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What is Voice Over, VO, Or Voice Acting? #VONotes

By October 19, 2018 No Comments
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Today we’re covering the first video in the #VONotes series from Chris Edgerly, a series designed to give you answers about the voice acting industry, and today he’s answering the question – “What Is Voice Over?”

#VONOTES Video 1: What is Voice Over?

What’s up, everybody? It’s Chris Edgerly with another #VONote and today I’m going to answer the most basic of all voice over questions and that is…

What exactly is voice over or VO or voice acting as it is sometimes known? Well, in a nutshell, it’s anytime you hear a person’s voice but you don’t see them on screen. Now this covers a pretty wide range of jobs across the entertainment spectrum – some of which include:

  • Creating a character for an animated feature or a TV show
  • Creating a character for a video game
  • Providing a voice for a radio or TV commercial or campaign of commercials
  • Doing audio narration or doing a book on tape
  • Doing ADR or automated dialogue replacement
  • Dubbing from one language to another (like when Japanese anime is dubbed into English for English speaking markets)
  • Doing promos and trailers which involves doing a trailer for a movie or doing announcements for your favorite TV shows as they air on a network

Now, one thing VO is not, is just talking. A lot of people have really interesting sounding voices, but it doesn’t automatically make them a good voice actor unless they’ve had some training and some experience.

There are also a lot of really skilled on-camera actors who need some time to make the transition into voice acting because they’re so used to using their body and their face to create their performance.

There are a lot of other things out there in the world of VO, and I’m gonna try to cover some examples from my own career in other videos.

If you have any questions put them in the comments section below and hit that subscribe button to see more #VONotes as I make ’em! Thanks!