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.


“There is no fair in voice-overs”

You’ve heard the line from the movie – “There’s no crying in baseball.” Well, my friend and prolific blogger Paul Strikwerda has published a new blog that drives home the message that getting voiceover work is not a given, no matter where you are on the spectrum. Life just isn’t fair!

Here is a snippet from the post –


You know what isn’t fair? Comparing yourself to others!

Compare yourself to yourself instead. So, here’s what I want you to do.

Forget the word fair.

Instead, focus on the word Prepare.

Read the entire post here >>> http://www.nethervoice.com/2017/03/01/vos-unfair-so-grow-a-pair


The business of Voiceover – Would You Survive the Shark Tank”

If you have not already done so, I would suggest signing up for Paul Strikwerda’s Blog. He is a working voice talent and pumps out some valuable tips for aspiring (and working) voice talent.

This one is called – “Would You Survive the Shark Tank”

Here is the opening of the article. Please take a few minutes and read the entire article.

Three years ago, two aspiring voice-overs took the plunge, and opened up shop.

One was incredibly talented, undisciplined, and thought he always knew best. The other one wasn’t as good, but she was business-savvy, and listened to feedback.

36 months later, number one is now an Uber-driver, entertaining his clients with celebrity impressions. Number two is starting to make a living… as a voice talent.

What went wrong, and what went right? Was it a matter of luck, attitude, or preparation?

Simply put, it takes more than talent to make it as a freelancer, no matter what field you pick. Way more. Let’s explore.

More about the “costs” of getting into Voiceover

David Winograd writes in Part 2 of his voiceover journey…

In the first part of this article, I detailed what I learned from approaching the world of Voice Over knowing nothing. Today, after nearly three years, I am working hard and still not breaking even. I want to tell you some of the things that I learned, while I am continuing to learn, and to keep you from becoming roadkill when approaching Voice Over.

Do what you love and the money will follow.”

This a quote incorrectly attributed to Ben Franklin and came from a Chinese philosopher. It sounds hopeful and even empowering, and one day may have been true, but today it’s quite wrong when it comes to Voice Over. I prefer another a quote by Terry Pratchett from his book “The Wee Free Men”.

“If you believe in yourself and trust in your dreams and follow your stars – you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.”

I do not disagree with this. And it is why I focus on self-evaluation in my class. You need to know where you fit, what you do best and find the people who are in the market for it.
This takes a lot more than just believing in yourself.

Read the whole article here…