Everyone should live out his or her dream of being a voiceover. If you’re like most people, you’re in a full-time job because it pays the bills and not because you love it. If you could do anything at all not factoring in money, you would be a voiceover artist.
I understand your dilemma.
Voiceover is a business. With most businesses failing within the first five years, it makes sense to feel as though you’ll not be able to make it. However, you’ll never know unless you try.
Since you do not want to go bankrupt trying to live out your dream, it is best to start your voiceover business on the side in addition to your full-time job. It can be a lot of work, but it is worth it if you end up succeeding. The following will help you get started, and increase your chances of it becoming a success.
Work on Your Skills
If you have never done voiceover work before, learn as much as you can about it. If possible, seek coaching from an experienced voiceover artist. This can greatly help you with getting work in the future.
You may need to do some free voiceover work to gain experience in the industry. It may seem as though you’re not headed in the right direction because you’re not earning money. However, this will help you get the higher paying gigs that will make it possible for you to quit someday.
Create a Resume and Demos
As you’re honing your skills and gaining experience, work on your resume. Create demos of your best work to show potential clients. Your demos should be different to show off all of the different voices you can do for clients.
Apply and Market for Work
You’re now ready to pick up some clients. Look for job opportunities online and in your community. You should also market your services. You can place ads in local newspapers, reach out to businesses with your resume and demos, and start a website and use social media. The more you work on getting your name out there, the higher the chances you’ll find some clients.
Build Your Business and Quit Your Full-Time Job
As you build your clientele, you’ll get to a point where you earn enough money to live on without your full-time job. This is when you can say goodbye to your boss. It may be frightening to do this, but if you’ve made it this far, you’re likely in the right industry and can make it farther if you just had the time. Quitting your full-time job will give you that time.
All of this takes time. If your dream of becoming a voiceover artist is big enough, you’ll be patient and take each step as slowly as you need to with the faith that someday you’ll be able to call it your career. Take the first step today, and you may soon be surprised at how far you have come in starting a voiceover business while working a full-time job.