Voice actor Chris Edgerly is back again today with the eighteenth video in the #VONotes series and in this episode, he’s talking about the different stages of voice acting! The #VONotes series is a video series designed to answer questions about the voice acting industry and each video contains some great tips and references for aspiring voice actors everywhere! If you missed the previous videos in the #VONotes series you can catch up on those here.
Voice Over Career: The Career Stages in Voice Acting #VONotes
Today I’m gonna talk about career stages!
There’s an old joke in show business that every actor has four stages to their career: Who is Chris Edgerly?, Get me Chris Edgerly, Get me a Young Chris Edgerly, and Who is Chris Edgerly?
Now, you can look at your career any way that you want, but I do believe that there are definite stages in everyone’s career and the first couple of ones are pretty much the same for almost everyone: apprenticeship and steady work. After that – if you’re lucky – you have a career peak, then a slowdown, and then retirement.
Now, nobody’s career has to follow these stages. Some people hit the ground running and immediately work a lot, others follow a very steady upwards movement, other people have a career graph like a rollercoaster or, in some cases – because this is voice acting – a seismograph after an earthquake, just severe ups, and downs.
The apprenticeship stage is also marked by not making very much money if any! But, you are building skills – that’s what counts the most!
Then, the steady work phase is different for everyone as well. I have colleagues that work every single day and I have colleagues who work once or twice a week, once or twice a month…and so each of them has an idea of what steady work really means.
That steady build leads to, at some point or another, a career peak. A lot of times you don’t know you’ve had your peak until you’re on the other side of it. Everyone is different! But what it means is that you’re getting the most that you can possibly get out of your potential. You’re at the very top of your game.
As for the next stage, the slow down, again, it’s good to keep in mind that a slow down can simply be a breath in between peaks, but the slow down generally means that you’re not quite hitting the same peak numbers. It could just mean that there’s a certain kind of read, a certain kind of voice that they’re looking for, and you’re not in that category.
The only stage that is guaranteed is retirement. Some people retire voluntarily, other people get retired by the business simply because, nobody wants to work with them! I, fortunately, don’t know anyone like that! Most of the voice actors I know are pretty awesome people and they know they have a great job, so they tend to keep themselves pretty hirable.
And of course, there’s retirement meaning, well, they’re just not alive anymore and that’s probably going to be my retirement.
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