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"I'm looking to get into Voiceover...
Where do I begin?"

by Wayne June

www.opuzzvoice.com/Wayne_June.asp




First and foremost will be:  

(i) Training
Chances are someone has said to you, "You have a great voice, you should do commercials!" or some variation of that. The fact of the matter is, having a great voice is like having a great piano. It's nice, but will do you no good until you learn how to play it! The skills necessary to delivering the spoken word are not intuitive.

There are several Voiceover training providers nationwide, the better ones are well known; find a reputable coach or trainer and make training your number one priority.

(ii) Practice
"Practice makes Perfect" and "Use it or Lose it" are not new ideas. If you want to develop and maintain skills at anything, practice!

You have a universe of teaching tools being given to you FREE, every minute of every day. Record and transcribe TV and radio commercials.
You don't need a studio for this -
an inexpensive portable recorder will suffice. Do you have a great voice? Good! Now develop great ears! Record yourself voicing them and compare the result to the pros. What's different? Do you have any speech patterns or peculiarities that need to be addressed?

(iii) Study
School is never out, especially for the pro. You'll find a wealth of material on my Voice Over Books (www.waynejune.com/voiceoverbooks.html) page. Check out what's available and invest in some study materials.

(iv) Networking
 Check out on line communities and off line in your local community. Learn what's going on and become a part of what's going on by networking with others in the voiceover field. My Links of Interest  page is updated regularly with links (www.waynejune.com/links.html) to voiceover resources. 

(v) Record Demo
Your "Demo" (short for "Demonstration") CD will be your calling card, showing your capabilities to those in a position to hire you. No details here, you'll be learning that through the avenues listed above, but one caveat here is worth mentioning: When the time comes, find a studio you're comfortable with that specializes in Voiceover production. They will know the demands of the industry and how to best emphasize your particular strengths, whereas a studio focused on music may not. Listen for: "Yes, we do that", not: "Yes, we've done that". There's a difference.

(vi) Marketing
Don't wait for business to come to you. Once again, no specifics here, you'll learn what to send to whom in the course of your training, study and networking. But here are some general principles:

Make the absolute commitment to provide the best possible service for your clients. As much fun as this business can be, ultimately, "...it ain't about You". Remember that "develop your ears" advice? Well, put it to work listening to the concerns and needs of your clients.

How are you going to get from where you are to where you want to be?

Set goals. If you don't know where you're going, what are the chances you'll get there? Goofy sort of a question, but you know what I mean. Whatever your goal, write it down and set a target date for reaching it. Divide the time period into blocks of work that are reasonable. Work consistently toward accomplishing short term, medium term and long term goals. Goal setting is a must. A goal without a time schedule attached is most often a passing fancy. Establish your work schedule, and stick to it. Get organized and focus. Set aside time daily to list all the things you want to get done. That gives you an organized approach to your day. As each task is finished, scratch it off your list. Set up a file listing prospective clients and repeat clients, and keep it up to date at all times. You will be adding to it constantly.

Maintain a positive attitude. Enjoy what you're doing. Success isn't a destination, it's a journey. "Success is the progressive realization of a predetermined goal." Don't take "turndowns" personally. This isn't an indictment of your worth as a human being! You're offering a service here; your work is your product, and if your product isn't appropriate for a particular application, learn how to improve it. Play the numbers. Be aware of your yes/no ratio. It will help point out areas for improvement in your method and your product. Sometimes, "no" is a request for more information about your service. Assure your client here by your helpful attitude and your commitment to provide what is best for him.

 

By Wayne June
www.opuzzvoice.com/Wayne_June.asp



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