Character voices

Dale Preston
Voice Over: English

I consider myself a very versatile character voice actor with about 20+ years of experimenting and having fun with my voice to nail these character imitations and in recent times, have received top quality coaching to help me voice other genres too like commercials, corporates etc etc. Im set up on multiple platforms such as Mandy, Fiverr, Voices.com, Voquent and most recently, BunnyStudio. Im getting the feeling that im getting nowhere fast with my solid approaching endeavours because the field is saturated with lots of different "voice artists" across the board. Does anyone on here have any suggestions as to where else i should be looking to go with my skills? Ive applied to lots of exclusive agencies but they dont want to know unless youre a celebrity or have a voiceover CV of completed jobs the length of your arm! Eurrrghhh... any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Cheers guys x


  • 2 weeks ago
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Brendan McCoy
Voice Over: English

Hi Dale,
I completely understand how frustrating things can be in this industry. I've just had a quick listen to some of your reels and you definitely have a great range of voices and impressions. But I would say the reels you have do sound a little bit "read" in places if you know what I mean, so you might try to familiarise yourself with the text in any script a little more before recording in future, in order to try and make things sound and flow more naturally. Plus considering your vocal abilities and range it's a shame your commercial reel, which really is any VO artists bread and butter, is a little "one note", you don't really show off any of your range at all, which I fear is a missed opportunity. While many commercials do indeed state they what a "straight" or "conversational" that isn't necessarily what they end up going with. For example the last two TV commercials I booked and recorded in the last month, one for a national broadcaster and the other for a major international sporting event, one decided to go with me doing an a loud, overly jolly voice with a Scandinavian accent and the other went with me doing low, dark, almost threatening voice, with just the hint of a Liverpool accent, so you should definitely consider adding more variety to your commercial reel.
Also, as fun and challenging as learning and doing impressions can be, I do find they have very limited usage cases in the professional VO realm... Unless you're recording birthday messages for people in their favourite character voices of places like fiverr or cameo I suppose. But certainly almost always if someone does want an impression doing they don't just want you to be simply reciting the lines that already exist with the original performer voicing them, but usually something completely different with maybe a specific key phrase or two thrown in, so I would try to avoid recording any characters original scripts word for word for promotion as you want to show you can do the character impression so well you can perform the voice with any script... Heath Ledger's Joker performing a speech from Hamlet for example, or Mikey Mouse doing the "Great vengeance and furious anger" speech from Pulp Fiction. Own those voices as if they were your own in the first place and show people that you can play these characters with any script, like when the cast of Futurama read out Trump's tweets in character voices from the show.

Hope that helps, even if only a little here and there, best of luck!
Brendan :)


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Dale Preston
Voice Over: English

Hey Brendan
Thank you for taking the time to respond in such detail and helpful feedback too. I guess with the character reads, I would opt to voice them to the original script to identify the voice that I'm imitating, if you get me. What I could maybe do is record some fresh new character spots/demos with the same and new characters reading scripts away from the original lines a bit like you say. I've not has any negative feedback on my commercial demos before and alot of people (in and out of the VO industry) have listened so thanks!


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