Things I didn’t know about VO

Things I didn’t know before I made the decision at the beginning of this year to pursue a voiceover career full-time:

You can work from home, out of your own studio, independently.  How cool is that?

Editing software may not exactly make you sound a whole lot better on an mp3 than in real life, but it’s a step in the right direction.

People will actually pay you to do this.

The money I’ve made in voiceover up until now is definitely less than what I thought I’d be making at this point .

There are an impressive number of voice artists out there who are scary good – a LOT.  And I’m just confident enough and arrogant enough to try to become one of them.

There are a lot of interesting and different people doing voiceover.

And, there are a lot of voiceover niches to work in.

Having  a “great voice” is one thing – learning how to use it is another.

Just like taking lessons from a skilled performer and instructor when learning a musical instrument, the money and time invested in a qualified personal VO coach and for a specific program of training and learning is generally more effective than trying to learn voiceover by just reading a book and watching YouTube videos

On the other hand, there are quite a few books on voiceover, and a ton of interesting videos on Youtube about voiceover – a LOT – that you can always learn from

You do not have to buy the absolute best (i.e., “most expensive”) equipment to get started and turn out acceptable-quality audio, but you can never go wrong by making an investment in high-quality equipment (and acoustic treatment), commensurate with your budget.

Not every job is right for me and my voice – but there are enough jobs that are right for me to make it worth my while, and it’s my job to seek those out, and use my time more effectively.

Auditioning on a “pay to play” website is a humbling experience – sometimes a depressing experience – but it’s also a great learning experience – with some lucrative experiences in there!

You can create your own website.  I’m still marveling at this.

Unless you’ve got the funds to pay somebody else to do marketing for you, nobody is going to know about you or care about hiring you until you introduce yourself, tell them who you are, and let them know what you can do.

Yes, I’ve learned a few things so far, and learned voiceover is not as easy as it looks – but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Remember – as long as you’re learning, you’re still pushing down daisies!

What about you?  If you’d like to share some “truths” about voiceover that you’ve learned along the way, or that there are things you never knew you never knew, feel free to leave a reply to this post.  I’d love to hear from you.

That’s all for now.   Time to get ready for week 7 of the high school football season in central Ohio!  That means I still have two home games as PA announcer for this season.  Woo-hoo!

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