Lately, I have been getting questions from friends and family that sound eerily similar to the same questions that I had when I started looking into doing voice over work. Questions like, “If I just wanted to do this part time is it worth it?” and “What can you typically make doing voice over?” and this somewhat longer statement/inquiry, “How do [I] know if [I] would even be successful at it? No one has ever told me ‘you have the perfect voice for radio’ … It just seems fun to me. When I listen to my voice on videos or recorded things I don’t really like it so is that my cue that I shouldn’t bother with this type of work?”
Here is my response verbatim:
And, to do this right, there is also certain costs involved. If you are interested, the following e-book/paperback can show you where you can go cheap, or where you need to invest:
As you know with anything in life, your desire to succeed is directly proportional to the effort that you put into it. I recently read an e-book that was a frank discussion about the industry. That e-book is a must-read before you decide whether or not you want to put forth the effort to be successful, even marginally successful, in landing voice over jobs.You can find it here:
“The Voice Over Entrance Exam” by Peter K. O’Connell – This will give you a realistic outlook on the industry. I highly recommend that you read this (it should only take about 10-15 minutes or so).
To answer your question about if you should do this type of work if you don’t like the sound of your voice, I will say, there is voice over work for nearly every type of voice. Old or young, youthful and energetic or slow and deliberate. To get a feel for if your particular voice is unique enough, I recommend signing up for a free voice evaluation. Here are some places to get started:
Such A Voice – this is the program that I ultimately went with.
If none of these work for you, then do a search on the web for free voice over evaluations and see what you can come up with.
This should give you a start. You can also click on some of the blogs that I have listed on the right side of my website, tayblog.com. In particular, look at Bill DeWees, Dan Friedman, Doug Turkel and John Melley.
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