The voice that we hear when we get a busy tone in a phone call, the voice behind advertisements that are aired on radio or television, the voice in which we hear cartoon characters or animated figures speak on TV are all achieved as a result of the contributions of the Voice Over Artist. They vocalize the written scripts for ads, campaigns, videos, movie introductions, cinematic conversations and are needed in such capacities. An engaging voice and a strong command over the language you will be working in is what you need primarily in order to become a voice over artist. If you feel that you have a voice that melts hearts and makes people go weak in the knees, then this job is all yours.
Job Profile of the Artist
They are the narrators of written words. They work as announcers for ad campaigns and give voice to the characters with the required emotions and command. On a broader scale and scope of work, they play the role of animated characters and may also work as dubbing artists doing voiceovers for actors. Other than that, they lend voice for documentary movies, radio events, software applications, video games and news reports. Production houses and media houses appoint expert voice artists with fair remuneration and the career prospects in this field are dynamic.
A well-controlled, dulcet voice with the ability to modulate it according to the requirements of the script is the primary necessity. Your reading of scripts need to be well enunciated with stylized articulation. You must also have the ability to keep long scripts in mind and synchronise your voice with the actor’s by reading her lip movements. Any specific educational training isn’t of much relevance. A voice over artist should be able to convey the emotions through their voice as per the demand of the script. A talent to accurately mime and mimic people is an added advantage.
How to Rise in the Profession
There is no particular rule to follow but attending workshops organized by various media channels or organizations and perhaps attending any course offered by institutions such as Mumbai Film Academy, RK Films Academy etc. That would help to formally guide you through the nitty –gritty of the job. Basically, get yourself and specially your voice, noticed.
Being a voice over artist, one can earn 8k per episode to 20 k per episode, depending on the complexity and demand of the script. An artist working for movies and animated films may get upto 75k per episode. If you are good at your job then you can make a fairly large amount in this profession.
Once you manage to make an identity of your own in the industry and take up this quite challenging job with utmost confidence and consistency, then you can have a promising future in this entirely new and offbeat career.