There are a lot of people making money from home doing voice over work. If you’re not familiar with what that is, it’s what you’re hearing when you watch just about any commercial when someone is talking over the video. Voice over artists are also used for radio and audio books. And don’t think you can’t do this because your voice doesn’t sound “perfect.” People with all different types of accents and tones are needed in this industry.
Before the days of the internet, your location might have mattered a little more than it does now if you wanted to get into this line of work. But thanks to the internet and all the resources we have access to, it’s very possible to do recordings from home and get them quickly into the hands of the right people.
How does voice over work pay?
Like just about anything else, it can pay really well or not so well. It just depends on who you’re doing it for. Some people make really good money recording professionally while others only make a little here and there.
What kind of equipment do you need?
Some people set up actual recording studios inside their homes to get the best possible sound, but at a minimum you will need a very good quality microphone and your computer will of course need to be set up to create audio files of your voice. The exact equipment you’ll need will probably vary depending on the client.
Where to find the work?
Here are a few resources I came across online that might be helpful if you’re new to this industry with no idea where to start:
Voices.com – This site allows you to register for free and create a profile that includes samples of your voice. Then, you can access job postings online and audition for the ones you feel you’re a good fit for. Voices acts as the middle man and takes a commission from your earnings, then sends the rest of the money to you through either Paypal or check.
Voice123 – Another site similar to Voices.com that lets you create a free profile and gain access to various voice over projects. Voices123 claims to not take a commission so you are paid directly by their clients.
VoiceBunny – Sign up here and get paid for every approved recording that you do. They send money via Paypal or wire transfer.
I also found this Ehow article online with some good tips on breaking into the voice over industry. Please share below if you know of some other good resources for beginners!
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