Listen, oh newbies, and you shall hear
of the way things were for the (…um…) voiceketeer…
(ooh! reserving that domain name right now!)
Whether you’re just starting your career as a voice talent, or have been at it for a few years, you’ve probably heard from some more seasoned talents that “the voiceover business has changed.”
Yep. True that. Honestly, what business hasn’t changed lately?
But what does that really mean? What was it like, back in the days before twitter and blogposts? And – is anything still relevant from back in the “VO olden times”?
Getting a Voice Over Start, Before the Internet
I started in the business over 25 years ago, when I was a fairly new Mom – a son, then a daughter, both at home with me most of the time. I began my career with a goal of part-time work, to supplement my husband’s income while being there for my kids until they were old enough for school. I live about an hour from NYC, but chose to focus on local work in Connecticut – with the occasional stroke of luck (or referral) that led to a gig in the Big Apple.
Here is what I did:
- Got some VO coaching to supplement my already-existing skills as an actor (made a living, not famous) in theatre, film,
- Learned about the business of voiceover.
- Found demo copy that suited my voice and delivery.
Hired an active production company to produce my demo, another to make copies of it onto cassettes. Both companiesended up hiring me as a voice talent (I chose their services partly because I knew there was a chance they would hire me after I hired them….one way to get someone to hear your work!)
- Asked for referrals from my two happy clients.
- Drew a geographical circle that would cover a 90-minute drive from my home, and researched possible clients there (recording studios, mostly, in those days). Called them for info. Sent demos. Followed up. There was postage involved, and the telephone.
- Networked with other voice talents – I recommended them, they recommended me. Continue reading