A day doesn’t go by that I don’t some a version of this question:
“I’m trying to figure out what VO I’d be good at. Can you listen to my voice and tell me?”
Or a statement like: “I think I’m going to be best at commercials and animation. I’ve got that kind of voice.”
Sentences like that make me sad. Here’s why.
On the face of it, trying to figure out which categories of voicework you should concentrate on seems like a worthy endeavor.
If you know you’re going to be better at certain things than others in VO, you can audition more for those things, right?
If you know you’re not going to be right for certain VO jobs, you can save time and not pursue those categories, right?
Except…it couldn’t be further from the truth.
Here’s what I think:
None of us can safely predict what we’ll be offered, be good at auditioning for, be apt to book – because we have no idea what opportunities are in our future.
And, we have no way of predicting the systemic details around those opportunities.
Are they going to be hard fought audition battles?
Or, like my first ADR job, a straight offer? One that was hardly expected (I’d never done ADR before, but I was offered the gig because I do a really good news anchor and sportscaster archetype).
The day before that happened, I was completely unaware that I was going to embark on a 40-plus film (and counting) ADR career with the most prestigious loop group in the world.
But…I’d prepared for just such a possibility. I’d taken an ADR class here in town, so I had a passing knowledge of how things worked in an ADR session. And it came in real handy when I started to do ADR work for my on-camera work on Heroes.
My advice: don’t try to be so smart about your future. Let it unfold. Be a generalist and be open to anything.
Hope this helps!