A Career in
the Voice Over Business...
Over Career? Get started in a Career in Voice Over?
by Don Capone.
Voice-Over Careers - Working
Working from home and
starting your own home business,
in your home recording studio. Ok so your thinking about a
voice over career... you've been told by
so many people that.. you have a
great voice and you should do
radio imaging or try
voice over... and you have
always played with the idea...
but never acted upon it...
Well.. now you're here and reading
this... so you have taken the
first step... In this business
we call voice over... you gotta
have thick skin.. Remember its
nothing personal.... errr...
well maybe it is personal if
your not selected after you do a
voice over audition...after all
you are the product... your
voice IS the product your
selling!!!... but remember...
this is still a business... that
is mostly run on a few things...
Your God given Voice Talent...
Who You know... and How you
market yourself... and of course
if the client likes your
Voice Over Training:
So your looking for a career in
voice over... Fist thing first... Voice training and
practice...every chance you get ..pick up something...
anything... and read it out loud... listen to the
commercials that are played on radio and TV and emulate
the way you hear the voice over artist say it... There
are many different styles... so first look for a style
of speaking you are comfortable with... and... Practice,
Practice, Practice... I even recommend taking acting
classes. Advertisers are looking for voices that
motivate, inspire or tell a story about there product.
There may be character voices needed for an animation
project or radio spot. But whatever the call...
all comes down to the voice actor to be able to "act".
Acting and being able to deliver the type of read that
the client wants is the key.
Voice Over Equipment:
If you want a career in voice
over... your gonna need to buy
voice-over equipment... you
can go dirt cheep like a USB
microphone from either Samson,
Editors Keys or Blue starting around $80 bucks...
and you can use a free audio
recording software like
Audacity to make your
voice over demos with to showcase
your voice talent. This way you
have minimal out of pocket
expense to get your new voice
talent career going.... BUT...
this is just to cut your teeth
on... Not recommended if you
want your voice over to be the
best they can be.... Places we
recommend to buy voice over
equipment in no particular
order.. Chris Lewis
BSWUSA.com or Nathan Eldred
Atlas Pro Audio or Warren Dent at
ZenPro Audio ... I
have personally made purchases
from all these companies.. and
there all great... a lot of
voice talents will tell you that
voice overs are done with 95%
talent and 5% equipment...
BUT... LISTEN CAREFULLY TO WHAT
I SAY... In MY OPINION I believe
its about 60% talent and 40%
Equipment... this is why I
stress it is very Very VERY IMPORTANT
NOT to skimp and to have the
highest quality voice over equipment
remember... garbage in...garbage
out... save up and get the best
voice over equipment possible!
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Voice Over Studio Recording
Sennheiser MKH 416 Shotgun
Don's Preamps: Avalon VT-737sp, Vintech X73i
Don's Compressors: Teletronix LA-2A, Empirical
Labs Distressor EL8X, FMR Audio PBC-6A
Don's A/D Converters: M-Audio FireWire Solo, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 80 ohms (Recommended),
Don's Reference Monitors:
Don's Software: Software: Adobe Audition CS6, Avid M-Audio Pro Tools MP9
1.) Voice Over Career:
Low Low Budget Voice Over
Equipment (if you must... not
USB, Editors Keys SL150 USB,
2.) Voice Over Career: Entry
Level Budget Voice Over Budget Equipment if you
By Don Capone
Microphone: Blue Yeti Pro (highly recommended) the Blue Yeti
Pro does it ALL!!! with built in A/D converters...
headphone jack for monitoring.... this is really all you
need to get started!!! it sounds awesome...
If you decide to use an outboard A/D converter we
recommend the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
Recording Software: Adobe Audition CS6
3.) Voice Over Career: The Best
Voice Over Equipment Recommend
By Don Capone
Microphones: Neumann U87ai, MKH
416 P48U3 Short Shotgun Microphone, Wunder
Audio CM7, Manley Reference Cardioid, Neumann U47,
Telefunken USA U47ae,
Telefunken AK47, Lawson L47MP MKII, HORCH
BOCK 251, Soundelux E47, Wagner U47w, Rode Classic II, Brauner
Phantom C, Gefell MT71s, Gefell M92,
Pearlman TM 1, Peluso 2247 SE, Mojave Audio MA-200,
Bock Audio 507, Blue Yeti Pro, Studio Projects C1....
Avalon VT-737sp, Vintech X73i, Great River ME-1NV and Great River EQ-1NV (Great River
MEQ-1NV), Universal Audio Teletronix LA-2A, Empirical Labs Distressor EL8X, FMR Audio PBC-6A Compressor, Manley VOXBOX, Requisite PAL Plus, Focusrite Red 7, Focusrite ISA
430 mkII, Tube-Tech
MEC 1A, Millennia Origin STT-1, D.W. Fearn VT-15,
D.W. Fearn VT-1, GML 2030 to name a few....
to Digital Converter:
M-Audio FireWire Solo, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, M-Audio Fast Track USB,
E-MU 1616M soundcard, PreSonus FIREBOX, MOTU Ultralite-mk3 Hybrid, M-Audio MobilePre USB, M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB, CEntrance MicPort Pro, Shure
X2U, Blue Microphones Icicle....
Check out our
Voice Over Studio to see
what equipment we currently use.
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Voice Over Work:
Ok so now you have practiced and
purchased voice over equipment
for you voice over career... and
have made some voice-over
demos... Now we need to get them
heard.. buy the right people!...
people looking for
talent... because you are now
ready to get some voice over
Marketing your Voice Talent:
One place that come to mind
for people who need to kick
start their career in the
voice over business is
Voice123.com as I highly
recommend this site. You can post your voice over demos there and
people who are looking for voice over talent for projects can
find you... We also recommend getting your own website
that is dedicated to promoting and showcasing your
voice over work.
What about using a Talent
Do you even need a talent agent?
Well... not in the beginning of
your voice acting career... but
most likely...as you progress,
you will. Talent agents are the
gatekeepers to the producers and
casting directors who are
looking for voice talent. Your talent agent should be franchised with
AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), and also with
(Screen Actors Guild) ... visit
these sites for lists of
franchised talent agencies in
your area.. and information in
joining them...But I must
stress... getting and talent
agent and joining AFTRA or SAG
costs a pretty penny...and is
very extreme for someone just
starting out.... so.. relax...
focus... Got it?.. Get It?...
Should I get
an ISDN Line:
Overpriced and Antiquated
ISDN.... NO.. you do not need
Other voice over technologies that I recommend and
best ISDN alternatives are
ipDTL... but until everybody's on the same
page... ISDN is still the industry standard... The decision on getting an ISDN line for your home
voice over studio usually comes when you are loosing
voice over jobs and opportunities because you do not
have an ISDN line... This can only be determined by your
budget. Some voice over studios and production houses
will only work with voice talents who have a ISDN
transceiver, so they can hook up directly to your voice
over equipment and give you direction on how they want
you to read the script and also record your voiceover
read live directly into there digital audio workstation
through the ISDN lines. If you must... I Highly recommended
the overpriced ISDN
transceivers like the
IP DUAL AUDIO CODEC with ISDN & X.21 that does ISDN and
IP or the Telos
Zephyr Xstream with price tags around $3000 to $4000.
I recommend Buying your ISDN codec unit from Dave Immer from
DigiFon, Dave is an ISDN Production Specialist...He
will help you test your ISDN
unit and get it configured
properly for doing your voice
overs.... Oh... and don't forget
about the monthly cost of the
ISDN BRI interface line itself
from companies like Verizon...
ranging from $50/$100 a month
and up depending on where you
live.... Yes... it is an
investment, but one that you can
recover with just couple of
voice over jobs. If you can
afford it and you see the demand
for it... get it. Hopefully the
overpriced and antiquated ISDN
will go away soon... and newer
and better and more affordable
ISDN alternatives that are
currently available will be
embraced by the industry. A
patch is also good to have if you don't have ISDN.
This enables a voice producer/director to hear your read
live as you record it in your home studio. Its basically
a glorified speak phone.. (kinda) ... any headset
attached to any phone, Skype or even a
Magic Jack can be used as a phone patch.... just as long
as the director can hear you
without you recording them when
you do the read...
What about background music and sound effects in the
voice over? Well... yes and no... It all depends on how
deep you want to get into this business. Of course you
can make more money if you do full production on a spot.
But usually most of your clients will just want you to
give them a dry-read with no music or effects so they
can produce the voice over project themselves with there
in-house production. For those clients who want a fully
produced commercials... look into buying a
Music Library and a Royalty free Sound Effects Library...
Buy-Out production music for commercial use and Royalty Free...
IMPORTANT...make sure you read carefully the terms of
use for the music or sound effects you buy so they can be used
in your commercial projects before you buy it and that
it is a buyout!!! ..also...Download some free
Voice Over Scripts and practice!!!!!
The Last Word:
Everything I wrote about a
career in voice over is very very basic... There is
more to it than just this... so do your research... and
ask ask ask questions... Google anything and everything
about voice over acting ... you will find many different
opinions... probably get even more confused than you are
now...but with will and determination you will
persevere and conquer... because you want this!!!!
Remember... life is short..
and if you really want it "
A Career in
Voice Over " there's no
reason why you can't make this happen... Remember who
you are... and there isn't anything you can't do if you
put your mind and passion into it... BUT don't quit your
day job just yet! ... but... maybe one day:)
by Don Capone
Since 1979 Don Capone
has been in the voice
Don Capone offers professional
voice over talent services
offering that bigger than life
voice imaging that is needed to compete
in today's corporate world.
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