Voice Talent Myths we need to debunk.

“I already have a great-sounding voice so voiceover acting should be easy for me.”

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In the past couple of years, I worked with many voice talents. And I truly respect their craft. Mainly because I know how much effort and energy is required to do speech data recording sessions.

I’ve led these studio sessions dozens of times, and it’s fascinating to experience how professional talents can work for hours and stay consistent with minimal guidance.

So in honor of these pros, here are three myths I think we should debunk. 

 

  1. It’s easy work and the money is great.
  2. I already have a great voice, so voiceover acting should be easy for me.
  3. Anyone who can work with a professional studio will sound great.

It’s easy work and the money is great.

First of all, money can be great if you are great. But the work isn’t easy. Imagine being in a studio voice booth for hours and reading scripts and recording lines with maximum efficiency. All details need to be captured correctly, and your speaking style needs to be as consistent as possible. Trust me, this isn’t easy. It requires experience and strong focus.

Another thing that people often underestimate is taking care of your voice. What if you have to perform 2 hours, every day for three weeks? Recording hoarseness is often not an option. So again, It’s not easy. You need to do the work and take it seriously to become great.

I already have a great-sounding voice so voiceover acting should be easy for me.

Everyone needs training to become a professional voice talent. You need to know how to work in a studio and interpret guidance. You need to learn how to become flexible and technically master the act of speaking. Having said this, there’s no denying the gift of having a great voice. But training remains essential.

Anyone who can work with a professional studio will sound great.

No. The studio, the engineers, and everyone else who works on post-production does their best to make the recording as good as possible. But often, time is limited, and premium input quality is required to produce the best quality materials. An audio engineer can do a lot. But we’re not wizards.