You Have to Start Somewhere
Depending on where you live, there are several places you can go for an overview course. In New York City for example, I went to Edge Studio in midtown. The name of the course was Investigate Voice Over - how apropos! For $99 I got a great overview of what to expect and whether it was right for me. Students were also given a chance to read some script in a booth to have a sense of how it feels. They also have a free career center online so you can look up all sorts of things from pronunciation guides to microphone selection.
Now once you decide that this voice thing is worth a shot, and you have a look at the websites I posted on my last entry (voices.com, voice123.com etc), you may want to consider testing the waters. If you aren't ready to invest in becoming a paying member on those sites yet, there are others which do not require signup fees. Some include Elance.com, VoiceRealm.com, VoiceBunny and more. However, I still wouldn't recommend going all in without training, but you sure can use them to see the scripts, see what the jobs pay, and to practice at home.
You had a class, you read, you practiced, you looked at websites... now what? Even if you aren't ready for full steam ahead I think it's time to move to the next step. Let's set up a space in your home where you can do some trial runs, shall we?
OK great -- look around... You need a space that you can use which is at least big enough for you to sit and stand comfortably in, preferably with a music stand to hold your script. You may want your computer in there with you, but if you have the computer outside that room with just your mic in there - that's fine too.
Have a look at some home made booths (click right) home made booths. The variety is endless! You can use a small closet, the more padding the better. You can drywall a section of a room and cover the walls with acoustic foam (click right)acoustic foam, which is what I did. It doesn't soundproof your space, but it absorbs sound/echos. If you really want to invest you can full out purchase a whisper room. But honestly, to start out, you can even grab a rubber maid box (the kind from home depot 10-15 bucks), glue some of that acoustic foam on the inside of it and cut out an area to string your mic in from. What you are trying to achieve is less reverberation, studio like sound. It would look something like this.
Now that you're sound won't be bouncing around you need a microphone. That is a topic in itself and we will elaborate on that next time. Additionally you need some kind of software to record into. Garage Band, ProTools, Reaper... are some options. Me personally, I use FREE Audacity (click right) Audacity. It absolutely does the job. Go ahead, have a look, it exists for Mac and PC. Install it! Mess with it! Watch YouTubes on how it works.
Now you're cooking!
Stay tune for more step by step ways to go about pursuing voice acting.