Tom Hanks, Tina Fey and Morgan Freeman have all been voice artists. Whether they’re talking to children about safety or recording narration for video games, audiobooks and phone apps, voice actors are a highly skilled profession.
A professional voice artist must be able to deliver a message as the writer intended it with clear diction and the technical capability to match intonation, accents, and other vocal variations. They also need to be able to adapt their voice to different mediums (social media, telephone messages, speeches or interviews), and work with producers to ensure they can meet the project’s timeline and budget.
In addition to the skills required, a successful voice actor must be a great networker. Attending voiceover workshops and events (virtual or in-person) can help them make valuable connections with other voice talents that can be supportive and helpful throughout their career. Many voice actors report that the community they’ve built up plays a big role in their fulfillment as professionals.
For brands, working with a professional voice-over artist will save them time and money. Recording with friends and family might seem like a good idea, but if they don’t have the training or experience required, it can take a lot longer than expected to complete the job. They may also not produce quality results that are true to the original script. In addition, they might not be able to meet your brand’s needs for multilingual recordings or audio dubbing services. voiceover artists