Updated: Sep 23
The weirdest pattern I notice among new voice actors is how badly they introduce themselves. As in, the first sentence out the gate in their emails to agencies, clients and casting directors is that they are brand new at this. Imagine this: You are considering hiring a a plumber or an electrician.
And they introduce themselves as"Hey, I'm a newbie plumber," or "I'm just starting out as an electrician." When was the last time an accountant told you it was their first day as a CPA and said "you're my first client" in your meeting?
This doesn't happen in any other profession!! You should be inspiring confidence, not broadcasting your insecurities! The worst is when they say "I am an aspiring voice actor."
Yes I have sadly seen this one many times. I would not be writing this blog if it wasn't so common!
So, why do some voice actors have the inclination to announce their new status in the industry? In most instances, this disclosure is unnecessary. Certainly, everyone has their humbling beginnings, especially when entering a new industry. But should this journey be proclaimed to the world? No! Overtly broadcasting your newcomer status by telling prospective clients/agents that you have never done this before is not the most strategic approach. Truthfully, it usually makes people less likely to take you seriously or want to work with you.
Experience undoubtedly holds value, no question about it. But what truly matters is your readiness to undertake voiceover work and your ability to competently deliver what the clients are asking for.
Ask your self these two questions:
1) Are you delivering a competitive product you can be proud of?
2) Are your clients satisfied with the final product you send them?
If you can confidently answer yes to these questions, it doesn't matter how many years you have been doing this. Avoid overemphasizing that you're new to the scene. Instead, focus your attention on crushing each voiceover job and making sure your clients are happy.
If you're well-prepared, the distinction between your first day and your hundredth becomes less relevant. After all, the goal is to secure voiceover opportunities. So let your abilities and proficiency speak for themselves, instead of emphasizing your 'newbie' status.