Voice Over Jobs. : Are you looking for voice over jobs? You can actually do this from home. There is not always a need to go to an actual studio. Lots of people make extra money doing voice overs from home!
Today’s post breaks down how it works, what you could earn, who is cut out for it, and of course where to go to find work.
What Are Voice Over Jobs?
Voice work, or “voice acting” as it’s sometimes referred to, is pretty self-explanatory. Most of the time, it’s when you hear someone’s voice narrating a commercial, audio book, movie or television program, video game, or even a live event.
In a nutshell, you’re paid to lend your voice to a project in need of a voice for this Voice Over Jobs.
While this is often done outside the home, it’s not that hard to find voice over work that you can do from home.
What Do Voice Over Jobs Pay?
According to Payscale.com, the average range for voice over talent is about $39.87 hourly. That said, what you earn will vary wildly depending on the company you’re doing the work for, you’re experience, and other factors.
It goes without saying, but you’d obviously earn a great deal more for lending your voice to a commercial or TV project than you may for selling voice talent on a site like Fiverr.
There is definitely potential in the voice over industry to make part-time or even full-time income.
Who Is Cut Out For Voice Over Work?
If you have a pleasant speaking voice, that’s a start! But beyond that, you need to realize freelance work of any kind can be a constant hustle, especially in the beginning. You’ll have to be up for that.
There is a certain amount of patience, consistency with applying for work and finding clients, and a “not-giving-up” attitude you’ll need to have to see real long-term success here.
If you’ve ever tried to strike out on your own as a freelancer in any field, then you already know that you a steady supply of clients/jobs is important to ensure you can continue paying the bills. Voice over work won’t be any different in that regard.
What Equipment Do Voice Over Artists Need?
If you’re doing voice over work from home, you’ll need to invest money in some equipment. You won’t necessarily need studio-level equipment just starting out, but it’s better to have something.
At the bare minimum, you should have:
- Mic stand (if your microphone doesn’t come with one)
Gravy for the Brain has a more extensive list here that you may want to read over. But the items listed above may be enough for you to get going. Later on, after you’ve earned some income, you may be able to invest in better equipment.
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Voice Over Jobs From Home
The websites listed below often have listings for voice over jobs from home. So if you want to get started,
Filmless hires freelance voice over artists worldwide for Voice Over Jobs. Job description says having your own studio is ideal, but not required. Note the job listing does say they prefer 5+ years of past voice work experience. Pay information isn’t listed, and I wasn’t able to find an estimate online.
Fiverr – People are often searching Fiverr for voice over services and Voice Over Jobs. You can sign up as a Fiverr seller and list your voice over services, and possibly get paid for your work.
Fiverr is open to people worldwide for Voice Over Jobs. While the base amount you can list your services for on Fiverr is $5, you can always list various add-ons that make many of your gigs pay much more than that.
Because there are no prerequisites to getting signed up, Fiverr is probably one of the best ways to get started as a complete beginner.
3. Snap Recordings
Snap Recordings – Snap Recordings occasionally hires people to work from home doing voice overs. They specialize in telephone greetings.
Snap Recordings is open to voice over talent worldwide. You must provide a demo reel before they will consider you. Unfortunately, they don’t have pay info listed nor could I find that info online.
Upwork is a freelance bidding site where there are frequently voice over gigs listed.
Note that bidding on Voice Over Jobs you find on Upwork is not a guarantee of getting accepted. You’ll need to take some time to flesh out your portfolio on the site and update your profile to help ensure it is attractive to potential clients.
Also, please be careful of scams of Voice Over Jobs on Upwork. There are some fake employers on there who will pretend to hire you.
Most of the time, these fake employers want to conduct the interview via Skype or Google Hangouts. They’ll “hire” you quickly, and then ask you to deposit a check from them for “office supplies.”
The instructions will be to keep part of the money and wire the rest back to them. It’s a fake check, and you’ll be held responsible by your own bank for trying to deposit a fraudulent check. More info on this scam here.
Voices.com is one the largest communities of talent, actors, producers, and narrators online. As a member of this community, you’ll have access to new Voice Over Jobs postings daily.
You can sign up with a guest account for free on Voices.com, but they also have premium accounts that make it easier to find more jobs and get hired.
We have a review of Voices.com if you’d like to learn more about how it works.
Voice123 is another marketplace for Voice Over Jobs, similar to Voices.com (above) for finding voice work. And like Voices.com, they also have various membership options, including a free option.
This site doesn’t take commission or agent fees. You are paid directly by the client for Voice Over Jobs.
7. Bunny Studio
Bunny Studio sounds like a pretty good option for voice over work and Voice Over Jobs. They allow you to set your own rates and get paid for every recording you make while doing the Voice Over Jobs, even auditions!
8. Voice Crafters
Voice Crafters has been around since 2008. They are a multi-lingual agency! To be considered for voice over work through this company, you must have at least five years of professional experience and have done some Voice Over Jobs. You must also have your own professional recording studio at home for this Voice Over Jobs.
What exactly is a Voice Over Actor? Who are some common clients?
A voice over actor is the person you hear, but don’t see on radio ads, YouTube ads, explainer videos, corporate videos, documentaries, e-learning courses, audiobooks, TV commercials, video games, movies, cartoons, etc. Even the voice on the bus telling you what stop is next came from a voice actor working in Voice Over Jobs.
Clients can be anyone from a film student or YouTuber to Fortune 500 companies can offer Voice Over Jobs here. I’ve worked with a variety of clients including Tiffany’s, REI, Kmart, Taco Bell, Walt Disney World, Netflix, and many others for Voice Over Jobs.
What do you like about being a Voice Over Actor?
At this stage of life, with two young kids, the flexibility is such a huge advantage. And I love the variety. No two days are alike (unless you’re recording an audiobook — and even then you get to experience the story arch from day to day), and after years in an office, I love being able to “let loose” every day in my VO booth. Plus, my “work uniform” is house shoes and comfy clothes every day.
It’s also really fulfilling to wow my clients with a creative take on their script.
A lot of times a client won’t know exactly what they’re listening for until they hear it. So I get a lot of creative license to just play with the script and create characters which makes it much more rewarding when we “find” the perfect sound for a spot. It’s incredibly fun and fulfilling to use my creativity to deliver a great read to a client.
I get to do really fun, creative work — and I get to do it from home, or in a recording studio. I think it’s been really healthy for me to get to run a serious business, but also to get to play and have fun as part of running that business.
How can a person find their first Voice Over Actor job?
Their current network! I’m a huge proponent of marketing yourself to find voiceover work. And the most effective place to start is your immediate network. Of course, you need to have some examples of what potential clients can expect if they decide to work with you in the form of voiceover demos. So, you really shouldn’t start looking for work until you have some kind of sample reel you can let people hear. And, in my opinion, you really shouldn’t make a demo until you’ve had some training.
There are also online casting sites for Voice Over Jobs. These are sites where clients post excerpts of scripts from jobs that they need to cast a voice actor for. Voice actors record a portion of the script and submit it. Then the client selects one of the voice actors to record the final audio.
Starting your Voice Over Jobs career on an online casting site can be a very effective way to book work, but you have to keep in mind that they are very competitive. So, you shouldn’t expect to join a site and immediately start booking work if you haven’t had any training. There can be up to a hundred submissions for each job, so it’s competitive. You have to be dedicated, be willing to take feedback, and have some major tenacity to be successful no matter what road you take as a beginner.
Also, not all casting sites are created equal. They charge different fees to sign up on the site, pay voice talent different rates, and many take a percentage of each job that you book. So make sure you do your research before joining.
What if you’re not sure if Voice Over Acting is a good fit?
There are definitely some low risk, low barrier to entry ways you can dip your toe into the voiceover waters and see if it’s for you.
Just keep in mind that building up the business side is just as important as being able to “do voices.” And in reality, most voice actors use their real voices for the majority of their work anyway.
Practice by recording yourself reading commercials and see if you enjoy the process. Read the excerpts on the backs of DVDs. Read the billboards out loud as you’re driving. You can practice for e-learning narration by reading instruction manuals and trying to make them sound interesting. Hey, someone has to get paid to make that stuff sound exciting, or at least not super boring, right?
Another indicator that voiceover might be for you is if you have any background with acting, music, podcasting, or performance. These things aren’t necessary, but experience in one or several of these things will give you a little headstart.
You should also join the Voiceover Start-Up Facebook group. It’s open to everyone who has ever thought, “Hmm, I wonder if I could do that…” But really, getting training and doing it is the only way you can tell if it’s for you or not and also Voice Over Jobs are offered there.
What specific steps does a person need to take in order to make money as a Voice Over Actor?
- Training – It would be nice if all it took to do Voice Over Jobs was to have a nice voice. But everyone needs training and practice (and then more training and more practice). I would never have been able to book so many jobs so quickly without training from my coach Alyson. Hire a good coach and listen to what they tell you. Alyson and I work together now to run group and one-on-one coaching sessions for our students.
- Practice – Start paying close attention to the Voice Over Jobs you hear on the radio, TV, online and even in movies. Listen to voiceovers in the genre that you want to work in. Record yourself and listen back. Make adjustments based on your coach’s feedback. Remember that voice over is a skill that needs to be developed and maintained. No one is perfect on the first day.
- Equipment – You will need a good microphone and a quiet place to record. I started with a $100 mic, a $100 interface and a closet full of clothes as my studio space. I recorded some of my first few national radio spots in my closet! You’ll also need recording software, a microphone stand, and of course, a computer. Equipment info is available in my getting started guide.
- Marketing – After you’ve gotten training, have some recording samples that you can provide to clients (these don’t have to be paid jobs), and are 100% ready to start taking on clients, you can start marketing yourself. Effective and consistent marketing is what took my business from “I hope I book more work this week” to “Wow, I have regular, consistent clients now!” I also get plenty of referral business and repeat business too. Auditioning is still a part of my business plan, but a much smaller part than it used to be. You have to remember that this is a business and being easy to work with matters and will lead to more clients.
- Audition – Once your coach gives you the okay, you can start auditioning for work. The more auditions you do, the better your chances are of getting work. But it’s not only a numbers game. You’ll learn to audition only for the jobs that match your voice profile. This will increase your chances of getting booked and decrease the amount of auditions you need to do. For example, if your voice profile is young adult female, you won’t want to waste time auditioning for jobs that call for a mature, older voice–unless you’re sure you can pull it off.
- Make a demo – Your demo is the most important tool in your marketing toolbox. You’ll need one so that potential clients can get a taste of what your work is like so that they can determine if you are a good fit for their brand. It is also necessary for getting agency representation. In a nutshell, a demo is a reel of the best parts of your best work. Sort of like an audio-resume that shows off your skills and vocal range. Word of caution: Don’t make a demo too early while you are still developing your skills and learning your style. If you make a demo too early it will be outdated quickly and won’t reflect your true talent. And don’t make your demo on your own unless you really know what you are doing. A demo that isn’t top quality and represents you well could actually hold you back and do you more harm than good. You wouldn’t use your first resume from ten years ago to try to get a job today right? Same thing with a demo, it needs to represent where your talent level and abilities are today.
- Agents – After you’ve got some work under your belt and have recorded a professional demo, you can start approaching talent agencies for representation. Agents are selective about who they choose to sign, but if you want the bigger jobs (like national TV or radio spots), getting an agent should be on your roadmap. Signing with an agent doesn’t guarantee you jobs — you still have to audition for and win them. This is a big reason continual practice is essential for working voice actors and to get Voice Over Jobs.