Can I hire you to voice act in my project?
That depends. Contact me and we can talk about it. 🙂
Please note that, as a given, I’m unwilling to participate in any production containing:
- excessive strong or otherwise vulgar language
- adult-oriented (e.g. pornographic) sexual content
- racist, bigoted, or otherwise hateful/abusive content
I can’t afford to hire you. Would you still volunteer your time to voice act in my project?
That also depends, mostly on the amount of involvement you have in mind. Contact me and we can talk about it. 🙂
What recording equipment / software do you use?
I record all my audio using a Blue Snowball condenser mic, which costs about $50 brand new. (They’re available for less on the used market, often refurbished, but I don’t recommend buying one that way unless it comes with a warranty.)
I also use a pop filter and miniature sound booth, which I made myself out of household items. (Perhaps I’ll explain how I made them both in a blog post.)
All of my equipment is decently portable, which enables me to record from practically anywhere.
I do all my audio editing myself using Audacity, a free, open-source audio editing program.
I am interested in voice acting too. Any suggestions on how to get started?
Personally, I recommend checking out these websites, which hold auditions for a wide variety of visual and audio projects:
- Casting Call Club
- Backstage [paid membership]
- Voice Acting Alliance
- Behind the Voice Actors
- Voice Acting Space
For most of these sites, most of the available roles are unpaid, but you’ll still gain a lot of experience – even from just auditioning.
Fiverr is an excellent place to list your voice over services by way of “gigs.” The premise is that people will do things for $5, but you can set your own higher prices and customize the services you offer. I’ve had mostly good experiences with this site. My only quibble with Fiverr is that they take a 20% cut of your earnings.
Many professional voice actors recommend preparing a “demo reel” showcasing your voice acting abilities. People may be more likely to approach you about potential roles and auditions if they first hear a sample of your work.
But I want to be a professional voice actor! I want to get paid (and maybe a little famous too)!
One of my favorite voice actors, Vic Mignogna, wrote an interesting article about getting into voice acting as a profession. He brings up several interesting points – it’s definitely worth a read.