Voice acting is the art of executing voice-overs to represent a character, market products, and entertain people. A voice actor’s voice is the only means by which he expresses himself/herself and connects with people. That’s why, along with a great voice, it’s vital to have acting skills to become a successful voice actor.
Voice acting is one of the most rewarding and fascinating career options. You can easily get a job if you possess the right mastery in your voice. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are confined to their homes. And everyone is looking for work from home opportunities.
If you are a voice actor struggling to work effectively from your home, then this article is for you.
Here, we will talk about the five work from home tips for voice actors to take their career to another level.
So, let’s dive in!
1. Exercise Daily
Warming up and daily exercises are necessary to improve your voice proficiency. Learn how to breathe properly. Because, by controlling your breath, you can record more energetic and fluent voice-overs. Enunciation is also a great way to improve your command over voice.
The more you practice regularly, the more you will benefit from it. It will increase your confidence and help you during a performance.
Here is a list of exercises voice artists can try:
• Body Stretches
• Humming and lip trills
• Breathing exercises
• Descending on nasal consonants
• Tongue twisters
2. Have a proper Home Studio
When you have decided to work from home as a voice-over artist, make sure that you have a dedicated home studio from where you can work. While transforming a room in your house into your work place (home recording studio) make sure that it is in such a corner of your home that you can work undisturbed for hours. Additionally, you must also keep in mind that the room is properly lit, ventilated and is sound proof. And, the last thing would be to of course the setup – professional-grade recording equipment.
3. Listen to Professionals
You must have heard the proverb, “Practice makes a man perfect”. Therefore, it is essential to keep learning when you are at home. The best way to learn for a voice actor is to follow the professionals.
Analyse the ads, cartoons, and play video games of your favourite actors to learn how they vary their tones and inflections. Also, attend voice-acting podcasts to know-how professional voice artists work on distinct characters.
4. Learn New Technical Skills
Knowledge of basic technical skills is essential, especially when you are a freelancer. You must know how to operate the hardware and software related to your work. Developing a basic understanding of your equipment will make you more comfortable while working with them.
Setting up a microphone, headphones, audio interface, and handling digital audio files on the computer are some of the crucial skills that a voice actor must know. Likewise, understanding how to record, mix and master your audio will increase your chances of getting a home-based project quickly.
5. Build a Portfolio
Last but not least, build a good portfolio over various online platforms like Upwork, Voices.com, Freelancer.com, Fiverr.com and LinkedIn. Also, always keep active communication with your clients.
Make sure to check and reply to all phone calls and emails related to voice actor jobs at utmost priority. Also, you can start your home-based start-up for voice-over to earn more profits.
Working from home without proper guidance can seem a daunting task. We hope the above five tips help you upskill, find new jobs, and work effectively and productively while working in the comfort of your home.
Through a mix of our own and extensive partner network of 200 recording studios and with our pool of more than 3,200 native dubbing/voice-over artists we offer high-quality dubbing/voice-over services at competitive costs in more than 70 languages. We are DUBnSUB – a post-production company based in Gurgaon, India with branch offices in Germany, France, USA, and Myanmar.