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Yes there are, although they may not be where you think.

Over the past twenty years, the work in our field has evolved away from commercial voice over and moved instead toward narrative voice work. Today, more than 90% of all voice over opportunities are in the narrative sector. Examples include audiobooks, training and educational content, E-learning, and even phone systems and the internet.
In voice over, it's not how old you “are”; instead, we listen for how old you “sound.” Interestingly, many voice professionals project the broadest range in voice age when they are well into their 50s, 60s, and even 70s. To some degree, the older you are, the broader your opportunity!
No. Though many voice professionals do some of their work from home, there are two important things to keep in mind:

1. Home recording is not a fit for everyone. Successfully operating recording equipment in a manner that is acceptable to clients takes some knowledge, effort, and practice.

2. Home recording is absolutely NOT the only way to seek work, and may not be the best way to seek work. Many agencies and professional studios cast and work with voice actors every day. These jobs can be advantageous, as they offer you the chance to build long-term personal work relationships. Be wary of anyone suggesting that home recording is the “only” way to build success in voice over.

On the other hand, home recording can however offer you opportunities to audition for work easily, and can also provide an opportunity to become a full-service provider to your clients. Essentially, with home recording capability you become the voice, the producer, and the studio.
Begin by learning!

Whether it’s a class, an educational program, or a book, it's important to learn and develop skill prior to representing your voice on a voice over demo. Keep in mind, voice over is a skilled profession, and you'll give yourself an enormous advantage by developing skills consistent with other professionals in our field.
We would never describe the process of building success in voice over as "easy."

Like many other independent professions, voice over is entrepreneurial. There is no magic formula to make anything new “easy.” However, there has never been more opportunity in our field, and for those who find the idea of doing voice over work part-time, full-time, or for supplemental or retirement income appealing, there has never been a better time to begin. In addition to developing professional skill, success in our field often goes to those who enjoy the process and stick with it. Be wary of anyone suggesting they have an easy road to success.
Voice over has moved away from being a field predominantly dominated by announcer type voices, and today is instead a field where we embrace believability. Instead of requiring an overall “great voice,” today we look for the best voice for each specific job we are casting. More often than not, we are seeking a voice that will be relatable and connect with our specific intended listener. As a result today there are places in our field for numerous voice types. However, speech language deficiencies, vocal health issues, and other conditions that directly affect your voice should be addressed prior to engaging in voice over.
To begin, it sure used to be! Historically, our field favored flat voices with no discernible dialect. However, today the focus has shifted away from “having the right voice for the field” and on to “determining what type of work your specific voice would be marketable for.” There are many circumstances where an authentic dialect is an advantage. However, if an individual is interested in reducing or eliminating a dialect, we recommend the Compton Method of accent reduction. It is currently the only method recognized by The American Speech & Hearing Association.
Yes! There are many reputable web-based voice over marketplaces - Voices.com is one example.

Essentially, you invest in a subscription plan that allows you to build a profile on the platform and then you can audition for work that suits you. This method of seeking work is best for those who have home recording capability, as it requires auditioning routinely and providing audio files of your audition. It's also beneficial to be able to provide auditions quickly as many others may audition for the same opportunity. It is important to point out, however, that using a voice over marketplace is not an “easy” way to find work. It is instead “one way” to find work. It will often take many auditions to secure your first opportunity.

If you choose to utilize web-based marketplaces to seek work, we also strongly suggest that you balance that effort by continually seeking voice over opportunities in and around your community as well. Building personal work relationships can be a very effective method of building success. Additionally, working with clients closer to home offers you the opportunity to develop long-term repeat work relationships.
A better question might be, “How much do you WANT to earn?” Understand that individuals pursue voice over with numerous goals in mind - some for full-time income, others for supplemental or retirement income, and some just for fun! The pay is generally very good for the allotment of time required to complete a voice over job. This allows people to earn what some might consider a full-time income while working very part-time hours. As of August 25th, 2020, leading job site ZipRecruiter suggests that the average VO income in the US falls between $23,000 and $111,500 annually. They further suggest that average pay can vary dramatically based on skill.
If you are interested in building success in voice over, do not begin by making a demo. Instead, begin by spending time learning about the field, developing skill, and determining exactly where your voice best fits into our field today. Remember, you’ll only have one chance to make a first impression. So just like any other profession where success is the goal, take the time to learn about the field and where the opportunities lie. Then work to determine exactly what type of voice work interests you the most and what type of work your voice is best suited for. Once you’ve got that down, then you are likely ready to prepare a demo. Along the way… enjoy the process!
While we have certainly cast former students from our program, we do not advertise that as a component of our program, as doing so in our opinion would be misleading and unethical. While we provide an exceptional program and continued support, we cannot control the effort any specific person puts into their own development, and we further cannot control a specific individual's professionalism. So suggesting at the onset of training that we may hire our students would be improper. On the other hand, we are ALWAYS open to our students when it comes to casting, particularly those who put in the effort and represent themselves as true professionals.
Yes there is… though it may not be where you think it is. From top games to Disney and Nickelodeon, you can find character voice over work in a variety of popular media. A great place to start, however, can be educational content, children’s public broadcasting, and independent game developers. Additionally, web developers designing content for young people are also a potential source of opportunity.
Yes, but think about your goals.

Many of the most common groups voice over artists are drawn to online or via social media have one thing in common: they are populated by people who want voice over work. Our thought (and something we train our clients in) is this: perhaps your time would be better spent joining groups filled with people who “hire” voice over artists versus groups filled with voice over artists.

If part of your goal is to attain work, instead of surrounding yourself with other voice over artists, try to surround yourself with people who can connect you with potential work. Marketing associations, chambers of commerce, and other related organizations can be a great place to start.
No. Firstly, an agent is a professional who assists in finding roles for you as a voice actor. The agent then receives a portion of your income for that job (often around 10%). Traditionally, when we think of agents in our industry, we are primarily talking about the national commercial sector of the field in major metropolitan markets. In smaller markets and in circumstances where a voice professional is not solely seeking major commercials, using an agent is not common. Instead, many voice actors today strongly prefer to build their own relationships with clients.
The voice over field is an entrepreneurial endeavor. As a voice over artist, you are essentially starting your own business venture. Smallbizgenius.com suggests that approximately 60% of new businesses are successful in their very first year. In fact, the 2019 new business failure rate is at an all-time low. Additionally, the majority of people endeavoring into business ventures are over 40 years of age. It was also revealed that one of the most common reasons people choose to start a business is to feel more fulfilled while working at something they enjoy.

Though all of this directly applies to voice over, be careful of one pitfall: avoid approaching voice over as something you "break in to." Instead, always simply approach our field in the same manner you would approach any other entrepreneurial endeavor. Develop skill, run your business, and enjoy the process!
Absolutely! The voice over field ultimately comes down to effectively using your voice. Experience in any form of public speaking can offer you an advantage right from the start! However, always keep in mind that voice over itself is a profession - and just like other professions, there is job knowledge and skill that is unique to our field. Developing skills specific to voice over coupled with prior communication experience can combine to offer you a tremendous advantage when entering our field.
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