By Lin Parkin
January 14, 2013
I started my career as a singer-songwriter, making albums and touring the USA and Canada with my band. After years of pounding the pavement in the music industry and not really getting anywhere, I knew it was time for a change. With years of expressing myself behind a microphone, I figured it would be a good move to become a radio DJ.
Being a DJ was fun, but voicing the commercials for the station was MUCH more fun. I fell in love with reading copy and I just knew that doing voice-overs was my calling. Not knowing anything about the industry or how to get in it, I was very green. I made a demo with the commercials I did for the station and started to send it to talent agents. None of the agents responded. I didn't give up though.
I heard about Voices.com through a friend and I immediately invested in a decent microphone, turned my closet into a sound booth and signed up for a Voices.com membership. I started auditioning and within a few weeks, I was awarded my first job (January 2010). I worked as a bartender at night so I could audition during the day. More jobs started coming in and within that year, I was able to quit the bar job and do voice-overs full-time!
I live on the West Coast, so in order to be up with the East Coast VO's, I would wake up at 5:30 am and warm up my voice so that I would be ready to go when the auditions got posted. Three short years later, I now have amazing bi-coastal talent agents, numerous regular clients and I was just awarded my 300th job on Voices.com!
I got so busy that now my husband Mike works with me full time as my audio engineer/producer. He also manages projects now and uses Voices.com to find the talent.
On my journey thus far I've learned that you can't worry about how others "made it" in this industry. Everyone's story is unique and if you want it bad enough, anything is possible. Highlights for me on the Voices.com site have been making the All-time Top 100 Favorites list, working for awesome and fun clients (including the Voices.com Project Management Team), and just last week I got my most lucrative job on the site so far, which was a series of commercials with the LA Times.
My advice for those just starting out would be to stay positive and celebrate your successes along the way (maybe you haven't landed a job yet - but a client gave you a thumbs up or favorited your page!), audition lots and be prompt at getting them in, have impeccable customer service, take workshops and classes, listen to the podcasts on Voices.com, network with other voice actors, read books out loud, take care of your voice, and have an attitude of gratitude.
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Becoming a voice actor, working from your own home recording studio and auditioning for voice-over jobs is within your reach!