How to Hire a Voice Over Actor?

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How to Hire a Voice Over Actor?


Hiring a voice over actor can be pretty intimidating, having in mind that you haven’t done it before. After all, the actor is the one that reads your scripts and therefore this turns him into the most powerful connector between you/your project and your audience. The voice gives emotions, visuality and sensory experience to your movie/video. If, indeed, this is your first time trying to find the perfect voice for your issue, here are some guidelines.

Defining what kind of voice you`re looking for

Let’s start with the fact that if you have decided to hire a professional talent rather than do it yourself, the challenge is to find someone who will bring interpret your script in the exact way in order to carry the feeling and message you were trying to bring when writing the script. It is likely that you have some desired qualities written down such as male/female, mature/childish voice, etc. The gathering of all these qualities is your voice profile- the one you are looking for and the one which will match your script perfectly. It is important to try defining your voice profile as this will significantly narrow down the results you`re looking for.

Finding the Talent

In order to find your desired talent, visit websites which are professionally oriented to representing tones of voice over actors. In this websites you have samples and can easily listen to the different voice profiles. Another thing to do is to directly turn to voice over agencies which will help you efficiently and professionally.

In case you head to looking for the voice over actor by yourself, narrow down the results to not more than 10 candidates- this will make it time and effort efficient for you. Contact them, don’t hesitate to send them a paragraph of your script and ask them to record and audio so that you can assess on your choice.

In addition, don’t forget to set your budget in advance. The rate differs depending on how experienced the actor is. So in case your budget is tight, be ready to work with someone who is less experienced.

Managing things in advance

In addition to rates, before you hire a voice over actor it is essential to set your expectations of the final result. It is important to honestly communicate with the voice actor you have hired.

This is the best way to transmit your ideas, expectations, etc. Provide information which might be important such as background of the project and the company, and your audience. This will help the actor accurately represent your identity.

Remember, the human voice is a powerful tool in expressing messages and can evoke emotional responses in a personal way. The talent you choose for your project will often be a first impression to your project. Great voice talent will bring with it credibility and will resonate with your audience.


Source by Jessica Wight

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