Auditions In Cartoon Voices

By Sean Goudelocks

Cartoons are the most dynamic television characters. At one time they are shouting and then the next minute they are crying or singing. For one to audition for a cartoon voice he/she should be flexible in balancing a wide range of voices. The following are tips you should consider as you prepare to audition for a cartoon character:

1) Be real. Cartoon voices are complex and if you are not talented in imitating them, don’t force yourself. One way or another it will show up and you will be shown the door. The ability to sustain a voice for long shows that you are suitable with it.

2) Be dynamic and creative. Most cartoons represent something about nature; these may include animals and plants. Remember that you are not alone at the auditions and you want to appear the best. In order to do so, study how the character behaves and communicates then try to apply what you have learnt with the character you would be playing. For example, rabbits are often viewed as cunning creatures; therefore, when impersonating a rabbit, let your voice be sly.


3) Be funny. The main reason why cartoons are made is to make people laugh. Therefore, let your voice not be too serious; speak as if you are just having fun.

4) Avoid using words that are too complicated. Remember that your audience is the kids; and there’s no kid who’ll want to refer your words from the dictionary. To be more appealing, use words that can be comprehended by a grade six student.

5) Improve on your narration skills. Cartoon characters tell stories that flow and make sense to the audience. As a cartoon voice aspirant, know the correct diction to use while speaking with children of the specific age group the cartoon targets. For example; children below the age of seven should be addressed slowly and with care while older kids prefer fast paced diction. Your ability to address other voices in the cartoon appropriately also counts.

6) Show energy and enthusiasm. Kids are a playful lot and they get bored very fast with voices that come across as dull. Having an enthusiastic voice doesn’t necessarily mean that you should be loud but rather show interest in what you are saying.

7) Try out a variety of voices so that you can identify which fits your personality. Remember, this is not singing and the voice you require to make it in this industry should be striking, yet interesting. Through constant trial and error sessions you may end up finding the role your voice can best represent. Cartoon auditions are tough and you have to be sure of your character voice because other contestants may also have a voice similar to yours. To stand out from the rest, do a lot of practice so as to perfect your skills.

In conclusion, try watching as many cartoons as possible and listen carefully to how the characters speak. This way, you can get first hand information of what is required of you at the auditions.

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