Even though they hear them all the time, in many surprising places, many people may not be aware just how prevalent professional voice talent is in this world of ours.  There is simply a lot of need for professional speaking to make certain projects happen.  It’s just that we are so used to hearing it, we hardly even notice it.  But if you have a project that could benefit from professional voice talent, it is in your best interest to consider the many ways that voice over artists can be useful.

You may have already considered advertising jingles and TV promotions. Those are difficult to forget about.  But a lot of people don’t consider using professional vocal talent to help create a podcast to make an announcement about an event or about a great new moneymaking website.  Those are just the sorts of projects, however, for which you will want to consider hiring professional voice talent.

Other projects that voice over artist work on, include narration projects like audio books.  Corporate narration and e-learning narration are additional niches for which voice over artists are in demand.  Any kind of text you can think of can be turned into an audio project.

Voice actors even work on video games with speaking parts, like Duke Nukem and Soul Calibur. Voice actors are everywhere.  They are the voices behind voice tree prompts. They are the voices that tell you how much credit you have on your cell phone or how to reach a certain person in a corporation. And if you have a project that requires sales and packaging, like telling voters that you are the best candidate for the job and that they should vote for you and give money to your campaign, a voice actor can be an asset to that campaign.

No matter what type of project you have in mind-from commercials to announcements to audio books and video games-professional voice talent makes that project seem more professional.  Using an amateur versus using a professional is like the difference between writing a letter on lined paper torn from a child’s notebook and writing it on heavy office paper.

If you are considering saving money in the beginning by using an amateur or even doing it yourself, please rethink that.  Unless you have voice training yourself and experience speaking into sound equipment, it is not a good idea. Unless you know how to deliver your lines clearly, smoothly and confidently-in short, unless you are a professional-grade voice talent in your own right, doing it yourself can actually cost you.  Looking unprofessional can cost you customers.  After all, you wouldn’t approach customers dressed unprofessionally-why would you dress your commercial or your project unprofessionally?  Think about it.  Saving money in the short-term can cost you big in the long run.