By Scott Lumley
March 16, 2010
Is voice over work not finding you?
What if you were to find it?
In today's VOX Daily, Scott Lumley, one of the team members here at Voices.com, talks about how you can use your gifts as a professional voice over artist to source your own work, gain business, and create a legacy in the process.
I'd like to ask you a question.
What is the most important word in the title 'Voice-Over Artist?'
I'll give you two hints. It's not 'Voice' or 'Over.' Artist is the most important word in that title.
Artists create imagery, sounds, music, written works and recordings for people to listen to and enjoy every day, and they don't wait for a job to do this. They simply select the material they wish to work with and then they develop it into their own vision. There isn't always a payoff in being an artist, but there is always potential reward.
By now, some of you are wondering what I could possibly be talking about. How can you possibly work as a voice over artist with no material? You can't work in a void, a voice without words is the equivalent of one hand clapping.
Well, that's both right and wrong. You do want to have some sort of script to work from as a voice over artist, but if you wait for someone to bring it to you, you might be waiting a long time.
Find a public domain or creative commons book that you want to record... and then record it. There are thousands of public domain books out there that can be recorded and rebroadcast at will. Think of the list of books that you could record. Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. The Sherlock Holmes novels. The entirety of Shakespeare's work. Bram Stoker's Dracula. Mark Twain. Charles Dickens. The list goes on and on.
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It can take some time and effort to record your own Audiobook, but when that step is complete you'll have a finished work for your own portfolio that few people will be able to match. You will have gained important experience that you may never have gained if you waited for someone to award you an audiobook job. You'll have a legacy that your children and grandchildren can listen to. And, if you do a good enough job, you can even submit your new recording to iTunes or the Voices.com store for sale.
It isn't limited to just audiobooks. If you have children or grandchildren, do some audio recordings of their favourite bedtime stories. (For personal use only of course...) If you have writing ability, write your own essays and scripts and record those for broadcast or sale online.
You can even sit down with a friend that has a shared interest and do your own podcasts. Talk about anything you like, edit the recording down to the finer points and save it. Once you have a series of podcasts done that you're proud of, submit them to the iTunes Podcast Directory or upload them to YouTube.com or another distribution channel and see how many people start listening to you just because you have something to say.
Being a voice over artist isn't always about working jobs. You should be doing it because you love it. You love to talk, you enjoy refining your craft and recording skills, you want to get better as an artist and a professional.
Don't wait for these things to come to you.
Get started on your own portfolio and concentrate on making it bigger and better. Get your voice out there and start building your own brand!
Good things may come to those who wait, but I can assure you that you'll be far more successful if you go get it.
So, go get it!
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