Making quick, easy money doing voiceover work is fake news, but having fun while you work is not!
In today’s instant society, it’s easy to get lost in the fantasy of getting paid lots of money to simply talk, and forget about everything that comes before (and even after) you’ve started booking voiceover jobs and making money.
There are some not-so-glamorous aspects of this type of work to consider – uncertainty, rejection, discomfort, imposter syndrome, fear of missing out, and more. The way you handle these emotions will determine how happy you are as a voiceover actor.
Adaptability is key. You have to be able to roll with the punches. Believe it or not, this is easier said than done when you’re used to the structure of a “normal” 9-5 job. It’s also important to remain a student of life and acknowledge that there’s a lot you don’t know. Be willing to receive advice and constructive criticism, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. But remember not to totally don’t depend on external influences – use your own experiences and discernment to make decisions about auditions, agents, coaches and friends. Those who do well are:
- Emotionally Intelligent (this means you know when you suck, too!)
Great things take time, and voice-over is no different. It boils down to knowing yourself enough to determine you have the grit to stick to it. If not, that’s okay. There are many voiceover hobbyists out there, and you can be one too – but if you want to make a great salary with the ability to choose your work, then voiceover just might be for you. Try it. You might like it. After your 100th audition, you may have second thoughts. But don’t give up – get help. Your success could be closer than you think!