5 Keys to Putting the Professional in Professional Voiceover Talent

5 Keys to Putting the Professional in Professional Voiceover Talent

In the hyper-competitive field of voiceover acting, what separates the amateurs from the true professionals?  Cultivate these 5 qualities, and voiceover clients along with top voice casting agencies will regard you as a true professional voiceover talent.

  1. CONSISTENCY
    One of the hallmarks of a professional voiceover actor is consistency.  Clients want to know that when they hire you, they can trust you will deliver a professional-quality read 100% of the time.  Your client’s own butts are on the line. They’re counting on you to deliver every time you step in front of the mic.
  2. TALENT
    There’s a reason they call voiceover talent, talent.  If you don’t have talent at the outset, it’s unlikely you’ll go very far in the world of voice casting.  But talent will only get you so far…
  3. EASY TO WORK WITH
    We’ve all heard about Hollywood actors famous for being difficult to work with.  You don’t want to be that voiceover talent. At number three, being easy to work with is another mark of being a true professional.  You can possess all five of these other qualities, but if you are difficult to work with, it’s unlikely you’ll get called back for that future gig.
  4. DIRECTABILITY
    Here’s where your work with a coach, practice groups, and personal practice routines will have paid off.  When the client needs you to modify your interpretation, speed up the front end, emphasize that word, and build your energy to a crescendo all while being conversational, you as a professional voiceover talent need to be able to deliver.
  5. CREATIVITY
    Voice acting may not appear on the surface to be challengingly creative.  After all, isn’t that the “creative’s” job? But, voiceover acting when done right can be intensely creative and it rounds out our list at number five.  Since voice acting happens in such a compressed time frame, the voiceover actor has to be able to create on the fly, and know themselves well enough to bring out various different textures and emotions in their voices that are the mark of a true professional voice talent.