3 Reasons to become a Voice Over Talent/3 Razones para ser locutor
After ten years of working as a Voice Over Talent, I have come to realize that there are many reasons that keep me going in this freelance business - it would take several pages to list them all so for now I will narrow them down to three:
1-Acting behind a microphone: Being on camera or on stage is fascinating to me but having my own studio and business as a VO artist has brought me many fascinating moments of their own. I find that acting into a microphone has its own challenges because we don’t have the other person’s expression to stimulate our responses - we have to see them in our mind. We also use our imagination to create an environment in which we justify the words that we read from the script to make them sound completely natural. For example, if a script for a radio commercial is a scene where you are talking to your best friend about the perfect place for a Summer vacation, you need to make a clear mental image of the person you are talking to, as well as the environment of where the scene takes place, are you in someone’s house, a coffee shop or at a soccer game? The idea that you are talking to a friend is often referred to in the details of an audition request because there is a constant need for a conversational tone to portray a “slice of life” in ad campaigns, so it helps if you can picture exactly who you are talking to. We need to create moments of magic that will draw the audience’s attention and that to me, is definitely a fascinating process.
2-Variety of genres: I have discovered many types of Voice Over work since I first started, and the industry keeps expanding in ways that can blow anyone’s mind: from eLearning, radio and TV commercials, audiobooks, documentaries, animation, corporate narrations and telephony, to a variety of video narrations for websites, apps, audio tours, GPS navigation and many more types of communication. Each type of Voice Over work requires the narrator use different delivery styles, whether it’s comedic, energetic, conversational, sensual, heartwarming or informative; there is always a new approach with every project we encounter, so variety is a big plus in our bag of tricks. Recently I recorded a series of prompts for the voice of an animatronic donkey, there was a lot of humor
3-Working from your home studio: Having a home studio has many advantages - avoiding the daily commute into town is a big plus, but being able to keep your own hours is priceless. Of course that sometimes means that you can work well into the night if you so desire or, if you have a deadline that can’t be pushed back, that you’ll lose a few hours’ sleep. However, being able to do your work in your own time gives you the freedom to organize your day in a way that is convenient for you. Personally, I like to be home when my kids get back from school, I plan my recording time during the morning and the rest of my work, such as keeping in touch with my clients and organizing my finances during the afternoon.
Here are two links where you can find examples on how to organize your voice over business: