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Voice acting is a growing industry with a growing base of famous, widely-recognized voiceovers. As the world’s appetite for consumable media grows, so too does the number of channels through which that media is shared with the public. Traditional platforms like film, television and radio have been joined by a new set of media formats including websites, social media and computer games. The demand for voice actors continues to grow alongside consumer demand for entertainment, advertisement and distraction.

Many actors, celebrities and public figures have tried their hand at voice acting—"Star Wars"' Mark Hamill has voiced the Joker and Wolverine in computer games, actor Jeremy Irons famously brought Scar to life in Disney’s "The Lion King," and Antonio Banderas lent his voice to "Shrek"'s Puss in Boots? If you’re not already a celebrity, there are still plenty of career voice actors too. Get tips in this playlist to getting your voice heard.

A voice-over workshop and a demo tape both set the stage for your career as a voice-over actor. Find out how to go from student to working professional in this free video on acting. Expert: Joe Basile Contact: Bio: Joe Basile has worked steadily as an actor in Hollywood for almost 20 years, appearing in numerous TV, film and commercial productions. Filmmaker: Gerald Emerick Series Description: A successful acting career requires smart professional strategies, self-promotion techniques and self-improvement through workshops and classes. Get valuable advice on the acting business from an experienced professional in this free video series.
Watch more How to Be an Actor videos: Everyone tells you that you have a great voice. Here’s how you can parlay that gift into a career. Step 1: Take a class Take a voice-over class; there’s a lot more to the field than having a pleasant voice. A good workshop will teach you the technical aspects of the business, like studio terminology and how to use the microphone correctly. Tip Find a teacher who is in the business, like a talent agent or someone who works for a major ad agency. Step 2: Practice Practice reading out loud, and tape your practice sessions so you can see where you need improvement. Step 3: Get gigs Seek out gigs doing voice-over work for indie or student films, where you probably won’t get paid but will get valuable experience and material for your demo. Tip Avoid dairy, alcohol, and caffeine before an audition or gig—and eat some green apples slices, which can cut through mucus in the mouth and throat. Step 4: Embrace your voice Embrace your voice. If you have an accent, search for work that requires it. Step 5: Breathe deeply Practice proper breathing. Don’t breathe from your chest—breathe deeply from your diaphragm. Step 6: Read When you’re not working, read, read, read. You’ll improve your vocabulary, which will make you seem more professional—producers don’t enjoy wasting time teaching artists proper pronunciation. Step 7: Make a demo Make a short demo tape. Consider using software that enhances your voice by blocking out background noise. Step 8: Post your demo Make a profile and post your demo on online voice markets like Also, check out schools—some will let you post your demo online for a fee. Step 9: Find an agent Do a mass mailing of your demo tape to agents who represent voice-over artists. Step 10: Follow up Follow up if you don’t receive a response in a few weeks. Persistence often pays off. Did You Know? Julia Roberts is said to have enjoyed a 7 figure payday for taping a voice-over for an AOL commercial in 2006.
A how to video on How To Modify Your Voice that will improve your accents skills. Learn how to get good at accents from Videojug's hand-picked experts. Subscribe! Check Out Our Channel Page: Like Us On Facebook! Follow Us On Twitter! Watch This and Other Related films here:
We have become a culture of chronic mumblers. If you're interested in being heard, you'd better take your mouth to the gym! Communication expert Alexa Fischer shows you how.
Watch more How to Do an Accent videos: Learn how to get rid of your native accent so you can do a convincing foreign accent from voice and speech coach Andrea Caban in this Howcast video. So accent reduction. Accent reduction is less about reducing your accent and more about learning a new one. So if your goal is to learn a general American accent the first thing you do is you train your muscles. You train the muscles of your lips, your tongue, your jaw to take on a wide variety of different accents. Your muscles are perfectly suited to speak your native dialect or your native tongue. But to speak a general American you want to train the muscles to speak American English effectively. The next thing you want to do is you want to train your ear. How do Americans express themselves? What's the musicality of the voice? Do they use volume or pitch to express themselves? So these are things that you want to look for when you're training your ear. The next thing you want to do is you want to train your eyes. You want to watch native speakers expressing themselves. You want to watch their mouths, their jaw, how much their mouths and jaw move. And it's really helpful when you're doing this kind of training to have a mirror next to you. So you can watch a native speaker, say you go on the Internet and you look at a clip, a video clip of a native speaker speaking, and then you try to emulate them through some mimicry. You can look in the mirror, refer to your mirror, and make sure that your muscles are emulating the movement of theirs. The last thing you want to remember is that there are as many accents as there are people. So when you're choosing conscious mimicry you want to choose someone that you want to sound like. So that's my two cents on accent reduction.
Have you ever wondered how accents work? Tune in to this episode of BrainStuff to find out about the ever-evolving accent. Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on the HowStuffWorks team to explore - and explain - the everyday science in the world around us on BrainStuff. Watch More BrainStuff on TestTube Subscribe Now! Watch More Twitter Facebook Google+
Watch more Singing Tips videos: Most of us could only sound like Barry White by gargling cockleburs. But you can pull off a throaty, soulful resonance with the right kind of practice. Step 1: Reduce stress Reduce stress in your life, which tightens muscles, including the ones that influence your voice. Deep resonance derives from loose vocal cords. Step 2: Hum and raise head Hum in low registers with your head down and your chin just above your chest. Then raise your head, still humming, to face the ceiling. This will stretch your vocal cords. Tip Your voice is lower when you wake up because your larynx has been relaxed and reverberating at its proper, deeper register. Apply mentholated ointment to your chest before going to sleep to further relax your throat muscles. Step 3: Speak slowly Speak slowly and project from the back of your throat, allowing sound to vibrate from your chest. Keep your head up when you speak. Tip Don’t force yourself to be what you are not. If you are a tenor, be that, instead of hurting your voice trying to change. Step 4: Exercise neck muscles Exercise your neck and strengthen it, because weak neck muscles force muscles around the vocal cords to strain to help out, tightening and thinning sound. Step 5: Breathe deeply Breathe deeply into your diaphragm without flexing your abs. Exhale making the hissing sound of a snake. Taking in a lot of air makes outflow gentler and richer. Tip Scream-singing like a rocker can condition and deepen vocal sound, but is a dangerous way to do it. Step 6: Drink water Drink lots of room temperature water to hydrate. Cold water tightens the muscles and makes them inflexible. Did You Know? Did you know? A study of 100 adults in Tanzania found a link between men with deeper voices and the number of children they had.
Get an agent for acting by purchasing a book with a list of reputable agents or by joining to access agent information for a variety of cities. Find an acting agency that accepts unsolicited submissions with help from a professional musician and actress in this free video on acting. Expert: Athena Reich Contact: Bio: Athena Reich is a professional musician, actress, artist, singer, songwriter and coach for all of the above. Filmmaker: Paul Muller
Watch more How to Do an Accent videos: Learn accent training terms and vocabulary from voice and speech coach Andrea Caban in this Howcast video. So here are some terms that I'll be using in our accent training together. Let's first talk about articulators. So articulators are the bits and pieces of you that move to create words. So your lip corners are very important and they can move forward and back. So to move your lip corners back it would look like this, and forward would look like this. Make sense? Then you've got your tongue. You've got the tip of your tongue. So the tip of your tongue to your teeth, the tip of your tongue to your Alveolar Ridge, which is that gum ridge right behind your front teeth, and then you've got the back of your tongue, the root of your tongue. You bring that to your soft pallet or your Vellum, the part of you that moves when you yawn. So let's talk about a few different types of consonants. So the first consonant type I want to talk about is a Plosive or a Stop Plosive. So a Stop Plosive happens when the air stops and then it explodes. So the Plosive puh, buh is a Bilabial Stop Plosive so your two lips are involved. Puh, buh is the P and B. Plosives also include, tuh, duh, and kuh, guh, so you feel that the air stops and it explodes. Those are all Stop Plosives. Another type of Stop Plosive is a Glottal Stop and that happens all the way in the back of the throat. Uh, uh, uh, and you hear that at the beginning of a lot of sounds in American English that start with a vowel. Like my name, Andrea. You hear that Glottal at the beginning? Andrea or Oh my God. You hear that Glottal at the beginning? Oh my God. Another type of consonant is a Fricative. So a Fricative happens when two articulators like your lips or your teeth they make friction together. So fff, and vvv are fricatives. Sss, zzz are fricatives. Thh, vvv are Fricatives too. Another type of consonant is a Nasal Consonant. A Nasal Consonant happens when your tongue or your lips close off the air flow coming out of your mouth so that the air flow comes out of your nose instead. So if you close your lips and you let the air flow come out of your nose you get Mmm. You get an M sound. If you take your tongue and put it to your Alveolar Ridge, the gum ridge right behind your front teeth you get an Nnn sound. Then if you take the back of your tongue and you bring it to your soft palate, the bit that raises when you yawn then you get a Mnn sound as in singing. Nah, nah, nah, those are the nasal sounds. Now I'd like to talk to about some vowels. There's Pure vowels, Diphthongs, and then in American English there are also Triphthongs. So Pure Vowel sounds are single vowels so E, Ei, A, Eh, Ah and then the American focal sound Uh. It's a Schwa, Uh. It happens right in the middle of the mouth and it's the American English focal sound. Those are all Pure Vowels. A Diphthong happens when two vowel sounds come together and the second element is shortened or we call it "breved." So A, Ow, O, Oi those are all Diphthongs. Also in American English we have a couple of Triphthongs. So we have three vowels that move together to make one sound. So Ire, is a Triphthong. As in fire, mire, inquire, and hour. Hour, as in hour, power, cower. So these are some of the more technical terms you will hear me refer to when we are working on our accents.