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Becoming a Voice Actor

Can be really hard. In my travels around the internet and at various conventions I have found a multitude of people who want to become animation voice over actors, specifically for anime (Japanese Animation). There is a huge fan base behind the anime world and so many of them want to follow in their favorite voice actors footsteps and have a chance at becoming a character they love. I am no acception to this. Though how many people actually work hard enough to make this dream a reality? I’m guessing not very many. So many voice over studios or even industry professionals have been milking the teaching market in voice acting because it has become more popular and like a sheep I find myself following the crowed yet again. My love of voice acting stems from a love of creativity and the arts. It is another way for me to express myself. Two things seem to be baring my path to voice acting though, a lack of training and a lack of experience. Both of them currently very hard to get because training to be a voice actor takes a lot of cash and time. Most training sessions are around $300 and up for a five or so hour session…yes ONE session. This is normally done in small groups of about 12 people so the teacher is getting about $3K a day that is like making $700 an hour! Sounds nice doesn’t it? Though the shelling out of the money can be very painful, and it is a risk to take for a business that is so over-populated and competitive. Or well I could go back to school for another three year in the dramatic arts program and toss down about the same amount of cash.

So if I had the money to drop on lessons I would take them. In the mean time I am scouring the internet and the local chapters for anything that I can find that is student priced to help me on my journey. There isn’t really all that much out there that hasn’t been shared before and books aren’t readily available at the book store to look through and decide if you want to buy them, they need to be special ordered. Which means they need to be paid for in advance. Not helpful when working with such a small budget, so the internet and some of its free information will have to do for now.

Moving on to dilemma number two, lack of experience. This one can be even harder to overcome because people are less inclined to take someone with little to no experience…which means I may have to plead, beg, and do some free work to get that experience that I need to move up a step on the ever-increasing ladder of voice acting. Something else that always helps is having contacts in the industry. People that can give you pointers and introduce you to other people in the industry. My problem so far? Other than the lack of good people skills I am seen as merely a fan when I meet people in the voice acting industry. Why? Because I meet them at conventions and the first times are always in autograph lines. I feel that even though I may not act like a raving fan girl they assume that I am one because I waited for three hours in a line waiting to meet them while wearing some possibly ridiculous costume of a character from an animated series. True story. So because first impressions are so important I have been branded fan girl to most if not all the voice actors I have met.

On top of that I find the industry to be very hush hush and tight knit like radio. I also figured out that even though some voice actors started in radio most of them find DJ’s irritating…though it might just be the club and wedding variety not the radio ones. I will have to ask someone when I get a chance.

I will continue my search on voice acting information, the industry, and how to become a part of it…and because I am such a generous person I will share all of my findings and insights with you.



All week I have been trying to figure out what to use this blog for. I have many different blogs floating all over cyber space including my first blog at livejournal and two others made for writing and other blogging. I also have two blogs with blogger. One is a personal blog and one is a school blog. Even though deviant art doesn’t really count as a blog there is a journal feature there so I also rant about different things on that site.

I was thinking about integrating word press with my radio website which might help keep everything organized and easier to post any updates I may have in the future. That is where I also have my resume and some audio clips of different things I have worked on for class, CKDJ, and AIR.

The other thing I was thinking of doing with this blog is perhaps a place to show all of my voice work since I aspire to become an animation voice actor. Or this could also be for the internet radio station I am dreaming up and could document all the steps taken throughout the process.

Over all there is one thing I don’t want to happen to this blog and that is forget about it as it roams neglected throughout the vastness that is the internet.