Getting to Know Voice Over Terminology

Getting to Know Voice Over Terminology


The following are the most common voice acting terms you will come across in the industry, especially in voice over job postings. It is important to understand them, so the next time you look at acting jobs, you can determine if the project suits your skills or not.



Announcers may be voice actors who introduce segments on live television, radio broadcasts, sporting events, podcasts, and so on. It’s important to note that ‘announcer’ is also a style of voice over delivery, which tends to be highly engaging, and easy to understand. Some announcers are fast-paced and may provide a loud delivery. Any voice actor who has a strong command of the announcer style voice can be an announcer for a voice over project.



Narrators are voice actors who specialize in audiobooks, documentaries, educational videos, business videos, medical videos and audio guides. They can narrate a variety of exciting content by taking on various roles and characters, creating great stories for listeners. Learn more about the different types of voice over narrations.


Voice Actors, Voice Over Artists, and Voice Talent

Terms like ‘talent,’ ‘voice over artist,’ and ‘voice actor’ are used interchangeably in the industry. They all refer to talented voice actors like you. These terms are an easy way to reference all types of voice over performers and are mostly used by those hiring voice talent.



These are at the starting points of VO jobs. Clients are those who hire voice-over talent to record for television, radio, podcasts, video games, audio books, film, animation, telephone, corporate presentations, and other purposes.



This is written text of a stage play, screenplay, radio or television broadcast. In particular, the one used in production or performance. Scripts’ words go beyond simply being just words; they tell a story and convey the meaning of the story to the best of their ability.



A non-paying trial performance for voice talent in which the talent reads a voice-over copy or a dummy script in order to land a specific role or voice-over job. Auditions are usually held at the offices of an agent, an ad agency, a casting director, or a production company. They can also be done online, in which the voice-over copy or dummy script is sent to the talent, who records his or her voice and sends back the sample. Finally, the best actor is chosen for the final role.


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