Voice Over Beginner: Despite
Headlines, Quick Success Unlikely
By Terry Daniel
Voice Actor & Trainer
January 12, 2011
I love that people are inspired by the success story of homeless man, "Golden Voice" Ted Williams.
But let's remember that Ted went to school for broadcasting …he did MAKE an investment in his career …he also worked for radio.
It’s a dangerous thought process to think that you will be the next one discovered. It just doesn’t work that way.
Ted’s story is unique and it doesn’t happen very often. It’s inspiring, but in the same sense, it is sending the wrong message to those who think they can break into voice overs free of charge.
'GOT A GREAT VOICE!'
I must hear the phrase, “My entire life I have been told I have a great voice and that I should do voice overs”.
I hear that line in my sleep. I sing that line in the shower! Scary, I know!
You CAN do voice overs, but there is an investment of money and time that goes into educating yourself and getting the proper training.
NOT A QUICK FIX
There is no magic pill for success in this industry.
We’ve all spent a lot of money getting to where we are now - whether it’s coaching, workshops, demos or purchasing recording equipment.
Neither is the voice over industry a quick fix solution for the unemployed.
You won’t get caught up on your bills in just a week by trying to break into voice overs. It is a process that takes time and patience.
WHAT TO DO?
Getting into voice overs is like any other business when it comes to starting out.
You need to invest in training and education, much like a Doctor or Pilot, and there is still no guarantee for success.
The people who understand the steps, do the research and ask a lot of questions are the ones with the right mindset and attitude.
Kudos to them.
GET EXPERIENCED HELP
Where I get frustrated is when people don't do the proper research or they listen to the advice of so-called experts who are not even voice talents or in the field.
Myths can spread like a bad virus, so always do your research and then consult with someone who has been in the field of voice overs for a long time.
I really enjoy training folks who are serious and truly understand what steps are necessary to have a shot at doing voice overs, whether part-time or full-time.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
And the economy? Sure, it isn’t the greatest but we all need to believe in ourselves and our passions.
Stop using the down economy as an excuse. Don’t let fear take your dream.
When I decided to do voice overs full time, I quit my radio sales job to follow my dream and I knew it would take time and a financial investment.
I was never expecting a free ride to the moon, and you shouldn’t either.
If you want something for free, you just got it.
ABOUT TERRY ...
Terry Daniel has been in voice overs for more than 20 years, today specializing in technical and medical narration. He volunteers his services for ASPCA - the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and is managing partner and creative director for the Voice Over Club, a voice over training organization.