“I’m thinking about breaking into voice overs”… I hear this all the time from people who have yet to explore the world of voice acting. I just received yet another email from someone who says they’re thinking of breaking into voice overs and how would they go about doing this? What I’d like to say is, “If you don’t mind spending several years in school, then you might consider breaking into psychiatry while you’re at it!” If you have a true desire to be a voice actor, you must have patience and the determination to see it through. It’s not something you break into.
Just because you have a voice and use it all the time, does not mean you can break into this business. When I receive a request like this, I assume that the person making the request is not really serious about the business, that they intend to throw darts at it and see if anything sticks. Obviously they just don’t realize what goes into becoming a voice actor. They don’t know how much training will be required of them. How much time it will take to develop their vocal skills, or the perfection their first demo will require. But yet, I remain calm and take the time to explain to each hopeful the steps required.
Some think they can start a voice over business immediately. They’re ready to quit their day job and become a voice actor, today! They don’t feel that they need to spend money on classes or workshops, let alone MANY classes and workshops. They rush into a demo too quickly and it turns out poorly. They make a bad first impression and their career is over before they have begun. If you build your voice over business correctly, it will be by baby steps and it will require spending some money. You can start your VO business for pennies on the dollar compared to buying a franchised business…but it all costs money.
It takes time, money and a lot of hard work to make it in a fun and rewarding voice over business. But now that you’ve had time to let this sink in and while you’re reflecting on the time and attention this business requires, maybe you’ll think twice before asking, “I’m thinking of breaking into voice overs! How did you do it?