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It's all too easy to think it's easy.
Beware of demo producers or weekend seminars that promise you a voiceover demo quickly, cheaply, and without hardly getting to know you at all. In this video, Anne tells you the warning signs to look out for so you don't get scammed.
So today we're going to talk about three ways that you can spot a voiceover demo scam...
OK, so number one is anyone or any company that promises you a demo quickly after a weekend, or a course, then they'll produce your demo. Or somebody that just has a session or two and then is ready to produce your demo. You want to make sure that you have a little more effort put into the planning and strategizing of your demo. Any good demo has a strategy behind it. So you want to make sure that the person creating the demo knows who you are, knows what your vocal capabilities are, and wants to be able to help you strategize that to get you to work! That's hard to do in a couple of coaching sessions. The longer somebody knows you the better they can vocally brand you and really put your voice to work and strategize your voice in the market.
Number two is anyone the promises you riches after they produce your demo, or they make a promise that voiceover is lucrative, voiceover going to be able to make you money. Work from home, that's the big one since the pandemic, as you can work from home and make money using your voice. Anything that sounds too good to be true usually is. As we've talked many, many times, if you subscribe to my channel you know that this is not an easy path. Anything that you do requires I think some good coaching, some good hard work. It takes effort to be able to market yourself and sell yourself as a business, as a voiceover business. So, anybody that makes promises that it's easy, that you're going to be able to do this from home and you're gonna be able to make a ton of money, and it's just going to solve all your problems, that’s a big red flag.
Number three is a really interesting one that you may not hear from too many people, but since I'm a self-professed tech girl. I love love, love, technology. If you are not proficient at technology and somebody still wants to sell you a demo, kind of beware of that. Because I can talk to you for days about this, but this profession does require some skills in technical things. You have to record your voice digitally, you have to be able to edit your voice digitally, you have to be able to handle files back-and-forth to your clients. There are a lot of technical things you have to do. You have to market yourself online, you have to have a website online, and I'm not saying that you can't hire people to do that but you need to have a good foundation, a good basis on technology in order to really be successful in voiceover.
It is not just about your demo and your voice; it is about all the other things in combination with that that allow you to become a business and sell your voice.
To recap: Number one, if somebody promises you a demo quickly after a weekend or after just a few sessions of getting together beware. Number two, if they are talking about the riches that you're going to get after your produce this demo, any promises like that of you working from home and getting rich, beware. Number three: make sure that you have some technical skills going into this industry because that's going to really help you to be successful. So, if somebody understands who you are and you are not that technical and they still sell you a demo, beware.
Much love and Keep on rockin' your biz!
About the Author: Anne Ganguzza is a full-time voice talent and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voice over and business skills - including VO demo training and production. She specializes in Conversational Commercial and Narration styles, including Corporate, E-Learning, Technology, Healthcare - Medical, Telephony, and On-Hold. Located in Orange County, CA, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students in person and via Skype, ipDTL or Zoom.