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When you're a new voice actor, it can be difficult to find work. In this video, Anne lays out where you can go to get those first jobs.
Where are those early jobs going to come from?
So today I want to talk about what type of jobs you can expect when you're just starting out as a voiceover artist.
Really the sky's the limit, but it's really dependent on where you are looking for those jobs. So for example, if you are on a pay-to-play, then you're probably going to get some of the more corporate narration, larger-scale jobs where the budget is a little bit lower than let's say a national commercial, you may or may not score a national commercial.
I think your best bet for scoring something like that would be with an agent and usually talent when they're just starting out they don't have an agent right away. Most of the time agents want to see that you have some work under your belt before they actually take you on. So in terms of national campaigns, you're probably not going to see those for a little bit until you get out there and start making some money and, and start making yourself known.
So there is pay-to-plays where you can get opportunities for lower-budget paying jobs. There are freelance websites that you can get a job from as well. And typically those are going to be lower budget paying. So it might be telephony IVR, a local commercial you might get e-learning some corporate stuff, radio spots.
So most of that with a lower budget also, when you're starting out if you happen to be looking for jobs and direct mailing casting companies, production companies, Those might be a little bit higher-paying jobs. They're going to be very specialized depending on the production company or the casting company that you are in touch with.
Some of them we'll do corporate narrations. Some of them will do a lot of them will do corporate narration type of jobs, spots, short commercials that are local. Again, most of the commercial or broadcast-type work is stuff that you'll get from your agents. So you also might get jobs from referrals. Or from your friends or even from the company that you work for.
I know that that's kind of how I started. It was actually part of my job and it was something that I didn't get paid for. However, I always am of the notion that if you are working for a company and you're doing e-learning or you're doing some type of promotional voiceover work for them, Try to see if they have it in their budget to pay you as an independent artist, as long as it's not a conflict of interest. Your friends may also refer you as a voice artist for other jobs, small jobs.
A lot of times it's going to be for a company, maybe doing an explainer video, maybe doing a series of training modules. So the important thing here is to make sure that you are always casting that net far and wide and keeping your eyes and your ears open and telling everybody what you do. Telling everybody that you're a voiceover artist and so that they know that you are for hire and that you can provide those services for them.
Thanks for reading!
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Anne Ganguzza is a professional voice actor and award-winning director and producer who works with students to develop their voiceover and business skills - including voice over Coaching and Genre-based Demo Production. She specializes in conversational Commercial & Narration styles, including Corporate, eLearning, Technology, and On-Hold Messaging. Located in Orange County, California, Anne offers private coaching and mentoring services to students via ipDTL and Zoom.