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If you're serious about being a voice actor, then you need to be digging into this every day. It will help you grow your business and make you more bookable.
There's lots to do on a day-to-day basis if you wanna be successful...
You wanna be a successful voice actor. What should you do every day to ensure your success? Great question. Okay, so the first thing I'm going to suggest that you do every day, and this would be especially for those people just kind of dipping their toe in the water -- either you're doing voiceover part-time, maybe you're on your way to full-time -- I want you to think about something voiceover every single day, and I want you to dedicate a certain amount of time to voiceover every day. And I know life can get crazy when you have a full-time job. Maybe you have a family, you know, maybe you need to get in that workout every day. Well, just as you need to brush your teeth every day or wash your face every day, uh, or get to your job every day, you really should do something voiceover every day if you want to be successful at it.
If you can set aside a certain amount of time, each and every day, doesn't have to be the same time, but I always like to say give yourself at least 20 to 30 minutes a day where you're doing something related to voiceover, especially if you're just trying to break into the industry. So, auditioning, practicing, uh, getting scripts, reading scripts, educating yourself on the voiceover industry by reading blogs -- I have a great blog out there. You can absolutely, um, take a look at my blog out there. There's wonderful blogs out there as well on voiceover. Listen to podcasts. I have a great podcast, by the way, in case you didn't know, uh, the VO BOSS podcast. You can listen to VO Boss. You can listen to multiple other wonderful podcasts out there. Marc Scott has a wonderful one called VO-preneur that you can listen to. Lots of great educational things that you can do for voiceover on a daily basis.
One thing that I think is especially important and something that I really recommend to all of my students is to read, practiced, vocalizing scripts. Do those auditions on a day-to-day basis. I think the more that you can expose yourself to different styles of scripts and understand some are well written, some maybe not so well written, and how to quickly analyze them, assess them, uh, go in there and do an audition. Get quick at your editing. If you can do that every single day, it's just going to make your flow as a full-time voice actor and your progress a whole lot easier.
Scheduling workouts to work out with your peers or go to classes. And of course, I am a big proponent of getting yourself some one-on-one coaching. I don't think you should ever stop learning. I think our, our lifelong journey, uh, in voiceover is always evolving. We are always learning. We are always getting better, um, and becoming better actors. So whatever you can do to continue that momentum forward. Go ahead and find an accountability group that can help keep you motivated, keep you propelled to keep moving forward.
Make sure that if you don't have any, you don't have any auditions and you don't have any scripts to practice -- although I always have a ton of scripts and I can always find scripts for you in case you guys ever want some -- uh, if you don't have that to do, there's always your eye on marketing, right? What can you do to better market yourself, better market your business? Because I've said this multiple times, you can have the best voice in the world, but it doesn't do you any good if nobody can find you. And so you need to make sure that you're doing something marketing every single day. And you may hate to market. I don't, I don't know many people that love marketing. I kinda like it. I think it's a great challenge. Take it and embrace it and think of it as a challenge and do something just a little bit every single day to market yourself. That could mean getting your website up and running or updating your website.
Keeping your profiles consistent online. That would mean your social media profiles, your casting profiles. Keep them up to date, your LinkedIn profile, your Instagram profile. And again, look at your social media channels, and instead of always partaking in the social aspects of them, start looking at them a little bit differently for potential clients, potential prospects, and go ahead and research companies that you wanna work with that you can find out. How do they market to their clients? What products are current for them? What products are they promoting and how are they promoting?
So something to do with of your performance every day that you can practice every day. Read aloud. Go check out scripts. Go to workout groups. Go to online workout groups, in person workout groups. Make sure you're networking. Make sure you have maybe an accountability group. Somebody, somehow, a coach that can motivate you, inspire you. And of course, marketing. Marketing never ends <laugh>, even if you've been in the industry for a very long time. You should always be cultivating that next new client. That's one of the, one of the biggest, I'm gonna say challenges for anybody that's freelancing or an entrepreneur, is continually getting that business, continually getting that new business and securing, securing your old business. Get those clients to come back, follow up with your clients, do that marketing.
So yeah, there's lots to do on a day-to-day basis if you wanna be successful as a voice actor.
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About Anne Ganguzza
Recipient of multiple Voice Arts Awards for Outstanding Narration Demo - Anne Ganguzza is California-based Voice Over Coach and award-winning Director & Producer specializing in target-marketed voiceover Demo Production. Anne's production team creates SOVAS-nominated demos across several genres, including Commercial, Corporate Narration, and eLearning, and her VO BOSS podcast is the winner of SOVAS Outstanding Podcast in 2022.