All of us at some point have thought about voice acting in an Anime. We have all had that thought of how hard it could really be. You just read a script and that’s it right? Well not so much. Doing voice acting for Anime is no different than doing voiceover work for any other type of show. There is a lot of hard work that goes into being a voice actor. The first thing you should understand is that voice actors are actors. They all have had some form of training in acting. You need to be able to stay in character. This is something that all actors are taught. If you can’t stay in character you won’t last long in the business. Most voice actors started out in Theater.
Don’t get discouraged at the thought that you need to become a theater actor before going into voice work. That is not a requirement. There is a great deal of classes available to teach you how to become a voice actor. Many colleges offer classes on script reading. Many also have classes that offer you the chance to perform over a microphone in classes, clubs, etc. If college is not the answer, than there are several online courses you can take. While they will not be as beneficial as a college course they are better than no training at all.
Let’s say you have gone through the training and you are ready to start your voice acting career. Now what do you do? Well you will need a demo track; something that showcases your voice talent. You may be able to put one together in your college class, but not if you opted for online classes. For that you can always try to do it at home. Just be sure you have a very quiet location and a really good microphone. Your generic computer microphone will not cut it here. You will need a professional one. There is also the option of booking a recording session with a local studio. This would be your best bet to get something professional.
Keep all of this in mind if you want to get into voicing Anime. Remember that this is a skill that needs to be developed. Once you start working in voice, you may not get the roles in anime you want right away. You will have to work your way up from the bottom. Always show respect for those who have made it. Since we are talking about voice acting I would like to finish this post up by saying thank you to Hiromi Tsuru who voiced Balma in the Dragonball series. The work she did on the series was fantastic. Balma was always one of my favorite characters. Rest in Peace Hiromi Tsuru and thank you for all the childhood memories you provided.