Books for and about the Voiceover Business – each one has something of value, but like anything in this world, you need to use your critical thinking, your self-awareness and your budget contraints.
- There’s Money Where Your Mouth Is : A Complete Insider’s Guide to Earning Income and Building a Career in Voice-Overs by Elaine A. Clark. This is the required text for Acting for Radio / Voiceover 106 at San Diego City College. Lots of script examples with detailed discussions. This book is also available on Kindle
- Art of Voice Acting by James Alburger (with stories from other professional voice talent – including Connie Terwilliger) Fourth edition – an excellent book with CD examples. Complete overview of the business.
- Voice-Over Voice Actor: What It’s Like Behind The Mic by Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt
- Voiceover for Animation by Jean M. Wright and M.J. Lallo
- How to Start and Build a SIX FIGURE Voice Over Business: Set Your VO Career on Fire! by Bill DeWees
- How to Investigate, Break Into and Advance Voice Over Careers From Edge Studios
- The Voice Actor’s Guide to Recording at Home and On the Road
Jeffry P. Fisher and Harlan Hogan. Recording at home is a given. This book can help you figure out what to do.
- You Can Bank On Your Voice by Rodney Saulsberry. Rodney is a great motivational speaker and offers another point of view on how to succeed.
- VO: Tales and Techniques of a Voice-Over Actor by Harlan Hogan. A very entertaining read.
- Word of Mouth : A Guide to Commercial and Animation Voice-Over Excellence 3rd Edition. Susan Blu, Molly Ann Mullin, Cynthia Songe (The first VO book I ever bought)
- How to Read Copy : Professionals Guide to Delivering Voice-Overs and Broadcast Commercials/Book and Cassette by Adrian Cronauer (Good Morning Vietnam) This is an old book with a cassette, but if you can track it down for a reasonable price, it might be worth the $$ to get another POV.
- Creating Character Voices for Fun & Profit an audio book by Patrick Fraley. This is Pat’s signature “book.” It has lots of great information on how to develop believable characters. This is a cassette and might be hard to track down.
- Greatest Cartoon Voice Tricks Ever Smuggled Out of Hollywood by Patrick Fraley. A CD with amazing “tricks,” including bats and babies.
- Talking Funny for Money : An Introduction to the Cartoon/Character/Looping Area of Voice-Overs by Pamela Lewis. This is one of the books/CDs that would be low on my list, but again, there is still good information here, so if you can find it for a reasonable price, go for it.
- Accents, A Manual for Actors by Robert Blumenfeld. This is an extremely detailed book and CD set for those interested in learning accents and dialects.
- Acting with the Voice: The Art of Recording Books by Robert Blumenfeld. Published in 2004 – this is now a bit dated.
- Voice for Hire: Launch and Maintain a Lucrative Career in Voice-overs by Randy Thomas. A top working talent talks about the biz.
- Voiceovers: Putting Your Mouth Where The Money Is Chris Douthitt and Tom Wiecks
- Fundamentals of Voice & Articulation Lyle Mayer (15th Edition) – this is great if you need basic articulation training. It is not about voiceovers, but rather breathing and articulation. It is pretty pricey, but if you want to be successful in any career, you need to make sure your voice is working for you!
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