Momocon Recap: Tips on Becoming a Voice Actor
Have you ever wanted to be the voice behind some of your favorite video game characters? Famous voice actor David Vincent (Robin in Fire Emblem Awakening and Super Smash Bros, Marshall Law in Tekken, etc.), hosted a panel at Momocon about how to break into the industry.
David himself didn’t exactly have a narrow path to his career. In college, he studied journalism. However, when he graduated he decided to go to New York and pursue acting. When he wasn’t going on auditions, he was doing improv and stand up. One night he was doing a sketch where he had to imitate voices from commercials, and after the show an agent asked if he did any voice acting. David had never even thought about it before. The agent gave him her card and told him he should try it. And the rest is history.
Unfortunately, not all of us can be that lucky to find an agent on accident. Luckily, David gave a few tips at the panel to help us out.
David stressed this point repeatedly. Take classes from a credible teacher. By taking voice-acting classes, you will be able to hone your craft. The teacher will also probably have contacts from the industry. If they believe in your talent, they will help you rub elbows with the right people.
Have a Good Demo Reel
A demo reel can make or break an artist. It’s important to have a wide variety on your reel. No one wants to listen to the same character for over a minute.
Quality is also extremely important. If it doesn’t sound professionally recorded and edited, no one will listen to it. It may be pricey, but it is necessary to have good recording equipment or access to it.
Do Research on Websites
David specifically recommended this voice-acting website in particular.
It’s a great resource if you are thinking about getting into the field. The website was created by Dee Bradley, who has an impressive resume. He voiced Daffy and the Tasmanian Devil in Space Jam, Fish in Boxtrolls, and has had other roles in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Uncle Grandpa, American Dad, etc. His website, among others, are also good places to network and share your demo reel.
Hopefully these tips helped you, and good luck on your voice over career!