Examples of voiceover work include:
- Off-Stage / Off-Screen
- Non-visible characters
- Feature Films
- Dubbed / Overdubbed Foreign Language Films
- Television Shows
- Video Games
- Radio Dramas
- Amusement Rides
- Theatre Productions
- Puppet Shows
- Audio Games
- Pre-recorded automated announcements
- Songs and Music snippets
- Singing and jingles
One of the most common uses for voice acting is within commercial advertising. The voice actor is hired to voice a message associated with the advertisement. This has different sub-genres such as television, radio, film, and online advertising. The sub-genres are all different styles in their own right.
For example, television commercials tend to be voiced with a narrow, flat inflection pattern whereas radio commercials, especially local ones, tend to be voiced with a very wide inflection pattern in an almost over-the-top style. Marketers and advertisers use voice-overs in radio, TV, online adverts, and more.
Voiceovers used in commercial adverts is also the only area of voice acting where “de-breathing” is used. This means artificially removing breaths from the recorded voice, and is done to stop the audience being distracted in any way from the commercial message that is being put across.