When you decide to work in the voice over industry, you may be contacted by a voiceover service. This will leave you asking yourself whether a voiceover service is right for you and more importantly, what is a voiceover service anyway! Today we’re going to take a look at those two questions.
What is a Voiceover Service?
When we talk about a voice over service we are generally talking about one of two things – an agency that provides you with tools to develop your talents or an agency that promotes your profile as a voice actor. Let’s take a quick look at each of these…
The Voiceover Service that Develops Your Skills
There are many of these types of service around and some are quite beneficial while others…not so much. You will find both free and paid services in this niche and the one thing that they all have in common is that they offer tools designed to help you to expand your skillset or to produce voiceover content.
The Voiceover Service That Sells Your Talent
The other type of voiceover service is the one that acts as an “agency” and sells your talent. This type of service is usually more like a directory listing rather than an “agency” and they require you to pay a fee to be listed in their directory as a voice talent.
Is a Voiceover Service Right For You?
It can be overwhelming when it comes to deciding whether a specific tool or service is going to help you to advance your career particularly when you are just getting started in the voiceover industry. So how do you know whether a voiceover service is right for you?
Firstly, always keep in mind that a good agent or agency is a well-known agent or agency and that often means that they are regularly closed for demo submissions. Online voiceover services that act as agencies usually don’t fall into this category. Think of these more like a paid directory listing like online yellow pages or even a Fiverr type service. It’s very easy to be scammed by these type of services so if you do decide to utilize them make sure to do your due diligence first. Know what you are getting if you sign up for a membership fee and know what that fee is and how often you will be rebilled.
As for the other type of voiceover service, there are many free services out there that can provide you with resources for voiceover services, software, training, opportunities, etc. but if you happen to find a paid service that offers the type of information that you are looking for and they seem like a reputable resource, there’s no harm in investing in your career. Just because this type of resource may be available gratis doesn’t necessarily mean that a paid option is a bad option. It takes a long time to compile resources and asking for a fee is a way of compensating for that time. The bottom line is – pick what works for you. So long as you are investing in your voiceover career and growing from that investment, you’re on the right track!
Interested in Learning More about Voiceover Work?
If you’d like to learn a little more about voice acting and life as a voice actor before you make any decisions about voice over services, we recommend taking a look at Chris Edgerly’s video series #VONotes on his YouTube channel!