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10 Cool Things You Can Do as a Voice Actor

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 13, 2007

Comments (19)

Green DoorWhen someone asks you why you are a voice actor, what do you include on your list of reasons?

We've compiled a Top Ten List of cool things that voice actors can do that make working for yourself day in and day out very attractive from more than just a performance point of view.

If you're a voice acting entrepreneur and skilled audio engineer, you probably already know what some of these are.

What's on the other side of the green door? A wealth of benefits! Come on in :)

All week long, we've been talking about how your family affects your career and vice versa.

To wrap up our Family Week, I'd like to propose ten things that are truly unique to your career choice that offer benefits unheard of in many professions.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your Top Ten List!

As a voice actor you can:

1. Make your own recording schedule and business hours
2. Be selective with the jobs that you take on
3. Set your own rates
4. Work from home
5. Have more time to spend with loved ones
6. Document the voices of your kids as they grow on MP3s
7. Record audio interviews with relatives and friends as a keepsake or gift
8. Give voice to a really cool family answering machine message
9. Acquire an entrepreneurial freedom many aspire to
10. Involve family members in projects that call for multiple voices and nurture their talent

I'm sure that this list resonates with the majority of you reading the article and now I'd like to extend an invitation to you to add to this list by suggesting something that may have been omitted or by leaving your own Top Ten list as a comment.

Why do you love your career?

Add your list or reasons by commenting :)

Best wishes,

Stephanie

P.S. If you want to join the Voices.com "families" on Facebook or MySpace, add us as your friend or join The Voice Acting Hub!

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Comments


    11. Unlimited coffee breaks. Not that I take full advantage, but still...

    12. In the voice booth, I can yell and gesticulate wildly without being put into a straitjacket. (So far.)

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      - I wanted to fulfill a lifelong dream... I did, I do and I will continue!

      Posted by:

        I'm not a professional voice actor, but I once made a film in which I did my own narrative VO. It was a self-reflexive piece about dealing with a personal medical condition. While in the recording booth, I found that I could express my emotions and not feel shy about them. What freedom!

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          It's the most FUN I've ever had making money! And nearly 10 years later, it's STILL the most fulfilling job I've ever had---in fact, I can't even call it a 'job'!

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          • Mark in San Francisco
          • July 13, 2007 3:17 PM

            My kids can kill me in video games and tell their friends that this character is their mom. That's when my kids realize that it is really pretty cool what I do.

            Posted by:
            • Ginny
            • July 13, 2007 3:47 PM

              It's just plain fun.

              Posted by:

                Folks, this business is the essence of freedom. You are at the mercy of only yourself. You succeed because of the effort you put in, you fail because of a lack of effort.

                People in other places like Iran, Syria, North Korea and Vietnam have no access to such work independently and are completely regulated in what they do.

                You have the freedom to experiment and play. You also can associate with whomever you choose.

                What I really like is the ability to use all I have learned in my many careers to make something unique everyday!

                Celebrate your freedom by succeeding!

                Posted by:

                  You can't beat the dress code!

                  But seriously, you are the one in charge of your destiny and there's no limit to how high you can climb!

                  Posted by:

                    Freedom? Absolutely!

                    I thought my career in radio was a blast this is MORE fun and personally rewarding! After many years in the biz on a part time basis while on the air working in broadcasting. I finally made the leap... now entering my 3rd year as a full-time voice actor. It can be done!

                    Keep the faith and the passion.

                    Everyday is a new and exciting challenge.

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                      I love the freedom of being able to take time with my grandchildren... even got to do an on-screen TV commercial with one of them!!! I also had the opportunity to do some community work and am now the "Voice of Manalapan" doing voiceovers and on-camera narrations for the Mayors Arts Council... love it!!!

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                      • Bea Truscelli
                      • July 13, 2007 10:25 PM

                        You can be whatever or whoever you want to be, as you're not restricted by physicality. You can be a company's spokesperson or a talking chair.

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                          I'm celebrating my 20th anniversary of getting paid to do things I used to get in trouble for in high school! What other job allows you to be a talking dog or a singing bumble bee... without being carted off to the loony bin? I've loved it since I was a kid playing with a tape recorder and making silly voices. It's the best non-ditch digging job I know of. :-)

                          "Voice On" my microphonin' brothers and sisters!

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                            A life to aspire to. Truly freeing!

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                              I know I've commented on this over and over ad nauseum, but with your recording software, you have the ability to record and CLEAN UP your old 45s, LPs and tapes and burn them to CD or add them to your iPod! Old music is my hobby, and this is a monumental leap forward! It will take me YEARS to put my entire collection onto the computer (it has to be recorded in real time), but what a wonderful, incredible bonus!

                              Also, with web sites such as Voices.com, I have marketing reach that I never thought possible! I have clients in India, Okinawa, Idaho, California, London, and many other locales. This just wasn't possible a few years ago.

                              And one more bonus? I am hired relatively often for my British accent, and, unless a client looks at my profile, they don't know my normal speaking voice is NOT British. Since the hiring, audio transfer and payment is all done online, I had a client who asked me if I could do an American accent for the final line of a spot! I said I thought I could wing it! :-D

                              The best of success to all of you!

                              Robin Rowan

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                              • Robin Rowan
                              • July 14, 2007 10:46 AM

                                I'm not a voice actor, but if I were I'd probably put "being able to embody a ton of different characters, letting me step outside my everyday life."

                                I am however an animator, so I'll give you one from an animator's perspective "providing inspiration to those that need a strong voice".

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                                • Jeremy
                                • July 14, 2007 11:54 AM

                                  The ability to CREATE and give "voice" to words, lifting them off the paper (or screen)! ... i.e. Being an artist.

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                                    I love having the ability to make copy come alive...

                                    I love to take a break from recording and jump in the pool, then go back to the studio, sit on a towel (wet) and finish working.

                                    I like making my own hours. Not having to schedule sessions and coordinate schedules.

                                    I love recording with my cockatiel on my shoulder and my dog at my feet.

                                    I love choosing who I want to work for and declining jobs I don't want to do.

                                    There are countless other things as well!

                                    And, on occasion, I indulge dig into the marketing drawer and have some of the chocolate that I send to clients!

                                    Julie Williams "Voice-Over Chocolate"
                                    julie@voice-overs.com

                                    Posted by:

                                      As a voice actor, you can be rich and famous but totally anonymous at the same time! :)

                                      Karen Commins
                                      www.AVOICEAboveTheCrowd
                                      www.KarenBlogs.com

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