Voice-over talent - also called voice actors - provide voice-overs in a variety of media such as television, movies, commercials, video games, movie trailers and others. For example, voice-over talent may portray one or multiple animated characters in a TV show or provide narration for a commercial or movie trailer. These professionals must be able to read and interpret a script, as well as articulately and effectively portray the emotions and tone required in their role. Voice-over talent may work alone or in a group, and they frequently work directly with a sound engineer in a recording booth at a recording studio; however, some record in a home studio and send files electronically.
Previous voice-over acting experience is generally required for this position. There are generally no specific educational requirements for voice-over talent jobs, although formal training in acting may be preferred. Singing ability or other skills required for specific roles - such as fluency in a specific language - may be needed as well.
Voice-over talent positions may be recurring or occur on a one-time basis. To obtain roles, these individuals may send in demo tapes and attend auditions; networking is often a valuable tool for voice-over talent. Voice-over talent are typically self-employed, although they may work through a talent agency. Work schedules vary depending on the nature of specific jobs and workload.
Voice-Over Talent Tasks
Read a provided script and edit it to produce clean audio.
Interact with client to determine tone and affect for finished piece.
Set up a quiet recording area.