Can Interns Help Grow Your Voice Over
Business? Yes! What To Do - And Not Do
September 5, 2013
Note: The author and her husband, Brian Amador, will present an educational session on Narrating Audiobooks for Children at Voice Over Virtual, the giant three-day online voice over conference September 18-20, 2013. For details, please visit www.VoiceOverVirtual.com.
By Rosi Amador
Bilingual Voice Actor
Interns anyone? Can they really help you in your voice over biz? You bet they can!
For the past 20+ years I have had the pleasure of working with dozens of unpaid interns whose contributions have enriched my businesses and life immensely.
For decades, when I was a full-time touring musician and our Latin bandís company director, I was able to find college and high school interns who were eager to learn the ins and outs of the music business.
HELPS US, HELPS THEM
These days, particularly in the last four years since my husband Brian and I have made the shift into full-time voice acting with more part-time music, we have had the good fortune of attracting numerous interns every semester and summer. They've joined us to learn more about both the business and technical parts of voice overs, and what keeps our business humming.
Some interns occasionally get college credit for their internships, but most simply want to learn and expand their knowledge or get hands-on experience and good mentorship in exploring a VO career.
I have remained connected to dozens of former interns who frequently tell me how much they enjoyed their internship, and who still use the skills learned years later.
I love it when that happens!
GETTING STARTED ...
Here's how you, too, can benefit from these wonderful, creative and eager-to-learn students.
I have been able to successfully recruit interns, keep them happy and productive, and grow our VO biz with their help.
Following are some questions and recommendations for you, based on my positive experiences.
What type of intern do you need?
Hereís whatís worked for me: An Engineer/Editor or Marketing/Communications Intern, or someone who does both (highly recommended).
Ask yourself what skills would complement your own to answer this question.
Sample intern projects
Your best bet is to try local colleges/universities Ė research their websites or call to see where internships are posted. Most often itís the career counseling office and sometimes itís all done through a particular part of their website.
Best choices: Students of Marketing/Communications, Engineering, Sound Design, Business,Technical Colleges, etc.
Are you part of a community list-serv of any type (including your childís school, for example)? Post your internship description to a variety of list-servs.
Tell your friends! Give your internship description a compelling name.
Following is what I put on the top of my listing. And below that is a description thatís clear but fun.
Unpaid Internship Position / Amador Bilingual Voiceovers and Latin band Sol y Canto
Job Title: Marketing & Communications Intern/Engineering
Intern Hours: Flexible, typically 8-20 hrs/week
Contact: Rosi Amador, Director
Email: email@example.com / Tel: 617.492.1515
WHAT TO DO ...
I sincerely hope this is helpful to you. Enjoy your intern(s) and good luck growing your voice over business!
Rosi Amador is a bicultural, native speaker of neutral Latin American Spanish and English, and a professional Latin singer with her husband in their band, Sol y Canto. As a voice over actor she specializes in childrenís eLearning and audiobooks, documentaries, audio tours, commercials, eLearning and public television promos. From 2012-2013s he was an Edge Studio Partner Coach in Spanish and English in Boston. She is from Puerto Rico, of Argentine descent.
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I enjoyed your blog article, and look forward to meeting you and Brian at Faffcon in San Antonio this weekend.
Having a person work for you for free when the primary benefit is not for the person doing the work is illegal and unethical. In an industry where our services are so often exploited and underrated I think we need to keep that in mind karmic-ly as well.
I hope I'm not coming off as too harsh but there's a fine line here. It might be worth paying your part-time student employee at least minimum wage to cover their transportation costs and make sure the arrangement is legit. Giving someone a chance to learn the ropes is a great thing and I am not against internships but they can so quickly and easily become exploitative and who wants to be responsible for that?