For voiceover actors, having a regional accent can be quite limiting. I’m not going to admit how old I was when I realized a singular drawer was not a “draw”, it was just that everyone around me never pronounced the “R” at the end of words. Believe me, it was no easy feat eliminating all traces of my New England accent: Two long years of stepping outside myself, listening to every word that slipped from my mouth. But the satisfaction I get now that I can ask someone “Is it okay to park my car here?” and not have them respond with “Red Sox fan?” made the struggle well worth it. That being said, having a regional accent with the ability to turn it off and on when needed is a fantastic asset in voiceover.
Maybe you’re an actor and it’s a natural extension of what you’re already doing. Or you’ve been told from a whole lotta people you have a fantastic sounding voice. Perhaps the lure of earning an income from home sounds really appealing. Whatever the reason, you need to know the truth. This industry is competitive. Even though online audition sites have given way to more work than ever before, it also means more competition. Think about it. These days, any yahoo with a mic can call himself a voiceover actor and compete for jobs. And while I’m on the subject, you better love the art of auditioning because that’s what you’ll be doing most of the time.