Breaking into Hollywood is one of the hardest jobs in the world because of its extreme subjectivity. Many say it’s all about who you know and what you look like. While we’re often taught that if you work hard and prove your worth, you will be able to achieve the success that you aim for, Hollywood is different. You could be the most talented actor or actress of the century – but if you don’t have those movie star looks, producers won’t look at you twice.
For instance, Meryl Streep, the most Oscar nominated actress, was told that even she was not pretty enough to make it. Can you imagine the Academy Awards without a Meryl Streep nomination?
This is what makes voice acting so unique. It’s one of the few star positions in Hollywood where you’re not judged on your physical appearance. You are generally judged on two components: is your voice the right fit for the role, and are you any good?
While screen acting has so many components to it, (Do they look good on camera? Are they thin enough? Talented enough?) voice acting offers the luxury of being judged on talent alone. A strong voice is the only requirement needed.
If you think about it, making it into the voice acting world is a lot like the reverse plot of The Little Mermaid. Instead of Ariel having to impress the Prince with her looks and absentee vocal cords, voice actors just have to get the Prince/Producers to fall in love with their voice. So, if you happen to stumble across an incredibly ill-tempered sea-witch named Ursula who makes you a stellar deal, make sure to not use your voice as a bargaining chip! You’re going to need it!