Essentials for Voice Talent
Whether you’re an aspiring voice actor or an established veteran that needs some guidance, here are some important tips to bear in mind for anyone looking to earn a living from voice over work.
Practice! – Practice does indeed make perfect. Ask any Musician or Painter how they became so “gifted” and they’ll tell you it comes with practice. Hours of rehearsal are required to reach the levels of ability that people are willing to pay for, and as with any kind of performance or art, voice acting is no different. Always be sure to read aloud regularly and if your schedule permits, try to commit about an hour per day to improve your voice and prevent any bad habits or rustiness creeping into your technique.
Be versatile and approachable – No one enjoys working with someone who doesn’t listen. Even though you’ve been hired for your voice you still have to listen to and give the client what they want. If you do a good job in the eyes of the client then this could lead to future recommendations and referrals, expanding your opportunities and reputation.
Charging a fair rate – If you’re just starting out in the business and jobs are hard to come by, it may be worth considering freelance work to build connections that will come in handy later once you acquire the reputation for being reliable. Once established and respected you should settle on a rate. Then compare it to your competition and decide whether you should undercut, charge relatively the same, or possibly charge even more. Just be honest in your self-evaluation.
A strong web presence – Having professional looking pages where potential clients can contact you is your chance to create a powerful and lasting impression. For anyone looking for clients, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and even a SoundCloud account are all crucial platforms in which voice artists can garner attention and exposure, all without spending a penny!
Do your homework – Researching your clients ahead of time while also discussing and understanding exactly what they’re looking for from a voice talent in particular. It isn’t breaking your artistic integrity by being flexible and giving the client what’s appropriate – no one is saying you can’t throw your own ideas in as well.
Having a professional demo – When you’re ready to commit your talent to a demo, make sure you do it with equipment and expertise that does you justice. A demo of bad quality could really hurt your ability to get an audition or interview, whereas if you set aside some of your budget to pay for studio time with technicians to capture and compliment your sound – you’ll be giving yourself a fighting chance. You also send a professional and refined message to potential employers such as a voice over agency or talent scout that you are serious about your profession.
Patience – No one becomes successful overnight, but a lot of preparation and careful consideration can inspire a breakthrough in your career. Expecting results immediately even if you’re doing the right things is unfair on yourself, keeping at it while keeping your options open is more likely to field results in the long run.