Have you ever dreamed of being the voice of a cartoon character, video game, or popular commercial? If so, you're not alone—voice acting is a hugely popular industry with thousands of people vying for jobs. While it may seem like a glamorous industry from the outside, it's important to remember that voice acting is a business, and there are certain things you need to do in order to be successful. Here are some tips for aspiring voice actors:
1. Get training and coaching. Anyone can sit in front of a microphone and read lines, but not everyone can be a successful voice actor. If you're serious about getting into the industry, find an experienced coach who can help you hone your skills and give you honest feedback. They'll also be able to tell you when you're ready to start recording demos.
2. Be prepared to handle rejection. In any business, but especially in show business, rejection is part and parcel of the job. You will not get every job you audition for, so it's important to have tough skin and not take it personally when you don't get a role.
3. Find your own clients. Yes, there are plenty of agencies and websites out there that will try to find work for you—but don't count on anyone else to make your dreams come true. Be proactive and try to find your own clients—it'll make you more money in the long run, anyway.
4. Don't pay to play until you're ready. There are plenty of "Pay to Play" websites out there that promise leads on voice acting gigs—but beware! If you're not ready to compete against hundreds of other actors, you will just be wasting your money. Remember, the competition in this industry is fierce, so only sign up for these types of sites once you know you're ready to start auditioning for real roles.
If your dream is to become a successful voice actor, remember that it's important to treat it like any other business—which means being professional, taking direction well, and always being willing to put in the hard work necessary to succeed. With these tips in mind, you'll be well on your way to landing that dream job!