What is voiceover?
Listen closely…voiceover work is all around you. In fact, you have probably heard millions of voiceovers in your lifetime. A voiceover is the spoken voice you hear on radio, television commercials, movie previews, and many other narrative mediums. More examples include: cartoon characters, video narration, corporate training tapes, job orientation videos, educational videos, travelogues, infomercials, software programs / tutorials, audio books, talking kiosks, and telephone voice prompt menus, telephone on-hold greetings, and even those recorded messages in major airports. Every time you hear these, remember that a voiceover artist was hired to spend time in a studio to record written copy for a client piece – and they were selected a long list of voice talents.
Voiceover work can provide an excellent source of part time income for some and full time for others if they are successful and do well in the larger markets. More often than not, you will find that it is an enjoyable and profitable freelance opportunity – whether you are a student, secretary, construction worker, corporate executive, or a couch potato. Although many people who do freelance voiceover work have some amount of radio or TV experience, it is certainly not a prerequisite. However, it is "voice acting", and some acting training can be beneficial. Convincing voice work is truly the "theatre of the mind."
With the proper training, practice, and knowledge, just about anyone can learn to do voiceovers. Imagine stopping off at a studio on your way home from your regular job. You get behind the microphone, read a 30-second commercial a few times and head for home with few hundred bucks coming your way. Not bad pay for fifteen minutes of work. Imagine going into the studio to record some narration for a video and walking out an hour later some eight hundred dollars richer. This is the realistic potential of the voiceover business.
Voiceover work is fun, exciting, challenging, unique, creative, respected, unpredictable, and very rewarding. Think of how you would feel watching television and a commercial airs with your voice on it? Be your own boss, make your own schedule, travel, meet talented new people, and ultimately hear your own voice on radio and television commercials.
No matter where you live, no matter what size the market, there is a gold mine of voice work just waiting for you. Put your voice to work for you!
Various niche area's in voiceover
· Accents and dialects (ethnic)
· Audio book
· Character – animation and toys
· Character – announcer and tags
· Character – celebrity sound alike
· Character – real people
· Character – sound effects
· Character – video game
· Commercial – radio
· Commercial – television
· Commercial – web
· Dialogue – multiple voices
· E-Learning (online training)
· Foreign language
· Imaging (radio)
· Industrial – training
· Industrial – video kiosk
· Industrial – web learning
· In-store messaging
· Jingles (singing)
· Narration – corporate marketing
· Narration – medical
· Promo (television)
· Talking toys & games
· Telephony – IVR (Interactive Voice Response)
· Telephony – message-on-hold
· Telephony – phone prompts
· Trailer (film)
· Youth (children or children soundalike)
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