What You Need to Know about Voice Acting

Voice acting is the art of giving life to animated characters through the use of human voice. It is often utilized in animated films such as cartoons, video games, dubbed foreign language films, puppet shows, radio dramas as well as voice-overs in radio and television commercials. Although the use of voice actors is rampant in the industry, little recognition is given to them as they often go unnoticed. Often times, the characters are the ones given focus and so the voice behind the characters takes a back seat.

One of the most well-known voice actors of all time is Mel Blanc, who was an American voice actor and comedian. Although he lived a six-decade-long career in voice acting, he was best remembered for his works with Warner Brothers during the so-called Golden Age of American Animation as the voice of well-known cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Wile E. Coyote, Woody Woodpecker, Flinstones’ Barney Rubble, Mr. Spacely, Captain Caveman and hundreds of others. He was regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice-acting industry, as was given the label “The Man of a Thousand Voices”. During his death, the number of people that was hearing his voice everyday was approximated at 20 million.

A basic tip when you want to try out voice acting, it is very important that you practice. Starting with your words, make sure that you enunciate the words properly. Your voice and words are the only tools that you have so it should be utilized properly. When preparing for a recording, be sure to read beforehand your script. You would not want to make several cuts before you are actually able to perfectly deliver a line or two just because you haven’t figured out yet how you would want the line to sound. You also have to make sure that you sound like you are actually saying the lines rather than sounding like you are just reading or reciting them.

Be sure to know your character, and be in character when recording. Although chances are, you will the talking bunny or pig, you have to nevertheless know and embrace your character. You have to believe in them first, before you can actually have the power to make others believe in them. This also gives you some room for creativity. Use your imagination in figuring out what would make this character sound more interesting and kid-friendly.

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