“They” say to become a voice over talent you need to drop $10,000 on a home studio.   “They” say to record a bunch of samples, add some background music and you have a demo.  “They” will also tell you that you can get rich in voice overs; that it’s easy.   If only “they” knew!

The cacophony of erroneous information about getting started as a voice over talent, in the honest endeavor to find the truth, is enough to make a head spin. So how do you know who to listen to?  How do you know who is really qualified?

Here are 5 tips to keep in mind:

1.  Ask people who are successful in the voice over industry – not the people who have failed.   If you want to succeed, those who are successful can help you get there, those who failed can’t.

2.  Realize that even the “experts” in the industry will not agree upon everything, so you may have to apply some independent thought. Implement what is relevant to you and your goals, and leave the rest behind.

3.  If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.  The only guarantee you can be sure of is that you will have to put forth effort, invest in developing and honing your skill set and your business, and do what must be done.

4.  Clarify your goals and base your questions on how to achieve your goals. Ask the right questions and get the right answers.  Focusing only on how to make six figures, the costs involved in training, demos, and equipment, what you have to give instead of considering the value of what you get, shows a lack of serious intent and will surely lead to failure.

5.  Reserve final judgment for yourself.  Base your decisions and actions on what you learn.  After all, you live with the consequences of your decisions – good or bad.  “They” don’t!