How can I become a voice actor in cartoons?

If you’re looking for general voice-acting advice, we can tell you getting voice work is pretty tough. It’s showbiz, after all. And, like for most careers in showbiz, it’s 100 times more difficult to get started if you’re not in Los Angeles (look up the folks who do voices on your favorite cartoons and see where they’re located).

The reality is, for most TV cartoons, most of the auditioning process occurs only at the onset of production. For instance, with Adventure Time, Cartoon Network held auditions early on for the roles of Finn, Ice King, Princess Bubblegum, and Marceline. That’s pretty much been it for opportunities to be cast in the show through auditions. Since then, the production has gone after specific actors for parts or relied on its cadre of utility players.

We can suggest you take some voice acting classes. Besides working on your skills, it’s a great way to meet contacts, especially in the classes run by voice casting directors (the ones often doing the hiring). There’s no guarantee, of course, but skill and talent can take you so far; you really need to make contacts.

You should also make it a point to be represented through a voice over agency. Often these agencies, managers, and agents will be your only path to the more major studios. Even then, though, the competition is fierce. For example, for a recent Cartoon Hangover short, we received nearly 600 auditions through agencies alone. And that was for just four roles.

It might be wise to start off with smaller production houses or even independent filmmakers. Immerse yourself with what’s going on in the animation world, especially on the Internet. Identify those filmmakers whose work you think would be better off with you on board. Contact them, and send off your demo reel. No matter how small the project (or pay), you’ll get both experience and credits, two things you’ll need to get a leg up in your career.

Naturally, there are plenty of online resources you should visit. Chief among them is the Voice Over Resource Guide.

Of course, you’ll want to research some of your favorite voiceover artists and find out how they got to be where they are. Maybe the best tips we’ve seen given on how to get into the business are from actor Rob Paulsen. You should dive into his website.

There’s also a terrific post by Mark Evanier that you’ll want to read, too. Mark’s written and voice-directed more than his fair share of animation projects. He’s pretty great with his realistic take on the industry.

We hope this helps. Best of luck. We hope to hear your voice on our cartoons soon.

- Eric

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“I want to take you back for a minute, to the 1980s; most of you remember the fight at Marvel over [Jack Kirby’s] original art being returned…. I had a few people within Marvel who were acting like I was Bob Woodward, and they were Deep Throat, meeting in parking garages and feeding me information. I can give you the names of two of them because they’ve both passed away. One was a man named Mark Gruenwald, and the other was a lady named Carol Kalish, who was the head of Marvel’s Direct Sales Department at the time, and they were feeding me inside information and such.”

—Mark Evanier at the Jack Kirby Tribute Panel at Comic-Con International, San Diego, July 2012. Transcribed by Steven Tice for the Jack Kirby Collector.

This is infuriating. 

Absolutely disgusting.

I wake up to find a freaking fandom dedicated to a murderer.

Because people find him attractive and feel sorry for him.



Congratulations Tumblr, you’ve created yet another bunch of morons. 

Too bad I can’t say I’m surprised.

Imagine if a family member of someone that was murdered had a Tumblr. They log on and the first thing on their dash is someone talking about how much they love the murderer and how scared he must have been. How much he is loved. How he is their boy. Can you imagine how much pain that would cause? The glorification of a person who stole the life/lives of someone they loved? With no regard for those who were killed… Disgusting, huh?

I KNEW there was gonna be a fandom for this poor kid, but I thought they would’ve gone with something more…idk..Not EvanIES. To be honest I was rooting for Evaniers, or Evanians. Just think about it “Evanies” ;) Fandom is still just a baby right now so I guess the name still might change in the future, who knows.

Oh…and Gooood luck out here! Haters gonna hate. It’s pointless to negotiate……(with them)



Finally! my Retrainer has manged to find me some Metallic Silver dye after all this time :D

Though I’d like your opinions on if I should either use it on my glasses like I was originally going to. or should I keep them the Charcoal Grey that they are already? 

I guess I’ve kinda gotten used to them being Grey for so long but I dunno ;o;

I need to go to bed but this shit has got my blood flowing and the fuCKING TRASH GUY JUST GOT THE TRASH AND I WISH ALL OF YOU WERE IN IT