This article talks about how to do a voice over and discusses the different parts of the voice over and the industry and how you can get involved.
But before we start, we should make sure we understand what is a voice over and who needs a voice over?
A Voice Over is spoken words that are mixed with (Or over), music, and/or video.
Today, we hear voice overs all the time. We hear voice actors when we listen to the radio, watch TV, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, etc. Where ever we consume information or entertainment, we hear voice overs.
Anyone that is creating content can use a voice actor. That is broad, so let me narrow it down with these genres:
I get asked this question a lot and the reality is ... you can make a ridiculous amount of money on Fiverr.
I started four years ago on Fiverr when it had been around for about seven years at that point. It was taking a lot of flak from people who didn't believe in the website, but I decided to give it a go because honestly, I didn't know what else to do as a beginner (It still takes flak today, but not as much).
Picture of the front page of Fiverr
As I looked around on Fiverr, I started seeing lots of people making tons of money. Of course, this inspired me, so I began to ask myself, "If all these people are making money on Fiverr, why in the world can't I make money on Fiverr?
So, this is what I did:
In the meantime, I got better as a voice actor, which helped me make better demos (yes, I make...
How to Find the Right Audiobooks to Audition for
Today, I'm going to be answering another question that I get a lot.
How do I know what type of audiobooks to audition for?
I think that this is definitely a question that has come often for you guys ad myself. Especially with some of the challenges that have gone on with ACX.
When I say challenges, I mean all of the different flooding in of books that are not necessarily grammatically correct or the struggle sometimes of finding a book that's actually going to be worth your time and effort.
So, I think the first thing to note is that you've got to determine what type of books you want to do. If you are trying to do audiobooks that are nonfiction, that's definitely one genre.
If you're trying to do books that are fiction that's another.
However, within fiction and nonfiction there are many other subcategories.
In fiction, there’s murder...
I had a question come in over the weekend and I thought that I would create a video and a blog post to answer it. That question is:
How do I know what genre to get into for voice over?
Do you know what genre should I go after in voice over?
What types of voice overs should I go after?
So, I think this is a great question and I want to dive into it with you.
I remember when I started, I literally thought that l knew for a fact that I was going to be a video game character voice actor.
I wanted to do video games. That was my thing, so I literally started emailing Blizzard. I laugh now because it's funny thinking back.
But I actually emailed Blizzard’s contact support to get on the roster for their games.
I can only imagine whoever was in the support team saying, “who's this guy that keeps emailing me for voice overs?” But anyway, I knew for a fact I wanted to do video game...
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...