Adding Something Wicked Awesome To Your Bag of VO Tricks.
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.
Accent work is used in many different areas of voiceover: commercials, videogames, ADR, audiobooks, even novelty GPS. I’ve gone to video game auditions where they have no idea what accent the character should have, they just want you to play around and see if something strikes their fancy. So you need to have them ready to go. Don’t list them on your resume and then the night before the audition start watching YouTube videos. So next time you’re sitting around, checking Facebook for the umpteenth time, why not learn a new dialect? Sweet Spot’s Adam Michael Rose has more dialects ready to teach than I have shoes. Translation: a lot. You never know when that job will pop up and you’ll be glad you can throw your hat in the ring.