- “How does one get started getting work as a person doing voiceovers?”
- “I have received comments throughout my life about my voice and how it would be great on the radio or TV.”
- “I’m curious to find out more about what doing voiceovers actually entails.”
- “Any words of wisdom about voice work for one such as myself?”
- “I am a theater actress interested in pursuing a career in voice over and was impressed by your credentials and education and thought I’d shoot you an email.”
And so it begins.
Every week, I receive at least one request for information on how to bust into the business of voiceover. Maybe you do too. So, what is the best way to respond?
I’ve posted my thoughts to many forums -suggesting how to proceed, so I’m pretty sure my name has come up in a Google search. I’m honored! I don’t have a problem with people contacting me for info for a couple of reasons:
- Many established voiceover talents received questions from me when I was investigating VO. I got some amazing, helpful answers and guidance. So, I’m paying it forward.
- The person asking me for guidance is willing to do some ground work before moving forward. I respect that.
Instead of handcrafting a personalized response every time I’m asked the question, I’ve written what I think is something every person considering a career in voice work should read. I’m so convinced of its usefulness, that I’m sharing it with you today.
Social media has made people who once read in to scanners and verbose content is passed over as too wordy. I deliberately kept my letter brief and to the point so the VO-curious can quickly be on their way.
Please, don’t hesitate to copy and paste verbatim what I’ve written into an e-mail or social media conduit. Or, change it as you see fit. And feel free to link back to my website, JChristopherDunn.com.
Re: How do I become a voice talent?
There is a well written e-book, YouTube videos and a number of blogs that cover getting (back) into voice work, which should answer a number of your questions. My top-level advice is to research the business, talk with many voice talents and keep your day job.
Professional Voice Talent Paul Strikwerda has made a career in voiceover for over 20-years. His YouTube video, “The Troublesome Truth about a Voice-Over Career” provides educational insight for anybody considering creating voiceovers for a living.
After you’ve read and watched the above and are still set on making voiceover your choice for earning money, read Rachel Fulginiti’s “Thinking Of A Career In Voice Over? 10 Key Questions To Evaluate Your Potential.”
And then take a look at the following posts, blogs and websites…
- VoiceOverXtra! for Newcomers
- Great Voice
- Voice Actors Notebook
- I Want to Be a Voice Actor
- Blog of J. Christopher Dunn
Finally, do a Google search on voice-overs, voiceover, “voice over”.
I’m sure you’ll have questions as you read so feel free to contact the article writers for answers or suggestions.
Good luck with your future endeavors and remember, KEEP YOUR DAY JOB!!!
All the best,
J. Christopher Dunn
Does it work?
Specific. Informational. Relevant. This will get them on their way to more research and will have them making their own choices about whether the voiceover universe has room for them.
What do you think? Is this the right message to send to hopefuls? What would you add or change? Please share your comments below.
© 2015 J. Christopher Dunn