Voice Acting 101
A lot of different elements come together to create animated films. There are artists who draw the characters, separate from the artists who draw the backgrounds. Then there are the artists who color them and the artists to create the computer graphics versions. Then the actual animators come in to make the pictures move. On the audio side, there are the musicians who create the score – that music that plays in scenes without talking and of course, there are the real people who read the lines of the animated characters. They are voice actors.
Being a voice actor means getting paid to read lines and have your voice recorded. Animation isn’t the only field that demands voice actors though. Voice actors are used to record narration for documentaries, video games, audio books, radio dramas, commercials, puppet shows, amusement rides, automated answering machines, audio for powerpoint presentations and even apps for computers, phones and other mobile devices.
While many of these productions can be on a large scale, they often use unknown voice actors and YOU could be one of them. With the advent of the digital workplace and the interconnection of the global workforce, it has become easier than ever to gain access to the unseen world of voice acting.
For talented individuals with distinct and colorful voices and accents plus good pronunciation, it’s easy to get started in this field. All they need is to have access to facilities needed to record clear, high quality audio. With a small investment in a good microphone and some audio editing software and access to a computer to edit on and a quiet room to record in, anyone can be ready to go by working from home – Children, teenagers, young adults, middle aged adults and even the elderly.
Regardless of age, race, class and level of education there is a place in this exciting field for everyone because the only thing people consider when hiring a voice actor online is whether their voice is right for the project and if they can deliver high quality files in a timely manner. Of course it can still be confusing to get started, there are lots of websites where companies post projects and invite voice actors to apply for the job but which ones are free? Which ones are the easiest to use? What applications should you use to record and how do you ensure a high quality recording? While it’s easy to get started it can still be a complicated process but companies like Internet Income Jamaica actually offer affordable classes that teach people the basics of voice acting and how to make money online as a freelance voice actor.
The classes or “boot camps” are open to people of all ages and take place on weekends. That means even persons with day jobs or school can have the opportunity to take a short 1 or 2 day course on a field they’re passionate about pursuing. The biggest incentive apart from working in a field you love, is the potential to earn big from your passion. The voice actors who play the roles of the characters in ‘The Simpsons’ made $400,000 USD per episode at the peak of the show’s popularity. Just for turning up to a studio to record their voice. Lots of other high paying voice acting opportunities are out there waiting for you so get started today!