By Lin Parkin
April 14, 2011
Have you recently completed voice over classes?
Are you asking yourself "Now what?"
Many voice talent who are new to the industry tell us that after they've developed the basic performance skills with a voice over coach they have no idea where to go from there in order to develop their careers.
In today's Vox Daily, we'll explore what to do next...
There's a lot more involved with voice overs then just being comfortable acting behind a microphone. Assuming you are now armed with a demo and a slew of voice-over performance skills, let's discuss some of the other essentials you'll need to get started in the industry.
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Long gone are the days that it was a must to live in LA or New York in order to be successful in voice overs. Today if you have your own home recording studio you can compete for jobs in those markets no matter where you live. Most voice talent operate completely from or at least have the ability to record from their homes. This allows you to work for anyone, at any time from anywhere in the world.
A painter can't paint without a brush. Knowing how to use recording equipment is a basic skill that every freelance voice talent should develop before diving straight into the industry. It's surprising to us when some talent join Voices.com without a demo to promote. Not only do you need a demo to promote on your profile at Voices.com, but in most cases, clients request custom auditions. This is a whole lot easier if you have your own studio and know how to create killer demos each and every time you audition.
Even businesses rooted in a creative field need to be well mapped out. Create a business plan and refer to it often. It will help you stick to your plan and achieve your goals. A good business plan will help you to identify where your business dollars should be spent and how to reinvest them back into the development of your business. Most successful freelancers would agree that it's important to have a business plan to gain and maintain control of where your business is headed.
Spreading the word about your voice over services is critical to your success. In order to be heard you must be seen - everywhere. This is where marketing comes in. Make your name synonymous with the word "voice over" both online and in the 'real' world. There are so many creative ways to market your voice over career. Try joining forums and social media sites to help generate some ideas.
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