Generating a good income as a professional voiceover

                                  by PETER BAKER

Are you someone who loves to chat?  Maybe you were the show-off at school, loved to do speeches or take part in drama productions?  Then you’ll have no problem at all in becoming a voice over artist.  There are so many people with potentially good voices to become a voice over artist, but never take the plunge because they fear rejection or are simply quite shy.  If you are the sort of person who can put on silly voices in the pub, or like to imitate celebrities or friends, you are a big step ahead of the rest.

If you are a complete beginner, you really need to start doing what you probably seldom do…pay attention to the voiceovers you hear on TV.  Many people in this world of “on demand” TV fast-forward through the ads, but please pick an ad that has a voiceover style like your natural voice.  Play it back again and again and write down the script.  Now pause the video and try to imitate the voice over artist you have been listening to. Note the timings and IN DETAIL the way the “melody” of the words sounds. 


In any sentence, you should be able to hear the dips and rises in the voice, and actually sing the melody of the words, without using words!  Once you get the hang of this, you are well on your way to become a Voice over artist.

The next stage is to record yourself and play back, and to practice again and again.  You may have a digital Dictaphone or even an old cassette recorder, it doesn’t matter…you need to hear your voice back.  Does it sound similar to the professional voiceover artist you have just heard on TV?  You need to keep going, and continue to imitate the sound, timbre and timings of the TV ads you can see at home.  Once you have mastered imitation of existing voiceover artists, you’ll then learn to develop a style and selection of voices of your own.  You’ll soon begin to see that you have various “voices” you can do well.  Maybe a light and perky voice and / or a dark deep announcer sound. 

A good Voice over artist will have many different types of voices that are used in different situations.  In one session behind a microphone in a studio, they may use a deep voice for a corporate video script, a light and casual voice for a radio commercial and act out some natural voices for a training session.

There are two types of Voice over artist in the main.  There are those who usually come from an acting background and don’t have or want a home recording studio.  These people are happy to wait till their agent calls and then they get booked into a studio, usually in a city.  The way most voice over artists work though, like myself, is to build a broadcast quality studio at home and then market yourself, without a single formal agent getting you work.  The internet is so good at getting English language voice over artist work in so many countries.  You don’t need to hire a studio or travel anywhere.  The client sends you scripts and you get direction as to speed, voice style and so on.  You record, edit out the mistakes and optimise using a software program such as Adobe Audition, and use WeTransfer or whatever to send the file to the client. 

You can earn a lot of money as a voice over artist if you market yourself well and have got a good range of varying voice over artist showreels on your website. 

For more details on how to build and grow your voice over actor career, I have loads of training videos you are welcome to look at.  


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