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After The Classes: Where Do I Go From Here?

By Lin Parkin

April 14, 2011

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Woman with a confused expression on her face in front of chalk drawn question marks on a blackboard behind her head.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...

What Other Areas Should You Know About?

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.

Each of these headings link to podcasts on Voice Over Experts related to the subject at hand.

Home Studio

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.

Technology

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.

Business

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.

Marketing

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.

Are You A Voice Over Coach?

Do you offer training in other areas besides performance skills?

Let us know by commenting below.

Lin

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Comments


    As voice coaches and owners of VoiceActing Academy, there are two common mistakes we see new voice talent make.

    The first is that many will produce their demo before they are ready. A voiceover demo must be excellent in both performance and production quality. It must also be an accurate representation of the performer's range and abilities. All too often, a demo is produced that falls far short of industry standards.

    One of the contributing factors to this problem is the second common mistake we see. Many people entering the voiceover world think that attending only one workshop will give them the skills and expertise they need to compete effectively.

    As you can see from the body of this post, there is a lot more to voiceover than just "reading" a script in front of a mic. Voiceover is a performance craft with hundreds of techniques and many trends that change over time. Ongoing training is essential - even for experienced professionals. For someone just getting started, the sheer volume of information available and the vast amount of skills that may need to be learned can truly be overwhelming. This is why we created the Conductor's Club as a means of providing ongoing, interactive, support for voice talent.

    Two important things to remember are:

    1) Don't produce your demo until you are ready. You'll know you're ready when you no longer need to ask that question.
    2) Plan and budget for consistent and regular training and education. Whether it be for performance skills, business skills, marketing, copy writing, acting, technology, branding, or any other aspect of your business - continued education is essential to your success.

    James R. Alburger & Penny
    VoiceActing Academy

    Posted by:

      James and Penny, thank you for offering your insights and great advice.

      Best wishes,
      Lin

      Posted by:

        I offer accent modification training. The "neutral" American accent is a widely debated issue. However, there are often regional sounds that might be detracting from your great performance skills. This doesn't only apply to people from other countries. Listen to local newscasts from around the nation. These can often be found on Youtube. You will hear regional accents that people who live in those areas don't notice. You might not even realize that you speak with the flavors of your home town. Sometimes the modification of a few vowel sounds can make a big difference in opening your marketability. I think of a "neutral" sound as one that people don't notice.

        Posted by:

          Thanks for commenting, Jill.

          It's so true that people often don’t notice their own regional accents. When we receive calls from customers they often inquire about our location. We're in London, On Canada. Though we may not notice our accents, our customers sure do! :)

          Lin

          Posted by:

            How do I get into doing this. Folks have often said I should. I have a wide range, while I can't do impressions...

            I would love to find out more.

            Thanks
            Gin

            Posted by:
            • Ginger Rountree
            • May 9, 2011 12:01 PM

              Hi Ginger,

              Thank you very much for commenting! I've asked that someone from Voices.com help answer your question via email. If you'd like to call in, you can reach us Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST at 1-888-359-3472.

              Thank you!

              Stephanie

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