What does it take to find voice over work?
I’m mean, you’ve probably already…
Mastered your voice over training…
And your recording studio setup is killer…
…with expensive gear that makes you sound amazing!
But…where is the voice over work?
Here’s the thing…
Voice actors who consistently thrive in the voice over business do two things extremely well:
First, they discover and test strategies and techniques they can use to find voice over work and clients.
Second, they put 100% of their effort into executing, scaling and repeating the techniques that bring them the best results.
So if you’re stuck with a nice mic and a killer demo but no work to do, no worries.
Here are 17 techniques and strategies you can use TODAY to find voice over work!
Each one only takes a few minutes to get started.
1. The BBS Technique
Many years ago when I worked in radio, the sales people would often work out barter deals with local businesses.
So a local business would provide something the station needed (like t shirts or gift cards for giveaways) and the station would provide advertising time on the station instead of paying for it.
Local bartering like this works well for 2 reasons:
First, both sides receive value with little out of pocket cost.
And second, local businesses like to help out other local businesses.
Well the BBS technique is kind of like a distant cousin to local bartering.
The BBS technique is simply where the buyer becomes the seller.
Basically you’re promoting your voice over services to the businesses you do business with.
Here’s how to use the BBS Technique to find voice over work:
STEP 1: HIRE SOMEONE FOR A PRODUCT OR SERVICE
The number one rule for the BBS technique is that you’re only contacting businesses you actually need and are seriously considering to purchase a product or service from. Don’t waste anyone’s time!
Think of a service or a product that you need right now or that you’ve recently purchased. It could be tires, a new dentist, lawn mowing service, anything.
Find a company you think you’d want to hire or purchase from and contact them.
STEP 2: BUY THE PRODUCT OR SERVICE YOU NEED
Decide whether you want to purchase from this company. If you decide to purchase from them go ahead and hire them.
Now you have an in at the company.
STEP 3: RESEARCH THE COMPANY’S VOICE OVER NEEDS
Now check out the company’s website and see if they have online videos or commercials posted. Try to find ways they can use voice over in their business.
Do they have voice over already?
If not, contact the person you’ve been dealing with and tell them you do voice over.
For example, I recently hired an insulation contractor to insulate the attic of my home (I’m building out a new recording studio up there). After meeting with the salesperson and doing some research, I saw they had a YouTube channel with a few videos but the videos didn’t have voice over!
So I mentioned it to the salesperson who put me in touch with the right person at the company. Here’s the email I sent:
Here’s the response I received (almost instantly):
And this is just to get your foot in the door.
Once you’re doing voice over for one part of their business, become the voice of their brand by being the voice of their phone greetings, sales videos and in-house training programs.
Repeat the BBS technique for every service, product and purchase you make.
2. Your Voice on YouTube
Since videos and voice over go hand in hand, what if there was a way to find the people who create videos.
Oh wait. There IS!
YouTube has 300 hours of video uploaded every minute! Sure some are funny cat videos but businesses are uploading marketing videos too.
Use YouTube to look for businesses creating content without voice over.
Here’s how to use YouTube to find voice over work:
STEP 1: NARROW IT DOWN
300 hours of video every minute is a lot to search through. So your first step is to search for something you’re interested in.
It can be anything!
TIP: When you set out to search for a YouTube video in need of voice over you may draw a blank on what exactly to search for. Sometimes it’s best to just know how to do this technique and use it during your normal video watching life. When you find a video that doesn’t have voice over that should – this is when you can pull out this strategy.
For example, say you were researching gutters and you found this video:
It’s a well produced video.
It has a logo, intro and outro animation, music…
…but no voice over!
You’ll also see they have over 8,000 subscribers:
That’s a nice sized audience!
Now click the channel name for a list of their videos and you’ll see how often they upload a video:
If they haven’t uploaded a video within the last 4 months, move on.
STEP 2: REACH OUT TO THE YOUTUBER
Now it’s time to reach out to the owner of the YouTube channel.
It’s important that you research the business, know what they do, who to contact, where they are located…etc.
Click the “About” tab and you’ll get a load of information. You can use the “Send Message” button to send a message directly through YouTube or they’ll usually have a website listed. Go to their website and contact them that way.
Whichever way you choose to contact them, keep your mesage short, don’t include any links or it’ll be considered spam, be honest about how you found them and try to build a relationship.
You’ll have a better chance of getting a voice over job and possibly ongoing voice over work.
3. Build Your Voice Over Client Base Using Google
There isn’t much you can’t find on Google…
…including voice over work.
In fact, many voice actors have built a strong voice over business using this technique alone.
You just gotta know how.
Here’s how you can find voice over work using Google:
STEP 1: SEARCH FOR CLIENTS
First, head to Google and think about a specific type of client based on your voice over niche (ie. video game company, animation business, explainer video production company, etc.).
The hard part is that some businesses use slightly different keywords to describe similar services.
For example, one prospect may use the description of an animation company while another may say they’re a motion graphics studio.
Once you’ve got the voice over niche you want to search, then narrow your search down to a nearby location.
One of the great things about working from home as a voice actor is that you can work from anywhere. That said though, there may not be an animation studio or video production company in your area. If this is the case, use the largest city within 2 hours from where you are located.
So your search in Google will look something like this “type of client” + location:
128k results of prospects! Sounds promising 🙂
TIP: NEVER click on an AD in the search results when you’re searching for clients. These advertisers are paying to find clients. If you click the ad you’ll cost them money and that is not how you want to start a relationship.
STEP 2: LEARN ABOUT THE VOICE OVER PROSPECT
Click on an organic result (avoid the ads), visit the site and read up on the prospect.
This is where you need to take the time to research, check out their portfolio and learn exactly what they do.
Ask yourself: Could my voice over add value to the work this company is doing?
STEP 3: INTRODUCE YOURSELF
There’s a right way and a wrong way to reach out to a potential voice over client.
Here’s what NOT to do:
Don’t just jump to the contact page, copy the email address and send some long generic email with your demos attached.
People won’t take the time to read a long, unsolicited email with large audio files attached. Never assume a prospect wants to hear your demo.
They didn’t ask for the email or your demo and most likely aren’t going to be impressed with you junking up their inbox.
Your email will come off as spammy.
They’ll be instantly annoyed that you wasted their time trying to sell them something.
And it’s a really selfish thing to do.
That is not the first impression you want to have with a potential client.
You want to build a relationship with them. So before you reach out to them, look them up on social media, follow them, like them, read and make comments on their blog. This will help open the door to a relationship with the company. It shows you know what they’re about.
It makes them feel special.
When the timing is right reach out to the prospect using email or social media. Here’s a formula to keep in mind when contacting a prospect:
Use the person’s name in the message. If the best greeting you can come up with is “To Whom It Concern”, then you need to do more research to find out who is the best person to contact.
Keep your message short. Clients are busy so get to the point quickly in 2-3 sentences at most.
Don’t make it about you, make it about them. The message shouldn’t be about what you want, it should be about what the client wants.
Ask before sending your demo. Don’t attach your demo or a link to a demo until you ask if the client is interested. When you ask someone if you can send them a demo it shows that you value their time.
If you follow that formula when reaching out to prospects you’ll make a great first impression and have your best chance at picking up a new client.
It will take time and effort but it’s a great way to build your client base.
4. Find Voice Over Work with Hash Tags on Twitter
Finding voice over work on Twitter is easy for two reasons:
One: people love to tweet about what they’re doing, projects their working on and things they are looking for. They even use hashtags which help organize all that data.
And two: Twitter makes it simple to find and connect with those people.
Here’s how to get voice over work with Twitter:
STEP 1: SEARCH TWITTER
Sure – you can use the toolbar search field for quick searches but by using Twitter’s advanced search page you can get more detailed results. The advanced search page allows you to search by words, phrases, hashtags, dates and even location.
Here’s a few examples of searches to do on Twitter to find voice over work…
You can search a general hashtag like #voiceoverjob or search a phrase that goes along with your niche of voice over like “audio book narrator” or use it to find clients with a phrase like “video production company”.
STEP 2: SCAN THE RESULTS
Your search will most likely bring back massive results which you’ll need to sort through.
Then you’ll find something like…
STEP 3: CONNECT
Now you just need to make contact with the user to discuss the job or potential for future voice over work.
Easy right? At 500 million tweets per day, you’ll want to check back often to find the newly posted voice over jobs.
5. Land Big Name Clients Using Voices.com
It’s no secret that Voices.com is one of the largest pay-to-play voice casting websites in the world.
They’ve been around since 2003 and have done an excellent job creating a marketplace where voice talents and businesses who are in need of voice over can come together.
I’ve been able to work with some really big name clients thanks to Voices.com.
If you want access to voice over jobs, being a member of Voices is a no-brainer.
Once you’re a member you’ll receive so many job invitations it’s easy to get overwhelmed. To prevent audition overload and for details on how to make the most of your membership check out the voice acting auditions on Voices Step-by-Step Guide.
Here’s how to get started on Voices:
STEP 1: SIGN UP FOR A FREE VOICES.COM ACCOUNT
Go to Voices.com and click the “Register Now – Instant Access to Jobs” button. Create your free voice talent profile by completing this sign up form…
…And then click the big “SIGN UP” button.
TIP: The username you use will end up being the URL address of your voices.com profile (ie. https://www.voices.com/people/jasonmccoy). So avoid cutesy names and keep it professional by using your name or your business name).
STEP 2: COMPLETE YOUR TALENT PROFILE AND UPLOAD DEMOS
If you don’t complete your talent profile and upload your voice demos, you have zero chance of being hired.
In order for clients to discover you in search results you need to complete your profile and upload your demos. Click “Complete Your Profile” and it’ll walk you through setting up your profile.
TIP: One common mistake newbies make is saying they can do everything (ie. child voice, senior, characters). If you aren’t excellent at it, don’t list it on your profile. You’ll still get plenty of job invitations and you won’t waste your time trying to do something you’re not that good at.
STEP 3: GO PREMIUM (OPTIONAL)
The free “guest” account is great because you can view (but not respond to) all of the public job postings, be found in search results, and audition for private job invitations.
But not being able to respond to public job postings is a big downside to the free account, since public job postings are a large part of finding voice over work. So if you can afford to upgrade to the premium for $399/year, go for it! Or try it out for a month and see if you land any work.
If you’re interested in the Voices premium membership, use promo code VOICEACTING349 and you’ll save $50 (not an affiliate link).
Here’s a list of all the Premium benefits:
Even if you don’t purchase the premium membership and just stick with the free account, at least you’ll be able to view the job postings, practice scripts and possibly be found be a potential client.
6. Radio and TV Stations
Sadly, many radio and TV stations around the country have been hit hard with budget cut backs.
I’ve been away from radio for years but even back in the day when I worked for a local station everyone had multiple job responsibilities.
The fact is radio and TV station staff are asked to do a lot: be a personality on the air, commercial production, voice tracking, meetings, remote broadcasts…that’s a lot for one person to handle.
You could go to the stations and try to ease the workload of the staff by offering your voice over services. You’d want to contact the creative director or production manager.
And that does work.
But with the budget cuts, stations often can’t afford to pay for outside voice talent to voice commercials.
So here’s a different approach to getting voice over work that airs on radio and TV stations:
STEP 1: BE ON THE LOOKOUT
Anytime a commercial break happens on radio or TV, turn it up and pay attention. Listen or watch and pay special attention to:
1) the voice. Do you recognize the same voices for different ads running on air?
2) the name of the advertiser.
TIP: Check local magazines too! If a business is advertising in a magazine they may be interested in using your voice to advertise their business in some audio capacity too.
STEP 2: REACH OUT TO THE ADVERTISER
Now reach out to the advertiser you heard and do a custom sample showing them how by hiring you as their voice their ads would improve.
This way the work is coming from the advertiser and not the station. Here’s why it’s better to approach the business directly:
Radio and TV stations = Low to no budget for production. Need to keep expenses to a minimum.
Businesses = Medium to large budget to spend on advertising.
So why would an advertiser pay for an outside voice talent (especially when they can often get the ad produced for free when they purchase on-air advertising)?
In order to help their ad stand out from the crowd.
I’ve worked with several clients who hire me strictly because if a local station produced their commercial it would be 1 of the same 3 on air voices.
They want to sound unique.
Having a voice that isn’t the same voice that was just heard on a competitor’s spot in the last commercial break is a huge selling point for advertisers.
7. It Pays to Audition on VoiceBunny (no really, paid auditions)
VoiceBunny is related to Voice123 (same founder) but works much differently (see #13). To become a voice actor on VoiceBunny you have to submit an application and be accepted.
Only 2% of applicants make the cut. So make sure your voice acting skills and demos are top notch before applying.
They also test your knowledge and response time and use that to either accept or reject your application.
So if you know what you’re doing, are fast and professional you’ve got a better shot at being accepted.
Why are they so picky about who they accept?
It’s because they don’t make money with application, subscription or commission fees.
WHAT? No fees!?
Yep! VoiceBunny is NOT a pay to play site. They make money by adding margins on top of voice talent rates.
Which is why they only want professional talent who will likely land jobs on their voice talent roster. They make money when you make money.
Because VoiceBunny is unlike many other sites it can be a little complicated.
Here’s the general idea:
If accepted, you can get voice over work in 2 ways:
(1) clients come to you or
(2) find the voice over work yourself.
The first way, called a Booking is pretty standard. You upload your demos, set your rates, clients find and book you, you do the voice over and get paid.
Here’s where VoiceBunny is a bit different…
With a Contest, clients submit projects, you review and pick projects to work on, do the voice over and get paid.
Notice anything missing there?
You were never actually hired to do the job.
That’s because you’re being paid for the audition (although not much). Then you get a bonus if you’re selected as the winner for the project.
Here’s an example of a small contest on VoiceBunny:
So you’d receive $14.82 to audition (which varies for each talent) and if selected as the winner you’d get an additional $22.79.
One more option for snagging voice over work on VoiceBunny is called a Speedy. It’s similar to a contest except instead of several voice actors auditioning the website picks one talent to complete the project.
Everything happens very fast on VoiceBunny so you’ve got to be quick to make it work.
Here’s how to get started on VoiceBunny:
STEP 1: CREATE AN ACCOUNT AND APPLY TO BE A VOICEBUNNY PRO
Go to VoiceBunny, read the details and click apply. Fill in your info (name, email, etc) and from here you’ll start the application process.
STEP 2: TAKE THE TESTS
Once you create an account you’ll take a short test and submit a test voice over. VoiceBunny will check your answers and your work for quality.
STEP 3: CUSTOMIZE YOUR VOICEBUNNY PROFILE
If you pass the knowledge and audition tests – congrats! Now you just need to sign an agreement and customize your VoiceBunny public profile page which includes setting your rates.
Then you’ll begin getting work from VoiceBunny clients.
8. Voice Over Casting on Backstage
Backstage is a one of the largest resources for performing artists (including voice actors). They post over 30,000 audition announcements every year. Most of these are for stage or screen actors but they do have postings for voice actors as well.
Voice over jobs include tv shows, audiobooks, movies, documentaries, tv, commecials, video games and more.
New voice acting jobs are posted daily!
Here’s how to get started on Backstage:
STEP 1: PREVIEW VOICE OVER AUDITIONS
Go to the Backstage page that already filters out all the non voice over jobs. You can narrow the results down by gender and age, but most importantly make sure you check the “Paid Only” check box under “Compensation”:
STEP 2: BROWSE THE RESULTS
Now scroll through the results until you find a project you’re interested in. Pay special attention to the location as some jobs only accept local voice actors or may require you to travel:
Also check the compensation section to make sure you’re good with the payment amount for the project.
STEP 3: JOIN BACKSTAGE
Once you find a voice over project you’d like to audition for you’ll need to sign up for Backstage. Membership fees vary but run around $20/month or $140/year.
Once you’re a member of Backstage you will create your talent profile and be able to apply for roles you find. There are no limits to the number of jobs you apply for.
9. Make Six Figures on Fiverr?
Before you skip this technique thinking your voice is worth more than $5 (and I have no doubt it is), hear me out.
In case you don’t know about Fiverr, it’s a marketplace that sells digital creative services (graphic design, video editing, voice over, etc.) starting at just 5 bucks.
People love to hate on Fiverr. I even considered not including this one because of the negativity that surrounds the service.
The fact is though, Fiverr attracts a lot of people looking for voice over talent.
So when you have a large number of people in search of voice over talent, that makes it one way to find voice over work.
It makes good sense for some but it’s not right for all.
Unlike pay-to-play sites, there is no membership fee. So if you’re just getting started as a voice over talent and you spent all your cash on equipment, it’s less upfront cost. A 20% commission is charged on jobs you complete. So for a $5 job you’d get $4.
That low price is the main beef people have with Fiverr. So let’s first figure that out…
You’ve gotta remember that $5 is just the starting price. In fact, Fiverr originally had a mandatory base price of $5 (hence the name) but now you can set your base price for $25, $50 and $100.
And you choose what someone gets (how much work on your end is required) for that price point, which means you’re setting your own rates. Plus you can price add-ons to increase your rate even more.
So let’s break this down…
There’s no membership fee…
To join a site with millions of visitors looking for voice over…
You get to set your own rates and terms…
And you don’t need to audition to be hired!
Even if your rates are higher than the competition, someone may be willing to pay more to have YOU voice their project.
And some people are killing it on Fiverr!
Just check out this listing:
She has over 17,000 Reviews…
And over 30,000 delivered voice over projects:
So assuming all 30,000 of those orders didn’t have any add-on costs and she received $4 each, that’s $120k just on Fiverr.
Still think Fiverr is a joke?
Now don’t get me wrong, 30,000 thirty second scripts is a lot of work! That works out to 15,000 minutes or 250 hours of finished voice over…which is $480 per finished hour of audio.
Your decision to list on Fiverr or not can be made by where you are in your voice over career. If you’re slammed with high paying work, you don’t want or need Fiverr. But if you have zero voice over jobs and bills to pay, it may be a strategy to consider.
For me personally, there was one other big factor that helped me make my decision about whether or not to be listed on Fiverr.
Here’s how to get started on Fiverr:
STEP 1: JOIN FIVERR
Join Fiverr by going to the site and creating your Fiverr account.
STEP 2: CREATE YOUR VOICE OVER GIG
Once inside your account, click “Start Selling” and then the “Create a Gig” button:
Fiverr will walk you through your voice over gig’s description and pricing.
Make sure you’re upfront and honest about pricing and turnaround times.
STEP 3: PUBLISH YOUR GIG
Finally, just publish your gig and your voice over services will be on the Fiverr marketplace ready for sale!
10. LBDs for Voice Over Work
With all the worldwide online search capabilities we have today it’s easy to forget about the voice over work available locally.
Local business directories are loaded with potential voice over clients.
Have you ever checked out your local chamber of commerce business directory? You’ll easily find local business listings with websites and contact information.
LBDs have everything you need to find prospects and build relationships.
Here’s how to get voice over work using your local business directory:
STEP 1: FIND YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Do a quick Google search to find your local chamber of commerce. You can use “(your city) chamber of commerce”:
STEP 2: CHECK OUT THE DIRECTORY
Click on the link to go to your local chamber of commerce site.
Most chamber of commerce websites have a “Member Directory” section:
This gives a lot of information about local businesses, usually separated into categories.
Go through the list and look for businesses you feel could gain value from your voice over services.
Visit the website of the business to get more details about what they do.
STEP 3: REACH OUT
Connect with them on social media or reach out by sending them a quick email (the person listed in the directory is a good place to start). Think about where voice over fits in to their business.
Could you voice their phone prompts?
Do they have online videos without professional voice over?
Do they use E-Learning as a part of their hiring process?
If you really want to impress them, don’t tell them what you can do, let them hear what you can do.
Use info you find on their website to write a short script and send them a custom voice over sample.
A custom sample has the ability to instantly WOW a prospect.
It’ll definitely improve your chances of getting a response and more importantly, a new voice over client.
11. Latest Voice Over Jobs Collection on G+
One thing I love is when someone gives away valuable information you can easily use to succeed.
Gary Terzza of VOMasterClass does exactly that with his G+ collection called “Latest Voice Over Jobs”.
It’s just what it sounds like.
Here’s how you can get voice over work thanks to Gary:
STEP 1: VIEW THE LATEST VOICE OVER JOBS
You can see Gary’s collection of the latest voice over jobs here. I also recommend you follow him on social media in order to get updates.
You’ll find all kinds of jobs posted along with details and instructions on who to contact.
STEP 2: REACH OUT
If you find a job you’re interested in just follow the instructions on who to contact.
12. Get Worldwide Exposure on Bodalgo
Based in Munich, Germany, Bodalgo is a pay-to play site that brings in voice over work opportunities from outside the US.
One of the really nice things about Bodalgo is that they don’t actively market to voice actors. Instead they spend their marketing budget finding businesses with jobs to post.
Bodalgo recently revamped their website and it is a huge improvement that makes it much easier to use.
Here’s a peak at the improved user dashboard inside Bodalgo:
As you can see, everything you need to make changes to your profile or answer castings can be found right there in one place.
As a member of Bodalgo you won’t see as many English speaking job postings as the North American based pay-to-play voice casting sites but the jobs tend to be higher paying. The clients who post voice over jobs are typically located outside the U.S.
Another plus for Bodalgo is it’s simplicity. There are no commissions, fees or add on costs. Voice talents work with and are paid by clients directly. No middleman.
Here’s how to get started on Bodalgo:
STEP 1: REGISTER FOR A VOICE TALENT ACCOUNT
Go to Bodalgo and select “I want to register as a voice talent” under Account type. Then fill in your name, email and create a password.
STEP 2: LOG INTO YOUR BODALGO ACCOUNT AND PICK A MEMBERSHIP PLAN
With the free membership you have a profile and can see the public job postings and their budget but not the script. I recommend upgrading to a paid membership. Bodalgo has 3 paid membership plans you can upgrade to:
A month to month plan called “Bodalgo 30” – it costs 24.90 Euro per month (which is around $30 USD) per month.
A six month plan called “Bodalgo 180” – it costs 119.90 Euro (which is around $130 USD).
and a one-year plan called “Bodalgo 360” – which costs 219.90 Euro (about $250 USD).
If you’re not ready to commit to a year, do what I did and try it out for a month:
I picked up 2 new clients within the first month I tested it. So it really paid off. Those are clients I never would have been exposed to without being a member of Bodalgo.
STEP 3: UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
Now make sure your profile and demos are up to date. Once you upgrade you can instantly audition for any open jobs. Check out the “New Castings” section for currently available jobs or wait for emails that notify you of new opportunities.
TIP: Some jobs on Bodalgo are quoted in US Dollars but most are in Euros. So before you quote a voice over project make sure you do the currency conversion using a calculator.
13. Get Massive Audition Invitations with Voice123
Voice123 has over 40k clients and over 131k jobs have been posted.
With numbers like that, it’s hard to deny that pay-to-play sites are one of the fastest and easiest ways to land new clients.
Voice123 brings people by the masses that have voice over work straight to your email on a daily basis.
Wondering how many job opportunities you’ll get?
Here’s a look at my inbox from the other morning:
Those all came in overnight.
Guess how many of those I auditioned for?
Even though I don’t always audition or even read many of my Voice123 invitation emails, I’m still a paying member.
First, it’s great exposure. People who are searching for voice talent that use Voice123 will find me. After they hear my demo, they will sometimes privately request that I audition for their job posting.
When that happens I make sure to submit an audition and proposal.
Second, if I ever have down time or it’s a slow day I can scroll through the current jobs available, find one that fits me and submit an audition.
Here’s how to get started on Voice123:
STEP 1: CREATE YOUR FREE VOICE123 ACCOUNT
Go to Voice123 and signup for a free account. You can sign in using Linkedin, Facebook or email. I always use my email when I sign up for new things.
Fill out the required info and click “Create Account”.
STEP 2: CREATE YOUR VOICE ACTOR PROFILE
Voice123 makes it simple to create your voice actor profile. The site will walk you through your profile creation.
That’s it! Done!
With the free forever plan you’ll get a profile page, you can upload 10 demos, be found in the Voice123 search and audition for direct invitations.
A lot of times that’s enough but in case you want more action, you can sign up for a premium account.
By signing up for the Premium account ($395/year) you’ll be able to showcase unlimited demos, have better search ranking and get invited to audition for public jobs.
TIP: Hopefully you know to do this anytime you audition for voice over work but be careful to only audition for jobs that you feel you’re a perfect match for. Voice123 has a crazy intelligent algorithm called SmartCast which will judge you based on the ratings clients give you after listening to your audition. If your auditions continue to have low ratings SmartCast will take note and not send you as many opportunities.
14. Voice Over Work on Upwork
Upwork is the world’s largest online workplace connecting businesses and professional freelancers. You can find all kinds of freelancers on Upwork, including web developers, writers, virtual assistants and most importantly, voice over talents.
You can become a member for free and audition for a limited number of jobs per month. Upwork takes a 10% fee from your fee. So you’ll want to add that 10% fee to whatever you’d like to make on the job.
Here’s how to get started on Upwork:
STEP 1: BECOME A UPWORK FREELANCER
Visit Upwork and click the “Become a Freelancer” to create a free freelancer account:
STEP 2: CREATE YOUR PROFILE
Next start putting your profile together. You can find “Voice Talent” as a service listed under “Design & Creative”:
Once your profile is complete, you need to select your membership level: choose the Freelancer Basic membership. That’ll all you need to get started.
STEP 3: SEARCH FOR VOICE OVER JOBS
Now click Find Jobs to search for current voice over jobs available:
If you find a job you’re interested in applying for all you have to do is submit a proposal to audition.
The client can then hire and communicate with you within the Upwork site.
15. The Power of Amazon’s ACX
ACX is where many authors and publishers go to convert their books into audio books. Audio books produced through ACX are sold via audible, Amazon and iTunes.
ACX has some strict requirements when producing audio books. It’s a good idea to read up on the audio submission requirements since they are not only required by ACX but also good practice when producing audio books for other clients.
Here’s how to get voice over work with ACX:
STEP 1: SIGN UP USING YOUR AMAZON ACCOUNT
Go to ACX and sign up using your amazon account. You’ll want to create your narrator profile to get started.
STEP 2: ADD AUDIO SAMPLES
Then click “+Add Your Sample”. That’s where you can upload your audio book samples, describe your expertise and choose your preferred payment method.
STEP 3: ROYALTY SHARE OR PAY PER FINISHED HOUR?
Under “Search” you’ll want to click “Titles accepting auditions” which will bring up a list of books currently looking for narration.
Use the filters section to narrow it down by gender, genre (if you have a specific genre you prefer or if you want to exclude), and the project rate.
Publishers select whether they are willing to pay for narration with a Royalty Share or per finished hour of audio.
Most of the titles are listed as royalty share. This means you receive of portion of the audio book sale proceeds. This is a great option if the book is by a well known author or publisher.
To make sure you don’t waste your time working on a project you’ll never be paid any royalties for be sure to research the author and publisher to see how well other books by that author or publisher have sold.
You’ll also want to see how well they promote their audio books. If they don’t do much promotion or sales on other books are lacking, you won’t make as much (if any) money with a royalty deal.
If you choose to narrate a title that pays via royalty share, ACX will provide you with earnings statements on a monthly basis.
There are many factors that determine the success or failure of an audio book. Most are out of the hands of the voice actor who provided narration for the project. For that reason, I prefer to be paid by finished hour for audio books.
STEP 4: AUDITION FOR AN AUDIO BOOK
Once you have a title you’d like to narrate you’ll want to upload an audition by clicking the green button:
Now you can review the audition script and read direction notes from the publisher. Just record your audition and upload the MP3.
The publisher will contact you if they feel you’re a good fit as narrator for their audiobook.
16. Let F & F Open Doors for Your Voice Over Business
Check out your social feeds and you’ll realize some of your biggest fans are your family and friends. Have you ever thought about how your family and friends can help you open doors to new voice over work?
For example, one of my brothers works for an architectural firm. My other brother works for a large company in Florida. I’ve been hired by both companies to voice phone prompts and training videos.
That’s voice over work I wouldn’t have if my brothers didn’t refer me. (Thanks bros!)
Here’s how family and friends can help:
STEP 1: TELL THEM WHAT YOU DO
People can’t hire you or refer you if they don’t know what you do. Make sure friends and family know exactly what it is that you do. Some people don’t understand what voice over is (or that you actually get paid to read stuff), so put it in simple terms and give examples.
STEP 2: SHARE PROJECTS
Now that you’ve actually explained to them what you do, some still won’t grasp it.
So share some projects. Discuss recent voice over jobs you’ve done. Let them hear your work.
STEP 3: ASK FOR REFERRALS
If a friend or family member works at a company you think could use voice over in some way – bring it up to them. Ask them who would be the best person to contact.
If your friend or family member owns a business, do a sample phone greeting voice over to show how you can help them sound more professional.
If nothing else, at least now they understand what you do and you can wait and hope for referrals to come in.
It’s funny how it seems like everyone is a voice actor online, but odds are that you’re the only voice actor your group of family and friends will know.
That means when a project comes up that needs voice over, you’ll be the first (and only) person they think of.
17. Use Your Voice to Convert Blogs into Podcasts
Blog posts are great right? I mean you can learn valuable information about any subject you’re interested in. You could read a blog and learn to cook an amazing dinner tonight or read about places to visit during an upcoming vacation.
They can be really useful.
The downside to blogs is that you’re usually stuck staring at a screen reading it. It’s hard to multitask when you’re reading.
By converting a blog post into audio, the content can be digested while doing another activity like mowing the lawn or driving.
Here’s how to get started turning blog posts into podcasts:
STEP 1: FIND A BLOG
You first need to find a blog that you could turn into an audio podcast.
Luckily, blogs are everywhere!
If you read a blog about a topic you’re interested in often, that’s a good place to start. Otherwise you can use a site that has a list of popular blogs, like Alltop.
Make sure the blog content is something that listeners will be able to understand without reading or seeing it.
TIP: Skip any blog that is written by a branded personality. Fans and followers usually want to hear the voice of the personality behind the blog. If they are expecting to hear the personality’s voice and hear yours instead, they may be disappointed.
STEP 2: CONTACT THE BLOGGER
Now that you found a blog, email the blogger with a short custom voice over sample using one of their recent blog posts to show how an audio version would sound.
This works because writers usually love hearing their words come to life.
If you can’t find an email or contact form on the blog, try connecting with them on Twitter or Facebook.
Here’s What to do Next…
In case you didn’t pick up on it, there’s a simple common theme in finding voice over work.
Find the people and businesses that already use or need voice over and offer your voice over services to them.
No matter which techniques you choose to use, if you follow that path consistently the result will be voice over work everyday.
Remember, you don’t have to do every item on this list. Try one and see what kind of result you get. When you find a few techniques that provide you steady voice over work day in and day out, continue to repeat the process in order to build your client base and you’ll end up having more voice over work than you can handle.
What Did I Forget?
I covered a lot but there’s a bunch of ways to secure voice over work.
What’s one of your favorite techniques for finding voice over work?
Let me know in the comments below.