If you are producing a Puppet video, then you might need at least one voice actor, probably more. That means you need to be auditioning voice over actors. Plan this in advance and write one-sentence descriptions of each character’s voice requirements. Each actor needs to be perfect for the part, not just acceptable.
Each voice actor is as different in the same way as each screen actor is different from the rest. After all, if Robert De Niro had been cast for the role of Rocky Balboa, then Rocky would have been a different movie, even if De Niro’s performance had been perfect.
Every actor is different! Choose Your Puppet Voice over Talents wisely!
Before you choose anyone, or even before seeing any actor, you need to know what aspects of the voice are negotiable and which aren’t. It’s important to find the perfect voice over talent for the role and not to try to adapt the character to the actor. The actor needs to bring your character to life. You can’t compromise on this.
Another important aspect is that the voice has to match the age or accent of the character. This is also-non negotiable unless you are willing to change the very heart of your puppet video production. Just as you wouldn’t expect James Bond or Harry Potter to speak with a Texan Accent, you can’t choose a voice for your Puppet Video that does not match the character description. And if you cannot find the exact voice that you need, then you have to make the call in the end, but at least you need to know what you want from the very the beginning, even if you later decide to go a different route because you are unable to find it.
You may even need special skills from a voice actor, like being able to do a child’s voice. It’s usually hard to work with children in demanding productions. Usually women can portray boys without much of a problem, and with the magic of post production sound editing as well. For instance, did you know that Bart Simpson is voiced by a voice actress called Nancy Cartwright?
Just make sure from the start that you are 100% sure of what you need for the character’s voice such as gender, age, accent or lack of it. Once you made up your mind about this crucial matter, then you are ready to start shopping for the best actor for your Puppet Videos!