Monday, April 6, 2009

Become a Voice Over

Ever heard those movie trailers and it pretty much sounds like the same guy doing all of them? Ever been complimented on the sound of your voice? Why not study and look into a career in becoming a voice over. Now, contrary to what you read, the path to becoming a successful voice over is indeed tough, discouraging and has caused many to quit altogether. The competition is high and the market has become saturated. But that doesn't mean that you can't make yourself shine and be the next voice on one of those AirWick commercials with Octopus mom.

So what do you have to do? First you need to study. I can't stress that enough. You will be lost if you don't know the market and are not sure of it. Invest in as much material as you can and bury yourself with knowledge on the subject.

You are also going to have to invest in some equipment (an industry standard microphone) and a good website where employers can learn about you and hear samples of your work. You can go to Edge Studio for thousands of free practice scripts.

You want to learn from the people who are doing well. Everyone had to start from somewhere so research these folks and don't be afraid to contact them and ask questions. Locate voice over forums and groups. They should all have a newbie section. Study the valuable tips that have been displayed on these online boards. You can even join associations and local groups dedicated to voice overs.

When pondering the avenue you want to take your voice over career, be aware that you can always go the business route. There are many companies that produce videos on job related topics and use voice overs as well. You could be one of them. In this case you would market yourself to agencies and direct companies alike. Voice123 and Voices are great places to find jobs and network with other voice overs.

Here are some WikiHow Tips that are really good to know.

If you research voice over information in Google, you'll come up with many articles. While article reading is good, there are articles such as this one that are created by people who are not actually in the business. I recommend reading a book or a community forum from people who are committed to a voice over career and possess real time experience in the field.

God Bless


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