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The Different Voice-Over Acting Jobs You Can Try

You would be surprised to find a myriad of opportunities and voice-over works to audition for when it comes to voice-over acting jobs. Read on and know the different types of voice-over acting job. Then take the first step to that  very first acting audition and start building a career in the field.

Animation

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This is where most of the voice actors are known for, which makes it more popular and focused on. Animation covers a particularly wide range of voice work, including voicing over for animated features and cartoon series.

Podcast

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Podcasting is a term coined by Ben Hammersely in a February 2004 article of The Guardian, which featured the various terms connected with the portmanteau. The term podcast comes from the words “iPod” and “broadcast.”

Podcasts are digital media often composed of episodic series of audio files. This is often applicable to series that have their own Web sites where fans could download or hear audio files. Audio books are classified under the category of podcast novels.

Commercial

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To increase sales, companies persuade the customers to go for their products by using commercials. Commercial is a kind of trading entity. They are aired both in television and radio. Voice actors are hired by marketers to make their advertisement more convincing.

Documentary

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The term documentary was coined by Scottish documentarian John Grierson in the year 1926 for his review of Moana. Documentaries are the equivalent of the nonfiction genre in literature when it comes to the movies. They are usually representations or snapshots of the reality that are primarily used for educational purposes. These are also used as instructional materials or in keeping a historical record of something.

Training Module

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The voice you hear in training modules you have in your office actually comes from a real human being. Even the voices you hear in your computer software is real as well. We have voice actors who work for it to thank for that.

Video Game

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Video games are electronic games that involve human interaction with the computer to showcase feedback through the video screen. Some examples from the earliest forms of video games in the mark are Pacman and Tic Tac Toe. Some of these games are based on the audience’s favorite television shows or movies.

There came a need for the use of voices to bring life to the characters when the evolution of visual graphics and complicated story lines came, along with the growth of technology.

Promotional Video

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Promos are used to market certain products. As they are basically just announcements in the form of a video clip or short film, there are times that voice actors wouldn’t need to appear on the clip itself, just their voice would suffice.

Audio Book

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The earliest origins of audio books came from the idea of Thomas Edison who envisioned a “talking phonograph.” During the 1930s, when the US government had designed programs for blind readers, its earliest form came to fruition. “Talking books” were being recorded in cassette tapes to replace records during the 1970s. Audio Publishers Association had established the term “audio book” as the industry standard in 1994.

Phone Message

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Voice actors are actually being hired to serve as the operator who guides you in using certain services. It may come as a surprise, but this type of job is where professional voice actors started, so it is quite popular among aspiring talents too.

Movie Trailer

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The word “trailer” is coined as such mainly because such promotions are actually supposed to be shown after the movie is played, not the other way around like we typically do today. Basically, movie trailers are selected scenes that are used to advertise the whole movie. They are a summary of the whole movie depicted in a condensed and highly appealing way. The first movie trailer was shown on November of 1913 and was used to feature the musical The Pleasure Seekers.

 

There is a wide variety of voice-over acting jobs out there. If you have already found something that sparks your interest after going over this article, then go ahead and audition for it. Just remember to always give it your best and prepare yourself for whatever may come your way.

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