Want to become a voice actor? Cool!
But first let's get some of those initial myths and fears out of the way...
Myth #1: "I can do celebrity impressions make funny voices therefor I will make a great voice actor"
It's great that you can do that and maybe your one of those people who is told that they have a great voice and should get into voice acting, but all of that will not get you anywhere if you do not know how to act.
If you want to be a voice ACTOR, then you should be working on your acting skills. Makes sense, right?
Here's what I've learned over the years... if you are not believable in the character, then you will not book the job. Period.
The best solution is to take acting classes. And if you are interested in animation, a killer skill to have is improv training. Taking improv classes has been crucial for me in being able to bring versatility and freshness into the audition room.
Myth #2: "It's impossible to break in"
Okay, I'm not going to say that it is an easy road without challenges and rejection because it definitely is not. But it is also true that casting directors are always looking for fresh new voices.
Today, with so many new platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube Red and video game apps, there is more content being made now than ever. Which means more opportunities for you! Yay!
Yes, there is lots of competition -- but there is only one you :-)
Myth #3: "I need a fancy home studio set up before I can get started"
Don't put the cart before the horse. When you are first starting out, you want to focus on developing your skills. What is the point of spending money on all the best equipment if you don't have the skills to book a job?
My first home studio cost just $200 (cheap for such an important business investment) and I was able to book small jobs off of it and still use it to audition today in Hollywood.
Myth #4: "I just need an agent and then I'm set"
Hold up there!
Yes, getting an agent is incredibly exciting and a huge stepping stone in your career. I trained and worked small jobs for a few years before moving to Los Angeles and auditioning here. Los Angeles is the Olympics of acting. And the better the opportunities, the tougher the competition.
Agents love to know that you are constantly working on your craft. Remember, they only get 10% of your earnings, which means you should be doing 90% of the work.
Myth #5: "You just go in and read"
DO NOT fall into this trap! I cannot tell you how many times in acting classes I have heard someone brand new to acting read a few lines in a script, and then heard a seasoned actor read the same few lines... HUGE DIFFERENCE.
It takes skill and talent to be able to give a bookable, entertaining read. With the amount of competition and the volume of submissions on each casting call, your read need to really POP in order to get you noticed.
Hope that helped! Best of luck to you in your voice acting career! And if you need help, don't hestitate to reach out. You can book a free clarity call with me by clicking the image below.