Job Descriptions For Positions In The Film Industry
The film industry is highly competitive for all jobs, including those for voice-related occupations such as: announcers, narrators, broadcasters, and voice over talents
Although, small or independent filmmakers and networks have better job prospects for those just starting out in the industry.
Employment is usually centered in major cities with the majority in New York and Los Angeles, although the Austin, TX film industry has really taken off.
Voice jobs in film not only require that you have a great voice with a range, but also the acting talent to go with it. Voice over jobs that require you "get into character", such as working on an animated film, can be very difficult and require talent and skills. Broadcasting and announcer gigs don't require the acting talent, so much as the ability to ad-lib and think fast.
Voice Over Talent
Working in voice over in film is a popular career choice. Many people dream of being the voice of a character in an animated film or even working on commercials. While the market is tight, there are few things that might help you get ahead. Get an education and training—most educated voice actors have the advantage over ones that are not. A degree in communications, dramatic arts, or even broadcast journalism can help you out. Then there is the need to develop your skills, both vocally and as an actor. Never stop practicing and learning—hiring a vocal and acting coach will be helpful in your continuing education. Also, hiring an agent and getting on with a reputable representation firm that can help you get work is advisable.
Do you have a love of sports and have a great voice? Then a career as a sports broadcaster just might be the ticket. They cover games such as baseball and football and even big events such as the Olympics for the film and television industry. Again, getting an education in broadcast journalism or communications is a must to beat out the competition, as jobs are tight. And getting the voice training and representation are going to get you even further on your career path.
Many movies and TV productions are told through a narrator. Grey's Anatomy is told through an actor narrator, as was the Wonder Years. Films such as The Grinch who Stole Christmas and Cat in the Hat were told by a narrator as well. This is a popular genre of storytelling and can be a great career choice. Learning the craft of storytelling would be helpful training, and of course, getting an education is important. Voice training and representation are valuable in this career choice as well.
Ever wonder who those voices behind the funny or endearing commercials are? They are sometimes famous people, but many times voice over actors do the talking. Think how many commercials you see and think how many voices it takes to make those commercials—this might be the place for you to find your voice niche. Getting an education will help you hone your skills and the contacts you make will likely be able to hook you up with a good agent for representation. Find out what type of voice they are looking for before you audition; do they want edgy, sultry, enthusiastic? Being prepared is half the battle to getting one of these coveted jobs.
No matter what area you are interested in, the film industry and perfomring voice over is a field of study as well as a profession and training should be sought out. Instruction is available through individual coaching sessions, voice over workshops, books, podcasts, CDs and webinars, many of which are accessible regardless of location and are reasonably affordable when investing in your voice over career.
About the Author
Stephanie Ciccarelli is Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Voices.com, the voice over marketplace. Specializing in public relations and copy writing, her presence and persona embody the Voices.com brand.