It’s no secret that voiceover artists are in demand. More and more people are turning to podcasts, audiobooks, and video games for entertainment. Due to this, there is a constant need for an array of voices from all walks of life.
However, It can be challenging to get started as a voiceover artist with so many different avenues out there. Here are some tips on increasing your bookings as a voiceover artist.
How to decide what vocal type suits you best
Generally speaking, most voiceover work out there falls under three categories: Commercials, Narration, or Animation/Imaging. The easiest way to find out what vocal type suits you best is to record yourself.
The next stage is to listen back to your voice recording and pinpoint your strongest suits. Is your voice caringly or animated or, perhaps, tranquil? Also, can you do different accents well? Make sure to take good notes as this knowledge will be helpful to start in the industry.
Create a professional website
A website is a great way to look professional, sound professional, and have an outlet for all your voice work. Consider uploading an online reel of some clips you have recorded. These can be in mp3 or wav formats if possible, and make sure to include a range of styles on the website so casting directors will know what you sound like.
Give yourself an edge by adding links to your website from your social networking sites. This way, casting directors can easily find your work.
Make sure you have the right equipment
This is a pretty big one for new voiceover artists because if you can’t record or edit your audio, it doesn’t matter how good of a voice you have! So, make sure that you buy yourself a decent microphone and good audio editing software before you begin anything else.
Don’t go for the upsell when shopping around for your equipment. Plenty of shops online will try to sell you all kinds of extra gadgets you don’t need, so shop around to see what is best!
Get involved with online communities
Voiceover artists are a tight bunch, and there is a vast range of different groups online that you can join to network with other people in the industry.
Another awesome thing about being involved in online communities is that you can offer your services as a voiceover artist and get involved with free projects – all while building up your reel.
Nowadays, there are many different types of voiceover work, and if you’ve never done this type of work before, it can be challenging to know what precisely you’re looking for. Thus, make sure to stay humble and don’t bite off more than you can chew. You will need time to build yourself up in this industry, so patience is vital!