Voice acting has been a major hobby of mine for many years, and I recently began to turn my attention to actively seeking paying jobs for it. I did a few voiceover demos back in college, and now and then I record scripts for some of my projects, but there is still a lot more I want to do.
It’s so weird… I actually hate the sound of my own voice (although, biologically, we are all supposed to), but I like experimenting with character voices, accents and dialogues. I think some of the best films ever made were animated, and I would always research the behind-the-scenes features to see what went into designing and bringing the characters to life. Some of my favorite professional voiceover artists include:
- Alan Tudyk (Wreck-It Ralph, Frozen)
- Kirk Thornton (Cyborg 009, Digimon, Xenoblade Chronicles X)
- Jennifer Hale (Justice League, Totally Spies)
- Tim Curry (everything else!)
I’ve had a few burgeoning voice actors/actresses in my classes over the years, and the general consensus is that it’s more than just deciding how a character should sound… much more. It’s about getting inside that character’s head, understanding that character’s life, relationships, species (in some cases), motivations, insecurities, ambitions and everything in between. Ideally, the character and voice should mix together in such a way, that an audience’s suspension of disbelief kicks in and the original voiceover actor/actress no longer exists. It’s not Alan Tudyk voicing King Candy… it’s just King Candy!
I routinely post voiceover demos on this site, but they can also be found on my YouTube channel.
If you would like to send me a link to a character to “bring to life,” send me an email and I’ll see what I can do. Please remember to include:
- A picture of the character OR a link to where I may view the character.
- The character’s stats (age, height, weight, etc.)
- The character’s general personality, character, motivations and anything else that will help me get into his head. If you’ve created a biography, I’d like to hear it.
- The character’s professional occupation and relationships with others.
- The character’s overall role in the story.