So many voice actors out there dont know where to start. They know they have a great talent at changing their voice around, but they dont know how to use it. I have thrown together a neat little tutorial that ill explain every little detail in voice acting. BUT HOLD ON THERE!! You have to read all of this if you want to learn anything! Believe me, I despise reading, probably because I have ADHD..., just as much as the next guy. But you would be a fool not to read all of this if you want to become a voice actor like the famous Tomomato.
Well mr question, voice acting is a major part of the commercial, video game, and movie industry. Without voice actors, there would be no kick ass narrerations in the beginning of movies like, "THIS SUMMER... GET READY FOR THE BIGGEST THRILL OF YOUR LIFE" Also, cartoons have voice actors. I could go on and on about who needs voice actors and who will pay them A LOT for it, but your probably already know that since you want to be one.
First off, every voice actor needs the proper equipment in order for their voices to sound crystal clear and be in surround sound quality. Don't worry about the money, because the only thing you need to buy is a standard PODCASTING MICROPHONE. Podcasting means it is best with voices, so it really captures your tone and makes every breath almost non existent so there is none of that dirty white noise. Here are some recommended affordable microphones for you. They are all most likely at your nearest guitar store or music place.
I use the AT2020 Microphone - 90$
C01U - USB Studio Condenser Microphone - 80$
Blue Snowball - 140$
e835 Microphone - 150$
SM78 - 350$
Audio Technica AT3035 Condenser Microphone - 114$ on amazon! 200$ normal.
PR-40 - 375$
Shure SM58 - 80$
Also, if you need some recording software or something, you can get the Samson C03U Podcasting Pack which comes with mic, stand, and software. - 300$
Make sure to get a stand with your microphone! A GOOD STAND! There is nothing worse than having no stand... :'(
Ok Mr. special, now that you have your equipment ready download some free recording programs and start recording. Some testing is required for your specific mic, but generally you stand a little bit back from the mic in order for your recording to sound the greatest without any white noise at all. Make sure to take breathes away from the mic so your recording doesnt have a big PBBFFFF in the middle of it. Put your mic on a stand and lean your mouth directly in front of the middle of the mic, not including the stand of course. This way your recordings will all be surround sound.
Now were getting serious. If you want every animator to come rushing in your userpage asking for your voice, then you need to know HOW to do the right acting! First off, set your surroundings to FALSE. in other words, ignore them. You need to be in complete focus with the character you are doing. If it is a big ork or evil monster thing, act like your the cruelest person in the world. If it is a nerdy kid, act like you have a low self-esteem and go on newgrounds.com every day. Simply put, BE THE CHARACTER! Also, you can NOT speak in monotone unless your character is supposed to sound like that. Monotone is the complete definition for BAD ACTING. Speak in multiple tones to where your voice flows smoothly with the person you are acting for.
NOTE: When given lines, make sure to ask how the author wants you to sound like so you dont record a squeaky nerdy voice for someone that is supposed to be heroic and sexy. *Tom Fulp for example.*
Very simple! Just convert it to a .MP3 at about 80KBS. Here are some free converters and other audio programs. You get to the KBS thing by going to the converters preferences. Upload your file to MediaFire and send your artist the link.
ADVERTISE YOURSELF. There is nothing wrong with telling people about yourself! BUT DO NOT MAKE A THREAD ABOUT IT. You see the, "I Voice Act :3" logo below every post I make? Thats my sig and THAT is what gets me all of the attention I need from animators. Just go here and ask for those artists to make you a sig about your voice acting! Or do it yourself like I did. It is not that hard, you just need Flash. Also, PM various artists with a demo reel of what you are capable of! Tell them what you can do and what mic you use. Every now and then, they will respond with a YES and give you some test lines. Finally, make the same message in this voice acting thread. You can go HERE to see who needs voice actors. Make sure to check the front page for news posts regarding voice actors! I see people who say they need lines all the time. ;) If you can make a front page post, MAKE IT SAYING "I VOICE ACT" This will get you about 1000 people in your userpage... some of those will ask you to act for them. ;)
AND THATS IT!!! Now you have all the information you need to start voice acting CORRECTLY! If you see any error or have any questions, just ask! Spread this thread along to other voice actors. GOOD LUCK! Let the... mic.. be with you. Im gonna go kill myself for saying that.