Voice over artist jobs, like most other jobs, require you to put in plenty of prep work if you want to succeed. Unfortunately, many aspiring voice actors neglect to do this and are surprised when they’re beaten out for a job by a more skilled candidate. Today, voice actor Chris Edgerly is sharing a few of the ways that you can prepare yourself for a successful VO career and stand out from other candidates who are vying for the same roles.
Voice Over Artist Jobs: Preparing Yourself For a Successful VO Career
Go For Experience!
When you have opportunities presented to you in the voice over industry, they’re not always going to be paid gigs, but if they are opportunities that will help to develop your portfolio, expand your skill set, or even get your foot in the door with a company, director, franchise, etc. TAKE THEM! Experience doesn’t just provide you with those things mentioned above, either, it also gives you a chance to really get yourself used to the various nuances associated with different types of voice acting roles. The more you can assimilate yourself to all of the different aspects of various jobs, the more comfortable you will begin to feel at auditions and live readings.
Invest in Your Career
Investing in your career doesn’t mean spending every dollar in your bank account to get the best microphone or to buy a prefabricated sound booth for your home. What investing in your career does mean, however, is investing time in practicing, in taking those opportunities mentioned above, and investing what you can afford in tools to make yourself a better voice actor. For example, there is a wide selection of microphones and voice recording software solutions out there and they have varying price points so you don’t have to have a fat savings account to get the tools you need. In fact, you can even build some of your own tools like a makeshift voiceover booth!
Be Prepared For What May Come
It could be that you have the most incredible voice that Hollywood has ever heard and you go from zero to Hollywood star in three weeks…it could also be that you’re still learning and your first credited role received a ridiculous amount of criticism and online trolling. Part of being a voice actor is putting yourself out there and in doing that, you are opening yourself up to the criticism, publicity, exposure, and trolling that comes with the territory. Prepare yourself for what may come, whether it’s good, bad, overwhelming, or underwhelming, and find a way to cope with it. For example, one of the best ways to deal with the negative is to let it roll off your back and continue to work on your career rather than letting the naysayers trip you up and impede your progress.
Interested in Learning More Tips to Prepare for Voice Over Artist Jobs?
If you’re interested in learning more about having a voice acting career, what you can do to better prepare for a career in voice acting, or what tools can help you with your voice acting jobs, make sure to regularly check back here at Chris’s blog and to watch his #VONotes series of videos on the Chris Edgerly Youtube channel!