Voice Acting Basics

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The principals of voice acting work for both movies and video games. Sometimes you will voice a few characters in your game if you choose to have spoken dialogue. These three videos will show you some of the skills needed to be an effective voice actor.

Watch this video then practice these two out loud:

What a to-do to die today, at a minute or two ’til two
a thing distinctly hard to say, but harder still to do.
Will be to tattoo, at a minute or two with rat-tat-tat-
tat-tat-tat- tat-tat-tattoo
the dragon will come when he hears the drum
at a minute or two ’til two, ’til two, at a minute or two ’til two.

The big blue bug
bit the big black bear,
and made the big black bear
bleed blue blood.

Watch this video.  Then think up a character to speak lines for. Write down three lines of dialogue the character may say and then practice speaking them as that character.

Voice acting isn’t accents! It’s about speaking as if you were that person. So do not give the character an accent. Practice thinking about how they would say the lines rather than focusing on an accent. 

Many of the most memorable parts of dialogue are the emotional ones. 

Practice some lines you write using the following three emotions: happy, sad, angry.

Use a character you made in the previous activity to say those lines as that person.