I'm new here, so firstly, hi everyone. This site looks like a great resource!
I should say that I'm not actually a voice actor (yet) but I'm hoping to get into this line of work. I'm currently doing lots of research and looking for voice coaching. Unfortunately the coronavirus has put a bit of a roadblock in the way for the time being.
Anyway, after looking through this site and a few others, it seems that a lot of work is done from home. I live in the UK, in London, on a busy high street. I rent an apartment and have a flatmate, so the only real space I have to set up a home studio is in my room. Luckily I have lots of space so this shouldn't be too much of a problem, but as mentioned I do live on a main high street so there are lots of cars, buses and general street noise (my room overlooks the high street). I'm concerned that no matter how much I soundproof there may always be some bleed through. I was wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and how they handled it? Any tips or advice would be great.
I'd also like to get a rough idea from experienced voice actors, as well as newer ones, about the percentage of home studio jobs they do compared to 'professional' studio jobs. It sounds like home studio will form the majority of work. Is that perception right?
Thanks for your time, much appreciated!
I hope everyone's keeping safe in lockdown, wherever you are!
Post by Brittany Ann Phillips on May 8, 2020 18:58:23 GMT -8
Under normal circumstances, renting a recording room in a local library, college, or studio would be an option (but because of the pandemic it's not right now). Do you own a vehicle or have a walk-in closet? Those can help immensely with keeping background noise out. Also being aware of times of day versus level of traffic can help - for example, say Sunday mornings are more quiet than any other time throughout the week, that could be your window to get stuff recorded. I also highly recommend joining our discord server where our audio and tech team can help you in real time.
As for ratio of work, it depends on where one lives. For example, LA, NYC, and London will have a higher number of studios to record in-person for super high-tier professional-level gigs rather than from home, as keeping the audio quality the same is super important. Although, the industry is always evolving and more work is possible to be done from home - many voice actors have been able to work full time in the profession and record everything from their home studios.
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lanieuwer: in case it turns out I hate voice acting (unlikely) or I'm just too lousy to be successful (more likely)
Oct 5, 2020 16:33:58 GMT -8
vytamind: The thing is that it is more about the quality of the sound than your level of acting or performance. Good equipment with a well-treated environment goes a long way
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vytamind: there may be good prices on mics somewhere. Maybe even looking at pre-owned equipment?
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lanieuwer: Okay, thanks again for the tips
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zell: sent you an email via your contact page off the site. Please send me some lines and I can audition for the role for you!
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Kh4n: hi there. I'm just checking out if this forum could be useful for a project I'm working on. I remember hearing about it a long time ago but didn't know if it still has same/similar rules. Best.
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zell: this forum is pretty good for it for sure
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Kh4n: cool. Hoping my project leader approves casting people from here.
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