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What Does it Take to Be a Voiceover Professional?

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

November 23, 2009

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Rainbow stockings feet climbing ladder into the skyBeing a voiceover professional takes a great deal more than you might think.

Is this a career for the faint of heart?

How can you become a career voice over artist?

Vicki Amorose shares her insight and unique take on how you can achieve your dream of being a pro voice artist.

So You Want to be a Voiceover Professional? Be Armed!

By Vicki Amorose

Many times, I've been contacted by people who find my voiceover profile and ask me how they can get started in voiceover. I'm not sure why this happens, since I'm not one of the online sources for free "Get Started" information, or a VO coach. I guess my brand is friendly!

Maybe this happens to you too, so I came up with an easy acronym to help answer the question.

Want To Be a Voiceover Professional? Be ARMED.

A: Acting/Auditioning
R: Recording
M: Marketing/ Management
E: Education
D: Dedication

A: You must have some acting or improvisation skills. Period. You will need to find sources for auditions, and audition well.

R: You must record yourself, because how else are you going to audition? The better your recording set-up, the more value you offer to clients.

M: How will clients find you? You must market yourself, because you have lots of competition. Your demo is your primary marketing tool. Managing your business includes client relations, image or branding, billing, and record keeping.

E: Take workshops, read books, study acting. Spend 3 months on the Internet reading everything you can find on voiceover. Listen to 50 demos.

D: It takes years to build a client base and to build your skills. Although voiceover is a business, it is also an artistic pursuit. Success in voiceover requires sustained ambition: you are driven by something internal, not simply by external reward.

Rearrange the letters of ARMED, and it also spells DREAM.

So that's my quick and concise advice for those wanting to enter the field of voiceover:

Have the DREAM? Be ARMED.

I hope this helps you to answer the question when it comes your way!

Vicki Amorose


Related Topics: acting, business, dedication, industry, voice actor, voice overs, voice talent, Voiceover, voiceovers


    Insightful and succinct. Rarely do the two go together. ;) Awesome stuff, Vicki! :D

    Posted by:

      Bravo! I will definitely be spreading this amongst the plethora of friends and acquaintances who've been asking me how to get started. You've really hit it all here, Vicki, great job!

      Posted by:

        That's very clever! I've been lately getting these sorts of questions too, and this answer covers all the bases, while still being pretty simple to explain. Thanks!

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        • Laura Post
        • November 24, 2009 11:59 AM

          I love the Acronym - (both ways) and the basic information is great too...perhaps you might want to add a little bit more considering today's recording reality. A "professional" home studio that will deliver the final product is the reality - which means more expense and more technical skills than ever before.

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