More than ever, video games are created around big story arcs, offering an array of complex characters. From gruff warrior overlords to plain speaking princesses nearly all modern games contain an element of voiceover work.
Voiceover Artists provide a voice within the game, helping to immerse the player deeper into the world their experiencing. Voiceover work can be simply narration to help direct the moves of the player or dialogue between characters to drive the plot forward.
Either way, there is no set voiceover model or style that game developers are looking for. Voiceover Artists need to demonstrate passion, versatility and a wide spectrum of acting skills.
- Telling Stories
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YOUR LEARNING JOURNEY
Some, but not all Voiceover Artists have a degree in media or drama. Most importantly, you should be someone who is passionate about games, who can take direction and loves to entertain.
As a professional, you’ll be adding your voice to the narration and characters within the game. Most Voiceover Artists work freelance so developing an industry network and promoting yourself will be important in this career. You will also need access to audio technology and understand how to use recording and editing software such as Wavepad and Audacity.
Working in the games industry is highly competitive and you’ll need to make sure your portfolio (a collection of your best work) stands out to employers and course leaders.
As a Voiceover Artist, your body of work should showcase your versatility. You should include a wide range of characters and showcase your ability to adapt, act and entertain. For more general ideas on developing your portfolio, see our top tips page.
Whatever role you are working in, it is essential that you understand the game making process. You can head to our build a game section for first steps; join a regular game jam to build up your skills & network; or start modding others games to gain experience.
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