Voice actors work on everything from animated films to commercials. The children’s content field often has the greatest need for voice talent, but the adult entertainment market has expanded its voice talent needs. The talent pool has also expanded significantly, make sure you have the right male voice actor for your project.
Your first step should focus on your project. Define what your brand should sound like and who your audience is. Make sure you collect background information about the project, company or product. Your characters and story board should be fully fleshed out and unique. Write and edit your script so it flows naturally and presents the message you want to send into the world.
Post the Job and Review Applicants
Whether you are going through an agency or searching for your own voice over artist, you will need to post a detailed job description. As your applicants submit their resumes, look for extensive experience in your industry or type of project. You should also look for professionalism and skill. You can ask for initial audition tapes and review them before narrowing your list to a few experienced talents. Be sure to ask for and check the applicants’ references and previous work.
Your next step should be submitting your script to a few selected voice actors. As you developed your project, you should have discussed the type of voice over characteristics and style you want. Therefore, you need to determine which of your selected applicants can meet these requirements. A customized audition gives you the opportunity to hear what they can do with your script.
Your project has a deadline, so you should ask your voice over prospects about their availability. If you have selected the right candidates, those who are professional and have the experience necessary to complete your project, you should have a general idea of how long the voice over work will take. Your artist needs to be able to complete the work on your schedule, but you may need to work some flexibility into the schedule for unexpected delays. Most jobs take about 24-48 hours, so make sure your artists are available when you are ready to start recording or can get their voice work to you before your project deadline if they are working offsite.
Ask for a Quote
Your final decision may rely on your talents’ quote for the work that needs done. Although you don’t want to choose your actor based solely on price, you also don’t want to choose someone whose prices are overinflated. Look for those who stick within an industry standard and give you a competitive rate.
Your project is important and requires the best talent you can find. Although the hiring process may seem challenging, a little patience and research can get you the best talent available.