By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 16, 2009
Weren't born in a studio nor raised behind a mic?
I've got some great news for you!
Today, you're going to discover how your unique life experiences and prior occupations can infuse a wealth of knowledge and value into your voice over business.
Find out how your background, including degrees and experiences from completely unrelated disciplines, can help you in your voice over career, right now at VOX Daily.
Education Matters, No Matter How Diverse or Unrelated
When I was reviewing a profile on our site, I noticed that although the gentleman had a lovely selection of demos and had filled out nearly every field, his education field was incomplete.
Considering his finesse and obvious desire to really make a go at Voices.com, it surprised me to find nothing listed as to what his education was which brings me to my point:
Even if you started out in an unrelated field, it would be better to list that information than to leave it blank.
Why's Your Past Education Important and How Can it Help?
Someone could be looking for a voice artist with your particular background. I've seen it happen before with many people.
One gentleman in particular had a background in Art History and curated exhibits at museums, also dealing with antiques. If someone were to search for a voice artist who was already familiar with names of the great painters, how to pronounce them and so forth, they'd likely hire that voice actor over someone else given their expertise in that area of study.
Similarly, you may come from a medical background and be happy as a clam pronouncing difficult terminology from the world of medicine, pharmaceuticals, or science. When a word has more than 4 syllables or is in Latin, someone with your background could rock the project and give the client full value, never mind save time having to learn correct pronunciations and frustration when revision after revision is requested.
Closely related to the above is the practice of Law. There are some very interesting words and jargon in this discipline that would be Greek to people who weren't lawyers or judges. Think about it!
Lastly, maybe you came from a skilled trade and your area of expertise is quite defined, making you a great catch for technical narrations and presentations within a particular industry.
Being knowledgeable about industry jargon is an invaluable asset and could very well make or break getting a gig.
I could go on and on about how you can make any career or field of study serve you as a voice actor, but we've got to stop somewhere, at least for today.
How Has Education Helped Your Voice Over Career?
Looking forward to your comments!
P.S. If you've got some work to do on your profile, click here to log in and update your Education field so that people can find you (and your special skills) in the search results :)