What is a voice actor?

“What exactly does a voice actor do?” is a question often asked by those curious about this occupation. For some time now I’ve given a basically bland answer to this question. But recently after much thought (and maybe one too many beers) I’ve come up with what I believe to be a more accurate definition:

A voice actor is someone who gets paid to spend hours every day trapped inside a tiny room no bigger than a phone booth pretending to be someone they’re not while talking to imaginary people.

(Is it any wonder why the rooms are padded with foam? 😉 )

If I’ve missed anything in this definition, please feel free to add more in the comment section!


  1. The padding in a sound booth is to dampen unwanted echoes and frequencies of sound, and prevent sound bleeding in through the walls from other environments.

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