Wondering what you need to do for people to notice your voice? If you’re great at auditioning but not nearly as savvy with describing and promoting your abilities, this article is for you!

In today’s Vox Daily, get the inside scoop on three things you can do to help people better understand your gifts and how they can put them to use.

Surfacing Your Voice

One of my favorite things to do at Voices.com is discover talent on the site and learn about what they can do. What sort of things make a talent notable, you might ask?
Here’s what you can do now to lead others to your profile and discover your unique voice.
Ready to go? Here’s what you can do.

1 – Prepare to be Discovered

How complete is your profile? I know, this seems a tired question but honestly, what you put in your profile matters a great deal. Search engines are better at interpreting text than imagery or audio, so be sure to populate all fields with relevant, text-based information. The more complete your profile (and the more aspects of your business that you share), the greater your ability to be found. Also, the more demos you have uploaded to your profile, the better of an idea listeners will have of your versatility and areas where you shine. Remember that your profile gives you the opportunity to tell your story and make a brand connection, so complete it as best you can.

2 – Highlight Things that Interest People

Do you speak a language or dialect that not many other voice talent do? Is your background in structural engineering? Maybe it’s a unique vocal characteristic that sets you apart. Whatever your skills, make sure that you include them. Just as on-camera actors tend to include information about talents they have like the ability to ride a horse, American Sign Language or mad bowling skills, mentioning neat facts about yourself can help a client looking for something very specific in locating your profile. If you have a voice-over superpower, like offering 12-hour turnaround time or being a One Take Wonder, make sure people know!

3 – Build Trust in Your Abilities

As the old saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. So, you say you can do a Dublin accent? Be able to prove it! You’d be surprised how many talent state they can do something but don’t actually back up their claims. Having voice-over demos in each language that you speak is a huge trust builder; that, and it gets you more real estate on the website as each demo has its own dedicated webpage. Demonstrate that your profile has substance and more people will take interest. Including testimonials from satisfied clients also goes a long way. If you’ve worked with a client on Voices.com already, you know the value of having a feedback rating and review and the increased credibility it lends you on the site.

Once you’re happy with it, share your profile via your social channels to get the ball rolling!

How About You?

What does it take to get noticed as a voice artist? One way to get noticed right now is to comment with a link to your Voices.com talent profile. I’d love to visit it!

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Stephanie

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Stephanie Ciccarelli is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Voices.com. Classically trained in voice, piano, violin and musical theatre, as well as a respected mentor and industry speaker, Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario. Possessing a great love for imparting knowledge and empowering others, her podcast Sound Stories serves an audience that wants to achieve excellence in storytelling. Stephanie is found on the PROFIT Magazine W100 list three times (2013, 2015 and 2016), a ranking of Canada's top female entrepreneurs, and is the author of Voice Acting for Dummies®.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for your tips, in particular, #1 stands out for me…Prepare to be Discovered. From the beginning, I wanted to audition for every posting and I wanted to book them all too. Over time, I realised that my voice is not fitting for all and I had to sift through the postings to select the right ones. Then I finally got noticed and panicked, as I did not know how to handle the ‘attention’. I have calmed down now and treat all responses equally. I either fit the bill or I do not. Also, I have not been true to myself as I ought to add more about skills in order to stand out. So thanks for your reminder.
    Irene

  2. My profile is at 100% according to the website, but I know it can always use improvement. I’m always thinking of new words and phrases I can use to get noticed. Thanks so much for this article as it opened my mind up to new ideas. I’d be happy to hear from you as well and let me know what you think of my official demos! In the meantime, it’s back to work!

  3. Hi Stephanie,
    I am responding upon your invitation to share another point of view on getting noticed 🙂
    Check out this link ( http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5ef968c2af472f996bcedf1f6&id=e08305e30d&e=0105ab81ea ). I seem to be a popular choice for success stories! First with Voices.com ( https://blogs.voices.com/buzz/2016/03/power_of_professionalism.html ), now with Authentic voice coach Laura Handke and further with my training company who also wants to run a story at Voices For All.
    As always, I build my business by getting and keeping customers. I respond to all referrals in deepest appreciation. I appreciate your support and that of your stellar casting company!
    Julanne Dalke

  4. Well, we Brits are not shrinking violets or even stiff-upper-lipped, not any more, but we’re not quite so forward or strategic as our American and Canadian friends when it comes to broadcasting our abilities. I wanted to write ‘talent’ there – but modesty forbade. See what I mean?
    Seven years ago, Voices dotcom got me launched and noticed, and the client testimony bolstered my self confidence when it was most needed. I still get a buzz from the orange stars! A well organised and up to date set of demos is something you’ve dinned into us all from time to time, and it’s a tip I pass on as it obviously attracts the client, as well as making us (incomparable, unique talent!!) focus on our real strengths.
    However, reading your blog, I can see there’s more to be done…

  5. #3 is, in my opinion, most important. I still haven’t gotten to this point yet but practice makes perfect, right? Also, I would say building connections and networking are also very valuable. That’s another thing I have been trying to do to become a bigger name.

  6. HI Stephanie,
    Well, Thank you for listening!!! I just joined premium 2 days ago! So, I will be reading up on all of your suggestions! Thanks! I’m hoping to get lots of gigs!! Yes, yes!!!!!!!!!
    wishing everyone success!
    RACHELLE

  7. Well Stephanie (and Howard Ellison!), self-promotion is probably the last remaining significant ingredient in my voiceover success formula…as it has been in other areas of life.
    You, Stephanie, are also a classically trained singer, I believe I heard? So you know the fun of trying to show off what you can do with a few bars of one song!
    And maybe it’s my time spent in England as a military brat, Howard, but I relate to the understated demeanor to which you refer!
    Regardless, when I saw your invitation to comment and get noticed, Stephanie, I figured a comment on feeling awkward to comment was better than no comment at all!!!
    Anyway, on to the self-promotion: I have absorbed many subtleties of accent, having grown up as a US military brat with French Canadians extended family, traveling throughout the US and spending 5 years in Europe, and later earning two degrees in vocal performance, where a deep knowledge of diction sets one apart from one’s competition!
    Check out my profile to hear quite the sampling of accents, to which the reaction of most listeners I’ve shown has been, “Those sound like totally different people! They can’t all have been you!”
    Thanks so much Stephanie! And I invite your criticism if you have advice on anyway to proceed, beyond the helpful information in these articles and the videos!
    Happy voicing everyone!!!

  8. I have been on voices.Com for 2 months and still haven’t popped a gig. I know I have a voice that can work, but perhaps I need some coaching on recording. I’m still waiting to be discovered!

  9. Hi Frank,
    Thank you for reaching out! I am glad you shared about your experience so far.
    Ashley in our customer service department took a look at your profile and mentioned that your profile is in great shape! You have a high number of demos in multiple categories which showcase your abilities very well. Your Testimonials speak volumes and your experience backs them up.
    She also reviewed a number of your recent auditions and demos (please remember that we’re not professional voice coaches or sound engineers). It might be beneficial for you to get a professional opinion to ensure everything is top notch.
    If anyone reading this comment finds themselves in a similar situation, going to a voice coach you trust who is versed in online casting sites is a great step toward understanding what works about what you’re doing and where you can take steps to improve.
    Thank you again Frank for adding your voice to the conversation! I hope you start to experience greater success on the site.
    Warm regards,
    Stephanie

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