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Voice Acting For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-41422-4
384 pages
December 2012
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Make a career out of your voice? Easy.

Voice acting is like acting, but just using your voice! It's a unique career where the actor's voice can be heard worldwide-in commercials, on audiobooks, in animated movies, documentaries, online videos, telephone systems and much, much more. The point is to bring the written word to life with the human voice.

With step-by-step explanations and an abundance of examples, Voice Acting For Dummies is the ultimate reference for budding voice actors on auditioning, recording, producing voice-overs, and promoting themselves as a voice actor.

  • Creating a voice acting demo
  • Finding your signature voice
  • Interpreting scripts
  • Using audio editing software
  • Promoting your voice acting talents

If you're an aspiring voice actor or an actor or singer considering a career transition, Voice Acting For Dummies has everything you need to let your voice talents soar.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Exploring Voice Acting Basics 7

Chapter 1: An Overview of Voice Acting: Just the Basics 9

Chapter 2: Finding Your Voice: How You Fit into Voice Acting 17

Chapter 3: Training Your Voice 29

Chapter 4: Understanding Your Role 53

Chapter 5: Interpreting a Script and Finding Your Character 69

Part II: Creating Your Audio Résumé 85

Chapter 6: Deciding What Demos Are Essential 87

Chapter 7: Getting Your Script Ready for Your Demo 99

Chapter 8: Recording Your Demo 113

Part III: Auditioning and Finding Work 127

Chapter 9: Marketing Yourself and Promoting Your Work 129

Chapter 10: Uncovering Voice Acting Jobs 159

Chapter 11: Auditioning 101: Just the Basics 171

Chapter 12: Auditioning in the Virtual World 185

Chapter 13: Auditioning in the Real World 199

Part IV: Setting Up Your Voice Acting Business 217

Chapter 14: Working after You’ve Booked a Voice-Over Job 219

Chapter 15: Getting Paid For Your Work 233

Chapter 16: Nurturing Your Business 247

Part V: Establishing Your Home Recording Studio 263

Chapter 17: Creating Your Own In-Home Recording Studio 265

Chapter 18: Understanding the Recording Process a Little Better 279

Chapter 19: Editing and Mixing: Getting More Advanced 293

Chapter 20: Recording the Finished Product 311

Chapter 21: Delivering the Final Product 321

Part VI: The Part of Tens 333

Chapter 22: Ten Reasons You Should Regularly Audition 335

Chapter 23: Ten (or So) Tips to Prepare for Voice Acting Jobs 339

Index 345

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Author Information

Stephanie Ciccarelli and David Ciccarelli are the founders of Voices.com, the largest global web hub for voice actors. For approximately the past eight years, Stephanie, David, and their team have grown Voices.com from the ground up to become the leader in the industry.

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