First, do you have a strong vocal range?
As an actor, you’ve likely already developed your voice to some degree, but voice-over work requires a versatile voice that can adapt to a variety ot roles and styles. Whether you’re doing character voices or commercial work, you need to be able to deliver lines in a way that fits the character or brand. A clear and versatile voice is essential for a voice over artist. A voice that can convey a wide range of emotions and can adapt to different styles and accents. Sometimes your voice just needs to sound different and interesting or relatable to a product. For example a husky manly voice would suit the “Bunnings Warehouse” type of Voice overs.
Second, do you have good diction and pronunciation?
Voice-over work requires clear, precise speech, so it’s important to have excellent diction and be able to enunciate your words clearly. If you have a habit of mumbling or slurring your words, it might be a good idea to take some vocal classes to help train
your mouth to speak slower and enunciate more.
Third, are you a natural performer?
As an actor, you know how to use your voice to convey emotion, improvise a scene and bring a character to life. These skills are crucial in voice- over work, where you need to be able to create a character or sell a product with your voice alone. Voice over artists are also often needed to be able to think on their feet and adjust their performance if required, sometimes on the fly, so being comfortable improvising is also a very valuable tool to have in your tool box.
Fourth, are you willing to put in the work?
Like any career, voice-over work requires dedication and effort. You’ll need to be willing to put in the time and effort to hone your skills, build a
portfolio, and market yourself to potential clients. This may mean taking classes, attending networking events, and creating a website or social media
presence to promote yourself and your work. Finally, do you have access to the right
equipment? While you don’t need to have a fancy studio to start out, having a good quality microphone and recording software can make a big difference in the quality of your recordings. You may also need to invest in a soundproofing setup or editing software
to polish your recordings to a professional level.