5 Ways to Share Your Voice-Acting Talent

Reading is at the center of what voice-actors do. Being able to read well, add vocal color, and apply the right amount of emotion is what makes words pop from the page. Not everybody has this talent, but most people appreciate somebody who reads well. Here are five local possibilities to share what you love to do professionally with people in your community who will truly appreciate it.

1.  Community Theater

Shortly after I made the decision to be a full time voice-actor, I joined a community theater. The cool thing about this particular troupe is that it’s all audio. We perform original material monthly in front of a live studio audience  and once a year, we reenact old radio dramas. The performances are recorded for later broadcast on the local radio station. Being involved with community theater is a great way to stretch your voice-acting abilities. Check out your local theater and audition for their next play. Start with a small part and make it your own.

2.  Library

Libraries are constantly looking for talented volunteers to enrich the experience of people who use their services. Most have story hours for young readers and I’ve heard of a few that offer readings from best sellers and newly arrived titles during the evening. The next time you visit your local library, ask the librarian how you can get involved. The key here is to use your voice, so make it clear that’s how you want to volunteer.

3.  School

If you have children, you know the joy of reading to them and watching their face in amazement as they listen to every word. Show your support for children’s literacy and take that reading opportunity a step further by reading at your local school. Youngsters who don’t have parents that take the time to read to them will truly appreciate your time. Talk with your kid’s teachers or the school principal to find out how you can become involved.

4.  Church

Take your enjoyment of church from the pew to the pulpit. Offer to read from the good book or deliver the sermon. Find an opportunity to engage the congregation in your delivery of the spoken word. After service classes are also a good bet. Sunday school and adult Bible classes may be great opportunities for you to get involved.

5.  Read for Those Who Can’t

My grandma lost her eyesight to Macular Degeneration. Before that, she was an artist, seamstress, quilt maker, a lover of crosswords and an avid reader. After losing her sight, she appreciated having somebody read to her. The newspapers, magazines and books that she previously loved to read became available once again. Bedridden patients in hospitals, hospices, and long or short term care facilities will appreciate your willingness to read for them and find your visits enjoyable.

I’m sure there are other opportunities for you to get involved with your community, using your talent as a voice-actor. I’d love to hear about your experiences.

8 thoughts on “5 Ways to Share Your Voice-Acting Talent

  1. Donna Shepherd April 21, 2011 / 9:20 am

    Excellent suggestions! I speak regularly at church and read my books to children. I especially like your suggestion to read to those who can’t read for themselves.


    • JCDunn April 21, 2011 / 2:08 pm

      Hi Donna-

      No matter the age of folks, I find interesting that they enjoy being read to. Maybe that’s why audiobooks are on the rise by leaps and bounds.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Bobbin Beam April 22, 2011 / 5:28 am

    Hi Christopher, You’ve noted some excellent ways to work on the craft of Voice over AND give back, and make your community better in the process. All the best, Bobbin Beam, Voice Actress


    • JCDunn April 22, 2011 / 10:07 am

      Hi Bobbin-

      I love your name, it makes me smile every time I read it. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and your comments.


  3. Sharon House April 22, 2011 / 7:22 am

    Excellent article JCD. Here are a few suggestions for your readers:

    Another way to use your voice is to read for Librivox (http://www.librivox.org). They have all sorts of opportunities one can participate in and it’s great way to add to your “credits”.

    A few years ago I participated in a storytelling program at our local senior citizens activity center where I read/told a story and then asked the participants to share the memories they had that were evoked by the story. They loved it!

    If you love listening to stories (or want to become an oral storyteller) check in your community for adult storytelling programs. They are often crammed with wonderful tellers who are willing to share their “telling” expertise and their stories!

    And… if you have a blog or website… you can always find favourite stories and record a monthly story for your visitors. That’s what I do on my “art” blog. A “new” story always brings some lovely comments or emails into my inbox from appreciative listeners.



    • JCDunn April 22, 2011 / 10:12 am


      I agree. Librivox is multi-facited gift. It gives talent an opportunity to practice reading long form narration and listeners benefit from the wonderful reads.

      I like your suggestions and appreciate that you stopped by.

      Have a great weekend!


  4. Richard Green April 28, 2011 / 5:23 am

    Sharon and JCD —

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing these tips, especially the one about volunteering for LibriVox. I was a volunteer reader for the Nashville Library’s Reading for the Blind program for a brief time in the 90s, and I’ve been looking for something similar in order to hone my narration skills, which is something I’m eager to pursue. Gracias!


    • JCDunn April 29, 2011 / 9:39 am


      LibriVox is amazing. There are a number of “undiscovered” talented people who have participated. The signup process was painless and Kayray, a library admin, was exceptionally helpful.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a magical weekend!


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