Voice Over Work From Home: The Ultimate Home Business Opportunity
New technologies and the internet have revolutionized the world of work, with professionals in any number of fields now able to work from home. Home business opportunities are accessible, and can be launched at an affordable cost too. Equipment is minimal. All you really need is a laptop computer and a few peripherals, and you can be ready to enjoy the benefits of working from home.
Today, hundreds of thousands of voice actors are able to enjoy all of the benefits of running their own home business. However, there can be a big difference between those who are voice acting beginners, and those whose businesses have matured to the point where they are considered to be true professionals.
So, whether looking to level-up your voice over salary, define and market your signature sound, or dig in deeper to a voice acting niche, this guide can help you take your online voice over business to the next level.
How This Guide Can Help You Take Your Voice Acting Business to the Next Level
In this guide, we’ll look at how to take your voice acting career to the next level. Specifically, we’ll explore:
- How and why, as an experienced voice talent, you should implement an Internet marketing plan and business plan.
- Uncovering and honing your signature sound.
- The importance of evaluating your home recording equipment, your current demo selection, and why regularly updating them may be necessary to build a sustainable career in today’s modern voice over landscape.
- Best practices, specifically for auditioning online and how having a profile at a marketplace like Voices.com is complementary to your having your own website and agency representation.
A Brief Comparison of the Voice Acting Business: Now and Then
The job description for voice talent has evolved dramatically over the years. Before the proliferation of home recording technology made it unprecedentedly convenient to complete every step of one’s voice over work from home, voice actors had no choice but to travel to professional studios to record auditions and the jobs that they were hired for.
Recording from a professional studio used to be:
- Far less of a technical process for voice talent
- More social and interactive than recording alone at home
- An environment where voice actors were coached and directed while performing
Since then, voice talent have had to incorporate a slew of new roles into their repertoires as they virtually become the Jack and Jills of all audio recording trades.
Freelance Voice Talent also double as…
- Sound Engineers: Masters of recording, editing, and mixing all sorts of audio.
- Business Managers: Working closely with a broad range of people to deliver a product, adhering to a process and ensuring everyone’s needs are met.
- Marketers: Operating the external appearance of the voice over business, reaching out to new clients while servicing existing ones, and piloting ad campaigns.
Modern Voice Actors Need to Think Like Business Owners
Technology, business management, and marketing are all creative fields that, when harnessed effectively, can be pivotal to your professional voice acting career.
You ought to relinquish any notion that these sorts of roles are reserved only for pragmatic individuals.
Thinking creatively goes hand in hand with these professions, and professional voice actors today have the unique opportunity to dabble (and ideally become experts in) all of them.
Let’s dive in.