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“Can I do VO if I’m not an actor or if I don’t have a big voice?”

January 28, 2013 by david
The answer is a big resounding “YES.” (said in my best movie trailer voice)
My voice has a rich, deep sound, so people are always telling me that I should be in radio. It was one of the main reasons why I became so interested in voice over. But let’s say you’ve never heard that in your life. You’d love to do voice over work, but you don’t sound like the movie trailer guy or the announcer at the end of retail commercials. 
That’s ok! The “Big Voice Over Actor” sound isn’t trending right now.  Most producers are looking for “real” these days.  Just listen to the radio for 15 minutes and you’ll hear what I’m talking about.  
We want everyday-sounding people. I want to believe that you’re my neighbor, my doctor or the friendly sales associate at the local store. There’s so much more work for “real” than there is for Mr. Movie Trailer.  
I’ve recorded and mixed hundreds of radio and TV commercials, and a majority of those have called for normal sounding people.  Not the crazy, intense voices that were so popular in the 80s and 90s.
Remember, the sound and tone of your voice isn’t that important.  It’s all about how you interpret the script, whether you sound believable, and especially if you can take direction from the producer.  So whether you want to be the next big name in voice over or just make some part-time money on the side, be confident and practice, practice, practice. 
Then go out and find your voice!

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