We have often heard about the actors and actresses and have actually seen them on the silver screen in the tv shows, dramas, movies, etc. Others are the ones acting in advertisements and other commercial breaks. But have you ever though who is the one narrating or speaking when the product is being displayed? Whose voice is it in the background when the story is being narrated in a movie? Who is it who speaks for the animation characters in the movie? These are voice over artists.
The voices over artists are the ones who would be giving just their voices for the short ad or a whole documentary/movie. These are the ones who would not be actually present in the movie. We can only hear their voices. These artists are not actually a part of the act nut still form an important part of the project.
A voice over artist can be just considered a voice behind the scenes. The voice over projects have been quite prevalent since centuries as shows of games and plays were often announced and narrated by just A few handful of persons whom the public could never see. The voice over began to be an important part of skits and plays for travelling groups. So, it is quite evident from the history that the practice of voice over and giving a voice is not a new thing to be heard of.
In the modern times, the voice overs are mainly done for masking a specific audio part. In this, the main audio of the actor or character is overdubbed with the new voice of the voice over artist and is placed in the tack in such a way that it seems as if it was a part of the original. Apart from these projects, voice overs are mainly used for narrations of movies and documentaries. All the major movie studios and documentary makers have a few voices selected for the different parts of the story and the narration of a scene, a time leap or a story is done by them. The narration part is very frequent in documentaries made by channels like Discovery and Nat Geo who are into exploring new technologies, theories and species on the planet. While choosing the voices for such projects, the project director makes sure that the voice is clear, audible and the artist has the required narrative skills in order to captivate the listener’s mind and engross him to the full extent.
Animation movies and e learning packages are the other projects on which voice over artists are needed. This is because the voice over artist would be the one that leads the animated character in an animated projected whereas he would be guiding on each and every step in an e leaning package.
Options of so many projects is the reason why many voice over actors agency online are now open and available to work on projects for narrations as well as characterization. Thus, it is clear that voice over artists do not take the front credit but are surely of a great importance to any project.