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How To Get Into Voice Over Work

If You're Wondering How To Get Into Voice Over As A Career Here Are A Few Steps.

How to Get Into Voice Over Work

 

 Want to get into voice over work but don’t know how? Here are seven steps to get you started.

1. Training is key

Your voice is your product, sure, but it’s more about your skill set than the sound of your voice. Do you fully understand the intention of the copywriter? Can you deliver more than one interpretation of a given script? How do you handle clunky-sounding copy convincingly? You don’t want to find out on a paying gig that you don’t know these things. Proper voice over training is a critical first step in the process of becoming a professional voice over actor.

2. Finding and perfecting your strengths and determining your focus (style, or voice over niche, like commercial, narration, or animation) is second

If you’re wondering how to get into voice over work sooner than later, practice with as many different kinds of copy as possible, and find your strengths. Then perfect those strengths, and play to them. Maybe you didn’t know that you’re really great with commercial dialog; or that radio imaging comes naturally to you. Play to your strengths first, and broaden your horizons from there.

Voiceover Dynamite gives you 25 scripts covering all areas of voice over, plus fully produced audio tracks to go with them. The Director’s Notes are the behind-the-scenes analysis of each script, giving you powerful insights into how to voice the copy the way the writer intended!

(Related – Voice Over Coaching)

3. Understand the requirements of your chosen voice over niche

Is it hard on the throat, like video game voice work? Do you have to move to L.A. for animation gigs? How do you record and edit your voice over for an audiobook? Once you determine your focus, learn about your areas of specialty.

4. Outfit, understand, and operate your home studio

If you already have your own home studio, you are ahead of the game. You can not only practice at your leisure, but you can edit, mix, and refine versions of your work. Voiceover Dynamite is ideal for those who have a digital audio workstation (DAW).

5. Market yourself as a professional (demos, website, business cards, social media, networking with studios, auditioning, pay-to-play sites, etc.)

Branding is incredibly popular for a reason: because it can make or break a business. As a voice over actor, you are your own business,which makes your personal brand extremely important. Every time you interact with a current or potential client, they are experiencing the brand of you, the voice over professional. Build a website, record your demos, buy business cards, establish a presence on social media, and don’t forget good old fashioned person-to-person networking – actively market yourself in every available medium.

6. Satisfy your customers

Proper voice over training will build your skills, but always remember that the voice over business is a service-driven industry. Show up on time; deliver your finished takes on time; be friendly and respectful to everyone; give each job your best effort; and follow through with your customers to be sure they are happy with your work.

7. Stay on top of the business

Set up your office, track your expenses, record your income, pay your taxes, and be above board in all your dealings. Marketing will easily take up more of your time than recording in the beginning. Be patient and stay on it. Respond to emails, texts, calls, etc., quickly- everyone is in a hurry, and sometimes the gig goes to whoever was available first. Often the NEXT gig goes to someone who was available first LAST time, because the client liked working with him or her so much.