Getting started in voiceover
So as you all know by now, I’m still fairly new to the voiceover field, but we’ve all gotta start somewhere. From experience, I can tell you what works, and what doesn’t.
Practice is incredibly important. Whether this is in a fancy booth that you may have built following my blog post (link here), or from your phone’s microphone. Yes, you can do that. All you need is your phone. I wouldn’t recommend recording paid work with it, but if you’re in a pinch and need to practice, a phone is beyond useful.
Pay to Play sites are great, but what if you’re just getting started? Not many people would recommend this, but I recommend trying out fiverr, just to get some money flowing, and getting used to the workflow. You’ll be working for pennies, but it’ll make the change to higher paying clients that much more satisfying. As far as pay to play sites, I don’t have too much experience with them, I’ll be sure to post a blog centred around them further down the line.
USB VS XLR
USB devices are great. Cheaper than an XLR microphone, and will get you started in voiceover, if you’re strapped for cash. Just be sure to upgrade to XLR as soon as possible. Also, don’t cheap out on your microphone. I’d recommend an Apogee microphone if you’re going USB, but remember, your potential clients want great audio. If you don’t provide that, then they may seek alternative voiceover artists.
Learn how to use your audio recording software
Need I say more? This kinda loops back the the beginning “practice” section, it’s important you know how to make the most out of your audio recording software, to produce the best quality product for your clients. I’d recommend audacity, free on Windows and Mac, and does everything you really need for starting out in voiceover.
So that’s getting started in voiceover. If you follow these steps, you should start gaining some income, and a taste for the voiceover world. I’ll post a part two for this blog further down the line, on how to convert from 10 low paying fiverr clients to 3 high paying clients. When I do, I’ll add a link here.
Thanks as always for reading,