Have you ever thought you'd sound good on the radio?
Do you like the sound of your own voice?? Well, maybe
you could earn some money in voiceovers.
Voiceovers are used in a range of different areas:
- business presentations
- for phone systems and voicemail
- video games
- TV shows
- movie trailers and more...
Some require acting talent, others are just after the
'right' voice to represent their company.
With technology as it is today, you don't necessarily
need a studio and full on sound equipment to complete
a recording, and that's where it can be done from home.
There are websites out there where you can register
your details, including examples of your voice and any
voiceover work you have done, and customers can search
for the right talent for their job. For example, they
might require a female voice with an English accent,
to sound clear and professional. Or they might require
a more seductive voice or someone who's able to imitate
a specific character.
Training to work in Voiceovers
There are training courses you can do to improve your
voice skills before you get started.
One I have found in Sydney is with a company called
Voicebusiness, based in North Sydney.
They offer a voiceover course that 'is designed to
give you an overall understanding of how to be a voiceover
artist or broadcaster. During the course you will learn
how to use your voice skilfully to deliver a variety
of retail and corporate “reads” for radio
and TV (including assorted straight and character voices),
to develop the ability to “sight-read”,
turning written words into “spoken” English
and to conduct yourself confidently and professionally
in a recording session. The final session will focus
on developing a draft demo CD and a list of contacts
in preparation for your launch into the recording world.'
They offer private sessions covering the following:
- How to optimise the sound of your voice and speak
like a star.
- How to sound convincing, authoritative and persuasive-great
for corporate narrations.
- How to read off-the-cuff and make sense of what
- How to deliver retail, hard sell, soft sell and
all sorts of commercial "reads".
- How to do "funny" voices and accents.
- How to market yourself to the studios and to clients.
- Breathing techniques to help you keep in control
of what comes out of your mouth.
- How to speed up or slow down, and how to use inflections
and pauses to make what you say more interesting.
- How to improve your diction and pronunciation.
- How to deliver a clear message and get the results
the client wants.
If anyone has used this company or has a recommendation,
please let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Registering to work in Voiceovers
So where can you resister? Two companies I have found
To register you neeed to pay a monthly subscription
fee of between US$30 and US$40 for voices.com, so you
need to be serious about doing this.
As usual with any web based business, I wonder how
many jobs you get for your subscription and whether
it is worth it. I need a volunteer to give it a go and
let us know!