Updated: Sep 23
Starting a voiceover career in 2023 requires a combination of talent, hard work, and dedication. Despite what you read online, breaking into the voiceover industry is not easy or a quick way to get rich. Please read this article first.
If you are still determined to pursue voice acting in 2023, these are some some steps you can take to get started:
Develop your skills
Before you start looking for work, it's important to develop your voiceover skills. Consider taking voiceover classes, workshops, or hiring a voiceover coach to help you hone your skills. There are many free resources online you can start out with, before investing in paid coaching. Please remember that nothing beats working with an industry professional that has a trained ear!
Build a demo reel - but only when you are ready
A demo reel is a sample of your voiceover work that showcases your range and abilities. It's an essential tool for getting voiceover work. A demo reel is created by recording yourself performing scripts in a variety of styles and genres. It is highly recommended that you go to an industry professional to direct and produce your demo reel. They should have a minimum of ten years experience in the industry and should be well connected. You should have a different reel for each genre of work you want to pursue (commercial, animation, video game, etc.).
Create a Website
Create a website that showcases your demo reel, your experience, and your skills. Make sure your portfolio or website is professional-looking and easy to navigate. It should be mobile friendly and have great SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so casting directors, agents and potential clients can find you easily online. Read more about building a great voiceover website here!
Join online voiceover communities
There are many online communities for voiceover actors where you can connect with other professionals, learn about the industry, and find job opportunities. Joining these communities can help you build your network and stay up-to-date on industry trends. It also helps this solitary profession feel less lonely!
Once you've built your demo reel and website, start auditioning for voiceover work. There are many online marketplaces and casting websites where you can find voiceover jobs. Be persistent and don't get discouraged if you don't get hired right away.
Marketing is essential for any career, including voiceover. Consider creating a social media presence and networking with industry professionals. Attend industry events, and reach out to potential clients directly.
Obtain Agency Representation
A voiceover agent will help you get auditions for high profile jobs that you otherwise would not have access to. An agent is a must for anyone serious about voice over work.
Starting a career in voiceover requires hard work and persistence, but with the right skills and dedication, it's possible to succeed in this exciting industry!