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There is an art to filmmaking and animation that most people
never see. Voice-over work is one aspect of that magical part
of movie-making that is fairly under-appreciated, but an integral
part of movie-making today. However, with the recent advent of
DVD's with special features like "the making of "Corpses' Bride"
for example, and the rash of computer animated feature-length
films produced in the last decade, voice-over work is now much
more widely recognized and has seen somewhat of a rebirth in Hollywood,
and you are just as likely to hear your favorite actor's voice
coming out of an animated character as you are to see their image
on the screen.
What does this mean for you? Well, if you think you have an interesting
voice, a voice with character, or you can do funny voices, why
not look into voice-over work as a new aspect of your acting career?
Work can come from narrating commercials, plays, radio announcements,
and movie trailers, just to name a few.
You may, of course, want to do the voice of a cartoon character
or be a part of an animated feature. Be patient, usually only
known actors are chosen to do voice over work for animated features
because the producers want the familiarity of their voice to lend
the character authenticity . Voice over's origins are in radio,
and the familiarity people developed with the characters on the
old radio shows is very similar to that which they develop with
animated characters and the voices used to bring them to life.