Starting your own voice actor business can be the best decision you will ever make, especially if you start the right way. There are several factors that will influence how your voice actor business will turn out, so it is important to gain all the knowledge that you need to succeed in advance. A voice actor business like any other business needs a great level of planning and execution, as well as the passion to drive it to success.
If you are an aspiring voice actor or a professional voice actor who is looking to set up a voiceover business, it is important to know that you can be successful at it. All you need is the right information.
In this article, our focus is the 5 basic steps that you need to start your own voice actor business.
Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses
The first and probably the most important thing to do is identify your strengths and weaknesses as far as voice acting is concerned. Having knowledge of this will help you know where you need to focus your efforts. You need to fully understand your voice and describe it.
You need to consider the following questions:
- What type of voice do you have? Is it high pitched or low pitched?
- What is your vocal range? Do you have a versatile vocal range?
- Do you have great acting skills?
- Can you mimic another actor, can you take directions?
- Can you read text out loud and fluently? Can you imitate a foreign accent?
Answering these questions will help you identify some of the advantages that you have that will help you succeed.
Learn the Voiceover Categories
There are different categories in the voiceover industry, so it is important to know them so that you will have an idea of where you would like to fit in. there are three main categories which are based on the kind of skills required.
- The character voiceover (live-action and animation dubbing, Voice dubbing for video games, ADR)
- Commercial voiceover (radio jingles, TV ads, and online promos, marketing videos, and so on)
- Narration voiceover (e-learning, audio guides, training modules, audiobooks, documentaries, audio description)
Anybody can become a voice actor. Some people are naturally talented and are able to mimic their favorite characters with ease, while others have to actually learn voice acting skills. You might want to consider doing some training because different voiceover categories require different sets of skills. There are several online tutorials that can help if you choose to DIY, or you can enroll in a professional voice acting school. Getting the right training can prepare you for life as a professional voice actor. You will learn how to use recording tools and the basic knowledge of voice acting.
Know the Voiceover Industry
This is an important tip that you need to own your voice actor business. Just like every other profession, you need to learn about the industry and how it works. Reach out to voiceover professionals and ask questions, join an online voice acting community where you can learn from other voice actors. If there are regulations or guidelines that you need to follow in order to operate, find out about them before you launch your business. You need to know about the industry in order to know what will work for you. Know all the casting agents in your location, have a list of producers, recording studios, and professional voiceover studios. Try as much as possible to know the best practices and how your voiceover business can be successful.
How talented a voice actor you are won’t matter if you do not market your craft. You need to put yourself out there. And there are several ways that you can do this.
You can set up a website where clients and agents can view your demos or you can submit your demos to online platforms that can help connect you with potential clients. There are listing websites where you can get listed. YouTube or SoundCloud is also a fantastic way to promote your voice acting. You have to make sure that your material is great because agents will only spend a few seconds listening to your demos. You can submit your demo reels to websites like Voquent.com
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