How to be a voice actor (with images)

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How to be a voice actor (with images)
How to be a voice actor (with images)

Voice actors voice characters from animated films and TV shows, narrate documentaries and voice over television and radio commercials. If you like acting and have a unique voice, you can try joining this profession! Just hone your skills, look for opportunities and take some tests. Since the industry is very competitive, the dubbing area is not for everyone. Even so, be persistent, hardworking and curious to make your dreams come true.


Part 1 of 3: Developing Your Talent

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Step 1. Get into the habit of reading aloud

Having good reading skills is essential for voice actors, especially when they have to read content from teleprompters or screenplays. Read books, magazines or newspaper articles out loud for at least 30 minutes each day to get more comfortable. Pronounce the words well and work on the intonation. Try to change the sound of the voice little by little to make the task more difficult.

Read different materials to improve your voice. Start with something simple (like The Little Prince), progress to more complicated works (like The Hobbit) and finally try poetry. Try acting out roles rather than just reading lines and the like. Part of the voice actors' job is to bring words to life

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Step 2. Record your voice while reading monologues or scripts

Afterwards, listen to the file to get a sense of your voice, making personal notes on aspects you need to improve. You might be surprised by the result! Your tone on this recording is not going to be the same as what you hear when speaking live. Pay attention and get used to these changes to be able to express yourself well with a microphone.

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Step 3. Use the diaphragm

When you hear your own voice, see if you make sound through your nose, mouth, chest, or diaphragm. If you speak through your nose, it will make an unpleasant and irritating sound; from the mouth it will sound calm; through the chest, it will produce pleasant sounds; through the diaphragm, finally, it will release powerful and clear sounds. To practice this last way, take a deep breath and keep an eye on your belly, which rises and falls. Smile, yawn and make other muscle noises. Once you get used to it, you'll just have to learn to maintain the pattern. For this, you can count on the help of a vocal technician.

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Step 4. Practice vocal exercises

These exercises-some of which are breath-based-can help you control and improve your voice. Try humming or humming a scale while blowing through a straw to control the flow of oxygen; lie down on the floor, inhale and exhale deeply, producing a "shh" as you release the air; even sitting with your shoulders back can make a big difference to your voice. Finally, you can also practice articulation with tongue twisters, such as "Three Wheat Plates for Three Sad Tigers."

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Step 5. Imitate the voices of famous people or characters from fiction

Learning how to do imitations can make your voice more flexible, and it can help you recognize the intensity and pitch of sounds, and it's a good idea for any demo tape. You don't have to be a professional imitator to be a voice actor, but it's good to be able to change the sound you produce to be a more versatile and skillful professional. Try to imitate not only people's voices but also people's personalities to bring them to life in full, rather than just in parts.

Experience celebrities and characters such as Sílvio Santos, Faustão, Luciano Huck, Didi Mocó (Renato Aragão), Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, etc

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Step 6. Improvise a scene when playing a character

Improvisation is an important skill in the dubbing area, as many directors expect it from their subordinates. With it, you'll be able to incorporate a character and imagine how his head works. Immerse yourself in acting and make up a funny story to tell. If you need help, ask a friend to ask questions and give answers according to what the character would do. For example, if you're imitating Didi Mocó, you can make up a story in which he meets the Bumblers again.

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Step 7. Take courses in performing arts or theater, or hire a technician

Do your best to improve your skills. Although they never physically appear on screen, voice actors must have a lot of acting talent to be able to interpret the characters' lines. Remember that, at certain points, dub is more difficult than other types of expression, as there is no interaction with other professionals and the audience cannot see your gestures, facial expressions or movements. In the end, the only tool the voice actor has to show emotions and personality is the voice.

Enroll in a school or college course, performing arts workshop, or theater workshop and audition for the plays or shows in production. If you're not studying, find productions from local companies

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Step 8. Take lessons to develop vocals

This periodic training (at least once a week) can help you expand your vocal range, as well as teach you to better control the volume and sound of your voice. If necessary, try working with several professionals until you find something you're comfortable with. Good vocal technicians can help the student not only to develop powerful control and techniques, but also to find unique tones.

A good vocal coach can help you warm up your voice with a series of exercises. You can, for example, move your lips while blowing and make a "brrr" sound, then sigh and yawn hard as you smile to stretch your jaw

Part 2 of 3: Publicizing Your Work

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Step 1. Record a demo tape

This is one of the best ways for any voice actor to showcase their talents in their job search. In the material, you can include original works or imitations of characters and scripts that already exist. Create something of quality that can represent you and show off your skills. The tape can be homemade or professional, but if you choose to make it yourself, you should pay attention to the sound quality and avoid background noise so as not to blur the focus of the voice.

  • Making a professional demo tape can be a little expensive and doesn't always produce a quality result (other than the recording itself). Content is the most important part. If you have a good microphone and a quiet space at home, go for it.
  • Show off your acting skills in the first 30 seconds of the tape. Potential employers will likely only hear this half a minute, so make it count. In general, the material should be short, with a minute or two, in addition to being direct and succinct.
  • If you're creating the demo tape for a specific role you want to achieve, use something that's relevant to the job. For example: if you want the role of a male character, don't imitate an old lady.
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Step 2. Build a resume

Generally, people need prior experience to get a job, which can be a challenge at the beginning of a career. Try to get these experiences at all costs to create a strong resume. Take acting or performing arts courses and workshops, create a YouTube channel with original content, participate in local theater productions, narrate digital books, or find any other dubbing opportunities that might be helpful. This way, you will attract more attention from casting directors, as well as develop more skills.

In the field of dubbing, the resume is far more important than any photo portfolio. These professional photos are great, but they can be quite expensive and are not interesting for casting directors, as physical appearance is not relevant

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Step 3. Hire a business owner

Like actors, every voice actor needs an agent or advisor to represent their career. This person will notify you of opportunities in the area, help you get the right roles, publicize your work, negotiate salaries and commissions, and so on. Send the demo tape and résumé to agents where you live and choose the one you trust and feel comfortable with.

  • Hiring an entrepreneur will give your career a boost. Before that, you need to develop your voice and determine what types of voiceovers you want to do.
  • Hire an entrepreneur who specializes in dubbing and decide whether you want to work in television, film or radio.
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Step 4. Send demo tape and resume to studios

Contact all studios in the area where you live. If you are willing to travel, send your documents to other parts of the country. Be prepared to wait for answers and receive "no" several times. Major producers receive hundreds of tapes and résumés a day, and you might not even be what they're after. Still, just because you can't get something right now doesn't mean that something can't happen in the future. There may not be interesting papers for your profile, but the studio can save your documents for other times.

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Step 5. Build a virtual portfolio

Making a presence on the internet can boost your career. You can create a website using a free platform (like Wordpress), showcase your gifts on YouTube, or even take advantage of social media. Increasingly, casting directors are looking for new talent on the network. If anyone hears about your work, they'll need an easy way to access information and see what you can do. In that sense, it's good to have pages dedicated specifically to your dubbing experience.

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Step 6. Think about the most suitable place to develop your career

If you are really interested in dubbing, you may have to move to a city where the industry is strong. Although the internet has shortened distances, it's still great to be at the center of things. In Brazil, the two main entertainment capitals are Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Part 3 of 3: Taking tests

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Step 1. Run open tests

Even if you're without a manager and haven't received feedback from the studios yet, you can participate in open auditions, those that any actor or voice actor can do. Be prepared to face many people and have little time to show off your gifts. Even if your chances of success are low, it's still a good way to practice and get used to the process, as well as getting the attention of casting directors little by little.

Search the internet or talk to acquaintances to find out where to find these tests

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Step 2. Take tests over the internet

Since you only need a microphone to work with dubbing, you can participate in auditions without leaving your home. To do this, you just need to do a web search until you find out how these processes work. This is a great option for those who don't live in big cities.

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Step 3. Run as many tests as possible

They say that the biggest job of any actor is auditioning, as this area can be very competitive. You'll probably have to go through several processes to get a single role, and when you're done, you'll have to go back to square one. So you must learn to immerse yourself in the experience and make the most of it to hone your talent all the time. The more tests you do, the better your chances of getting hired.

Even audition for roles you know are not ideal for your profile. You never know what the casting director has on his mind

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Step 4. Prepare in advance

Warm up your voice and hydrate your body, memorize the script and learn to interpret it. Some tests are simple and only contain specific lines, so it's important to face the process with confidence so you don't get nervous or stressed. Prepare other dialogue in addition to the script in case the casting directors ask for something more.

Try to think how a certain character would think and go beyond the script pages. Who is this person? What is most important in her life? Why does she say such words? You can also jot down ideas about the role if you want to focus on the aspects that are most relevant to bringing it to life

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Step 5. Always be punctual with tests

Arrive at the locations 10 or 15 minutes in advance so you are not late and have the opportunity to relax and even reread the tour.

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Step 6. Wear proper clothing

While appearance is not important in the area of ​​dubbing, the overall impression given is crucial. Dress correctly, with no torn or old clothes. Be professional and remember the role you are trying to get.

For example, it's not because you want the role of a ninja that you need to wear a costume. Still, you can wear a black shirt to play the role with a professional look


  • Rest your voice periodically so you don't hurt your vocal cords.
  • Take good care of your voice: hydrate yourself and don't smoke.
  • Combine salary and commission details with your manager. Certain agencies ask for higher fees than others.
  • Dubbing is a very competitive area. You will need to have a unique voice and be very talented to succeed.
  • Those who start the profession at an early age (as a child, for example) will probably have no difficulty finding jobs in the future.


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