Voice-over is fun, but it's also a business.
And like any business there are voice-over resources like tools, equipment, products and people that will help make your business more successful.
In this guide, is a list of 20+ important categories related to running your voice-over business.
This includes over 80 options to help you in your voice-over career, no matter where you currently are.
I've highlighted the voice-over resources I recommend based on my own experience.
Use the category list below to quickly find what you're looking for.
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Most of today's voice-over work is done for clients via the internet. An accounting app not only keeps your income and expenses in order, but also makes sending invoices and getting paid online quick and easy.
SpitFire CRM was built for voice actors.
With accounting, and billing, plus prospecting and customer relationship management capabilities, it's the perfect all-in-one solution for growing your voice-over business.
Cost is $25 per month for unlimited clients and invoices.
Freshbooks is small business accounting software. Send invoices, track time, manage receipts, and expenses. Free 30-day trial.
Cost ranges from $15 - $50 per month based on how many clients you have.
QuickBooks Online is an invoicing and accounting platform built for self-employed pros.
Cost ranges from $10 - $60 per month depending on the plan and any add-ons you choose.
Wave Apps is financial software built for small businesses. Offering free invoicing & accounting software with credit card processing & payroll services.
It's free - they earn money from processing fees.
ZipBooks is an accounting software that sends invoices, tracks time and expenses, integrates with your bank & lets you process credit cards.
Plans range from Free to $125 per month.
More auditions = more chances to book voice acting jobs. The right voice-over agent can bring you higher paying jobs for huge brand name clients.
Ready to compete against the best in voice-over?
Bring your "A" game and seek representation from a reputable voice-over agent.
ABRAMS ARTISTS AGENCY
Abrams Artists Agency represents some of the entertainment industry’s most talented film, TV and theater actors across our adult and youth talent divisions.
ACM Talent represents the most accomplished and cutting edge industry talent, providing diverse opportunities in voiceover.
ATLAS TALENT AGENCY
Atlas Talent Agency is an American commercial talent agency, specializing in voiceover talent.
CESD TALENT AGENCY
CESD is one of the nation’s most prestigious voice-over talent agencies and a dominant force in the industry.
TALENT MGMT GROUP
As working talent professionals, TMG was founded to fill a need for trustworthy, straightforward representation.
VO AGENT ALLIANCE
VO Agent Alliance is a talent agency collective that aims to hold the bar high for the voiceover industry.
Audio Recording & Editing Software
Recording and editing voice-over means using software on a daily basis.
Even though the sound quality is the same no matter which software you use, the features differ.
While most advanced features are better suited for making music, some features can improve the efficiency of your voice-over workflow.
ADOBE AUDITION CC
Adobe Audition Creative Cloud was originally Cool Edit Pro. Since Adobe took over, the software has only improved. It makes recording and editing voice-over a breeze.
Adobe Audition CC costs around $20 per month if you go with an annual plan.
Audacity is free, open source audio software. With the ability to record, edit and export, it's not fancy, but it's everything you need for voice-over.
TwistedWave is an audio editor that's easy to use, fast, and powerful. It's available for Mac, iPhone / iPad and online.
Cost for TwistedWave for Mac is $80.
REAPER is a complete digital audio production application, offering a full multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering toolset.
A discounted license for Reaper is $60. If your gross revenue exceeds $20k/year you'll need a commercial license, which is $225.
Available options for getting your voice from your microphone to your computer have come a long way since built-in computer sound cards. Your audio interface choice will most likely depend on the input type available on your computer.
Here's a few popular options among the voice-over community (that'll last for years in your recording studio).
UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN MKII
Apollo Twin MkII delivers enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording.
The SOLO version costs around $700 (plug-ins are additional).
UNIVERSAL AUDIO ARROW
Arrow is the world’s first Thunderbolt 3-powered desktop recording audio interface for Mac and Windows — delivering class-leading audio conversion, two Unison™ mic preamps, and a suite of onboard UAD plug-ins.
The cost of the Arrow is around $499 (plug-ins are additional.
FOCUSRITE SCARLETT 2I2
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a workhorse. It's well built and provides incredible quality audio in a small body.
The cost of the 2i2 is around $145.
iD4 delivers the audio performance of a large format console in a portable desktop package. iD4 is a professional but affordable solution for your home studio or for when you’re on the road.
The iD4 costs around $200.
MACKIE ONYX ARTIST 1-2 USB
The Mackie Onyx Artist 1-2 USB Interface delivers true studio-quality sound with maximum headroom and ultra-low noise.
This Mackie Onyx Artist is $99.
RME BABYFACE PRO
The RME Babyface Pro is engineered to give you great control directly on its faceplate, and a sturdy and attractive aluminum casing. The RME Babyface Pro makes it easier than ever to record voice-over.
The RME BabyFace Pro costs $750.
SHURE X2U USB
The Shure X2u is a simple XLR-to-USB Signal Adapter. Plug in any XLR microphone and it'll convert the signal to a USB input for digital recording.
The X2u will set you back $99.
STEINBERG UR22 MKII
Record voice-over in studio quality on your laptop, iPad or even iPhone with the UR22mkII, with outstanding audio and build quality for its price class.
The UR22 costs around $150.
Never stop improving your voice-over skills.
There's always something you can learn and get better at in voice-over (and in life).
Working with a qualified voice-over coach is a great way to figure out where you can improve. Even a minor change has the potential to make a huge impact to your audition-to-booking ratio.
Everett Oliver is one of LA’s most respected and sought after voiceover coaches.
Gabby offers voiceover training & lessons in her Charlotte, NC studio as well as remote training for those outside of the area.
J. Michael Collins has mentored some of the industry’s fastest rising stars in VO. His proven performance-oriented coaching techniques will harness your strengths.
Marc Cashman is an award-winning Radio & TV commercial producer and voice actor with over 35 years of broadcast and production experience.
Nancy Wolfson is a private Voice Over Teacher, and is recommended by top-market talent Agents as the premiere “Go To” person in advising beginning and expert talent on Personal Branding.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software
When you're dealing with hundreds or even thousands of voice-over clients, you need to keep every contact organized.
A CRM (customer relationship management) can give you reminders and help you know who's who, so no customer falls through the cracks.
SpitFire CRM was built for voice actors.
From prospecting (finding new clients), to keeping in touch with existing customers, plus accounting and billing features, it's the perfect all-in-one solution for growing your voice-over business.
Cost is $25 per month for unlimited clients and invoices.
HubSpot CRM helps you organize, track, and build relationships with leads and customers.
The basic CRM is free, with advanced features starting at $50 per month.
Nimble is a CRM that helps teams nurture business relationships across email and social media.
Cost of Nimble is $9 - $25 per month depending on plan/term.
Streak is a CRM that allows you to manage sales and customer relationships directly inside Gmail.
Cost ranges from free to $99 per month.
VoiceOverView is a management tool built by voice actors, for voice actors that helps you track your voice-over business.
Cost ranges from free to $10 per month.
Coaching and demo production go hand-in-hand. A voice-over demo producer will work with you to make sure you sound your best and are taken seriously.
Not only will you have a final demo you can be proud of but one that actually helps you land voice-over work.
Hiring a professional voice-over demo producer typically costs $2k-$3k.
For over 30 years, Emmy Award winning sound designer, recording engineer and producer "Uncle Roy" Yokelson has built an impressive list of credits for his work in a wide variety of media.
DEMOS THAT ROCK
Chuck Duran is the Owner and Head Producer at Demos That Rock Studios in Los Angeles.
He has a varied and extensive background in the entertainment business, with hundreds of impressive credits to his name.
EAR BLOWING AUDIO PRODUCTIONS
Eric Romanowski is an Elite Voiceover Demo Producer and Radio Imaging Producer/Coach. He produces top-caliber demos for some of the biggest voiceover talent.
GLOBAL VOICE ACTING ACADEMY
GVAA takes a collaborative approach to each demo, working in tandem with coaches, talent, and producers to ensure its relevant, and on brand.
J. Michael Collins is a leader in the field of voiceover demo production.
Most businesses start with a website.
The first step is picking a good, easy to remember domain name for your voice-over business.
Use these sites to see what's available and purchase your URL.
Namecheap offers cheap domain names and reliable service. Plus fewer up-sells during the checkout process.
GoDaddy makes registering Domain Names fast, simple, and affordable
Anyone who has bought voice-over from you in the past is more likely to buy from you again in the future.
An email marketing service allows you to stay in touch on a regular basis, so you can stay top of mind and not be forgotten.
ActiveCampaign is an integrated email marketing tool to help save time while growing your business with sales automation.
MailChimp offers email marketing, and automation tools to grow your business on your terms.
File Transfer Services
Audio files take up a large amount of space (especially wav and aif files).
When attaching a voice-over file to an email isn't an option, use a file transfer service to get your file delivered to your client.
Dropbox is a file hosting service designed to reduce busywork-so you can focus on the things that matter.
WE SEND IT
WeSendit is the safest and easiest way to send large or small files, no registration required!
WeTransfer is the simplest way to send your files around the world. Share large files up to 2GB for free.
Get access to files anywhere through secure cloud storage and file backup for your photos, videos, files and more with Google Drive.
Some voice actors use headphones, and others choose not to. Do whatever helps you perform your best and create greate voice-over every day.
SENNHEISER HD 280 PRO
The HD 280 PRO is a pair of closed, dynamic stereo headphones that deliver accurate, linear sound reproduction with ambient noise attenuation.
BEYERDYNAMIC DT 770 PRO
The DT 770 PRO (80 ohms) is a closed dynamic headphone that is ideal for professional voice-over use.
Already have your domain name?
Set up website hosting to store the files that make up your website (including your demo). Hosting is cheap and easy to do.
A SMALL ORANGE
A Small Orange is a web hosting company which prides itself on providing fast, reliable hosting with exceptional customer service.
Hosting with A Small Orange costs around $8/month.
Bluehost is one of the largest website hosting providers and powers millions of websites.
BlueHost costs $4/month to start, then $8/month.
In order to stay in business, your business needs new leads on a consistent basis.
Here are a couple ways to get new leads.
With 500 million+ members, LinkedIn is a great way to find and start relationships with the people who hire voice actors.
ProductionHUB connects you with professional content creators. Find film and video production companies who need voice-over.
All kinds of microphones, for all kinds of budgets. Which voice-over mic can capture your voice best?
NEUMANN TLM 103
The TLM 103 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone from Neumann is a cardioid, directional microphone that features low self-noise.
SENNHEISER MKH 416
The MKH 416 is a shotgun interference tube microphone. Its excellent directivity and small design, low self noise, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 a superb voice-over microphone.
Legendary sound with a little price tag, the MXL 990 has a silky, sweet high end while retaining tight, solid low and midrange reproduction.
CAD AUDIO EQUITEK E100S
The E100S large diaphragm supercardioid condenser has the lowest noise floor in its class (3.7 dBA) and the smooth, vintage tone and robust low end CAD is known for.
APOGEE MIC PLUS USB
Apogee MiC Plus is a professional studio quality USB microphone you can connect to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC. MiC Plus makes it easy to capture voice-over with incredible quality, anywhere you go.
Online Casting Sites (Pay-to-Play)
Online voice-over casting sites have worked hard to position themselves as the place to go when a client needs voice-over.
Become a member and it suddenly becomes less about finding the jobs, and more about winning the jobs.
While most of the job postings on Bodalgo are from client's outside the US, they are some of the most professional clients you'll find on an online casting website. A yearly membership costs around $250.
Voice123 allows you to directly contact and negotiate rates with clients that hire you. They don't charge commissions or fees on jobs you book. The Premium membership is $395/year.
Voice-Over isn't as much fun if you don't get paid.
These payment processing services make receiving online payments easy.
PayPal is the faster, safer way for voice-over businesses to send and receive money.
Stripe offers an easy way for internet businesses to accept online payments.
Podcasts & Shows (related to voice-over)
There's always something you can learn or improve in your voice-over career.
Make the best use of your time by listening to a podcast or watching a voice-over show, while you're mowing the lawn, or walking on a treadmill (not when you're supposed to be working).
The VO BOSS podcast blends advice on solid, actionable Business Owner Strategies & Success with a dose of inspiration for today's voiceover talent.
VO BUZZ WEEKLY
VO Buzz Weekly has interviews with voice actors, talent agents, casting directors and coaches.
VOICE OVER BODY SHOP
Voice Over Body shop is a Real, Live, VO Talk Show with Dan Lenard & George Whittam.
VOICE OVER MARKETING PODCAST
The Voiceover Marketing Podcast is dedicated to teaching in-depth and advanced marketing, business and personal productivity strategies for people in the voice over and audio production professions.
Voice-Over Roadmap offers Voice-Over Tips, Training, Coaching, Strategies and more for VO Talent of all experience levels.
The VO Meter is a podcast that helps you measure your voice-over progress.
STORIES FROM THE VO BOOTH
Stories from the VO Booth is a podcast that shares real stories from various voice talent, producers and more.
How do you say that? Don't know?
Luckily there's probably someone on the internet who has recorded how it's pronounced.
Oxford Dictionaries puts language information at your fingertips, including pronunciation guides.
The dictionary by Merriam-Webster is America's most trusted online dictionary for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation.
Forvo is the largest pronunciation dictionary in the world. All the words in all the languages pronounced by native speakers.
YouTube is a great place to find out how companies want their name to be pronounced.
There isn't a ton of good information out there about voice-over rates. Don't settle for anything less than you're worth.
Remote Recording & ISDN Alternatives
If you don't already have ISDN, it's difficult to get it installed now.
Thankfully, you may not need it.
Brilliant people have used the power of the internet to surpass the quality and convenience of ISDN. Now if only all clients and studios would just agree.
IPDTL is an ISDN Replacement for remote broadcast contributions. It's perfect for connected your voice-over studio to your client's.
Source-Connect is the ISDN replacement with a deep feature-set for all your remote audio recording and monitoring needs.
ConnectionOpen gives you the freedom to connect uncompressed and synchronized with multiple users and won’t leave you reliant on a specific browser, hardware, or expensive ISDN line.
Cleanfeed enables anyone to send, receive and record live audio using only a browser.
Skype offers free online calls and affordable calls to mobiles and landlines. It's great if you need a phone patch in your studio.
Whether you need help troubleshooting a studio problem or just have a voice-over question, here are some ways to get help.
HOME VOICE OVER STUDIO MASTER
You want your personal voice over studio to be competitive in the rapidly expanding voice over market. Dan Lenard can help turn a space in your house or apartment into the ultimate personal voice over studio.
GEORGE THE TECH
George Whittam’s golden ears and over 20 years pro-audio experience as an engineer and technician will walk you through the processes of improving your studio’s acoustics.
Shhh... Do you hear that?
You wouldn't if you were in an isolated vocal booth. Keep the noise out of your studio with a vocal booth.
STUDIOBRICKS acoustic booths - Top sound insulation, acoustics and design with simple construction and transport. Subtle, elegant and beautiful!
Since 1990, WhisperRoom, Inc. has manufactured and shipped Sound Isolation Enclosures across the world. Their sound isolation booths significantly reduce ambient and acoustic noise and can be used as vocal booths for voice over.
Website Design and Tools
A professionally designed website with your branding helps make a great first impression.
Discover 1000s of premium WordPress themes & website templates, including multipurpose and responsive templates.
VOICE ACTOR WEBSITES
Voice Actor Websites specializes in mobile friendly solutions for voice actors.
They offer two design packages - templates or custom sites.
VoiceZam is a website demo player for Voice-Over Professionals that is able to provide you with demo playback stats.
Pricing starts at $9 per month and increases based on add-on services.
What did I forget?
Got a category, tool, resource, or person you'd recommend to be included on this list?
Name it and let me know your experiences in the comments below.