Some people are blessed with artistic hands, some with artistic minds and there are some like Peter Salzano who create art with their voice. Peter J. Salzano is a successful voice-over artist with 20 years of experience in the industry.
He started pursuing a career as a voice-over actor from a very young age and gained much success. His journey to success consisted of struggle, hard work and the right approach to work. He shares valuable tips through this blog for beginners to make a successful career in voice acting.
According to Peter, all good things take time and so does being a voice actor. After you realize the potential of your good voice or discover your talent for creating unique voices for characters, you need to have the right approach. Though you use your voice to talk and communicate with people in everyday life but you need to understand that voice acting is much more different than just talking.
Even if you have a great voice, there are certain skills that are required to be a good voice actor. These skills are not only essential to pursue a career in voice acting but also make you confident while speechmaking or delivering a presentation at work.
Let’s discuss some of the essential voice over skills in detail:
Clarity – A voice over actor should be able to articulate each word so that the audience can interpret every word clearly. The words should not be mumbled or garbled.
Cleanliness – It refers to reducing or eliminating the unnecessary noise made by your mouth while speaking. Your speech should not be accompanied by unnecessary clicks and sounds.
Consistency – It is the ability to deliver good performance continuously.
Relevance – Your delivery should be in accordance with the context of the script. Your voice should have the power to evoke the emotions described in the script.
Control – Having control over your voice is very important for a voice actor. You should know how to modulate your voice, pitch, volume and have control over breathing, inflection, and prosody.
Peter says that these skills are learned by sheer hard work and practice. Before you set your foot in the industry, make sure you are skilled enough to be a good voice actor. After you work on your skills, you are all set to promote yourself as a voice actor. For that, you need to create your first demo. It should be a short audio recording in which you can demonstrate the types of voices you can perform.
Next, you need to find your signature voice by leveraging your life experiences into recordings. Also, you will require some basic equipment like a microphone, recording software, and an audio card to start with.
Peter Salzano suggests that beginners should study about the industry’s marketing know-how. To be successful in the entertainment industry, you should know how to market yourself. Peter is also a book lover and critic, you can follow his blogs to know the best books for learning marketing skills.