How can I get into Video Game Voice Acting?

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    First you get realistic and recognize that video companies invest a lot of money in their products and trust that investment to trained and experienced professionals  They're not looking for people off the street.  There aren't a bunch of open auditions you can submit to. For most professional work you have to be invited to audition, usually through an agent.  Voice acting much more then just having an interesting/different voice - it's creating an entire character using just a voice. So it includes being able to break down a script, build a character and make specific choices about things like inflection, tone, work/phrase emphasis, pacing, personality, intention, and the like. 

    So how do you start - by getting quality training from respected instructors and getting experience. Take acting classes and voice lessons. Improv may be helpful. Find a good acting coach and voice coach. Not only will that help you improve your skills, but is one way to start to network and make industry connections. Like any other industry - networking is very important.  

    You can also take this time to research and learn the business end of the industry and what's really involved in an acting career. Scams prey on people who mistakenly think they can be "discovered". It's show business and people are in it to make money, not make your dreams come true. So you need to understand things like the casting process (agents, breakdowns, casting directors); legal issues (contracts, unions, taxes); marketing (headshot, resume, demo reel, website, social media) and networking. You'll need to understand terms specific to the industry like "popping","slate", "three-in-a-row". Industry websites like backstage.com have articles to help you better understand the business end of the industry.

    Actors who focus on voice acting often have their own in-home studios to record their own demo tapes and auditions. Advances in technology has made that easier to do. So that's another area you might want to look into getting the equipment you would need for that. You'll want to understand the industry well enough to make good investments.

    Attempting an acting career is like starting and running a business where you are the product being marketed and sold. It requires a huge investment of time, effort and money with no guarantee that you'll ever get a job let along "make it" big. So get realistic and do some research to make sure this is what you want to pursue

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