The Art of Voice Acting

with Pilar Uribe

Microphones are microscopes. They pick up everything, including thoughtful acting! In this episode, Anne & Pilar discuss why acting is essential to a successful VO career. Acting requires imagination, creativity, and using much more than just your voice. Tune in for advice on involving your body in your read, the intimacy of voice acting, and why you need to develop a character for every genre…


In this episode, Anne & Pilar discuss the essential craft of acting, from awakening your child-like imagination to props in the booth!

"It's my job as a voice actor to imagine characters for any script I’m given." - Pilar Uribe

About Pilar Uribe

Pilar Uribe is a bilingual voice actor, telenovela star, and radio personality. Born and raised in New York City, she broke into show business with roles in Yo Soy Betty La Fea (Ugly Betty), Pobre Pablo, and El Cartel, filmed in Colombia and Miami. She recorded and produced for WLRN Miami-South Florida and now lives in Los Angeles, where she records voice over for television, radio, and films.



Top 10 Takeaways

Quick-share concepts from today’s episode:

  1. Acting uses your whole body, not just your voice. #VOBOSS

  2. Use your imagination in the booth. Mentally building out the scene you’re in will add to the performance. #VOBOSS

  3. Try using props in the booth! #VOBOSS

  4. Voice acting is not about throwing your voice or fabricating emotion. You have to internalize + feel the scene. #VOBOSS

  5. Write backstories for characters you have to play. Discover who they are + where they’ve been before they enter a scene. #VOBOSS

  6. Work in your memories. Pulling from your life experiences will make your acting authentic.

  7. Acting is necessary in every genre. You are always playing a character.

  8. Research the brand, product, or service you’re auditioning for. The little bit of extra work will inform + enhance your read. #VOBOSS

  9. Commit to sending out well-crafted auditions. Be proud of what you send out!

  10. Be present (and if you’re not, it will show in the read!) #VOBOSS


"Acting is everything." - Anne

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