while reading from a script. If you’ve ever watched documentaries, then you probably understand what a voiceover artist does. Voiceover artists are also used in video game productions, award announcements, and more. The application of voiceover work has grown over the years.

Skills Needed

If you’re really interested in becoming a voiceover artist, then you’ll need some skills that’ll make you successful. Becoming a voiceover artist doesn’t require any certificates. There are self-taught voiceover artists who do an amazing job. However, if you really think that you need to learn the craft at a school or training center, then you really should go for it.

Here are some skills you’ll need:

  • Clarity: To become a voiceover artist, you need to be very clear with the way you speak words in the script. This is one of the most important skills that you’ll need to become a pro.
  • Consistency: You must learn to be consistent with your articulation, volume, energy, and coordination. You should not sound like a different person on the same production unless you are required to do so.
  • Connection: Professional artists are able to connect with the character that they’re portraying with their voice. Your ability to sound like the character or the purpose for which your voice is needed is important.
  • Control: Control is important when performing as a voice artist. The best voice actors have learned this skill and it’s why they can control their performance throughout a recording. Having good control helps with eliminating hesitation and/or nervousness while recording.

Now that you’ve learned some tips on how to become a freelance voiceover artist, your next line of action should be getting familiar with freelance voiceover websites. There are quite a number of them where you can sign up and connect with thousands of media agencies and production companies looking for voiceover talents.

Susan Melony is a writer and content marketer based in Kansas City. She writes about marketing, finance, business, and how to survive the solopreneur lifestyle. You can find her on Twitter.

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