As a voice actor, I have trained as an actor, and my foundations lay in acting, and all those skills I learned are transferable into voiceover. The thing that makes acting videos different from voiceover videos is the journey involved. Though it’s essential to understand what jobs you are likely to book in both areas, producing acting reels on video differs from making a voice reel.
I love to use Keanu Reeves as an example when talking about casting brackets. He is an action hero, tall, well built, and skilled with stunts, weapons, and stage combat. I am not tall or well made, and though I have firearms experience, I am certainly not at his level. Me and Keanu aren’t competing for the same jobs, typically because we look so different, and our skill sets are worlds apart. So as an actor, I evaluated my casting bracket and got headshots taken based on those decisions.
From there, I had my acting showreels created to reflect these casting brackets further. Now, this isn’t me saying I won’t book any roles outside of that because, of course, I will! What this is doing is it is playing to my greatest strengths and opportunities. Last year I booked a fantastic TV job on a kid’s show, I have a few ‘unique’ looking photos, and I have one particular reel I did in LA that reflects the slapstick kiddie style performance. I was prepared for that job last year. I know the work I am capable of, and I know what I am good at, so my video content must reflect that.