How To Create Characters As A Voice Actor for Animaiton and Anime

How To Create Characters As A Voice Actor for Animation and Anime

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Ever wonder how voice actors create their characters? I've been teaching voice acting classes on Zoom every month for the past year. In the last one I shared my process for creating and keeping track of the voices I've done in over 100 animated TV shows, movies, and video games. Anyone can do this once you know how. (This is part 1 or 2 quick videos on the subject)

NOTE: This was originally recorded at Joshua Seth's monthly Voice Over Master Class

If you're interested in voicing animation, start to keep track of the characters that you create in here and elsewhere.

What I used to do is keep a physical stack of three by five cards. In fact, I still have a stack of cards with me here right now. There's something about putting pen to paper; physically writing stuff out. They've done studies about this. The creative spark that flows through you and onto the paper, it's just more free form when you do it like that than on a computer.

Sure, you can put it in a list on your phone later on, make it easy to access. But when you're writing down your characters, write them down this way:

• Create a name

• Give it some context and attitude

• A vocal tic

• An age type

• And a line that gets you into it.

Right now you were doing a kindly old turtle, so you would name that turtle, "Mr. Turtleapolis" or something, and write kindly old turtle and then come up with a line.

For instance, "Okay, so long division, is it?" Or however it is that you were doing it.

You write a line down that will immediately remind you of how you did it and then some characteristics; older, slow talker, whatever it happens to be.

Have a different card for each character like that and then you won't have to have a brain freeze when you're in an audition situation, because you'll have a repertoire.

It's almost like sheet music for a musician, like, okay, here's all the songs that I can play. Okay, here's all the characters that I can do.

Then when you get really good at it, you can mix and match vocal qualities from the different characters, so that you can combine characteristics and swap them in and out. Then you'll have an innumerable, almost infinite number of characters, that you can portray when you're voicing animation.

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Joshua Seth is the voice of over 100 other animated TV shows, movies, video games, and anime (Digimon, Akira, Spongebob). He teaches voice acting and audition technique in his monthly voice over classes on Zoom. And has a 30 day online voice training course designed to unlock your money voice here.

("Your Money Voice" is a term used in the voice over industry which refers to the voice you use when you book a gig. It's your authentic voice. The voice that connects with people. The voice that closes the deal.)

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