The following is excerpted from of a
letter I wrote to an aspiring voice artist:
So you want to be a Voice Actor? Go for it! If you think of
it going to grad school, in terms of time commitment and
money, you'll be fine. Now to begin:
Your mission, should you choose to accept:
Start here: www.best-voice-actress.com/voice2.html and read
the article from SPOTLIGHT ON SPEECH/VOICEOVER/DIALECTS June
20, 2002 : Voice Breaks - Experts share their tips on how to
get into, and sustain, a career in voiceover. By Jamie
If you STILL want to be a voice actor, then ... :-)
Order Jim Alburger's "The Art of Voice Acting,"
Elaine A. Clark's "There's Money Where Your Mouth
Is" and "VO" by Harlan Hogan and hear
straight from working voice artists how and what they do.
As you're waiting for your books to arrive, go to
and read every, I mean every message post dating from day
one. This will be your map. Read, read, and read some more.
If there are some classes you can take, take them.
Because of digital audio, you now have the opportunity and
exposure and the means to be your own 'hyphenate' voice
actor / producer. And you're going to have to be in order to
be a working voice talent. You'll need a website, an
in-house digital audio studio with the finest pro audio
equipment you can afford and excellent audio engineering
skills. You¹ll have lots and lots to learn. And that never
stops! You will always give to your clients much more than
you can ever bill. And you always must. That never stops,
You're going to find that when you have your website up, you
will discover many opportunities for marketing and
affiliating with production houses, et. al. Eventually, you¹ll
want to have in-house ISDN capabilities. You can do it all
in stages as time and moolah permit.
Continue to develop your engineering skills, website (people
have to be able to find you,) and contact every ad agency
and production house within 200 miles with cd demos and
cover letters and follow up phone calls - start doing the
footwork .... just keep working at it 'til someone breaks
down and gives you a chance to show what you can do. Bit
like planting a garden while keeping your fingers crossed.
Give it a full time effort for 2 years. If you have to have
a 'day job' to keep money coming in, that is a given in our
business - a time-honored tradition - do what you have to
do. Just don't give up until you get your miracle.
I hope this will be yours as it is mine - a wonderful craft,
the best, most generous colleagues in the world and hundreds
of happy clients. Keep me posted as you go along.
Crow is an internationally recognized, 25 year voiceover
can't do better than legendary voice actress Kim Crow. She
can do anything." Rick Raddatz, Founder http://www.instantaudio.com.
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