Planning vs Execution In Your Voice Over Business

Oct 22, 2020

Planning is important, but planning without execution is a waste of time! 

The difference - Planning is a set of directions, execution is driving with those directions.

Trying to take your voice over business somewhere without directions folly. We all know this. But the interesting part of the assumption is you are actively going somewhere. We tend to overlook that small detail in that saying. 

Most of us muster the courage of putting together a plan, but very few of us actually follow through and execute! 

"Planning is a mental activity. Execution is a physical one." 

When you find yourself questioning what to do next, or find yourself sitting still thinking of the path, or worse, fiddling around with the internet trying to get your "bearings", you are planning. 

But when you take action, you begin to control and predict the outcome of the desired result. THAT is execution.

Don't wait for the perfect plan to execute. If you...

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The Art of Voice Over

Oct 22, 2020

I will never forget when I was a teenager and I went on a field trip to see Phantom of the Opera with my Choral class. 

It was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. The art of it all ... the costumes, set, pictures, music, acting, all of it, was simply breathtaking

That was the moment that I knew art, in some shape or way, would be in my life. Because it moved me. It captivated me. It took me to a different world where everything seemed right. It's where I belonged.

So my life as an actor began in the nosebleed cheap seats of a massive coliseum over 25 years ago. 


Fast forward to the present day, and I am proud that I make my living through the art of voice over. 

This career moves me as the music did so many years ago. 

I want to ask you ... does voice over as an art form move you

The big question, right? But I thought, "What the heck, might as well ask." 

So ... what is Art?

Miriam Webster says: "Art is something that is created with...

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Where I Earn My Voice Over Money

Oct 20, 2020

With all of the information out there on how to get more clients for your voice over business, I thought it would be a good idea to tell you the sources that are bringing me "Actual" work.

This list is not in any order and I will refrain from giving you money totals, since those vary from week to week, month to month, but every source listed here is bringing me money on a regular basis for VOICE OVER

Let's dive in ...

1. Upwork 

This is a freelance website that is free to join and find business. The general premise of the website is as follows: Businesses come to the website looking for a freelancer to complete a job. 

They post the job on the website and wait for freelancers to send proposals on their job offer. 

We, as freelancers, search out the related jobs, send proposals to the buyers, and they either accept our proposal or not. If they do, we complete the work to their specs and deliver. 

When that is completed, we are paid through...

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What Is Your Plan For Success In Voice Over?

Oct 13, 2020
 

The saying goes, "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." I agree wholeheartedly with this statement. And I would venture to say that most of us are failing to plan right now for success in our voice over business. 

Lack of planning is the most evident characteristic I have seen when it comes to my successes and failures. And after working with so many voice actors, I can safely say that we are all struggling in this department. 

So, what is a plan, really? Why should we have a plan for our business? And what should the plan be?

Let's take a look at each of these:

1. What is a plan, really? 

A plan is a series of steps, that when completed in order (the order can vary), will lead you to the destination/goal you are trying to reach. 

What's funny about this definition above is the simplicity of it, yet we all know how difficult it can be to plan. To start, you have a goal. That goal involves moving forward towards something tangible. 

Because goals involve...

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Can I get away with using a USB Mic Instead of an XLR Mic?

Oct 02, 2020
It’s a question that comes up from time to time and it’s certainly one worth discussing… but more than that, I’d really like to discuss why the question is actually there… and It’s my belief, it’s based in functionality, convenience and is driven largely by price…

I mean, why would you want to jeopardize the quality of your audio if you can afford to make it great? 

When you think about the importance of your microphone as a ‘tool’ in your voiceover journey, next to your room treatment, it takes a pretty high priority, it’s also fair to say that the advice you’d be normally given regarding microphones would be, to buy the most expensive microphone you can afford…
 
A great example of this ‘challenge’ would have to be the offering from Rode Microphones and their XLR shotgun condenser unit, the ever-popular NTG3, which reportedly gives the Sennheiser MKH 416 the (L.A. booth and film...
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Am I Ready To Be A Voiceover Artist?

Aug 24, 2020
Have you ever looked at a man-made marvel of engineering and thought to yourself, what a spectacular piece of machinery? 
 
It could be an iconic military aircraft or the latest Tesla electric supercar or even the latest Thermo mix!
 
Whatever your ‘whizz-bang’ unit is: I think you’ll agree, all the components of the spectacular unit you're thinking of, have to work together in perfect synergy, each piece of the machinery singing in pitch, all of the components and cogs relying upon the other in perfect wizz bang fashion…
 
It’s a little like your voiceover business.
 
Now, to be fair, voiceover businesses usually don’t start out that way, however, in order to really ‘stake your claim’ and stand out in the voiceover market, you need eyeballs, followers, clients, return business, etc and the only way to make that happen is to get all your ‘cogs’ or components whirring consistently and in...
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Has voiceover changed in the last 20 years?

Aug 12, 2020
In the history of voice-over, the last 20 years have probably seen more changes to the industry than ever before! 
 
We’ll expand as best we can on all the various impacts on the industry in the below article and how it will impact you...

Q: I have done voiceover in the past, but I want to get back into it, what do I need to do now?

If you’ve decided to take a fresh look at the voiceover industry before you pull on your togs and flippers and dive in head first, here are some important aspects to consider, to help you navigate the ‘white water rapids’ on your VO Journey...

Agents vs. Online websites

In the good ol’ days you had an agent ...or you didn’t work. It was that simple.
 
The talent agent role in some ways hasn’t changed much, and in other ways,
has almost changed completely! The main difference these days?
Agents now have to present their services online also just as we do and agents actively have to compete with...
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Do I Need An Agent To Be A Voiceover Artist?

Aug 07, 2020
If you’re new to voiceover as an industry, you’d be forgiven for not knowing how integral a ‘part’ was played by the voiceover agent before the internet changed the business forever…

Once upon a time, or 20 years ago, or so... it was ‘virtually impossible’ to find and book work in the voiceover industry without having agent representation, as agents and advertising agencies held the keys to voice rosters and casting calls with major corporates and they also had the ‘last word’ on whether you’d work or not… Let’s take a look at the role of the current day agent and whether you need one to be a voiceover artist...

What are agents and what do they do?

The role of the talent agent hasn’t changed much, and in other ways,
has almost changed completely! The main difference these days?
 
Agents now have to present their services online just as we do and agents have to compete with voice websites,...
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Simple Email Marketing Strategy For Voice Actors

Jul 30, 2020
When it comes to emails, you’ll hear all sorts of opinions relating to them from 
being ‘old news and outdated’, a complete waste of time, to the other end of the spectrum and email being the ‘bedrock’ of your marketing plan... 
 
Whatever your thoughts on email at this stage, most voice talent initially ‘slink away in horror’ at the thought of having to ‘sell themselves’ and having to do daily email tasks, but believe me, it’s not all bad once you get the hang of what’s required and you might just find email to be a powerful marketing addition to your VO Journey. 
Remember, email is still one of the most effective ways of connecting and building a relationship with your potential clients and also for building your voiceover business.

Q: How do I find contacts?

  1. Start by Using Google to locate video production, audio production, and other production studios across the country…  and once...
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5 Big Tips for Narrating non-fiction audiobooks

Jul 23, 2020
As all of us ‘make our way’ on our VO Journey, sooner or later we come across the potential of recording audiobooks… I for one recorded many Audiobooks on ACX at the start of my voiceover career and it gave me a great grounding for many other projects I’ve been involved in over the years…
 
Audiobooks are great for lots of reasons but let’s consider a few first up,
  • There’s lots of work available at any given time which is great practice for the new and upcoming VO talent.
  • It’s a great way to get some income rolling in right off the bat…
  • Unlike the average voiceover project which tends to be a ‘one-off’ job, you have the added bonus of being able to pick up royalty payments on a book that sells well! Imagine if you were to score, say, the next Harry Potter series?

Note: Ensure you read the book you’re narrating before you start to record… or at least skim through to the end, as...

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