Getting Voice Over Clients Basics 101 - Tips To Get Your Started

May 26, 2020

Three tips to market yourself locally... 

It’s no surprise that successful businesses run on the process of ‘getting clients’ and keeping them. The path of your VO Journey’s success and your progress as a voice talent is no different.
 
We’ve all heard it over and over that, it’s easier to service a client you already have than to have to keep hunting for new ones…

So, firstly, how do we keep the clients we have?

Here’s your first tip:

Under promise and Over deliver…

What does that mean exactly?

It means when you get an audition, don’t give one take and move on, give three, provide them fast and friendly, always say please and thank you and be cheery, informative and easy to work with…

When that audition finally becomes a project or two or three...

Be professional, helpful, and convenient.

Provide 2-3 takes for everyone, every time, ask lots of questions about your clients business and the projects...
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Top 10 Voice Over Websites For Voice Actors - These Are Essential

May 22, 2020

Today we are going to take a look at the varying features and benefits of the top 10 voice over websites for voice actors today…

In saying that I’ve probably opened the biggest ‘can ‘o’ worms’ ever, as people are people, they all have their favorites; they are all at different levels in their respective voiceover journey, and at this point in your voiceover career, some of these sites may remain undiscovered to you or you may have shed off your connections to them years ago because they didn’t resound with you…

So, If I’ve missed your favorite site or one you think should be glaringly obvious and an integral part of this list, please don’t be offended, just know that I’ve tried to give an honest appraisal and general overview of what sites are available out there…

What's interesting to me as I write this, I’ve probably thought of another five or more sites I’ve had a working...

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Fiverr is an Important Piece to your Marketing Voice Over Puzzle - The Important Website

May 14, 2020

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: It’s all about how you market your voice over business…

Here is the hot tip people, IT IS...all about how you market your voice over business!

But there’s also an ‘addendum’ to that statement,

Do more of what works… and less of what doesn’t…

What does that mean exactly? This one took me a long time to knuckle down but I think I got it...

It means you need to be constantly leaving ‘marketing landmines’ for potential clients to ‘trip over’ but these landmines need to be where your potential clients will find them!

It’s a fact that as an entrepreneur, you can spend a lot of money and time on voiceover portals, pay to play and social media websites and mailer programs, etc, that bring slim results, if any.

Which brings me back to the statement, DO MORE of what works…

Now, to Fiverr...

Fiverr was once known as a ‘cheapie freelancer...

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What Price Does Your Voice Over Brand Command - This Is Vital To Understand

May 12, 2020

“So, just in case you didn’t know it yet, you’re a can of soup”…

“What? How do you come to that conclusion?”

“Well, you have a label, don’t you? And content? And you’re attracted to some, but maybe not to others, for all sorts of reasons… and you’ve got a price! 

But who sets that price? YOU? Or your market? Or both?...

All good questions that we will explore in this article, What price does your Brand command?

Not sure if you’ve struck upon it yet, but there will come a time in your VO journey when someone tells you:

1. They like your voice and

2. They’d like you to forward your rate card…

I don’t think, in all my years as a voice talent, when I’ve sent my rate card to someone, they’ve emailed back and said Great! I love your rates! Here’s a Voiceover job for you! 

There’s usually some form of negotiation that takes place, which brings up a good...

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How has COVID 19 changed the Voiceover landscape - It Really Has

May 07, 2020
 
We’ve all seen some major changes in our lives today, not just voiceover… our work processes, purchasing food and essential supplies, the way our children have had to adapt to continue their education through isolation. We’ve come through the stress and fear of contracting the virus, dealt with the challenges of social distancing and being separated from our loved ones, to the point where restrictions are now being relaxed a little across the world. 
 
I think it's fair to say that the workplace and all its various guises have been turned completely on its head…
 
It would be easy to ‘go on’ and ignore how the outside world is changing around us… issues like the collapsing international travel industry or the meteoric rise of contactless food deliveries, or how supermarkets nationally have had to change their daily replenishment operations to cope… but what’s probably more important to...
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How to Pick the Right Voice Over Coach - Experience Is Important

May 05, 2020

So you're looking for a voice over coach?

Well... 

Yes! They do exist!... but you might ask - how should I pick the right voice over coach for me? 

You’ve arrived at the point in your voiceover journey where you think you may benefit from the experience and guidance of a coach? 

Well done! For many, ‘getting a coach’ seems to be the last resort when ‘everything else’ has been tried out and attempted beforehand.

Really, coaching should almost be the first thing you consider when setting up your voice over business… 

Why?

Because a ‘good coach’ can help you dodge and weave most of the landmines awaiting a novice voice talent and get you on the road to success, a lot quicker than you’d possibly take to ‘find your VO groove’ all by yourself...

Here are 7 major points on how to know whether you’ve found a coach that can help you in your VO journey…

But before we start, let me take you back...

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How to Get Started in Voice Over - These Will Help

May 01, 2020

 

  1. What’s really important to start?
  2. What’re your goals? 
  3. What’s your niche?
  4. Resources
  5. Equipment required
Ok, so it’s time to roll up your sleeves and ‘get down to business’...
 
The business of Voice over! (cue angelic voices in chorus…) You've thought about it a lot, a way to make some extra money, a path to superstardom, an alternative to your 9 to 5 grind but there are questions to answer and I’ve laid them out for you to make your first steps a lot easier…

What’s really important to start?

If I was to get started  in voice-over again, the first thing I’d do is:
 
The reason this comes first is that doing this one thing could point you in the right direction and assess how much work you’ll need to do coaching wise before you could consider yourself commercially viable… expecting to be born with all the talent and skills required to develop your own voiceover...
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3 Professional Voice Acting Tips - Don't Miss Them

Apr 28, 2020
  1. Know your audience
  2. Use your body
  3. Tell the story... beneath the story

Sometimes whether you’re a slick and seasoned voiceover professional or a brand new ‘wet behind- the-ears’ beginner, it’s really important to get back to the basics of the craft of providing a great voiceover and like any practice, there are the fundamentals…and today we’ll focus on three of the most important ones…

So, who do you think you’re talking to??

I can remember my father using this saying when I was young, especially if I’d been a little off the cuff or disrespectful with a snide remark and it was usually followed by a grounding and sometimes a shoe if I didn’t apologize promptly! 

But it illustrates the importance of knowing who your audience is!

Who is your audience?

What do they like to do?

What’s important to them?

What drives them?

What interest do they have in your content?

Imagine going to a Doctor who chose not to ask you...

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Voice Over Rates For Beginners - Can Be Confusing

Apr 23, 2020

What’s reasonable, expected, or completely over the top?

“So, now I’m set up and ready to go, what do I charge for my voiceover services?”

It’s a question that has even the most seasoned voice artist confused, due largely to the ‘shifting sands’ of the voiceover industry… 

Now, don’t get me wrong, the shifting sands I’m referring to, are not the tropical jungle quick-sand type, that will swallow you whole, completely gone without a trace… 

Although for beginners, the industry may feel a bit that way from time to time…

I’m referring to the ‘shifting sands’ of the voiceover market, which currently feels like the only consistent thing about it, is it’s constantly changing and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s changed again by the time you’ve finished reading this article!

Some time ago, there was no such thing as talent websites, ‘pay to play’ sites...

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Protect Your Voiceover Business From Failure - Tips To Help You Be Successful

Apr 20, 2020

Here are 5 tips to ensure your voiceover business becomes productive & continues to GROW!

So, you’ve been thinking about your own business for some time now and you’ve finally decided to take the ‘bull by the horns’ throw caution to the wind and start up your own service-based business…

“ Hey guess what everyone? I’ve decided I’m becoming a voiceover talent!”

(Cue raucous applause and cheers from the whole family)

After all, Aunty Gladys has always loved your voice and says you’ll be fabulous! So, how hard can it be, right..?

…Just hold it there Ace!

Voiceover can be lots of fun, after some dedicated practice, coaching and learning to use your audio equipment, it can be a great way to make money and of course, there’s nothing nicer than being able to help others build their own businesses by using your great vocal talents to produce training videos, narrations, phone messages and the like…...

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