Let’s get this started by stating the obvious. Voice acting is NOT easy despite popular belief. I have been a voice actor for a little over a year now and the only reason I am where I am now is simply right audition at the right time. Otherwise? I would be just like any other struggling voice actor.
I can’t tell you how many times over the last few months I have been told by friends and family alike that I must have the easiest job on the planet. I hate to break it to you guys, but that simply isn’t the case. Voice acting is like any other art in it that it takes a lot of time and energy to hone.
The best example I can give you is for character actors such as myself. Character actors primarily get hired to either mimic famous actors’ voices or to continuously voice a stereotype that we are able to perform. Luckily, I fall into both categories. As someone with a deeper and older voice, I am usually hired to voice older men. The main voice I am hired to impersonate is Sir Christopher Lee.
(Now, this is what boils my blood the most. A friend of mine literally came up to me last week and said anyone can sound the way I sound. Simply add rasp to your voice and sound like an old man. Sure, buddy! You are absolutely right! How could I have ever been so nieve!)
Obviously, that is not how it works. For character actors, we have to study our character’s vocal patterns, where they would take breaths, and where they put the emphasis on certain words. Before I go in to record for any production company that hires me to use Sir Christopher Lee’s voice, I listen to about an hour of audio of him just speaking not necessarily acting. After a while, I will either speak with him or repeat what he said until it becomes seamless. And just like a sports player has to treat their bodies like temples, voice actors have to treat our voices as the next most important body part next to the heart.
There is a lot more to it, but I am stopping here before I start writing a book on this stuff. Hope to see you all in the next one!