I've been throwing an idea around in my mind (and believe me, there's a lot of empty space to throw in) for a little while now. I've done voiceacting for two or three campaigns now, and I'm sure I'm not alone in having found it to be a lot of fun. I've also noticed that voiceacting seems to be one of the largest logistical hurdles a modder can face in the process of creating and releasing a new campaign or mod. Certainly, no campaign requires voiceacting to be fun or successful, but if a modder decides that they'd like their campaign to be fully voiced, it can be a huge hassle, requiring a lot of time and searching to fill up all the roles and coordinate file submissions. This made me think: how would it be if someone could create a centralized group for people who've done voiceacting work in the past and are willing to continue to do so, or for those who'd like to give it a try the first time? I'm not envisioning anything fancy or professional here, just maybe something like a site where voiceactors could list contact information, a description of the way they sound, any past credits, and maybe even a sample sound clip or two. That way, instead of modders having to go around and hunt for people to fill up campaign roles, they could simply go to a central site and pick out people from a list. This would save them a lot of hassle, and it would give those of us who enjoy voiceacting the chance to take on more projects.
So, what do you think? Does this idea sound feasible? Would those of you who have done voiceacting be willing to participate in something simple like this? It definitely wouldn't require any sort of commitment, just a simple name listing and the willingness to voiceact for new (or even not-so-new) campaigns. I know very little HTML, but I figure that even the simplest of plain-text pages would do the job just fine. Who knows; if there's enough interest, maybe the group could even get hosted at someplace like GameWarden or GTD Bastion? If that came to pass, maybe we could even set up some sort of central file server to make the file submission process much easier, for both the voiceactor and the modder.
I really appreciate the near-infinite hours of hard work and dedication that the FREDders and modders in this community have put in to give all of us spectacular campaigns and mods to play. I know that, even if I put hours every week into practicing, I could never churn out anything a tenth as amazing as what I've played. I don't have any self-delusions; I know I'll never be either technically or creatively competent enough to get into FREDding, modeling, or texturing, and I know that it'll probably be a long time before I know enough about C++ to contribute anything from a coding standpoint. However, what I do have is a microphone and the willingness to record lines. If this is all I'm able to contribute to this community, then I'd at least like to give it a shot. So, if you're out there and would be interested in something like this, please don't hesitate to let your voices be heard.
P.S. Oh, and don't worry, this potential group would be decidedly non-unionized.