Who are the best female voice actors?
Who decides what’s best anyway? More often than not, ‘best’ is down to personal preference or the brief of a specific project or character role. You may prefer a more mature female narrator, the Welsh accent, or possibly a high-pitched comedic style. Perhaps the awards or industry recognition they’ve received is important. Or the projects they’ve worked on, such as the next Nintendo video game.
Each month we work with hundreds of voices and our description of what is ‘best’ is characterised by the following:
They did a good job, the client was happy, and they were great to work with.
So, with that firmly in mind, check out this selection of Voquent's Top Voice Actors of 2020.
How to choose a female voice actor?
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to find a voice for a telephone IVR, museum audio guide, commercial, or another style of project, there is a linear path to picking the best voice talent and getting the audio produced professionally.
Step 1 – Casting
Choosing the best voice for your project is not just about liking their voice. There may be other important considerations, including:
- are they within your budget?
- are they available when you need them?
- can they record with live direction?
- can they sight read?
For these reasons, it’s not uncommon to seek the help of an agency (like Voquent) to help you with these and other requirements you may not have thought of that are pertinent to your specific project needs. We can also offer recommendations based on our experience of how the talent perform under direction. Contact our team now.
First, we suggest listening to as many female voice actors as you can, right here on Voquent. Shortlist the voices that you love and then get in touch for an instant quote.
Step 2 – Recording
Some of the most experienced female voice actors don’t have their own home studio and therefore can’t be found on most online casting sites. To book these voices it’s usual to go via their agent, but here on Voquent, we partner with other agencies and studios worldwide so you can access these voices. We’ll always advise you if a voice has a home studio or not and plan how you want the recording to be scheduled.
The options are:
- at the voice actor’s home recording studio
- at a local studio, we or the talent agent has selected
- or at a studio of your own
When the recording location is agreed upon, you’ll be provided with all the necessary details, whether you are attending in person, directing remotely or just leaving it to us.
If we’re recording time-sync to video or lip-sync to an animated character, this can also influence the choice of studio, because ADR can require more technical equipment than some smaller studios do not necessarily have.
Step 3 – Post-production & delivery
In a one-hour recording session, you may only record 15-20 mins of usable audio. Audio post-production involves cleaning and editing the audio to a final state. It takes about 1 hour per 10 mins of audio to properly edit out the pops, clicks, mouth noises etc. This work will often be booked directly after the session, but may not always be completed by the recording engineer. Whether you need the audio mixed with music and added to a video explainer, or edited into thousands of individual files for a video game dialogue – this is the stage it will be done.
Learn more about audio post-production
How do you become a voice actor?
Whether you want to do voice acting as a side hustle or go all in, becoming a professional female voice actor can take many years of practice.
If you are already a trained vocalist, you’ve got a head start. Your daily regime of vocal exercises will have made your voice strong – critical for arduous recording sessions. If you’ve had no formal vocal training, this is your first step. Seek out a coach. Invest in your voice. After months of practice, you should be ready to get your first showreel produced.
There are many companies specialising in showreel production services, but the investment can seem huge for a novice.
If you’re serious about a career in voice acting you need to view the showreel as your primary marketing tool. The investment will be worth it. Your showreel will be listened to by casting agents and producers alongside voices who’ve been working in the industry for longer and may have invested thousands in their Reel.
If it’s a commercial project you may also be asked to audition the script, but to get your foot in the door you need high-quality material that demonstrates your vocal skills and versatility.
There are plenty of free resources online to download example scripts. You can even use these to write your own scripts. Book yourself into a studio or come to an agency like Voquent and we’ll help you to record a commercial or character Reel. This content can then be uploaded as a Reel to your Voquent profile, or even cut into individual tagged Samples.
Next: get out there! Canvass companies that need a voice like yours.
Networking takes time but it is arguably more important than having the best voice in the world. As you build your network, also invest in a home studio or locate a good and reasonably priced local studio. Then when you’re ready, sign up to Voquent and other non-exclusive agencies.