The Gig Economy – is it working?

The Internet is an amazing tool. It can connect people who need services with people who have those services to offer. But, it can also overwhelm you if you don’t know what it is you offer. The Internet and mobile apps have opened up a seemingly endless stream of opportunities for people wanting the flexibility to earn rent money, while affording job flexibility.

But do you use these options to get you started and move on to making a living doing voiceovers? What is your goal? Most new voiceover people want to get into the business to make money. Didn’t used to be that way – voiceover work was a full-time job and not really considered acting. Announcers, disk jockeys and newscasters were employed by radio and TV stations.

Actors wanted to act and were willing to work whatever flexible jobs they could find so that they could hone their craft and pay their dues – hoping for that big break so that they could quit the service job.

As the radio and TV stations contracted and tossed their full-time talent out into the street, they decided to make the jump into voice acting – but now with the expectation of making money – which they had become used to. They didn’t want to wait tables in order to do so.

Then came the Internet and digital technology opened the flood gates.

Uber used to be your only option, but not anymore. But is the Gig Economy working? Read this great article in The New Yorker today about the gig economy. Long, but very interesting.


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