Audio: Character Voice Acting Versus “Doing Funny Voices”

by Kevin Delaney

I recently wrapped up a phenomenal 3-week session of my online Voices With Character class.

At the start of our first week’s session, I talked about what it means to create a voice with character, gave a brief overview of my personal goals for the class, and explained the purpose of the course: to understand the art of character voice acting, and help you book more work!

Give a listen… (4 minutes)

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My next online Voices With Character class starts on Monday, December 3 — and you can still get in on it! For full info & to register, visit

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Rhonda Duncan June 17, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Good to know the difference Kevin! Maybe I should study that idea of being a character and developing it. I’ve had people say I definitely have one and it’s funny! I guess I should bring more of my character (over-the-top) to my auditions. Wouldn’t that be great landing a “gig” just being your own self. Wow! What a concept.

Darragh June 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Hey Kevin, my favourite voice over actors are those who are passionate about doing a variety of characters. I love hearing where the inspiration for each character comes, whether it be from a high school friend as you mentioned, or from a humorously named bottle of wine which was one I was informed of just recently. There is absolutely nothing wrong with performing and perfecting a good solid radio voice or straight read, but now and again it’s nice when VO’s practise wacky characters and attempt to expand the repertoire of voices they can do. They larger your bag of tools the greater the potential of work there is out there for you!

Howard Ellison June 23, 2011 at 11:38 am

Hi Kevin. This is a class I have to miss due to house and studio move, but I want to say this: your inspired direction in a couple of ‘commercials’ workouts – the way you helped us feel a role in a read – released a hidden passion for creating characters, one that’s a thrill to develop.
As you often say, “Have fun with it”.

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