17 Ways to Find Voice Over Work Today That Will Generate Income Tomorrow

You’ve aced your voice over training.

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.

 

bbs technique for voice over1. 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:

voice over work by hiring someone

Here’s the response I received (almost instantly):

email response after hiring someone

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.

Free PDF: Download all “17 Ways to Find Voice Over Work” as a PDF so you can take action on the techniques and strategies as you have time.

YouTube for voice over work

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:

Gutter 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:

YouTube 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:

Months

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.

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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.

Here’s 2 quick and easy ways to find client niche types.

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:

Google search for voice over work

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.

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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…

Voice Over Work Tweet

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.

 

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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…

voices 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:

voices 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.

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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.

Sometimes.

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.

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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.

Simple right?

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:

Voicebunny project

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.

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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”:

Paid only

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:

audiobook narrators

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.

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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.

Here’s why:

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!

Test it!

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

FIverr for voice over work

And over 30,000 delivered voice over projects:

30k voice over jobs on fiverr

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 the #1 factor I considered before selling on Fiverr (and it's not the reason you think).

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 Create a Gig

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!

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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”:

Voice over work from 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:

member directory

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.

Latest voice over jobs

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.

Simple!

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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:

Bodalgo Dashboard

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.

Register on Bodalgo

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:

Bodalgo 30 Plan

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.

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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:

Voice123 for voice over work

Those all came in overnight.

Guess how many of those I auditioned for?

ZERO!

Even though I don’t always audition or even read many of my Voice123 invitation emails, I’m still a paying member.

Why?

Two reasons:

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.

Like this:

Private voice over job on voice123

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.

Voice123 signup form

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.

voice123 profile

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.

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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:

Become a Freelancer on Upwork

STEP 2: CREATE YOUR PROFILE

Next start putting your profile together. You can find “Voice Talent” as a service listed under “Design & Creative”:

voice talent service

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:

Search For Voice Over

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.

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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.

ACX upload samples

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.

ACX titles search

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:

acx upload audition

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.

Family Friends

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’s good.

That means when a project comes up that needs voice over, you’ll be the first (and only) person they think of.

Blogs to Podcasts

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.

It’s this:

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.

  • Wow! Jason thank you so much for that article. It was extremely thorough – just what I needed!

    As someone re-entering the business who previously relied on word of mouth in a small market, that article was extremely helpful! I’m going to try the avenues which suit my current experience level and time constraints and run hard.

    I followed the advice you gave me a few weeks ago considering my website and I also joined voices.com. It’s been a blast auditioning and finding my voice as I go. I am also fitting a large walk-in closet with a studio. Right now I know enough to be dangerous but I’m relying on audio engineering peeps in Nashville and a great deal of studying to light the way.

    Thank you again. It was very generous.

    • Jason McCoy

      I’m glad you found it useful Jeff!

  • Jason,

    Thank you for a very informative article. I’ll definitely check into some of those sites. I had also passed on Fiverr before, but will give it a second look.

    I can also attest to finding work on ACX for those who are looking for audio book work. Not only have I been able to secure steady work there, I also made contact with a publisher who helps keep my audio book jobs jumping.

    Unless you’re one of the rare few who don’t need to search for work, your article is invaluable.

    • Jason McCoy

      Thanks for checking it out Greg! Very true – audio books can be a great source of on-going income.

  • Great article and suggestions. I keep scratching my head and wondering how to gain clients. This article has it all and I will be implementing many of your recommendations in my daily marketing. Thanks for the insight and into. I’m really grateful for this. Looking forward to seeing the results.

    • Jason McCoy

      Great Paul! Keep me posted on your progress!

  • Dave

    There’s another site that wants to be the top runner. They provide the voice talent to their clients – but also sell equipment to VO artists from a simple mic to a full booth installation. They are “picky” about their reputation so don’t expect to rock up with any old clip and get a membership – they vet you before accepting your membership.

    Look them up voxxpress.com / @VoxXpress

    • Jason McCoy

      Thanks for that info Dave!

  • Kylie

    I’ve picked up lots of jobs at The Voice Realm. I’ve been on Bodalgo for 5 years with nothing. Voices website has too many people. My auditions never even get listened to.

    • Jason McCoy

      I don’t have any personal experience with The Voice Realm so that’s good to know Kylie! Thanks for the input!

  • Hi Jason,

    Lots of great tips here, nice one! I shall certainly try a few of them. I’ve been doing VO work for a few years now, often through pay-to-play sites (first voice123, and more recently voices.com) but like all freelance professions (I work mostly in theatre) the only way to make a living out of it is by having a few clients that keep coming back to you offering you new work. The P2P sites are a good way of finding these clients and establishing on going relationships with them.

    I was invited to join Voice Bunny when they started up, as I was a member of Voice123 at the time. I am still registered with them but NEVER do the contests. From time to time a client will contact me through Voice Bunny and ask me specifically to do a read for them. However, I absolutely DETEST Voice Bunny. Partly because of the ridiculously low fees for the work, but mostly because of the system which makes it impossible for you to have any direct contact with the client. This is a major impediment to delivering a read which the client actually likes. As a VO actor, I very often have some questions about the text and the style the client wants – sometimes uncertainty about pronunciation, or perhaps you spot an error in the text and want to check if the client wants it like that or wants you to change it. With this normal exchange of emails/messages, I normally develop a relationship with the client, and better understand their tastes and preferences. It also makes the job more satisfying, having actual human contact. Voice Bunny makes it absolutely impossible to connect with the client. They also have this system where they first have to “approve” your read before it even gets sent to the client. If the client does want a revision, you can charge for that, although Voice Bunny tries to make you feel bad if you do. In all other VO work I have done, I will do as many revisions as the client wants at no extra cost. But all other VO work I have done pays much more than Voice Bunny, and revisions is just part of the job.

    So when I do have a revision request – even for a single word – I will charge the same amount as the original fee. So if I am being paid an pathetic $57.93 for three paragraphs of text, I will charge $57.93 for every subsequent revision. If I do get 2 or 3 revisions, the fee starts to approach a professional level.

    This system is inherently bad, and encourages the talent to provide a read which makes it past the Nazi Bunny approval, but which the client will not be happy with. (Not that I would do that, of course, as it is hard-wired into me to always try and deliver the highest possible quality of work.)

    The other thing which is rather depressing is listening to the auditions other people have submitted for a job. These are invariably of a very low standard, and makes me realize that the only reason these people are working for such tiny rates is that they are not good enough to get properly paid work. Which leaves me thinking – why am I wasting my time on this amateur site? This is also why I never do the contests.

    Apologies for the rant, Jason (there’s actually a bunch more stuff that irks me that I spared you from!) but I consider Voice Bunny to be the lowest form of VO work. I would only recommend it to someone just starting out as a means of sharpening your skills.

    I find voices.com to be mostly very good, although I do wonder sometimes when a client requires the whole script as an audition, and then you notice that the job was never awarded to anyone… So my Top Tip for the day is – never submit the whole script as an audition!

    All the best,

    james

    • Jason McCoy

      Thanks for the great insight James! As you mentioned, being able to have a relationship with a client is a necessity of building a voice over business. It can also depend how a voice talent wants to operate: take the time to build client relationships that last and that provide work over years or land quick (somewhat easy) lower paying jobs with little chance of them being a repeat client.

  • Jason, you have given me plenty of new avenues to go down to find VO work, and I am very grateful! Some on your list have not worked for me, but there are many other ideas I hadn’t even known about, so this is excellent, and I am attacking this list today! Thank you!

    • Jason McCoy

      That’s great to hear Lucy! I’m curious which ones you tried in the past but didn’t have any luck with.

  • What an amazing collection of advice all in one place. It’s like being a fly on the wall of the ultimate Voice Over Mastermind Group! Thanks for compiling these Jason. A lot of people are going to be blessed!

    • Jason McCoy

      I’m really glad you found it helpful Andrew!

  • Jason,
    Thanks for such a great resource of practical things to do in one article!
    I have actually been doing about 25% of these on a regular basis and plan on doing more now.
    Upwork for me is the most profitable of the online resources. My fiverr business is starting to pickup as well and the key to building it is consistency in submitting buyer requests, contacting buyers who need VO, great customer service and adding in the right “extras” to your gig.
    Voices dot com has been a sore spot for me having submitted almost 500 auditions in 4 months and garnering 4 low-mid level paying jobs, probably going to cancel that and try Bodalgo and Backstage with that $50/month.
    You did not mention Craigslist which has a large number of places to search “voice over” and “voice acting” and you’d be surprised what comes up – I’ve made a number of good contacts.
    Another resource is Guru.com – not as many VO jobs but enough that I get a couple of projects a month and it’s free for my membership level.

    • I forgot one more site – freelancer.com is another revenue source for VO and for as little as $5/month.

    • Jason McCoy

      Thanks for the additional resources Troy!

  • Stephen

    Hi Jason,

    Many thanks for this article! I am just starting out in voice over work and this information is very useful. One other site that I would recommend, especially for those thinking about getting into audiobook narration is Librivox.org. It is completely volunteer driven (i.e., you won’t make any money from it), but it was a great introduction to the world of audiobook narration. I discovered it was a good way for me to test the waters to see if I even liked narrating books and get my feet wet in the recording, editing and proofing process.

    Thanks again,
    Stephen

    • JASON McCOY

      Hey Stephen,

      Glad you found this guide useful. Thanks for the link to Librivox.org. That’s good to know.

  • Janelle

    Jason,
    Thank you for this informative, helpful, and thorough piece.

    • JASON McCOY

      You’re very welcome Janelle!

  • Gerardo

    Jason,

    This is such an incredible and helpful article!
    It is helping me to expand my horizons as a professional bilingual voice over artist.

    Thanks for all the great tips,

    Gerardo.

    • JASON McCOY

      Hi Gerardo! You bet! I hope you’re able to scale your VO business with these techniques.

  • christycarlo

    Anyone know anything about The Voice Realm? I see one comment here but I hear iffy things about it wondering if I could get some feedback before joining. This is a GREAT article – really got me thinking on the possibilities. Thank you!

  • I was wondering if you need a home studio to do most of this work? I don’t have the funds to build one at this time and was wondering if just a microphone and using a laptop would be good enough to start out? Also do the clients add music or special effect to the script after it is completed? I don’t have experience in video editing or anything like that.

    Thank you,

    Gail Rinaldi

    • JASON McCOY

      Hi Gail,

      Yes, you do need a home studio. It’s possible to record with a mic and a laptop. The room acoustics will play a larger role in the quality of your recordings.

      Most of the time, clients will add their own music and you’ll just be providing the voice over. From time to time a client may ask you to mix music to your voice, which is easily done with almost any audio recording/editing software. You don’t need to deal with video editing at all.

      I hope that helps!

  • Ibrahim Hami

    Jason, That was supper. Thanks

  • Jason,
    You totally nailed this! I am a full-time VO talent and coach and I plan on using your advice and sharing your site with all of my students and colleagues.

    Keep up the great work and here’s wishing you much success in 2017!
    -Bobby Sheldon

    • JASON McCOY

      Thanks Bobby!

  • Alani Keiser

    Hi Jason,

    Thanks for this in-depth info!
    I’m a South African voice over artist, with about 4 year experience. However, work has been declining and I’m not sure why. I sometimes feel my voice isn’t good enough and I just need to find those clients that want a bubbly South African voice, you know?
    I’m sitting at the beginning of a new year, with not even one new client – existing clients are working on new things. So it’s kinda like: “Be on stand-by Lani”… but when?
    It makes me panic. I hate it.
    So I’m going to try your Chamber of Commerce idea… as well as Voice Bunny (I tried joining 3 years ago, but wasn’t accepted – I wonder if I can try again?).
    Thanks loads. Your other guides are also just as useful. I’m grateful I found you on Google! xx