At US Voices, we want you to succeed. That’s why we provide help and advice on every aspect of our service. You might think the prospect of trying to get your voice heard is daunting. But US Voices makes it as simple as it can be to become a voiceover artist.
The information below will help you once you have registered. But if you want to get a feel for the kind of support that US Voices will provide you with, then read this document now. You’ll see that we help you every step of the way on your road to success. Enjoy!
Your profile on our voiceover database should provide all the information agents and producers need to find you when they are searching for the perfect voice. Your profile is made up of required details like age, sex and accent and a written description of your voice. This is absolutely crucial.
Our agent search system allows agents to filter candidates by sex, age and accent. So we ask you to place your age in one of three categories, to indicate your sex and to choose your accent. Then if an agent searches for all New York metropolitan accents, for instance, and you have indicated your accent as youthful and New York City, you will appear in their search. Not all accents are represented as options, but if your accent isn't shown, you can include it in your written description.
Agents can also search on any keyword. Our system checks for these keywords in your written profile. So, for example, if your profile says: A soft-spoken Texan accent with warm, gentle tones and an agent types in 'warm' in their keyword search, your profile will come up in their search results.
An accurate and detailed description of your voice is vital. Don't simply include lots of varied words just so you'll appear in lots of search results. When an agent listens to your voice and instantly realises, for example, that your voice isn't actually warm, they'll click off straight away. So include lots of detail and get the description right but be honest! And don't simply make a list of the features of your voice - write your description in a way that will make people want to listen to the voice behind the profile.
When creating your profile, remember that you do not need to include your name as this will appear alongside your entry automatically. And do not include any contact details. Our system allows agents to send a text to your phone via our website, so your cell number remains secure.
We've provided a few examples of good profiles below. However, you should use these only as a guide. Your individual profile should reflect the qualities of your unique voice.
A soft-spoken New England voice with warm, gentle tones. Inexperienced but enthusiastic! Very calm, clear and articulate.
I am willing to undertake any kind of work but would like to concentrate mainly on commercial or corporate work. I have a warm and mellifluous voice with a slight coastal southern accent.
Simon can be exuberant and effervescent yet still sound warm and friendly. Early 20's voice and located in LA so within easy travelling distance to studios. Very easy to work with!
Engaging, soothing, warm, seductive and reassuring. The range of Andrew's voice is amazing! Sexy and smooth or street-smart with cutting edge attitude. Can do many different accents including English, with characters ranging from mad aristocracy to teenage rebel.
Classic French accent straight from the Parisian boulevards! If you need a Parisian for your next project who can sound more like Juliette Binoche than Juliette Binoche then look no further!
YOUR AUDIO CLIP
Your voice is unique. That means you can sell it. But you need to sell it in the best way.
Every individual entry on our database has an audio clip attached to it. These clips are accessed by 100s of agents and producers looking for fresh new talent. This is your chance to shine. Remember that any claim you make for your voice in your written description should be backed up by your audio clip. So if you say you can do 'a range of accents' make sure you give examples in your recording.
There are a number of things you need to do before you call our audition line:
1. Choose a script
2. Find a quiet room where you won't be disturbed
3. Prepare your voice
1. Choosing the right thing to read is important. If you are specifically interested in a particular aspect of the voice over industry - for example, the internet - then you may wish to read the kind of voice over you might hear on the internet. Equally, if you wish to emphasise one element of your voice - its warmth, perhaps - then choose something to read that makes your voice sound particularly warm. However, because your voice is unique, you can choose simply to read anything you like - a passage from a book, a magazine article, the words from an advertisement. Anything. The important thing is not what you will read but what you sound like.
2. This is an obvious point but do make sure you won't be disturbed during your recording! At any point during your recording you can choose to start again, so if someone does disturb you it isn't the end of the world. But it will stop you throwing the phone at them.
3. There are a number of different ways you can prepare your voice. Some opera singers famously drink a little champagne before they take the stage. A better - although less enjoyable! - method of making sure your voice sounds as it should is to drink a little glycerine or simply some warm water before you begin.
Probably the most important thing to remember when actually recording your audio clip is not to be nervous! 100s of agents and producers WILL hear this clip - but no-one is listening right now. And if you make a mistake, you can re-record your message at any time. So stay calm and relaxed and be yourself.
Being yourself is vital. You should make an effort to speak clearly, but speak how you do normally. Agents will want to use your voice because it is your voice, not because you are trying to be someone else. Don't hide any interesting linguistic features you possess or any quirkiness in your voice. If you have an expressive voice, speak expressively, if you have a loud voice, speak loudly!
Of course, if you specifically wish to change your voice for the recording, by assuming an accent or speaking in a completely different way, feel free. Versatility in a voice over artist is very often beneficial.
Exactly the same rules apply for the voiceover job application line as they do for the audition line - with one crucial difference. The audition line allows you to record a good example of your voice, a statement of what your voice sounds like and what it can do. But the job line lets you record tailored auditions, reading from scripts posted on our website by employers.
These audition scripts are short versions of the full script that the employer eventually needs recording. These employers have asked us to audition voices for them. They have stated what they need to be read and, in the production notes, how it should be read. Please read these production notes carefully. They are self-explanatory, but it is quite easy to forget how you are supposed to be reading the script when you are actually in the middle of the process! Following the production notes is crucial. The employer wants the script to be read in exactly that way, so you should provide what they've asked for. Again, that will maximise your chances of being selected.
Remember, to check on all the latest jobs, just log in and go to the JobZone to find voice over work.
Of course, good luck! If you have any specific questions, please feel free to mail us at: email@example.com