Voice Over Work – Is My Voice Suitable?

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Voice Over Work – Is My Voice Suitable?


Many people want to do voice overs, but wonder whether or not their voice is suitable.

But what do we mean by the term 'viable'? In a sense asking if your voice is suitable is only half the question – suitable for what? Voice overs comes in many forms, so you need to rephrase the question and be more specific. You could ask: "Is my voice suitable for on-hold voicemail messages?" Egypt "could I do radio ads?" or what about "I wonder if my voice is right for audiobooks?"

There are as many variations as there are types of voice over.

However, even asking these sorts of questions is not enough to gauge the suitability of your voice. Voice overs are only about the sound of voice. Of far greater importance is what you do with it. By this I mean how you bring words to life; voiceovers are all about giving texture and color to the words on a page. It is no good being told you have an appealing voice (whatever that is!) If you have difficulty breathing life into the text in front of you. You need to be able to take a script (usually related to the client who is paying you!) And make the words sound like they are coming from you. It needs to sound 'said' rather than 'read'.

Still interested? Then ask yourself the following questions:

• Am I willing to practice to improve my reading out loud?
• Could I run a small business, selling my voice over services?
• Would I be prepared to invest time and money promoting my voice?
• Do I take rejection personally?
• Am I prepared to learn new skills such as recording at home?

If you have been answering 'no' to some of the above, then voice overs are probably not for you. Jobs can be competitive and you have to be prepared to work hard; if you are not one for learning new skills, or if you are a person who gives up easily then it might be best to consider doing something else.

However, if you have been intrigued and perhaps even inspired by what voice over work might entail, then I would suggest taking it further.

Voice overs can be very rewarding, not only financially but also in the freedom they give you. To begin with, you will be freelance (unless you sign up for a staff contract with a TV or radio station) and that means you are your own boss. You can work from home too; these days the internet and keenly priced recording equipment provide a means to send a high quality recording to anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home.

Imagine that; no travel, a big difference to your life and most of important of all, doing something that is incredibly good fun.

Now that is something worth being suitable for!


Source by Gary Terzza

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