Your project is set and ready to roll, and now all you need is the voice actor. But, you have no idea where to begin your search. It can be a daunting task to find just the right voice to complete your voice-over project, but there are a few things to know about the process that can help. Take a look at these tips and you’ll have the right voice for your piece in no time.
Take Stock of What You Need
First, take stock of what you want in your voice over talent. Think about your project and nail down some specifics of what you need. For instance, would you prefer a masculine or feminine voice? What category/industry would your project fall under commercial (TV or radio), public service announcement, or documentary? And Within these categories, what is the tone or style of the project? What sort of voice will suit your strategy? Do you need a voice that sounds friendly, authoritative, sophisticated, folksy, or wise? Think about what accent or dialect you may want to use, as well. Answer these questions before beginning your search so you can be specific in what you’re seeking.
Search for Solid Candidates
After solidifying your specifics, you can work on finding the person that fits your specifications. While an internet search with your key terms can be helpful, you can also check out sites such as World Voices Organization (WoVO) that have searchable databases of vetted professionals. You can also check out freelancer websites that will have sections listing those with voice acting experience in their profiles. Professional voice actors should have either a personal website or profile that showcases some samples of their past work that you can review.
Assess the Fit With Your Project
Once you’ve selected some candidates, you’ll want to assess their resumes and professionalism. Firstly, a strong candidate will be easily reached and eager to answer any questions and discuss the project with you. You should feel that you’re both on the same page and have the same goal of creating a stellar project together. You may see all you need from their samples, or you may ask for an audition of a project to see their take on your work. Once you’re happy with your choice, you can finalize the specifics of your project and get to recording.
Once you know where to begin, you can quickly be on the path to finding the right talent for your voice-over needs.