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  • Writer's pictureTyler Robbert

So, What Is Voiceover Anyway?

That is a question I’ve gotten a lot since I started my VO journey in earnest earlier this year. As you learn more about something, the ins and outs and nuances of that topic can become so commonplace in your mind that it’s surprising when others don’t know what you’re talking about. You drop some lingo into a stellar conversation and all you get are blank stares in response. It’s been a great reminder to me that, in a lot of ways, the voiceover industry is still relatively mysterious to those who aren’t regularly involved in it.

“IVR.” “P2P.” “Noise floor.” “PFH.” “Voiceover.” All these terms, and more, are ones I take for granted now, having seen and interacted with them repeatedly over the past several months. But they’re ones I’ve found myself defining and explaining time and time again with friends and family.

Since I’m still a baby noob in the VO game, I continue to learn new things daily. And, since I vaguely recall there being this other blog post recently about learning not being an isolated affair, I thought it would be fun to share more about the VO biz in general with you all as I continue learning.

What’s the difference between narration and audiobook narration?

How do you come up with so many different voices?

How do you exercise and care for your voice?

Wait, you need to exercise your voice?

What kind of equipment do you need for a home studio?

And…how much is that going to cost?

Are there really that many genres of voice acting?

All these questions and more—insert request for the questions you want answered here—are topics I want to tackle in the coming weeks and months on my blog. I’ll be giving you a newbie’s-eye-view into the world of VO. Hopefully, the things I learn will be interesting (and maybe even helpful to other aspiring voice actors) and, perhaps, you’ll be able to learn from (and avoid) mistakes that I make along the way.

Next week, we’ll start some in-depth exploration of the various genres the VO industry has to offer. And seriously, if there are burning VO questions you need answers to, drop them in a comment and I'll do my best to address them. Together, we’ll start getting a grip on what this whole voiceover thing is really all about!

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