What does a Voice-Over Artist do?

A Voice-Over Artist is someone who uses their voice in radio, television, film, theatre and other presentations. Sometimes they are in a dialogue between characters in a scripted radio play, but often referred to as off-camera or off-stage commentary or narration. The work of a Voice-over Artist is all unseen and only heard. The different ways you can work as a Voice-Over Artist include:

  • Commercials
  • Documentary or narrative
  • Promotional or corporate work
  • Radio dramas
  • Narration of productions
  • Animation and video games

What are the main responsibilities of a Voice-Over Artist?

Voice-Over Artists in theatre are there to entertain their audience or deliver dialogue with nothing but their voice. They must:

  • Attend rehearsals with the rest of the cast
  • Work with the Director 
  • Vocally entertain the audience
  • Clearly deliver scripts
  • They may need to use different accents to create various roles

What qualifications do I need to be a Voice-Over Artist?

You don’t need any formal qualifications to be a Voice-Over Artist. Some form of drama training would be beneficial as you will learn techniques which you can use through your voice instead of your body. Many organisations offer workshops for voice-over training and you can find opportunities from across the theatre industry here.

What skills do I need to be a Voice-Over Artist?

  • Clarity
  • Pronunciation
  • Acting skills 
  • Accents
  • Vocal control and range
  • Additional languages are also beneficial 

What does a career in voice-over work look like?

Most Voice-Over Artists are also Actors and singers as well. When working as a Voice-Over Artist you will mostly be working as a freelancer. Read our blog 'How to be a freelancer in theatre.' It is a good idea to keep a voicereel (exactly the same as a showreel but with your voice-over work). Depending on the different skills you have for this role you can be hired for numerous roles because of your range and skills. You could also try hospital radio and reading to children in schools and hospitals to practise.

How much does a Voice-Over Artist earn?

Income in voice acting can fluctuate significantly depending on the specific project. View our What does an Actor/Performer do? blog, for more information on performer rates. 

The above is a guide. Pay, salary or fee can vary depending on the theatre or company, as well as your personal experience. National institutions or commercial productions can pay in excess of the above, with profit-share or community theatre paying less.

You can find theatre jobs via The Stage Jobs here 


Photo: Alex Brenner

Updated: 4th June 2024

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