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Doing Voice Over Work Online in 2020

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Building a voice over business has never been easier, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take work. Every savvy voice over actor knows that finding voice over work online takes time. Booking voice over work doesn’t simply involve auditioning for every voice acting job under the sun, but instead requires that serious effort is invested into scoping out the right jobs for your voice in particular. 

Here are some handy tips and tricks to effectively find voice over auditions and voice over jobs online. This insider’s look at how the industry operates will guide you through the process of embarking on your career in the voice acting world.

Freelance Voice Over Work

The freelance professional lifestyle is often held up as an ideal. On the face of it, being a freelancer appears to possess an amount of freedom and flexibility that others yearn for. And while this is certainly true in many instances, what often goes unmentioned is that those who work gigs tend to spend far more time looking for employment than traditional employees might suspect.

Working as a freelance voice actor is akin to running a small business. Like any other entrepreneurial endeavor, it takes talent, time, dedication, grit, ingenuity, and a passion for lifelong learning.

Your typical voice actor’s job hunt may take as much as one-quarter to one-third of their work time. This includes sending out emails, submitting voice over auditions, attending networking events, creating demo reels, and maintaining a website and/or talent profile on sites like Voices.com.

Find more tips for understanding your voice over business’s marketing mix.

8 Steps to Getting a Voice Over Job

Step 1: Take a Voice Acting Class

Before you get too far ahead of yourself and buy studio equipment, get some training. When you’re exploring voice acting as a potential career, taking a class or two, or enrolling in voice over coaching can help you to determine whether voice acting is the right business for you.

Step 2: Practice Reading out Loud

Read out loud often, so that you can really feel the copy, hear your voice, and play with the interpretation. Overcome any inhibitions by practicing your reading on a regular basis either on your own, with a teacher, family member or a trusted friend.

Step 3: Seek out Pro Bono Gigs to Build Your Resume

Consider apprenticing under an established voice actor, or volunteering your talents for charities, not-for-profits, or student projects. As you are building your voice over portfolio, it is important to make the distinction between volunteer work and “giving your voice away for free”—your future colleagues will thank you.

Step 4: Network With Other Voice Actors and Build Your Network

While coaching and training are a great place to start, don’t let your networking activities end there! Look for local Meetups, conferences, and online communities. Not only will you find kindred spirits and moral support, but you’ll also become part of a powerful referral network. When a fellow voice actor is presented with a job opportunity that they aren’t well-suited for, you can count on these peers to recommend other vocal talent in their network, including you, for said opportunities.

Step 5: Practice Proper Breathing

Remember to breathe properly. This means being able to control your breath and shape it to create flowing phrases and energetic, articulate performances. Breathing deeply from your diaphragm, breath support, and proper placement can work miracles and keep you conditioned to deliver in top form, even through sickness.

Step 6: Produce a Voice Over Demo

Making a voice over demo is a very personal, artistic, and technical process. You can go about this on your own, but it is advisable to consider the possibility of having a demo professionally produced for you. Your voice over demo can be your ticket to success, and often serves as the first impression of your voice that a prospective client will hear.

Step 7: Create a Voices Talent Profile

When you’re ready to pursue voice over work, you’ll need to have a web presence and a steady source of auditions. Registering for a Voices talent account is an optimal way to get your name in front of clients, market your talent on a global scale, and most importantly, gain access to our vast job board full of amazing voice acting opportunities. 

Step 8: Follow Up and Be Persistent

When you are pounding the pavement on your own, be sure to follow up with the prospects you have submitted your demos or marketing material to. Do everything you can to keep your name front of mind. You may not receive a response from every person you deliver your promotional materials to, but that shouldn’t deter you from marketing your services. When someone needs your voice, they will get in touch!

Be Selective When Auditioning for Voice Over Jobs Online

No matter whether you’ve been in the voice acting business for a while or are just starting out, when you’re looking for voice over jobs online, it pays to know both where to look and what to look for.

For instance, when you’re reviewing a voice over job posting, you’ll notice that a variety of criteria are included,  including vocal requirements, artistic direction, and more. The key to determining whether this is the right job for you comes down to how well you know your own voice and your brand

What to Look for in a Voice Over Job Posting

When you first spot a job posting that interests you, you’ll want to double-check a few key specifications, including:

  • Language, Accent, and Dialect: Be honest about the languages, accents, and dialects that you can fluently perform, because many clients can distinguish an authentic sound from one that’s not as polished. If you’ve received language training or dialect coaching, indicate your level of fluency or comfort with the required language when submitting your audition and proposal.
  • Gender: Make sure that the job posting’s requirements reflect the gender that you sound the most like.
  • Category: The different categories of voice over projects can range from radio and television, to animation and audiobooks, and even includes podcasting, internet video, and movie trailers
  • Deadline: Consider when the client has set the audition deadline. If it’s not possible for you to audition in time, or you’re booked solid when the client needs the voice over recorded, you’ll need to pass on the opportunity. You don’t want to give the impression that you’re available when you aren’t, causing you to come across as being unreliable.
  • How the client needs the work delivered: Ensure that you’re able to deliver the file in a way that works for the client. This may include the audio file format, or even the prospect of taking part in a live directed recording session via ISDN, Source-Connect, or another connective technology.
  • Pay rate: This may be your deal maker (or breaker). Does the pay line up with the amount of work required? Look for a budget range and compare it with the amount of time it will take you to complete the work. Note that you can quote whatever you choose for any voice over job, but never settle for any rates that you feel aren’t in alignment with your worth.

Submitting Auditions for Voice Over Jobs Online

When a script is supplied, it’s best not to read the whole thing in your audition. Read approximately 15 seconds or so, and then move on.

Learn more about how to land voice over jobs without having to leave the comfort of home by auditioning online

If you want to try your hand on some voice over scripts, Voices has an abundant library of original, royalty-free sample scripts that you’re more than welcome to use as practice to stay in fine form for auditioning, or to serve as the script for your next voice over demo.

When you’re on the lookout for voice over work and different job opportunities, some due diligence on your part can help inform whether it’s a worthwhile decision to submit an audition or not. In addition to numerous other factors, you also need to weigh the opportunity with your own values and beliefs before pursuing it. Your integrity is far more important than making a quick buck.

Watch this video for some extra insight on the best practices for submitting voice over auditions.

Writing a Strong Proposal

Along with your audition, you should submit a cover letter—also commonly known as a proposal—which will inform the client why you believe you’re the best candidate for the job. It’s easy to dismiss this step because it doesn’t seem to have much to do with your voice. However, if you pause and recognize that the client can only see a few things when evaluating your submission—your audition, your quote, and your proposal—you’ll realize that it’s one of the three aspects up for consideration.

Learn how to write a clear and compelling proposal (and make use of proposal templates) to wow clients and communicate why you’re the right voice for the job.

Bonus Tip: Ask for the next gig and a referral.

After you’ve booked the job and delivered the final files, that’s the absolute best time to ask your client how you can be helpful to them in the future. Strike while the iron is hot!  If you sense that another job isn’t immediately available, at least ask for a referral to one of your client’s colleagues within the organization, by politely throwing out a suggestion like: “Is there anything else at your company that might benefit from my services? I’d welcome the introduction.”

Launch Your Career in the Voice Acting Industry

You’re now fully equipped with the essential knowledge to get started with Voices and start landing voice over work online. Sign up for a Voices talent account, begin submitting auditions, and you’ll be well on your way to making it as a voice actor online. Happy recording!

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  • Vandana Arleen Xavier
    June 7, 2019, 4:40 am

    I am interested in giving my voice to the cartoon or animation programmes…I have no idea how to start or who to contact….I can talk like a small baby….and few sounds…

    Reply
  • Fred Williams
    August 1, 2019, 7:28 pm

    I have a rich, natural baritone voice that has been honed by years as an operatic and classical singer.
    My reading skills are amazing and interpreting story line strong.
    I have no idea as to where I might go to break into this specialty field. I did do several voice overs on Spokane on a per job basis in the radio station.

    Reply
  • fred logue
    August 2, 2019, 10:36 am

    How do I get started?

    Reply
  • Eliud
    August 3, 2019, 9:54 am

    Very informative, would wish some mention on how to do the voice recordings through phone.

    Reply
  • Melanie Dotson
    August 4, 2019, 1:37 pm

    Hello,
    Everyone always tell me I have such A Nice Voice… i would love to see if Anyone would be interested in me yet I dont know where to begin…Please. Could someone reply to me and lead me in the right direction.
    Thank-you!

    Melanie

    Reply
  • Jestine Caldoza
    August 14, 2019, 12:54 am

    I am very interested in doing voice acting but I have no idea where to start. I had a few voice lessons with my late father when I was young but it was enough for me to get picked for an oratorical back in high school. I have a child like to teen voice.

    Reply
    • Lubna
      September 6, 2019, 10:21 am

      Hi Jestine,

      To get started, I’d recommend signing up for a voice talent profile at voices.com/signup and completing your voice actor profile.

      Happy Auditioning!

      – Lubna

      Reply
  • Awais Qarni
    August 18, 2019, 10:50 am

    Very nice field

    Reply
  • Wessam kabil
    September 25, 2019, 4:39 pm

    Hi,

    I am an Arabic female voice over. Are you accepting publishing arabic voice over samples at voices site ?

    Reply
    • Lubna
      September 26, 2019, 3:25 pm

      Hi Wessam,

      Thank you for reading our blog. You can upload your Arabic voice over demo to your Voices.com profile. So, clients looking for Arabic voice overs can hear your demos and potentially hire you for their projects.

      Good luck!

      – Lubna

      Reply
  • Randolph Langford
    December 9, 2019, 12:05 pm

    My name is Randolph, I love doing voiceovers and it a dream to do imitations of Hollywood superstars and heroes alike.

    Reply
  • Jekee
    January 9, 2020, 11:53 am

    My dream is to be the best voice actor

    Reply
  • Jekee
    January 9, 2020, 11:55 am

    My dream is be a best voice actor.But I don’t know how is it possible .But I will work hard for this.

    Reply
    • oliver
      January 15, 2020, 1:21 pm

      Hey Jekee,

      Thanks for your comment. Leafing through the Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting is a worthy starting point as you embark on your voice acting journey!

      Wishing you the best,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Archana priya
    March 21, 2020, 5:34 pm

    Hi this is Archana. I’m interested to do work speaking voice job

    Reply
    • oliver
      March 23, 2020, 9:52 am

      Hey Archana,

      You’ve come to the right place! First things first: when you sign up for a Voices account, and you’ll have the opportunity to build a talent profile, browse through job postings, and begin auditioning for the voice over work that most appeals to you.

      I’d encourage you to read up on our membership levels and peruse our Talent Help page. Feel free to contact us for support whenever you need by sending an email to support@voices.com.

      If you still need some pointers on getting started in the industry, you also ought to pop your head into our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting. It’s jam-packed with useful info for newcomers.

      Happy auditioning!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • M.K. manju
    March 24, 2020, 2:11 am

    I have interested cartoon voices and spiritual things

    Reply
    • oliver
      March 25, 2020, 11:44 am

      Hey M.K.,

      Well, you’ve come to the right place. If you want to pursue your interest in cartoon voices further, I’d recommend signing up for a talent account with Voices!

      You can read up on our membership levels, peruse our Talent Help page, and contact us at any point if any questions arise by sending an email to support@voices.com.

      If you’re still in need of some pointers after that, pop your head into our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, where you’re bound to find some useful info.

      Happy auditioning!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Cody jones
    March 27, 2020, 1:26 pm

    Hi there my name is cody jones im a 14 yr old high school student and i love video games and i allways wondered hiw to acctualy become a voiceover for video games but unfortunately ive found out im too young to take game voiceover jobs and with my voice i have a casual english accent and i can do some impressions but there not to great although i can change mt voice to the moment like if u want the character to be angry i can do that or even to be joyful i can do that i can do many things like that so if anyone could help me id love it thankyou from cody jones.

    Reply
    • oliver
      April 2, 2020, 10:21 am

      Hey Cody,

      Thanks for your comment! The good news, actually, is that there’s no minimum age you must reach before becoming eligible to be a voice actor. You’re free to start whenever! In fact, there are a number of casting calls on our platform that specifically seek out Teen (aged 13-17) voices.

      To embark on a career as a voice actor, the best place to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent profile. You can read up on our membership levels to identify which option is the best choice for you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at support@voices.com.

      If you’re unsure where to get started, you ought to take a look through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting. It’s jam-packed with illuminating info about getting to know the industry, recording your demos, and how to promote your talents.

      I hope that helps!

      Oliver

      Reply
  • Jayanti Sharma
    May 11, 2020, 6:46 am

    Hi ! Myself Jayanti
    I am interested in giving my voice for any of your projects.
    Thanks and Regards

    Reply
    • oliver
      May 19, 2020, 5:14 pm

      Hi Jayanti,

      Thanks for your comment. To start auditioning for voice over work, you should first register for a Voices talent account! From there, you’ll get the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo.

      Feel free to check out our Talent Help page, and never hesitate to send us an email with any questions at support@voices.com.

      If you’re still in need of some tips on cutting your teeth in the industry, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting is a helpful resource that’s jam-packed with info about the voice over world.

      I hope that helps. Happy recording!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Neha
    May 16, 2020, 12:36 pm

    I I am interested in giving my voice and have no idea how to start and who to contact for this

    Reply
    • oliver
      May 19, 2020, 4:39 pm

      Hey Neha,

      Thanks for reaching out. To start auditioning for voice over work, you should first register for a Voices talent account! From there, you’ll get the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo.

      Feel free to check out our Talent Help page, and never hesitate to send us an email with any questions at support@voices.com.

      If you’re still in need of some tips on cutting your teeth in the industry, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting is a helpful resource that’s jam-packed with info about the voice over world.

      I hope that helps. Happy recording, and best of luck on your voice over journey!
      Oliver

      Reply
    • Ishika
      June 7, 2020, 1:41 pm

      Hyy….This is lshika i m extremely excited for voice over….. I love talking, i can talk for hrs and hrs…. This is my passion and i love making different voices ie. Children’s voice, talking in different styles e.t.c…… In free time i always record my voice and also share it with my lovely friends…. This all makes me happie without it i feels my day incomplete ….but the problem is i don’t have any idea how to do voice over job…. This job make me and my family truly happy so i request uh to plss help….thank you😊

      Reply
      • Oliver Skinner
        June 8, 2020, 4:10 pm

        Hey there,

        The best way to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent account. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo.

        Feel free to check out our Talent Help page, and never hesitate to send us an email with any questions at support@voices.com.

        If you’re still in need of some tips on cutting your teeth in the industry, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and our YouTube channel are both helpful resources.

        Best of luck,
        Oliver

  • Rachel Edwards
    May 17, 2020, 7:51 pm

    I just want to be given a chance to be a voice actor.

    Reply
    • oliver
      May 19, 2020, 4:43 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Thanks for your comment. To try your hand at voice acting, you can register for a Voices talent account. From there, you’ll get the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo.

      Feel free to check out our Talent Help page, and never hesitate to send us an email with any questions at support@voices.com.

      If you’re still in need of some tips on cutting your teeth in the industry, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting is a helpful resource that’s jam-packed with info about the voice over world.

      I hope that helps a bit. Happy recording, and best of luck!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Rama
    May 26, 2020, 4:31 am

    I am interested to voice recording it is my fashion

    Reply
  • Shaloo
    June 7, 2020, 12:53 pm

    I am interested in working as an voice over actor, pl. Guide me in this regard , where and how to apply

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      June 8, 2020, 3:43 pm

      Hi Shaloo,

      The best way to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent account. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to fill out your profile, get access to our vast job board of voice over casting calls, and post your demo.

      Feel free to check out our Talent Help page, and never hesitate to send us an email with any questions at support@voices.com.

      If you’re still in need of some tips on cutting your teeth in the industry, our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting and our YouTube channel are both helpful resources.

      Best of luck on your voice over journey!
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Patricia Hawkins
    June 19, 2020, 10:44 pm

    Let me try

    Reply
  • Michael Bunnell
    June 23, 2020, 5:42 pm

    I can’t find any info about the technical aspects: what are the requirements (file type, etc.)?– how is the recording sent?

    Reply
  • Shweta
    June 26, 2020, 2:27 am

    Hi, I have a flexible voice.

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      June 26, 2020, 9:46 am

      Hey Shweta,

      That’s great. A flexible voice can get you far in the world of voice acting.

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, make sure to list all the vocal styles and roles that you have a knack for performing directly on your profile. That way, when clients are looking to hire actors who can perform with or possess certain vocal characteristics, they’ll be directed to your profile.

      Cheers,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Atreyee Talapatra
    July 16, 2020, 12:41 am

    I have a strong voice and my accent in English is very good with the right accent. I have been doing plays and reading scripts, have been an emcee for a lot of programmes. I want to be a voice over artist. Please help me to get assignments –

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      July 17, 2020, 10:17 am

      Hey there,

      The best place to begin is by signing up for a Voices talent account, building up your online presence, showcasing strong demos on your profile, and then continuing to practice and audition for voice over work that seems best suited to your vocal capabilities.

      You can also better familiarize yourself with the voice over industry and our platform by checking out our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting, as well as our YouTube channel.

      Reply
  • Vandana Narada
    July 20, 2020, 8:58 pm

    Vandana Narada
    I am interested, I have a bold voice, I can talk for soft and arrogant characters. But I have no idea how to get the chance and whom to consult. I can give my voice for warnings giving character also and annoying character too.

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      August 11, 2020, 11:46 am

      Hey Vandana,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you can begin auditioning for voice over jobs that are listed on our platform. Once you’ve made an account, you’ll be able to list the style of voice over performance — like bold or friendly — that you specialize in directly on your profile.

      Cheers,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Jayasree dor.bala
    July 27, 2020, 5:32 am

    Chaala buagundiA

    Reply
  • TANIYA GHOSH
    August 4, 2020, 9:36 pm

    Can We Record, Edit, & Work From Android Mobiles, From Voices.com???? Is There any Separate Software For Anroid Mobiles????

    Reply
  • Inumo Esther Oluronke
    August 15, 2020, 4:41 am

    I have an amazing skills in reading but I am an African lady from Nigeria. I wish to get online work in reading. How do I go about getting it?

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      August 18, 2020, 12:01 pm

      Hi Inumo,

      Thanks for reaching out! There are a number of voice actors who are based in Africa and use our site.

      When you’re filling out your profile, you’ll want to list any of the unique vocal capabilities you possess – for example, which languages you speak fluently, and whether or not you speak with an accent. For example, you can list the ability to speak in a West African (Nigerian) accent directly on your profile. That way, clients will have an easier time finding you when they’re seeking your specific vocal qualities for a project.

      You may also want to leaf through our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting when you’re first familiarizing yourself with the platform and this exciting industry, and we also have a YouTube channel packed with videos that should guide you as you set up a profile and get started on Voices.

      I hope that helps! Happy recording,
      Oliver

      Reply
  • Prachi
    August 21, 2020, 6:10 am

    Hiiii.. I am interested in giving my voice for a child and teenage girl and adult lady. I am really interested in this. I love to do this. But i don know how and from where to start.

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      August 24, 2020, 9:52 am

      Hi!

      You may want to start by taking a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting to familiarize yourself with today’s voice over industry, and then following that with our onboarding video series about getting set up with Voices.

      Once you feel ready, you can sign up for a Voices account to begin auditioning for voice over work.

      Reply
    • Margaret Kelley
      September 20, 2020, 10:54 am

      Hello Oliver! I have always wanted to do voiceovers. My friends tell me that I’m very talented with my voice and that I should pursue it. I can do all levels of voice from high to low. I can sound like a cartoon character. I can go through emotions. I’m 68 years young and I am a call center pharmacy tech. People tell me I have a young voice. My only worry is my age.

      Reply
      • Oliver Skinner
        September 21, 2020, 10:20 am

        Hello Margaret,

        Thanks for reaching out! First of all, your age won’t hinder you from excelling in the voice over industry. There are a wide variety of voice acting opportunities for talent of all ages and backgrounds on our platform.

        When you sign up for a Voices talent account and begin filling out your profile, my first suggestion would be to list your voice age. This doesn’t have to reflect your actual age, but rather the general age categories that your voice over performances sound like. You can learn more about setting up your profile with our helpful video series.

        Given your background in call center pharmacy tech, you may be interested in seeking out voice over work in the healthcare sector — if so, make sure to highlight this particular expertise on your profile.

        I hope that helps a bit!
        Oliver

  • Ajeeta singh
    September 20, 2020, 3:19 am

    Thanks to Stephanie Ciccarelli for her blog on june 4,2020 for new people in V.O This kind off guidance from the stalwarts of the field help us choose the right direction and not get trapped.

    Reply
  • Monica
    September 26, 2020, 3:54 am

    I want an chance for dubbing to the actress as well for animation films

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      September 30, 2020, 4:42 pm

      Hey Monica,

      When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you can begin auditioning for voice over jobs featured on our platform. When you’re filling out your profile, you’ll have the opportunity to list cartoons and animation as the category of voice over work that you specialize in.

      Reply
  • Jason L Melendez
    September 27, 2020, 3:40 pm

    I’m very interested in any and all voice over opportunities. I strongly believe I can use my voice to project across various fields of voice over projects given the right opportunity to showcase my skills

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      September 30, 2020, 4:04 pm

      Hi Jason,

      It sounds like you have just the determination you need to get started. When you sign up for a Voices talent account, you can begin auditioning for voice over jobs featured on our platform.

      Reply
  • Alanis Miano
    October 21, 2020, 8:16 pm

    Hello my name is Alanis Miano I’m 23 yrs old and i’m interested in commercial voice overs. I don’t have any experience in this industry but i feel like i have a good voice and thinking about how to use this to maximize my skills

    Reply
    • Oliver Skinner
      October 22, 2020, 9:38 am

      Hi Alanis,

      To get started in the field of commercial voice over, I’d suggest signing up for a Voices talent account. Then, when you’re filling out your profile, you’ll have the opportunity to list the categories of voice over work that most interest you – for example, perhaps you’re interested in voicing internet video ads, or maybe radio spots are more your style.

      To familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of the voice acting industry, check out our Beginner’s Guide to Voice Acting.

      Reply