When just starting out or trying to get going, what do you put down for experience? How do you bridge that gap?
It's the chicken and the egg conundrum... how do I get experience without any experience?
I want to give you a way of thinking about this that might be different than normal. And from this point on, use this method even when you have loads of acting experience or voiceover experience to tell others about.
We are the sum of all of our experiences in our life.
Consider this... The person that you are, the voice actor that you are, the voice actor that you will become, and the business that you will create, should be the basis for all of your experiences.
All of these things go into who we are and what we stand for. Furthermore, they are the basis for our business and...
Marketing, marketing, marketing ... It's the craze these days. Everyone's talking about marketing. And let's be honest, for good reason. Marketing is the single most important activity you can engage in to grow your business.
So, to that end, I have decided to write a 5 part series on 5 different types of marketing styles you can use to grow your business.
Each one of these styles I have used myself and I will also be doing a corresponding YouTube video and podcast with them (I will link to those below).
My hope is this series will help you better understand what you can do to grow your business and empower you with the tools to get your there :)
Let's dive in!
Marketing Style Part 1:
If you know anything about me, this is my favorite way to leverage OPM (Other Peoples Money) and OPT (Other Peoples Time).
When we first start out, we don't have money to invest in paid advertising, so we must find ways to leverage other...
Over the last few weeks, I have been asked ...
"Hey Anthony, should I join Fiverr, even though so many people say that it will be bad for my business and I will get blacklisted from people looking to hire me?"
I always shudder at the question, not because of the answer or my personal belief, but because of the information that is being spread among voice actors that only applies to a small group of people.
What do I mean?
Well, the reality is, there is a very small circle of people in L.A. and New York City that do voice-overs for top Agencies and get paid lucrative sums of money.
To these people, joining a website like Fiverr would be silly and degrading. Not because getting work is bad, but because the prices they charge wouldn't make sense on a website like Fiverr.
Furthermore, they would have to start over on Fiverr because social proof is more important than how amazing your demo is. So, it makes sense that they...
Communication with Voice Over clients is so vital to success, but so often overlooked.
I think it's safe to say that there are so many ways we can reach out to clients these days through websites, social media, freelance websites, etc., but we still feel disconnected and forget to use them all.
I know for myself, I often forget to simply reach out and follow up with clients. Even after someone orders from us, we should still take the time to reach out to them periodically throughout the duration of their order, so that they know everything is going OK and that they are kept up to date.
Doing this really helps our clients feel connected to us.
And worse of all, many people just starting out in the voiceover business are too nervous to contact businesses on a regular basis, thinking they will bother them. But in fact, this couldn't be further than the truth.
So, in order to ramp up our communication, here are 3 simple communication methods you can...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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:
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...
I mean, why would you want to jeopardize the quality of your audio if you can afford to make it great?