Recently, I’ve received e-mail from a number of folks who are checking out the prospect of becoming a voice-over talent. They ask me questions about how I got started; what I did to become successful; and what a typical day looks like for me. I openly let them know that it’s hard work and encourage them to give the idea some careful consideration before taking the plunge. My 1000-foot level response looks something like this:
There are a number of “things” to consider before diving into a voice-over business and it will be important for you to think about each one.
- Are you willing to make very little money the first two or three years in the business?
- Are you open to working a “day job” while you’re developing your ability and establishing your client list?
- Do you have the skills to set up and maintain accounting, taxes, insurance and marketing that a small business requires?
- Do you like your voice and all the uniqueness it possess?
- Can you read clearly and are you willing to take direction?
- Do you have a thick skin and can you keep from obsessing about every audition you send out?
After doing some honest reflection and answering the above questions truthfully, you may still be interested in the business of voice-over. The next step it to get started with training from a reputable coach. A good coach will tell you during your first session whether you’ve got the chops for VO or not. Next they’ll help you identify your signature voice and find genres that fit your voice and delivery. When you’re ready, many will also direct and produce your demo….
A fabulous article by one of our fabulous clients, J. Christopher Dunn: