It happens at least once a week – someone touches base with me, saying that everyone tells them they should be doing voicework. They should be a voiceover artist. They have a voice made for movie trailers, radio commercials and emceeing television shows. They either want to know how to break into the business or they want me to hire them.
This is a great compliment, every time it happens, and I take it as a compliment. Voicework professionals make this look so easy that people think anyone can do it. That’s high praise!
In this post, I’ll share with you what I share with them – it takes more than just a “great voice” to be a voice actor/voiceover artist/voicework professional.
First and foremost, it’s a business. In most cases, it’s a solopreneur working hard to make a living with one voice, one computer and a complete wardrobe of hats. They not only have to do the voicework, they have to market, keep the books, network, be their own IT professional and handle all the other things that keep businesses in business.
Secondly, it takes much more than a voice to be a voicework professional.
You need to have clear diction and a pleasing voice, but you also have to have the ability to use that voice. Not just talk – emote. Actors on stage and in the movies have their entire bodies to use to convey the message. Voicework professionals only have their voice. It takes years of theatre experience, radio experience and/or acting experience to be able to find just the right inflection – one that gets the point across well without clobbering the listener on the head with it. Like anything else, it takes practice, lessons, patience and time.
So, for aspiring voicework professionals, here’s my advice: first, understand that you’re starting a business. If that’s what you want, great! If not, move on to something else because you won’t be happy with the reality of where your desires lead you. Second, take acting classes and voiceover classes from a reputable acting school. Ask the heads of local theatre groups about classes – they know where the good ones are and might even be teaching them. Third, visit the Revenue River product page on this website and review the purchases you’ll need to make in order to set up a basic home studio. The expense is more than most people would assume.
If your heart is truly set on being a voicework professional, good luck! Keep me posted on your progress and shoot me a recording of your work now and then. Maybe we’ll be working together some day!
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Sandy Weaver Carman
CEO, Voicework on Demand, Inc.
I partner with writers, speakers, trainers and coaches, taking work they’ve already done and turning it into a new revenue river. Ready to get your feet wet?