The Timeless Art of VoiceOver: Staying Relevant and Active as a Female Voice Over 55
As the saying goes, age is just a number, and when it comes to the world of voiceover acting, this couldn’t be more true. In an industry that thrives on talent and versatility, female voice actors over the age of 55 have a wealth of experience and a unique set of skills to bring to the table. However, like any profession, ageism can rear its ugly head, making it crucial for seasoned voice actors to stay motivated, relevant, and active. In this blog post, we will explore some valuable tips and strategies to help you navigate the voiceover world with confidence, fight ageism, and continue doing what you love. So, let’s dive in!
Embracing the Ever-Changing Voiceover Landscape
In an industry where trends and demands can shift rapidly, it’s essential to stay current and adapt to new technologies and market preferences. Here are a few ways you can keep your voice acting skills in top shape:
1. Continuous Learning and Training
Age should never be a barrier to expanding your skills and knowledge. Voice acting workshops, classes, and online courses are excellent resources to refine your technique, learn new styles, and keep up with the industry’s latest developments. Consider enrolling in courses on accent training, character development, vocal health, breathing techniques, technical prowess, etc., to enhance your versatility and marketability. But don’t fall into the trap of making your learning a stopping block for doing your job. Let me elaborate. At some point, especially for beginners, you need to realize when you’re ready, capable and able to perform the duties of your job. So pull up those boot straps and get your voice out there!
Check out Gravy For The Brain for a range of courses and education opportunities. They offer a supportive community and expert-led classes to help you excel in your craft. And if you’re a beginner looking for general help in getting your business started, I’m always available to help. A link to book a free consultation in below.
2. Embrace Technology
In today’s digital and AI age, technology plays a pivotal role in the voiceover industry. From home studios to remote recording sessions, being tech-savvy is essential for staying relevant. Invest in a quality microphone, audio interface, and recording software to set up your own home studio. Familiarize yourself with popular platforms like Source Connect, Connection Open and Zoom, which allow for seamless remote collaborations with clients and studios worldwide.
VoiceOverXtra is a valuable resource with articles and forums covering a wide range of voiceover-related topics, including technology and remote recording. Stay up to date with the latest tech trends and gain insights from industry professionals.
Overcoming Ageism: Your Secret Weapon
Ageism is an unfortunate reality in many industries, including voiceover. However, it doesn’t have to define your career. Here are some effective strategies to combat ageism head-on and showcase your timeless talent:
3. Learn to Love Your Unique Voice and the Diversity of Your Portfolio
One advantage of being a seasoned voice actor is the wealth of experience and emotional depth that comes with age. Embrace the richness and uniqueness of your voice, which can add depth and authenticity to a wide range of projects. Be confident in your abilities and know that your age is an asset, not a liability.
Expand your range by exploring different genres and styles of voice acting. Look for opportunities in animation, audiobooks, e-learning, video games, or commercials. By diversifying your portfolio, you increase your chances of finding new and exciting projects that resonate with your skills and experience.
4. Network, Network, Network!
Networking is crucial for any voice actor, regardless of age. Attend industry events, join voiceover organizations, and engage with fellow professionals on social media platforms. Building relationships with casting directors, agents, and other voice actors can open doors to new opportunities and help you stay connected in the industry. Remember, age is just a number, and your vibrant personality, professionalism, and talent will make a lasting impression on anyone you encounter.
Keeping the Flame Alive: Staying Motivated and Inspired
In every career, it’s natural to experience periods of burnout or a lack of motivation. However, there are ways to reignite your passion for voice acting and maintain a positive mindset:
5. Find Joy in the Journey, Surround Yourself with Inspiration and Set Realistic Goals
Take a moment to reflect on your journey as a voice actor. Celebrate your accomplishments and the progress you’ve made. Remember the roles that brought you joy, the characters you brought to life, and the impact you’ve had on audiences big and small. By appreciating your own journey, you’ll find renewed motivation and enthusiasm for future projects.
Immerse yourself in the world of voice acting by listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and voiceover performances. Engage with the work of other talented voice actors who continue to excel in their craft. This exposure will not only keep you inspired but also provide insights and fresh ideas to incorporate into your own performances. But most important, run your own race. Don’t compare yourself to others on social media.
Goal-setting is a powerful tool for staying motivated. Define short-term and long-term goals that align with your aspirations as a voice actor. Whether it’s landing a specific role, improving your vocal range, or expanding your client base, having clear objectives will keep you focused and driven. Remember to break larger goals into smaller, achievable steps to maintain a sense of progress and accomplishment. Remember your end game. Where do you want to land and when do you want to get there? Setting achievable and attainable goals is the key.
6. Join my VOICE OVER 55 Facebook Group for Women
Are you ready to join a Facebook community filled with positive professional women who know their worth and aren’t afraid to share their knowledge? Great! I’ve created a Facebook Group just for you! It’s called Voice Over 55 Ladies Learning Lab and Community. It’s a place where you’ll find camaraderie, friendship, accountability, free training and webinars as well as regular meet ups and co-working opportunities.
A Silver Wave is coming. Join the Tsunami!
Being a 55+ female voiceover actor is a testament to your talent, experience, and resilience. By embracing the ever-changing landscape, overcoming ageism, and staying motivated, you can continue to thrive in the voiceover world. Remember, age is not a limitation but a unique advantage that sets you apart. With passion, perseverance, and a touch of humor, you can create a lasting and fulfilling career as a timeless female voice talent.
Rhonda Phillips is a full-time voiceover actor specializing in commercial, eLearning, corporate narration, explainers and a variety of other voiceover genres.
She is a performance coach who specializes in working with people who are just beginning their journey into the world of voiceover. Book a session today!
Rhonda is also the host of the the popular voiceover webinar series, Late Night Secrets for Voiceover Success, a monthly affordable webinar series featuring various industry professionals sharing tips and tricks on industry topics as well as secrets to their success. Be sure to check out Rhonda’s other great blog content!
This blog post is for informational purposes only. Please consult with industry professionals and do thorough research before making any career decisions.