You can’t see it very well, because the print is small and this website will only allow an infographic to be but so wide, but you can click on the image to enlarge it, or you can go to the source to see the whole shebang.  I never really thought much about voiceovers, except for my uncanny ability to point out when Tim Allen is the voice behind that car ad, etc.  But I digress.

From the Top

A handy graph shows us that the most VO (voice over) talent agencies are located in Los Angeles.  No big shocker there.  Next is Toronto, then New York, then Chicago.  Those are the top 4, but they list other cities as well.  It would be neat to also see a graph of the amount of voice actors in each of those cities.

Next we see a map of the US, with the right-to-work states marked in gray, and the major market states marked in white.  I guess this is supposed to show us how the three major market cities are in states that aren’t right-to-work states?  Sure enough, California, Illinois, and New York are forced-union states.

At the top right of the infographic there is a small box that tells us what voice actors make.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

The Timeline

The timeline takes us all the way back to the 1860’s, when a typesetter and librarian made a “phono-autograph” of a woman singing “Au Clair de Lune.”  In the 1870’s, the microphone invented.  In 1877, Thomas Edison made a recording of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on a “phonograph” that could record sound and play it back.

In the 1890’s, the first talking toy was invented.

In the early 1900’s, radio broadcasts came to pass, along with some controversy as to who thought of it first. In the 1920’s, specifically in 1922, radio ads became legal.  By 1929, the biggest form of entertainment were radio serials.  In 1925, the transistor radio was invented, and in 1929, Mickey Mouse spoke for the first time.

In 1933, the Screen Actors Guild was formed, and in 1937 The American Federation of Radio Artists formed its charter.  Also in 1937, digital recording started getting invented.

In 1941 the first legal TV ad aired.  It was for Bulova watches.  In 1947 the Taft-Harley Act was enacted to better monitor union activity.

In the 1950’s advertising really took off.  In 1951, the Wilhelm Scream was invented and voiced by Sheb Wooley.

In the 1960’s, dubbing started taking place – so foreign movies were offered with some ferociously bad overdubbing.

In the 1970’s, we started having “blockbuster” movies and thus the need for the movie trailer.  Hence, a bump in the voiceover industry.

In the 1980’s, video games came to be, so more voice work came  out of that.  Later, an ISDN came to life and was defined, and would provide the foundation for today’s VOIP.

In the 1990’s, the internet got really popular, and in 1992 the voice actors from The Simpsons got an Emmy.

In the 2000’s, Online/P2P Casting came about, mucking things up for the voice talent agencies.  SaVoa, the Society of Accredited Voice Over Actors formed in 2007, and that same year the VoiceOver International Creative Experience launched in Las Vegas.


Design:  C+

I hate the background color, and the words are too small.

Information:  A

What a lot of information!  Well organized, it may have been better to convey the same information in a different visual manner.

Source:  scottreyns.com.