5 Voiceover Reality Checks by Dan Hurst

Dan says – don’t “jump on the wail wagon” and think that making a living in the voiceover business is impossible. You can still do this creative and interesting work and make enough to live comfortably, pay for extras and retire.

You just need to know what you do well and cultivate lasting relationships. Oh, there is more to it than that, but this is a start!

Here is a recent article by Dan with more details!


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.


What’s a Buyout and Should I do it?

Another great article from Edge Studio touching on one of the most important parts of the VO Biz – negotiating and understanding what it is your voice will be doing for your client.

A client will ask you for a buyout, which may or may not be a good idea. You need to think beyond any money that is being offered and think about the potential usage of the voice track.

Eyeballs and Shelf-life!

How many people will see/hear what you do? And for how long?

Here is the article for your reading pleasure…

At what point are you selling a valuable service for a simple, fairly valued price, and when do you begin to sell your soul?


It’s Not Easy Money!

Voiceover work is not Easy Money and even if you have some talent for the work it takes some time to break in.

It doesn’t have to break the bank to figure out if you fit and where, but even once you figure that out, it takes time to develop your contacts and reputation.

If you have a demo and are struggling with winning auditions, come join a new Workout group I am starting up. This is not for beginners.

First one is April 25, 2017. On Facebook? Click this link for the Information. Not on Facebook? Drop me a note and I’ll give you the details.


Twisted Wave Debreathing Tutorial

My friend Christi Bowen is an expert at Twisted Wave (one of the many audio recording software programs voiceover folk use) and has created this little tutorial on how to use presets to “automatically” reduce the amplitude of the breaths in a long recording.

Not remove the breath entirely, but reduce the sound of the breath.

This is NOT a beginner tutorial or for someone who is not very skilled with editing and some basic audio concepts.