Research:

Research everything you can find out about the voice over business.  Research the voice over industry like you would any other business or career that you would like to pursue.  If you are going to invest a lot of time and energy into something,  you need to make sure it's something you will enjoy doing even if you have to do it for free occasionally. Most of the things listed below are things I’ve learned on my own through trial and error or reading about them on the internet or in books. When I started I wished that someone had a step by step guide for me to follow that didn't cost me an arm and a leg. I could have saved myself a lot of “trial and error”. These are some of the things you will need to research.

Frequently asked questions to research:

These are questions you will need to ask yourself as well as information you need to research before jumping into this business?

Business Plan:

  • Is this a legitimate business?

  • Your business Name?

  • Your business Title?

  • Mission statement?

  • Logo?  What will it look like?

Business: 

  • Do I have pay taxes?

  • Do I need a bank account?

  • How will I get paid?

  • What equipment will I need?

  • Computer?

  • Microphone?

  • Headphones?

  • Interface?

  • Sound proofing?

  • How will you edit your audio?

  • Free software?

  • Paid software?

  • How can I get used to hearing my own voice?

  • What kind of scripts do I need to practice?

  • Do I need to learn to write scripts?

  • When should you practice?

  • Why should you practice?

  • What kind of styles do I need to practice?

  • Do I need to smile when practicing?

  • What's needed to do a demo?

  • What's a demo?

  • What kind of styles do I include in a demo?

  • How long should my demo be?

  • What kind of demos would I need to create?

  • What do I need to brand myself?

  • Do I need a website?

  • Do I need a bio, headshot?

  • How much information do I need on my website about myself?

  • Do I use online advertising to promote myself?

  • How do I find jobs?

  • Do I need business cards?

  • Choosing which social media to use? 

  • Instagram?

  • Facebook?

  • YouTube?

  • TikTik?

  • The list goes on....

  • What classes or education do I need to get into the voice over business?

  • What kind of education do I need?

  • Do I need a degree to be in the voice over business?

  • Do I have to take voice over classes?

  • How much work experience do I need?

  • How far do I want to go in this business?

  • Do I want to work this full-time or part-time?

  • What genres of the business do I want to pursue?