I’ve seen people make voice over acting sound like a get quick rich scheme, make it sound super easy if you pay 600.00 for our training courses, none of this is true. First off, I love voice overs and acting. I am dedicated to my craft, but just like arts and crafts some people can do things that others can’t. I am not trying to say that you can’t be a voice over actor, no, I am saying that you may not be able to be a voice over actor. I am reiterating this, but if you want to read more about this true fact check out my post covering what voice overs aren’t.
Now that you’ve read that post lets discuss trying to Become a voice over actor. The most critical thing to a successful career— or any career for that matter is training. In voice overs it is called coaching. Before choosing a coach try to attend a workshop with them, before attending the workshop look at their imdb profile and see how much experience they have. It is important to note that not everything we do is put onto the imdb. I haven’t put any of the commercials or video game work I’ve done on there, but I will put the best work I’ve done on their soon. It is said that at least a year of coaching is necessary before making the biggest step in your voice over career that can make or break you— recording your demo. Recording a demo is like a quarterback prepared to win the super bowl, if he goes out there with everything he’s got than he has a good chance of doing well, if he goes out there, but doesn’t know what a football even is, well I think you get my point. The same goes with voice overs, you need to know more than just what are voice overs, you need to know your pigeon hole, everything you can do within that hole and if you’re voice sounds good enough to compete with hundreds of thousands of other voice over actors. How many people are in the pigeon hole I am in? 5. This is so rare, that it basically doesn’t happen. That’s why their is only 5 of us.
You will need to get yourself good equipment. I recommend the blue snowball. It is 80 to 90 bucks and the results are really good. It is the most recommended microphone for voice over actors who are starting out. Now, what editing program do you have? Audacity is recommended by some in Hollywood—- but that’s cause it is free. If you want to get a gig don’t use audacity. Don’t get me wrong, it has it’s place, just not for pro voice overs. I’ve heard a few recordings and immediately think to myself “man they hired someone using audacity.” this program tries to remove background noise, but last time I checked it still wasn’t cutting it for pro grade use. I recommend you getting a 30 day FREE trial of adobe SoundBooth and book some gigs. So, this is a super basic look at becoming a voice over actor. There is no guarantee you’ll make it, you have to be really talented or have a real unique voice to really make it. That announcer voice does not sell anymore. Anyways I’ll post a More in-depth article later when I am not writing from my phone.
Everyone who has read my latest blog posts know that my blue snowball microphone broke. I live very close to blue hq, so I called and told them of the problem. I went through everything they said, but due to the rare issue they replaced it for free. I could have mailed it in, but I drove it there instead. It took two minutes for the supervisor to test my microphone and get the same problem as I did. He gave me a new microphone and now I am back in business. Blue snowball is the number one most recommended microphone in Hollywood for those who haven’t made it big yet. It is inexpensive for such a great USB microphone. The quality is great! I wouldn’t need to do much cleaning if I built a box to prevent echoing around my snowball.
In this day and age I feel it necessary to say that I WASN’T paid to write this, in fact I didn’t even tell blue that I had a blog. I honestly express what I think about products. I’ve gotten companies mad at me before, really mad, but that hasn’t stopped me from expressing my opinions.
I previously wrote an article on how my Blue Snowball was broken and that I am currently stuck with only my iPhone Microphone. I also said that I was going to attempt to do Voice Overs with it and tell you how it went. The Voice Over went fine, besides all of the static and noise I heard through my Bose headphones. You should know that you never, ever send in a Voice Over that has an ounce of background noise, because, well, they won’t hire you and even if you do send them a professional Voice Over demo later on down the road they might not listen to it.
So, how did I make my iPhone Voice Over sound professional? I used Adobe Soundbooth. I used the pop and click filter, noise filter, rumble filter, but it still didn’t sound good enough to send in. I then used the mastering filter. I used the fix low muddy end filter, fix hiss filter, fix high peaks, and fix mids. Now I have an amazing professional sounding Voice Over recorded on my iPhone 4! I used the iPhone because it had a microphone, the quality of the microphone wasn’t great for Voice Overs, Adobe Soundbooth is what made it sound so great!
If you have any questions on how to do this just tweet @actorryan or leave me a comment and I will respond.
Just the title of this article sounds impossible, right? That is because it should be impossible, but like anything I’ve found a way around the issue. See my Blue Snowball no longer functions so no VO. Thankfully Blue will replace it for free. So how am I going to keep doing Voice Overs with out a microphone? Simple. When you are auditioning you can send in your demo or previous recorded samples that match the job; if you have a voice over to record there is still a way to record it. Do you have a cell phone? Do you have Adobe SoundBooth? Do you have a pair of really good headphones? If you have all three of those you are good to go. What I would do is place my cell phone in a position like a microphone with the cell phone microphone faced towards me and then record it. Or you can just use it like a phone, hold it to your ear and record your script via the microphone feature.
I have a pretty good phone. An iPhone 4. It has pretty darn good sound quality and cleaning up a track to sound professional shouldn’t be that hard with Adobe SoundBooth on my side. I will have my microphone fixed soon, but for anyone who is in a similar situation just do what I suggested. I have yet to try this, but I am pretty sure it will go well. I will update this blog post or write a new article explaining how everything goes.