Voice Over Acting– is it really a get rich quick scheme? What does it take to be a Voice Over Actor?

The answer to the question is Voice Over Acting a get rich quick scheme, the answer is No, no it is not. A red flag should go up in your mind when someone claims something is a “Get  rich quick job”.   Voice Over Acting is a highly reputable career, but it isn’t a get rich quick scheme. What is Voice Over acting? Voice Over Acting is the voice you hear on Commercials, Video Games, trashcans, toilets, websites, On Hold machines, the “Press 1 to talk to” recordings, etc. Yes, there really are talking trashcans and toilets.

I feel that it would be best if I discussed The DON’TS of Voice Over Acting and the possibility that you may not have a career in it.

Voice Over Acting
is so much fun that I personally don’t see it as a job. What do you need to be a Voice Over Actor?  What you do need or at least really helps is real talent and passion, actually without talent you should just give up, because let’s face it if you don’t have talent, how can you be voice over talent? So all your friends tell you that you should do voice overs cause you have a great voice. That’s nice, but do you have a voice for Voice Overs? Unless your friend is a Voice Over director or a Voice Over Actor, they more than likely don’t know what they’re talking about.

I have listened to so many  Voice Over recordings and one in particular has stuck in my head because of how sad it was. The person put their voice  online in a video. I turned it off within ten seconds of turning it on, because it was horrible. I honestly felt really bad for the person. They truly thought they had talent, when I could not see any talent  in what they presented online.   Only an expert Voice Over Coach should tell you if you really have talent, but as a Voice Over Actor I hear a lot of voices and know which ones are totally wrong or that there are already a million people who sound exactly like that.

If you haven’t had any Voice Over Lessons with a well known coach and you haven’t talked to your coach about putting your voice online, you would be better off not  putting your voice online.

An honest Voice Over Coach will tell you if you have a possible future in Voice Overs.

Voice Over Fact: 17,000 people in the Los Angeles area alone are in Voice Overs. So ask yourself, do you really have what it takes to fight such a fierce competitive market? What sets you apart? What gives you that edge that very few people have?

I hope this posting helped you understand Voice Over Acting a little, or at least what Voice Over Acting isn’t. I will have to write long postings hitting each question in complete detail that I often hear to really clear up all of the misconceptions of the marvelous world of Voice Overs.

I am not trying to keep anyone from trying out for a career in Voice Overs, I am just trying to prepare you for the reality of what it is and isn’t and it ISN’T a get rich quick scheme, because those are all scams.

If you have any comments, questions, or want me to write about something, let me know!!

Voice over audition submissions- Voice Over client hears what you hear or more

this will be a much shorter entry than usual. I want to emphasize on something I am sure you already know, but in case you don’t or have forgotten it this post will help. Have you ever sent in a Voice Over audition that you thought was great, but you didn’t land the job? Yeah, that happens to all of us, but we can make that happen less if we do four important things before submitting the audition.
#1 make sure you fit the Voice Over audition requirements. If they want you to do a commercial as an average Joe, but youre used to being a kangaroo or a squirrel, then this may not be the fit for you.

#2 do they offer enough compensation or are you used to more?

#3 you recorded the audition and cleaned it up. Take a break, come back 15 minutes later and listen to it again. You might hear your voice fall out of character or background noise that escaped you last time you listened.
#4 do you believe what you are saying? Remember that any mistake, inflection, background noise will be heard by your prospective employer. This may not feel like a job to us who love it, but it is and the person on the other side looks at it as such.

Anyways, I hope that helps!

Blue- a company who cares

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.

Creating a professional Voice Over with iPhone 4 Microphone

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.

3 beautiful worlds

As most people know this is a guide to Voice Overs, but when it comes to acting there is so much more than just Voice Overs. There are two other “worlds”. Live Theater and On Screen Acting. While all of these sound almost exactly the same, THEY AREN’T! How would I know? I am just a Voice Over Actor right? Wrong. I have been doing live theater acting off and on for more than a decade. I am also working on a youtube short video. I will explain how these worlds are different. Voice Overs you are always on a microphone and you  you don’t want to over project your voice, in theater you have to over project your voice. Most people don’t have the luxury to have a microphone on them during live stage theater, sometimes the leads do, but they still have to project! Another big Difference between Theater and Voice Overs is a live audience. Tonight I performed in the play ‘Oliver!’ for a pretty big crowd. Quick plugin: if you want to catch the play ‘Oliver!’  come to Camarillo Community theater Friday 8 pm , We have a one time only special 2 pm matinee on Saturday Feburary 26th   and  our regular 8 pm show, we are also doing are  regular two pm matinee on Sunday.   Don’t know where Camarillo Community Theater is? It is located by the Camarillo Airport,  If you would like you can say you’ve come to see Ryan (helps me out with a contest). are last day of performing is March 13th! Okay that is enough of the plugin and disclosure. Back to actual blog talk.

So, how is a theater script different than a Voice Over script? Wow, well when you are doing a Voice Over you may read your script in theater you have to have it memorized, know when to do what and when your cue is.  Live Theater and Onscreen acting sound the same right? Wrong. Onscreen acting has the fourth wall barrier; the fourth wall just means that you aren’t allowed to look at the camera nor recognize that anyone else is there if you are performing in front of a live audience. You also do not need to project your voice, you don’t need the pauses for dramatic affect, well not near as much as you do onstage! When you are acting you have things such as green screens, the ability to remove that blemish in a program before your performance is seen by anybody, make your head explode, the possibilities are literally endless when you are on camera. When you are in the theater making your head convincingly explode is much more complex, if not impossible.   When you are doing Voice Over Acting you don’t have to worry about people seeing you, only hearing you.

Which world is the hardest to break into?

Voice Overs is the hardest world to break into. It isn’t that hard to get into a TV show as an extra or even a speaking role when you live an hour from Hollywood. If you don’t live that close to hollywood you can post something on youtube or vimeo and even when you do live that close to Hollywood you still can post something on youtube or vimeo. If you want it to go viral put it on youtube!

I am currently living in two of those worlds and will be filming the third world this weekend(hopefully).

If you have anything to add to this blog please do so!!

“The method” and voice over acting

if you’re an actor, then you know of “the method”. I’ll sum up what “the method” is In case you don’t know what it is.

“the method” is used in onscreen acting and some people believe it is why Heath Ledger died. How could something kill you? Well, it is a way of living, that is if you take it that far. Basically, you become the character you are performing. However your character feels or thinks, you think. If you must be really sad, then think of something really depressing to get into that mindset.

How do I apply this to voice overs? Simple. When I look at a script, I don’t read it, I become it! Every feeling I feel, this is when I start the voice over session, well, I am the character no matter how insane or happy that character is. The second I am done recording the script I get out of “the method” and sometimes have to take a break to feel like myself again. The method is all about emotions and can be quite hard on your mind, that is if you go as far as to live the character you are performing.
Earlier I mentioned Heath ledger. He got into being ‘the joker’ so much that he ended up dying. His death had to do with overdosing, but it was because he couldn’t sleep.

I would say not to become a character all day, just for a few minutes before the script. If you have an eight hour recording session, Then whenever you get a break, stop the method and once you are done for the day go do something that is totally you. If you had to be really depressed go do something cheerful.

Use the method at your own discression. I don’t always use it, because sometimes it isn’t applicable, but I do use it when applicable.