Top 5 Things that May Hurt your Voice-Over Business

Have you just recently put up your own voice-over business? Do you have trouble attracting the right prospects for your voice-over services? Or do you find establishing yourself as a stable online voice artist difficult?

If it seems like your voice over business can’t take off in the right direction, you may be doing a few things wrong. Here is a list of 5 things that may be hurting your chances at audio narration success:

You don’t take care of your voice or your clients. 

While voice talent is just one factor in your success, it is still the most important factor.  Thus, you need to be able to take care of your voice at all times.  Avoid things that may cause dry mouth, mucus formation, and hoarse throat.  When you take care of your voice you also take care of your clients who are, after all, paying for your voice acting services.

You allow distractions to take over. 

You may not notice it at once, but little distractions can affect your audio recording performance. Thus, regardless of the problems you have outside of work, you need to focus on your voice-overs wholeheartedly. As a voice artist, you have to be totally involved in what you are doing. Otherwise, you’ll end up with half-baked performances that fail to establish your spot in the competitive voice-over market. 

You don’t update your website. 

Have you recently changed your e-mail address or contact numbers? Have you decided to expand your voice acting services to include commercial voice-overs?   Is your website well- ranked in popular search engines? When you don’t update your website, you are missing out on a lot of opportunities out there.

You forget to take care of business matters. 

Your voice-over business should be a legitimate business. Thus, you have to get the right permits and pay the right taxes. Clients will want to transact with legally-operating entities especially on the web. This way, your audio recording company will be a legitimate, responsible business that your clients can rely on.

You don’t network with the right people.

If you think your voice-over business is not moving in the way you’d want it to go,  you may       want to expand your contacts and participate in offline events. Surely, the Internet is a great   way to network and earn more contacts. But getting involved in actual events such as meetings, conferences and seminars with fellow voice artists can help establish your presence in your chosen profession. These events can also serve as opportunities for you to get in touch with people or organizations that may need your voice over services now or in the future.

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How to Be a Versatile Voice-Over Artist

The most famous voice actors in history, from Mel Blanc to Don LaFontaine, have been known not only for their vocal talent but also for their vocal versatility. This is why the ability to take on a variety of vocal styles and qualities can take any vocal artist to more places. Given my experience as a voice-over talent for almost two decades now, I can say that versatility is something any narrator or announcer can work on. The essentials include an understanding of your vocal range, the ability to listen well, and the patience to practice and practice more.

Knowing Your Vocal Range 

As much as you want to be able to possess all vocal styles, this is not always possible. The first step to being versatile is to understand that you can possess a variety of vocal qualities and personalities but you can only go so far. Once you have a clear understanding of your vocal range, you can work toward being better at this specific range so that you can be as flexible as you can during recordings. In my case, my voice has been described as energetic, warm, friendly, smooth, sensual, casual, and possessing a “storyteller” quality, depending on my readings. Thus I can work within this range and offer my clients a variety of vocal styles, depending, of course, on the requirements of the project.

Cultivating Listening Skills

If you want to be a multitalented voice artist, you need more than just speaking skills. Listening skills are just as vital, too. You can do this by listening to the way other voice actors are able to adapt different styles to their voice. And best of all; listen to your own voice. Listen to your own audio recordings, past and present, and notice how your voice has evolved. This way, you will know how far you can stretch yourself, either by experimenting or doing better at the vocal qualities you’re already good at.

Practice, Practice, Practice

It doesn’t matter whether you practice out loud or practice in your head; the important thing as a voice artist is to continually practice. Practice and try to perfect your articulation, tone, inflection, and even your breathing. Once you’re done with the basics, practice adapting different, more versatile vocal styles.

As long as you know your vocal qualities well and strive hard to deliver these vocal styles in a flawless manner, you can be a versatile, exceptional, and reliable voice talent all at the same time. These days, it’s never just enough to be a “good” voice artist. A true artist has to be creative, flexible, and willing to experiment, too!

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