So, you want to be a voice actor?
What an exciting career! I mean, who doesn’t want to sit around all day and talk into a microphone? I’ve been working as a full-time voice actor for about 15 years and have loved every minute of it. Back when I began my VO journey, I didn’t have a lot of help in starting my business. I didn’t have any direction as to where to begin and who to consult. So, I basically wandered around the web looking for answers. Hours and hours were spent watching YouTube Videos trying to figure out the best way to set my audio chain. More hours were used up in researching marketing and branding videos. I signed up for P2P (Pay To Play) sites. After working in the radio industry for many years prior and voicing 100’s of local radio commercials, I lacked the confidence to know if anything I was doing during auditions was right or wrong. After all, I wasn’t booking as much as I thought I should be. Sigh. What to do? Well, I eventually did the right things, got some proper training and started down the right path. Boy, did I waste a lot of time getting there.
Fast-forward to today. After being asked over 50 times, “Can you help me figure out how to get started in the industry” I decided to create an online course offering honest conversation about how to start and maintain a career in voiceover. Believe it or not, it involves a whole lot more than spending hours of quality time in a small room with your microphone. It requires training, coaching, and technical knowledge. It also requires great business and marketing sense as well as the creative juices to come up with website, logo and branding ideas. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Where do you get started? Where do you learn the proper steps to build a successful home business? Will you need a home based studio? What about recording equipment and software? Will you need a demo and when will you be ready to have one professionally produced?
Having a career as a full-time voice actor requires you to wear many hats. After all, you’re going to be an entrepreneur!
*Definition of entrepreneur:
One who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise
Working from home can be fantastic and extremely rewarding. It takes tenacity, self-motivation, a strong work ethic, savvy business sense and an overall confidence in what you are doing. Yes, it takes organization, risk, time, money and skill. How will you get it all done? You’ll hop on the bus, strap yourself in and get ready for a ton of learning and research. Oh, and you won’t quit your day job quite yet.
There it is. I said it. Straight up honesty. It’s going to take you time, money, energy, practice, effort and other things to get your new career kick started. You’ll still need to pay your mortgage and make those occasional visits to the grocery store. So maintaining a regular paycheck is essential while you’re training for your new career as a professional voice actor.
Is a career in voiceover really doable? Absolutely! You’re probably not going to be able to get all of your ducks in a row overnight. First, you’ll need to learn as much as you can about the industry in general.
That’s why I created the Introduction To Voiceover webinar. During this 3-hour course, you’ll learn the fundamentals of the voiceover industry as well as some of the ins and outs of what it takes to start and maintain a successful career.
Here are some of the topics that we’ll cover:
- Voiceover Myths
- Your role as an entrepreneur
- How to get started in the Voiceover industry
- Genre Exploration
- Equipment and Software
- Home Studios
- Demo and Demo Production
- Website Exploration
- Marketing and Branding
- Goals and Business Planning
- Online Casting Sites and Agents
- Industry Standard Rates
- Studio Do’s and Dont’s
- Working On Your Own and Rejection
- Resources and Recommendations
- Self-motivation and Organization
- And MUCH more
Whew! See, I told it took more than a cheap microphone! So, do you still want to be a voice actor? I hope so!
When is comes to your new career, the Introduction To Voiceover course will help answer many of the questions that are swirling around in your head. It will help you fast-forward and sift through the clutter and chaos that the internet brings while giving you the straight talk that you desire and deserve. Oh, and it will help you from falling down the proverbial rabbit hole on the web.
Introduction To Voiceover ~ Straight Talk About Talking
Introduction To Voiceover – Straight Talk About Talking. a 3-Hour Webinar.
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