Voice Talent, Author, Trainer.
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“A good voice breathes life into your project; a bad one just sucks.”
You walked into the office happy about your new marketing campaign. It’s funny, whimsical and made you smile all morning… until your boss walked in and said, “Now it’s time to find the voice to pull this off.”
In your head you hear blah, blah, blah. Then the boss pops back into your space and says “Oh, and I want to get a rough draft of this done by the end of day.” After you finish rolling your eyes you sit down on your computer to find the “perfect voice.”
Wait a minute – lightbulb moment! – it’s really not that bad. There are voices just waiting for the opportunity to spice up your life. You can find voices many different ways:
If you’re thinking it’s easy money, think again.
Starting a career in voice-over may seem easy. After all, you only need a good voice, a microphone, and a computer, right? Wrong. Sure, that is a part of it, a very small part, and the rest is actually simple. However, it’s important to remember that simple and easy are 2 different things. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve all been here — wanting to do something life-changing before realizing it’s easier said than done. When it comes to breaking into the voiceover industry, there are many things to do and consider that can make or break your success. Talent is required, but it’s also about the time and effort you’re willing to put into this work. Anything worth having in life requires hard work and dedication. Of course, you need equipment to record, edit, and publish your voice-overs, but before any of that, you’ll need to take a class to learn the business basics. It’s not difficult to find local classes, but keep in mind there are some pretty good online options as well, like gravyforthebrain.com, which I have used in the past. During the class, you will get familiar with your abilities and start building confidence. It’s also a great idea to find a beginner voiceover coach. Dan Friedman enjoys introducing new talent to the VO world in his spare time and can be found at sound4vo.com! From there, you can decide the type of voice-over jobs you think you’ll like. This is where it starts to feel real!