There is something to say for a voice acting career. Many people don't want to become stars of stage and screen but have particular acting talents which lend themselves well to voice acting. The field of voice acting isn't quite as easy as it sounds, however. That's why we've compiled this guide to help you on your way through this competitive industry.
Some budding voice actors may like to employ the services of a private voice instructor. Like an acting coach, these instructors can help iron out imperfections in your voice and teach you how to effectively use your voice to further your voice acting career. You should learn to become observant and mimic sounds and accents you hear. You never know when you might need to recreate one for an acting job! After mastering the basics, you should record a demo tape. A professional recording studio will cost but it's definitely worth the investment.
Find an agent and create a portfolio. Yes, that includes a head shot photo! Even though most people will never see your face, potential employers like to see the person they're employing and a friendly, personable head shot will do wonders for your employability. As with any type of acting, you should be wary of agencies which demand upfront fees or seem to be unnecessarily intent on making money. Of course, they will make money from you – but only if they manage to find you work!
It may also be worth creating a website and setting yourself up as a proper business – that's effectively what you are! A website can be self-designed for next to nothing or you can hire a design company to create a fantastic professional website if you have the money to spend. It's worth getting quotes and you can have a really great looking website designed without having to break the bank.
It's worth bearing in mind that as with any type of acting, a voice acting career is one in a tough and competitive industry. Don't be downheartened if it takes a long time to get going or if the only work you're offered is that of minor roles in budget films or low-paying commercial work. Everyone has to start somewhere and you'll need to spend quite a bit of time on the bottom rung (and getting onto that rung!) before you can become the next big superstar.