This was a recent piece of advice from an agent who came into my Commercial Class recently.
‘Be a little bit different – then just more of the same’.
How do you do that? Find out what makes you different and embrace it. Find your point of view. That is where a voice actor springs to life.
Have you ever heard an agent say – “Oh, I can’t sign you – I already have several other actors like you.”
The truth is – they have NO ONE like you. NO one has your point of view – your quirks – your energy.
Many voice actors work so hard to sound like everyone else and thus an agent hears several actors as THE SAME.
It is your job as an actor to have a point of reference and a point of view. That is why you were brought into that audition – to find what it is you have to say within that text. No one else does that – if you allow us to see that part of you.
Find your energy level – find your VOICE. Bring that to the work you do as a voice actor. There is only one you ever. That agent has never seen the likes of you – if you truly reveal it to them.
Love who you are. Love what you do. Show them that you are here to do this work as a passion. Then they HAVE to notice you.
Paul Liberti – Casting director and voice director for narration for THE RAZOR MAGAZINE. Paul is an acting teacher who teaches all genres of voice over including Commercial VO, Animation, Video Game, Narration and Promo. Paul is co-creator of AuthorDirect Audio, which directs nonfiction reads for Audible.