What’s Wrong With This Advice?

by | May 7, 2008 | Advice

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Here’s the Q &A:

How do I break into voice acting?

I would like to break into
the voice acting biz… I am an impressionist with about 150 different
voices that I do, and a few of my own original voices.
I am
employed, so I would want to start out part-time and maybe always be
part-time, but this is something I’ve wanted to do for quite a few
years now. I’ve decided that I finally want to just go for it….any advice?                     

Best Answer

Do a web search, I think the site is Voice Over 123. You can post your
vacal abilities and profile. I’m sure there are more like that as well.
My husband is a voice personality and he uses that one.

Where do I start? 

I suppose some years ago, I could’ve been the same person posing that question.  The person answering is genuine, but doesn’t even get the V123 reference right.  And her husband is a "voice personality"…??  What’s that?

I’m not trying to be harsh, but now that me and my friends are in the door, can’t we just close the gate, and make voice-actors a limited edition?  Wouldn’t that make us more in demand?  (can’t believe I just said that)

‘Course that runs counter to everything I learned from my daddy about Capitalism…but seriously, we’re going to have to re-define "flooded market" pretty soon.  Let the market work it’s magic…Darwinian principles, fittest survive…I know, I know…

I’ve just been contacted by a friend-of-a-friend who wants to get started in VO too.  She has a pretty decent voice, and is already a model and spokesperson. 

Take a deep breath, Dave, and be patient…you were there once.

I was… and usually I start by referring people to Bobbin Beam’s wonderful discourse on getting started.  I’ve also written on this subject in a previous blog.

And besides, what’s "vacal abilities"….that sounds fecund.




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