Where Do You Need To Live
To Make It BIG In Voice Over?
By Vanessa Hart
Voice Actor & Coach
Okay Ė here it is Ė this is hard Ė way hard.
Being a full time working voice actor in LA is sometimes terrifically exciting, sometimes frightening and sometimes just tiring.
And sometimes it just seems too much. No one is immune.
(Of course, I have these thoughts every time my landlord raises my rent.)
So, Iím thinking ... how important is location?
'MUST' BE IN LA?
Of late, Iím asking myself this question over and over. I think itís either irrelevant or of supreme importance.
If you want to do animation Ė you must be here.
But is there another must? I think there is. I believe that most of the heavy hitters live here, and if you want to be one too, then you must live in LA.
I cannot say that Iím happy about that.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
Where do you live? What do you want to do?
These are issues that need to be addressed.
Over and over again Iíve heard the phrase, "But with a home studio you can do it from wherever you are.Ē
Is this true? I believe it is.
BUT I also know that there are opportunities that are available in NY and LA that simply are not available anywhere else.
It is what it is, and thatís just the truth.
NETWORKING AND OPPORTUNITIES
You will have limited audition opportunities elsewhere, and you will have no ability to network and find other opportunities that perhaps may never have occurred to you.
For example, Iíve learned to do things that I'd never even considered because Pat Fraley believed in me. Could that happen someplace else? Maybe.
But I just donít know how successful I would have been if I had not had Pat as a mentor AND if I hadnít been in LA.
Is it stupid expensive to live here? Yes.
Is it worth it? Iím just not sure anymore, and would love to hear my colleagues' take on it.
What say you? Please COMMENT below!
Itís a catch 22 Ė you must decide what your priorities are.
HEART OR HEAD?
So: location, location, location.
I believe that itís still as true as it always was Ė but itís changing.
My normal mode is to follow your heart ... itís always right.
But my head will not shut up.
SHOUT IT OUT!
So I'm actually kind of hoping that you Ė my friends and colleagues - will convince me that itís OK to not be in LA.
Shout it out! Tell me your thoughts and experiences.
I have a need to know, as do thousands of talents out there.
What is the REAL deal?
ABOUT VANESSA ...
Vanessa Hart is an in-demand voice over artist, actor, and speaker whose work is heard every day across the U.S. She has performed hundreds of commercials, corporate narrations and national television promos, in addition to narrating dozens of award-winning audiobooks. She was a finalist for Best Female Voice in the 2009 Voicey Awards competition, and a finalist in the 2008 Audie Awards competition. She is also a veteran voice coach and demo producer and works regularly from her state-of-the-art recording studio in Los Angeles. Her concise, informative overview for beginners, The Power of 5 Ė The Fundamentals, is now on sale at her website.
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