Ever watched a Hollywood movie in your native language? Wondered how Tom Cruise speaks fluent hindi?Thanks to a special group of talented artists, we can watch any international film in our language.With the rise in TV serials and audience interest in programmes of their regional language, there has been a great demand for Voice over artists. A voice over artist lends his voice to complement the visuals on screen. Voice acting is the art of giving voice to animated characters, video games, radio TV commercials, audio dramas, puppet shows etc. Films and TV programmes produced in a particular language quickly get released all over the country with voice over’s in the regional language capturing the target audience. This has ensured the TRPs keep zooming up. Many Hollywood films are also dubbed in the local language to cater to a wider viewership.
The most important qualities required to be a successful dubbing artist is command over the language and versitality to understand the lines and the feelings of the script and match your lip sync, tone and pauses to synchronise with the tone and gestures of the artist in the original track. It is important to have a clear diction, ability to modulate the voice according to the character, clarity of voice and perfect dialogue delivery.
There are a number of colleges offering diploma courses for voice over artists after +12, but the main qualification would be a students’ command over the language and perfect diction with a strong voice.Short term courses are conducted by many media houses and institutions.
As for a career in this field,openings are plenty. A voice artist can work in serial / film dubbings, animation, documentaries, video and radio programs, jingles, phone software, commercials, audio dramas, amusement rides, dubbed foreign language films etc.The salary is good once you become a popular artist.It also depends on the length and popularity of the program.