By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 10, 2009
There is no shortage of people looking to gain experience in the business of voice overs.
Some seek apprenticeships and internships which are difficult to find, while others learn the ropes by working in the field, concurrently earning a wage and gaining an education.
Do you remember what it was like to work for someone else before starting your own voice over business? Are you now in a position to offer such opportunities?
Learn more about the benefits of working with others to achieve your goals and also how you can make a positive impact through your business.
When you were first considering a career in voice over, what did you do to prepare yourself as a businessperson for what lay ahead?
From what I've heard, apprenticeships, internships, and co-op placements are hard to come by in our industry, however, being hired to work in a recording studio, at a talent agency, or as a personal assistant to a voice over coach or professional voice talent are the likeliest options available to get an insider's advantage and discover how the business works.
As entrepreneurs, everything is usually learned on the job as there is only so much a text book can teach you. When you run your own business, it is nearly a given that you'll be wearing a number of hats ranging from that of the owner to front-line customer service in the startup phase.
I think you'll agree that by initially doing everything in your business, the basic fundamentals are internalized quickly and help you to gain a fuller perspective and appreciation for running a business. You know what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and why it needs to be done, motivating you to achieve your goals.
When you are an established voice over professional up to your ears in work, you may find that there is actually too much work for just you alone to do -- please note that this is a good problem to have!
Because of the sheer volume of work and demands that your business places on you as an individual businessperson, you may be noticing how hard it is to do everything and still feel creative doing what you do best behind the mic.
à¹ Your deadlines suffer or it becomes burdensome to meet deadlines
à¹ You're losing business because you don't have time to followup or maintain relationships
à¹ Your marketing efforts are not as fruitful or ambitious as you'd like them to be
à¹ You feel overwhelmed or like you're "spinning your wheels" and getting nowhere fast
à¹ You're spreading yourself too thin and not doing anything exceptionally well
Now, just think about how your life and business could change if you had some help!
At this point, it may be time to consider hiring someone to help you grow your business, and if you aren't necessarily looking to hire, think about taking on an eager apprentice who wants to learn more about how voice over businesses work. Not only will you get much needed assistance, you'll also have an opportunity to teach, mentor, and if all goes well, add to your overall success and bottom line through your combined efforts.
Here are some benefits for you to consider with regard to people you can add to your team for both the long or the short term.
3 Benefits of Having a High School Co-op Student:
à¹ Students only spend a few hours a day at your workplace for about 4 - 6 months
à¹ Are already interested in your profession and are given placements by their teachers
à¹ You do not pay co-op students
3 Benefits of Having an Intern:
à¹ Interns are highly motivated as completing their education program depends on you
à¹ Have a serious interest in learning everything they can for immediate application
à¹ Will lighten your load and take the initiative on projects you assign
3 Benefits of Having an Apprentice:
à¹ Apprentices care deeply and are supportive of your business like no other
à¹ You'll be able to influence someone directly in the field on a granular level
à¹ An apprentice may renew your passion for your work
3 Benefits of Hiring an Employee:
à¹ Paying someone means you can elevate your expectations for productivity
à¹ Creating a new role within your company will benefit you and your business
à¹ You have a team member on board who is motivated to help you succeed
I'm really curious to hear if you are open to working with an aspiring talent in some capacity at your studio. If you're already doing this, please comment with how things are going for you!
Also, if you've been an apprentice, intern, co-op student or an assistant to someone in the voice over business, I'd love to hear from you too about your experiences and how you managed to get your position.
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