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Career Quiz - Voice Over Newcomer:
Assess & Analyze To Move Forward
 
By Deb Munro
Voice Talent & Coach
 
It's important to create career goals and actions that are realistic to your needs as you start a voice over career.
 
This quiz is designed to help.
 
Circle the letter that best describes your answer. Then calculate your score and read an analysis of what that score means.
 
Ready? Begin!
 
CAREER QUIZ:
VOICE OVER NEWCOMER
 
1. I have purchased ____ books on the voice acting industry.
a. 0
b. 1-2
c. 3-5
d. 6 or more
 
2. I have joined ___ voice over websites that offer free information Ė such as forums/online magazines, features, directories, etc.
a. 0
b. 1-2
c. 3-5
d. 6 or more
 
3. I have spent ___ hours researching the industry and coaches carefully before spending money.
a. 0
b. 1-5
c. 6-10
d. 11 or more
 
4. I have taken ___ voice over training sessions in the past year.
a. 0
b. 1-2
c. 3-5
d. 6 or more
 
5. I have worked with a reputable coach for ___ hours in private one-to-one training.
a. 0
b. 1-2
c. 3-5
d. 6 or more
 
6. I have listened to ____ hours of commercials/animations and other voice over genres and demos.
a. 0
b. 1-3
c. 4-7
d. 8 or more
 
7. I have created a realistic budget of $ ___, including training, equipment, website and marketing costs, to see if I can afford to pursue this craft.
a. $499 or less
b. $500 - $ 999
c. $1000 - $1999
d. $2000 or more
 
8. I spend ___ hours per week exercising my vocal instrument.
a. 0
b. 1-5 hours
c. 6-10 hours
d. 11 hours or more
 
9. I spend ___ hours per day on my craft (training, editing, marketing, voicing, practicing, auditioning).
a. 0
b. 1 hour
c. 2-4 hours
d. 4 or more hours
 
10. I am auditioning ____ times per week through online casting websites, agents or through my own marketing efforts. 
a. 0
b. 1-2
c. 2-4
d. 5 or more
 
CALCULATE YOUR SCORE
 
For every letter you circled, give yourself the following points. Then read an analysis of where you are are, and how to proceed.
 
a. 0 points
b. 2 points
c. 4 points
d. 6 points
 
WHAT IT MEANS
 
If you scored 0 Ė 19 points ...
 
You arenít doing enough to get your career going.
 
This industry seems easy enough - after all, you have a voice. But do you have the ability to take on all that is needed to succeed in todayís market?
 
Voice over is more than just reading a story out loud. Itís taking someone elseís words and connecting them to the world through their eyes, while using your mind. Itís an incredible experience of skill, risk, creativity and also business.
 
Set up a plan and take action!
 
If you scored 20 Ė 39 points ...
 
You are on the right track and heading in a good direction. But you should invest more time in this industry in order to see growth.
 
You need to want success as much as the rest of us who work our butts off to make it happen.
 
Competition is plentiful, so step up your game for a lucrative career.
 
There is enough work to go around - but not everyone is working hard enough to get it.
 
Also be realistic about your voice over skills. Allow your coaches to guide you into readiness.
 
Donít jump into voice overs without proper, experienced direction and trust in what your coaches say (but make sure they are reputable).
 
If you scored 40 Ė 60 points ...
 
You, my friend, are doing a fantastic job. You have taken all the right things into consideration on how to make this journey work for you.
 
Now continue with these goals and add new ones.
 
Perhaps itís also time to seek an agent or create a more aggressive marketing strategy.
 
Your high score indicates that you may already be working and making some money back. If so, good job!
 
If you arenít, and you are getting frustrated, understand that you might not possess the natural skill needed to advance quickly.
 
For many people, it takes time and training to become a professional in this craft. One So be realistic about your circumstances and know that if this career is right for you, your passion and determination will help you succeed.
 
ABOUT DEB ...
 
Deb Munro is a leading voice talent, coach, and owner of Chanti Productions, in the Vancouver, B.C., Canada area. She offers private voice over coaching by phone and Skype, and MIC 'N ME workshops on voice acting, business and demo prep in many Canadian cities.
 
Web: www.micnme.com 
 
 
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Comments (3)
Sharla Comfort
1/5/2011 at 9:01 PM
Although I've spent $1,000's on training, workshops, books and demos...I eagerly await my first paid VO job. Volunteer work in audiobooks is plentiful. I will pursue getting an agent further.
Donna Summers
1/5/2011 at 8:27 PM
Brilliant, Deb! I'd love to post this on my site with your credits, of course.
Happy New Year!
Donna
Paul J. Warwick
1/5/2011 at 8:31 AM
Thanks Deb a great quiz!!
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