Rita Charitable Trust

Voice-over artist (1 years Diploma course)

Artist in the Media & Entertainment Industry is also known as an Voice-over Artist/
Dubbing Artist/ Voice Actor

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Brief Job Description: Individuals at this job need to provide the voice for characters
in various productions

Voice-over artist


Personal Attributes: This job requires the individual to have the essentials to perform
i.e. excellent communication skills, voice-modulation skills, flair for mimicry and
drama, sense of humor, emotional renderin, versatility, language skills etc. The
individual must be able to perform confidently and adapt performance to different
emotions and characters in accordance to requirements.

The individual must be able
to understand and interpret requirements correctly and be capable of offering
suggestions/ alternatives to his/her director during recordings.

Voice-over artist
Role Description Deliver dialogues for characters
NSQF
Minimum Educational Qualifications

Prerequisite License or Training Voice-modulation, Fluency in languages, Speed-reading
Experience 0+ Years of work experience
Applicable National Occupational
Standards (NOS)
Compulsory:

  1. MES/N0101 (Audition and qualify for voicing roles)
  2. MES/N0102 (Prepare for voicing performances)
  3. MES/N0103 (Perform voice-overs in accordance to
    requirements)
  4. MES/N0104 (Maintain workplace health and safety)
    Optional: N.A.
    Performance Criteria As described in the relevant OS unit

Description
Budget Budget is an estimate of the total cost of production that may include a
break-up of cost components


Continuity Continuity represents the seemless transition from one shot to another
Copyright Laws A legal framework linked to intellectual property and the rights given to
creators of original products/ concepts


Dialogues Dialogues are the conversations between the characters in a script


Screenplay Screenplay is the script coupled with key characteristics of the scene and
directions for acting


Script Script is a structured narrative of a story


Target Audience Group of people at whom content/ adverting is aimed. A target audience
is typically defined by age, gender, economic classification, geography
and any other relevant parameters (e.g. Females, aged 25-40, average
monthly household income INR 25,000-50,000, from Hindi speaking
states in North India)


Timelines Timelines is a listing of dates by which the production milestones/stages
need to be completed

Sector Sector is a conglomeration of different business operations having similar
businesses and interests. It may also be defined as a distinct subset of the
economy whose components share similar characteristics and interests.


Sub-sector Sub-sector is derived from a further breakdown based on the
characteristics and interests of its components.


Vertical Vertical may exist within a sub-sector representing different domain
areas or the client industries served by the industry.


Occupation Occupation is a set of job roles, which perform similar/related set of
functions in an industry


Function Function is an activity necessary for achieving the key purpose of the
sector, occupation, or area of work, which can be carried out by a person
or a group of persons. Functions are identified through functional
analysis and form the basis of OS.


Sub-functions Sub-functions are sub-activities essential to fulfill the achieving the
objectives of the function

.
Job role Job role defines a unique set of functions that together form a unique
employment opportunity in an organization.
Occupational Standards
(OS)
OS specify the standards of performance an individual must achieve
when carrying out a function in the workplace, together with the
knowledge and understanding they need to meet that standard
consistently. Occupational Standards are applicable both in the Indian
and global contexts.


Performance Criteria Performance Criteria are statements that together specify the standard
of performance required when carrying out a task


National Occupational
Standards (NOS)

NOS are Occupational Standards which apply uniquely in the Indian
context.


Qualifications Pack
Code

Qualifications Pack Code is a unique reference code that identifies a
qualifications pack

Qualifications Pack For Voice-over artist

Qualifications Pack(QP)

Qualifications Pack comprises the set of OS, together with the
educational, training and other criteria required to perform a job role. A
Qualifications Pack is assigned a unique qualification pack code.

Keywords /Terms

Description

NOS :-National Occupational Standard(s)

QP:– Qualifications Pack
NVEQF:- National Vocational Education Qualifications Framework
NVQF :-National Vocational Qualifications Framework

Audition and qualify for voicing roles

Description

This OS unit is about showcasing performance skills to prospective producers and
qualifying for roles/parts in productions
Scope

This unit/task covers the following:
 Auditioning for voice roles in productions [including film, television, advertising
(all media), radio plays, animation, digital media (mobile, internet etc.), dubbed
productions, corporate films, educational films, audio dramas, telecom (IVR,
Voice-mail etc.), channel voices]


 Perform according to requirements [imaging, narration, voice-overs,
announcements, impersonations/ mimicry according to requirements]

Performance Criteria

Auditioning for voice roles in productions
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. understand the requirements of the audition
PC2. adapt his/her performance to the auditioners’ requirements
Perform according to requirements


PC3. showcase strengths and perform confidently during auditions
PC4. improvise and provide different voice interpretations, as required by
auditioners

Knowledge and Understanding (K)

A. Organizational Context
(Knowledge of the company / organization and its processes)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. the role for which auditions are being conducted
KA2. the venue and time of the audition
KA3. the key decision makers who will be conducting the audition

B.Technical Knowledge
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the technical language of voicing
KB2. performance techniques and principles
KB3. the essentials for performance (communication skills, voice modulation, flair
for mimicry and drama, sense of humour, emotional rendering etc.)
KB4. the basics of the media industry and the different roles different professionals
play (especially for advertising)


KB5. how to have a good ear for different types of sounds and voices
KB6. how to modulate voice in different accents (regional, international)
KB7. how to maintain continuity of voice quality throughout the performance
KB8. how to speak with a clear, clean and neutral accent and use voice to convey
emotions and different characters through developed techniques


KB9. how to play with the tempo, tone, volume and pitch depending on the directors
and films requirements

Audition and qualify for voicing roles

KB10. how to recognise the important words in a sentence and be able to use pitch
inflection in order to emphasise words
KB11. how to breathe correctly and have control over breath
KB12. different languages (would be an added advantage)
KB13. how to lip-sync and match body language, mood etc. with the character while
dubbing


KB14. how to listen to instructions carefully
KB15. how to infer the meaning of dialogues
KB16. how to enact and emote through voice and accent
KB17. how to sing (optional) if required/demanded by the role
KB18. how to adapt performance to different emotions and characters in accordance
to requirements


KB19. how to come up with answers and suggestions/ alternatives to offer his/her
director during recordings
KB20. how to overcome performance pressure and anxiety and perform confidently
KB21. relevant copyright laws and intellectual property rights
KB22. applicable health and safety guidelines

Core Skills/ Generic Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. prepare and keep a portfolio of work (resumes, cds, tapes etc.) handy for the
audition process


SA2. fill out necessary forms and documentation at the audition venue
SA3. prepare follow-up letters for the auditioning authorities to find out results/
thank notes for the opportunity to perform

Reading Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. research the role, the production, key people involved in the decision making
process etc. to prepare prior to the audition process
SA5. read and understand the audition material provided (in the limited time frame
provided)

Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA6. network with casting agents and key people from the industry to identify roles
SA7. understand and discuss the audition requirements and process with the casting
agent


SA8. rehearse performance in front of mentors, instructors, peers etc. and solicit
feedback and suggestions for improvement
SA9. perform confidently during the audition process
SA10. have fluency in speech, diction and dialect while performing


SA11. follow-up to find out the results of the audition process
SA12. solicit feedback from auditioners on areas of improvement

Audition and qualify for voicing roles

Professional Skills

Decision Making :-The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. decide on whether to appear for the audition or not


Plan and Organize :-The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB2. plan, prepare and practice performance in accordance to the role being
auditioned for


Problem Solving :-The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. critically appraise quality of own performance to identify issues
SB4. work on the areas of improvement identified/highlighted by auditioners


Analytical Thinking :-The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB5. assess if the role meets his/her capabilities and skill-sets

NOS Version Control
NOS Code MES/N0101
Credits(NSQF) TBD Version number 1.0
Sector Media and Entertainment Drafted on 08/11/2014
Sub-sector


Film, Television, Animation,
Gaming, Radio, Advertising Last reviewed on 26/11/2018
Occupation Acting / Voice-overs Next review date 20/06/2021

Prepare for voicing performances
Description

This OS unit is about preparing adequately prior to the actual performance
Scope

This unit/task covers the following:
 Understanding the role/character [including Personality, Nationality,
Language/dialect, Attributes, Mental image/ graph of the character,
background/ character sketch, emotions, expressions, status]
 Becoming proficient with delivering dialogues


Note: Most artists need to perform without any preparation time. However, in certain
cases e.g. book recordings, plays etc., scripts may be handed over in advance to
performers where this activity may be relevant

Performance Criteria Understanding the role/character
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. understand and interpret characters in scripts within the specified time-period
(in general, time available is very limited)
PC2. adapt personality and performance in accordance to the requirements of the
role


Becoming proficient with delivering dialogues
PC3. become proficient with own and co-actors lines and understand
interdependencies between roles

Organizational Context
(Knowledge of the company / organization and its processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. the target audience of the production
KA2. the budget and time constraints
KA3. the roles and responsibilities of the production teams


B. Technical Knowledge
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the technical language of voicing
KB2. performance techniques and principles
KB3. the essentials for performance (communication skills, voice modulation, flair
for mimicry drama, sense of humour, emotional rendering etc.)


KB4. how to draw out a character portrait of the performer
KB5. the target audience and the type of performance that will appeal to them
KB6. how to have a good ear for different types of sounds and voices


KB7. how to modulate voice in different accents (regional, international)
KB8. how to warm up the voice before each performance
KB9. different languages (would be an added advantage)
KB10. how to infer the meaning of dialogues

Prepare for voicing performances

KB11. how to maintain continuity of voice quality throughout the performance
KB12. how to listen to instructions carefully
KB13. how to enact and emote through voice and accent


KB14. how to sing (optional) if required/demanded by the role
KB15. how to adapt performance to different emotions and characters in accordance
to requirements


KB16. how to come up with answers and suggestions/ alternatives to offer his/her
director during recordings
KB17. how to overcome performance pressure and anxiety and perform confidently
KB18. relevant copyright laws and intellectual property rights
KB19. applicable health and safety guidelines

Core Skills/ Generic Skills
Writing Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. document instructions/ performance notes/ cues etc. to help perform


Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA2. read and understand the script (dialogues, narrative, expressions) that would
need to be performed, as well as parts being performed by co-artists
SA3. research the characteristics of the character/role being played out in detail
(personality, attributes, language, emotions, expressions etc.)


SA4. read own dialogues and understand the meaning and emotion being portrayed
(in the time period provided)
SA5. read co-performers’ dialogues

Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA6. understand the role/character being from the director and discuss his/her
characteristics


SA7. discuss and seek any clarifications, if required, from the scriptwriter
SA8. rehearse performance in front of mentors, instructors, peers etc. and solicit
feedback and suggestions for improvement

Professional Skills

Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. plan, prepare and practice performance in accordance to the role

Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB2. foresee any problems with the successful execution of the role and resolve
them proactively

Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. critically appraise quality of own performance to identify issues

Perform voice-overs in accordance to requirements

Description

This OS unit is about delivering convincing interpretations of a role during the actual
performance
Scope

This unit/task covers the following:
 Understanding performance requirements, which could include dialogues,
expressions, emotions and lyrics
 Deliver a convincing performance according to requirements

Performance Criteria

Understanding performance requirements

To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. perform convincing interpretations of roles by portraying emotions (using
speech, tone etc.)

Deliver a convincing performance according to requirements

PC2. improvise and adapt (provide valuations, vary speed, volume, pitch etc.)
dynamically to the demands of the script
PC3. deliver within the shortest possible time-frame with minimum number of
takes

Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company /
organization and
its processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1. the target audience of the production
KA2. the budget and time constraints
KA3. the roles and responsibilities of the production teams


B. Technical
Knowledge

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the technical language of voicing
KB2. performance techniques and principles
KB3. the essentials for performance (communication skills, voice modulation, flair
for mimicry drama, sense of humour, emotional rendering etc.)


KB4. the basics of the media industry and the different roles different professionals
play (especially for advertising)


KB5. the target audience and the type of performance that will appeal to them
KB6. how to have a good ear for different types of sounds and voices
KB7. how to modulate voice in different accents (regional, international)
KB8. how to maintain continuity of voice quality throughout the performance


KB9. how to speak with a clear, clean and neutral accent and use voice to convey
emotions and different characters through developed techniques
KB10. how to play with the tempo, tone, volume and pitch depending on the directors
and films requirements

Perform voice-overs in accordance to requirements

KB11. how to recognise the important words in a sentence and be able to use pitch
inflection in order to emphasise words
KB12. how to breathe correctly and have control over breath
KB13. different languages (would be an added advantage)
KB14. sound studio equipment, especially how to use the microphone, headphones
etc.


KB15. how microphone placements, positioning etc. and affect performances
KB16. how to lip-sync and match body language, mood etc. with the character while
dubbing
KB17. how to listen to instructions carefully


KB18. how to enact and emote through voice and accent
KB19. how to sing (optional) if required/demanded by the role
KB20. how to adapt performance to different emotions and characters in accordance
to requirements
KB21. how to come up with answers and suggestions/ alternatives to offer his/her
director during recordings


KB22. how to collaborate effectively with co-performers
KB23. how to overcome performance pressure and anxiety and perform confidently
KB24. relevant copyright laws and intellectual property rights
KB25. applicable health and safety guidelines

Skills

Core Skills/
Generic Skills

Writing Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. document instructions/ performance notes/ cues etc. to help perform

Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA2. read the script (dialogues, narrative, expressions) during in order to minimise
takes


SA3. read own dialogues and understand the meaning and emotion being portrayed
SA4. understand the characteristics of the character/role being played out in detail
(personality, attributes, language, emotions, expressions etc.)

Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA5. understand the role/character being from the Director and discuss his/her
characteristics


SA6. discuss and seek any clarifications, if required from the scriptwriter
SA7. understand scene-wise performance instructions from the Director
SA8. deliver dialogues/perform according to the directors instructions with the
appropriate emotions in a manner that would engage audiences

Professional Skills Plan and Organize


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. plan and prepare own performance to deliver effectively and consistently
Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:

Perform voice-overs in accordance to requirements

SB2. identify any issues that could impede the successful execution of the task and
resolve them pro-actively
Analytical Thinking


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. step into the shoes of the character and perform accordingly
Critical Thinking


The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. appraise the quality of owm performance, and identify areas of improvement

Maintain workplace health and safety
Description

This OS unit is about contributing towards maintaining a healthy, safe and secure
working environment
Scope

This unit/task covers the following:
 Understanding the risks prevalent in the workplace
 Knowing the people responsible for health and safety and the resources
available


 Identifying and reporting risks
 Complying with procedures in the event of an emergency

Performance Criteria
Understanding the
risks prevalent in the workplace
To be competent, the user/individual on the job must be able to:
PC1. understand and comply with the organisation’s current health, safety and
security policies and procedures


PC2. understand the safe working practices pertaining to own occupation
PC3. understand the government norms and policies relating to health and safety
including emergency procedures for illness, accidents, fires or others which
may involve evacuation of the premises
PC4. participate in organization health and safety knowledge sessions and drills

Knowing the people responsible for health and safety and the resources available
PC5. identify the people responsible for health and safety in the workplace,
including those to contact in case of an emergency
PC6. identify security signals e.g. fire alarms and places such as staircases, fire
warden stations, first aid and medical rooms

Identifying and reporting risks
PC7. identify aspects of your workplace that could cause potential risk to own and
others health and safety
PC8. ensure own personal health and safety, and that of others in the workplace
though precautionary measures
PC9. identify and recommend opportunities for improving health, safety, and
security to the designated person


PC10. report any hazards outside the individual’s authority to the relevant person in
line with organisational procedures and warn other people who may be
affected

Complying with procedures in the event of an emergency
PC11. follow organisation’s emergency procedures for accidents, fires or any other
natural calamity in case of a hazard
PC12. identify and correct risks like illness, accidents, fires or any other natural
calamity safely and within the limits of individual’s authority

Knowledge and Understanding (K)
A. Organizational
Context
(Knowledge of the
company
/organization and
its processes)

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KA1.organisation’s norms and policies relating to health and safety
KA2.Government norms and policies regarding health and safety and related
emergency procedures


KA3.limits of authority while dealing with risks/ hazards

KA4.the importance of maintaining high standards of health and safety at a
workplace

Technical
Knowledge

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand:
KB1. the different types of health and safety hazards in a workplace
KB2. safe working practices for own job role
KB3. evacuation procedures and other arrangements for handling risks
KB4. names and contact numbers of people responsible for health and safety in a
workplace


KB5. how to summon medical assistance and the emergency services, where
necessary
KB6. vendors’ or manufacturers’ instructions for maintaining health and safety while
using equipments, systems and/or machines

Skills (S) (Optional)
A. Core Skills/
Generic Skills
Writing Skills

The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA1. how to write and provide feedback regarding health and safety to the
concerned people
SA2. how to write and highlight potential risks or report a hazard to the concerned
people

Reading Skills
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA3. read instructions, policies, procedures and norms relating to health and
safety

Oral Communication (Listening and Speaking skills)
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SA4. highlight potential risks and report hazards to the designated people
SA5. listen and communicate information with all anyone concerned or affected

B. Professional Skills Decision making
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB1. make decisions on a suitable course of action or plan

Plan and Organize
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB2. plan and organize people and resources to deal with risks/ hazards that lie
within the scope of one’s individual authority

Problem Solving
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB3. apply problem solving approaches in different situations

Critical Thinking
The user/individual on the job needs to know and understand how to:
SB4. understand hazards that fall within the scope of individual authority and
report all hazards that may supersede one’s authority
SB5. apply balanced judgements in different situations