The Acting Biz:
A Career Guide to the Twin Cities

To VO or not to VO? Is it right for you?

If you’re looking for someone to say, “Yeah, everyone should try voice-over! It’s great, go for it…” I’m about to burst your bubble.

“But, my friends tell me I have a great voice. They say I should do voice-overs!”

Who are “they”? Do your friends know anything about the business? I can’t tell you how often agents and recording studios hear this. You may indeed have a great voice, but to an agent, this line doesn’t mean a thing.

Too many people invest hundreds of dollars to make a voice-over demo, thinking that the agents, clients and money will follow. Usually, they don’t.

Harsh, but true. Sorry… it’s just that voice-over is the toughest part of the acting business here in town, and it’s expensive to try. I hate to see people spend their hard-earned money on producing a demo too hastily, thus wastefully!

Okay – here’s the upside. Voice-over work is interesting, often downright fun, and usually pays quite well. There’s a lot of work out there… here in the Twin Cities, across the country and around the world. People get voice-over work through talent agencies and on-line. New people DO break in. It’s possible.

If you decide to go for it, you must keep this clearly in mind: The pursuit of voice-over work is a business… an extremely competitive business. Yes, it’s worth going after, IF…
• You have the talent and skill to compete;
• You have the time and money to produce a great voice-over demo;
• You have the patience to audition over and over again;
• You have the patience to work and wait (sometimes years) to develop a client base before you make any significant money, if at all;
• You accept that you’ll probably never make a living at voice-over work. (Some do, most don’t)
• You realize that you can’t just make a demo and be done — that’s just the start.

If you’re determined to be a voiceover artist, join me for one of my “Intro to voice-over” seminars. We’ll talk all about what you need to do to get into the voice-over game – with plenty of time to ask questions. Before you invest hundreds in training and a demo, get the facts and weigh your odds

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