If you want to get into voice over work, you will need a demo reel to submit to producers so that they can get an idea of your capabilities. This is especially true for animated programming where the range of characters is broad and can include anything. A demo reel is a short sample of a variety of voices, ranges, types of copy and other vocal sounds that show off what you can do with your voice. Some people are only voice actors, others work both on and off screen. A demo reel is a necessary tool for voice over artists. Follow these steps to create your own.
Look through commercial copy and radio scripts for several that work for your type and vocal range. You can also write your own scripts or look through magazines at the ads and pull copy from these examples. You will also want to find some animated scripts with characters you could easily play.
Go through all your copy and pull out your favourite five to 10 items. Get a hand-held tape recorder and practice all these scripts in your various voices and accents. Listen back to them and continue to try to improve them. If one of the scripts isn't working, then forget about it and just work on the others.
Set up your voice recording equipment. This may be a microphone attached to a computer, a video camera with a mic or an actual sound studio type set up.
Record yourself acting out all the scripts. Do several takes of each one, and record an introduction where you state your name and agent (if you have one).
Import all the audio into your sound editing program (or video editing program that has the same capabilities). Choose the best take of each script. Edit them together leaving a two-second break between each script. Make sure to have your introduction at the beginning and end of the reel. Export the audio file.
Burn the track on a blank DVD and label with your information. You now have a voice acting demo reel that you can send out.
- Choose a wide range of characters and ages to show off your vocal skills.
- Don't make your demo reel overly long or no one will listen to the entire thing.