Have you been told that you have a voice that can sell anything? Would you like to learn how to capitalize on that talent? Would you like to be able to work without even getting out of your pajamas? Well, join the club. There are millions of people who would like to be able to stay at home and work in an industry that would allow them to be self-employed. The thing is that voice over jobs are not that easy to come by.
Just talk with any executive at a voice over agency and they are sure to tell you that they get calls hundreds of calls every week from people who would like to become voice over artists. Most will tell you that only one out of one thousand actually has the pipes to be successful at getting work.
There is no denying it, being able to work right from your home using something you were born with is the ideal situation. With voice over work, there is no need to leave your home to work once you have established your reputation as a sought after artisan of voice. That means you won’t need to invest in office apparel, spend money on makeup, or even shave before going to work because you will be doing it all right from the comfort of your own home. You can even set your own working hours, just as long as you meet deadlines.
Of course, all of this sounds great, but it is not as simple as it sounds. There is more to it than just having a pleasant sounding voice. You also have to know how to use that voice correctly. That means reading lines while making them sound as natural as if you were having a conversation with someone you know. Even the way you pronounce words can affect whether or not you will be able to get work.
Did you ever wonder why some of the most talented actors in Hollywood get some of the best voice over gigs? Most of the time it has nothing to do with brands trying to be associated with famous names because most of the time they don’t even identify who is on the other end of the voice. It is typically because well-known actors are pros at what they do. They know how to enunciate and put emphasis on the right words. They have spent their entire lives perfecting what they do, and they know how to sell lines.
There are some voices that are in high demand in the voice over industry. The James Earl Jones sound is one of those, and if people stop you mid-sentence and tell you that you sound like that, it may be time to contact a voice over studio to see if they have work for you. Women with a velvety purr to their voice are often shoo-ins for voice over work, but even they might not make the grade unless they are using their natural voice and meet the other qualifications.
Getting started with any chance for securing voice over jobs requires that you take voice over classes to help train your voice. Even those who believe they are capable of getting work without training should take at least one class to get a better idea of what is required. Then you must have the right equipment to work with. This is often just a USB microphone, but there is other software that may be necessary to record your voice.
The most expensive part of this proposition will be creating a professional demo package with background music and sound effects to make you sound as if you are already a professional. This can cost from $1,000 to $3,000 but is a necessary element in obtaining voice over work.
If the above information has not been too intimidating, it may be time to take the next step to allow your dreams of becoming the next best-recognized voice on radio and television around. Voice over training is available; you just have to take advantage of it.