The entertainment industry is developing at exponential rates. There are new technological advancements, and people are more interested in videos than ever before. With this massive consumption of videos, the demand for dubbing and voice-over artists is on the rise.
A rich and attractive voice not only captures the customer’s attention but also leaves a long-lasting impression of the brand. Due to this, various industries are on a hunt for professional and experienced dubbing/ voice-over artists for promoting their products and services through advertising, explainer videos, etc. TV and radio commercials, audio recordings, cartoon character voices, and narrating books are the popular jobs a voice actor can do. Some of these require a clear and confident voice, while others demand acting skills.
Dubbing and voice-over are narrative techniques in which an artist lends his/her voice to movies, TV series, documentaries, or ads. But the difference between them is slight.
Have you watched a movie where a voice is narrating the incidents, or voicing out the actor’s thoughts while the actor on the screen is quiet? Well, that’s an example of voice-over. A voice-over artist is an actor, who performs off-screen and is responsible for reading scripts for movie trailers, narrating explainer videos, audiobooks and documentaries, and much more. Voice-over is specifically designed to educate, inform, or entertain.
On the other hand, dubbing artists give their voices according to the on-screen performance of the actors and actresses or even cartoon characters in animated films. In other words, dubbing is an art of replacing the original speaker’s dialog with that of voice actor’s.
How can you learn dubbing and voice-over?
Have people ever told you that you have a great voice? Or, has someone suggested that you should be the voice on a movie trailer, or narrate audiobooks? If yes, then this profession is for you.
Some people think that voice acting is simply getting paid to talk. But there is much more to it. When you start as a dubbing/voice-over artist, you need to remember that your voice should be strong enough to achieve the writer’s or director’s goal.
There are no special education requirements as such to become a dubbing/voice-over artist. However, aspirants must possess the following skills and traits to become a successful voice actor.
1. An attractive and confident voice
2. Strong command over the language
3. Excellent dialogue delivery
4. Ability to modulate his/her voice according to the character’s performance
5. Voice clarity
6. Accurate pronunciation
7. Skills to capture the emotions of the character on screen
In a nutshell, although having a pretty voice is essential, it by far isn’t the only factor that builds a solid career in voice acting. You also need to know how to get the most out of your voice.
Many schools and institutes have also come up with certified courses in voice acting. These courses mainly last for one to three months. Some of these are non-credit courses or workshops that candidates can take for professional growth.
Becoming a voice actor is not an easy job. You need to work hard and network with people to establish yourself as a dubbing/ voice-over artist. Practicing frequently and observing different people’s style of talking, habits, and mannerisms can also help you succeed in this field. You can record and hear your voice samples to figure out areas that need improvement. Mock dubbing is also useful to brush up your language skills. Thus, once your voice gets established, there will be no turning back.
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