How to Find Voice Over Jobs
Tips on how to get voice over clients
So, you’ve decided to become a voice actor — congratulations! Now, how do you find voice over jobs?
Getting voice acting clients can be one of the most challenging parts of working in the industry. Many voice actors spend more time trying to find work than they do completing the work!
The good news is, there are many proven ways to grow your list of clients — and keep them coming back.
This article will provide our top tips for finding voice over clients. Just remember, you’ll need to make a consistent effort over time to see results.
Understand the voice over marketplace
In the past, getting a voice over job often required you to travel to a studio to audition in person.
But in recent years, the voice over industry has moved online, and most voice actors find, record and deliver work digitally.
You might be sitting at home, get an email with a hot request from a client, record and send the file — and be back on the couch 10 minutes later. That’s the beauty of technology!
In terms of getting clients, it’s good to have an overview of the major online talent platforms.
Be aware that these platforms are full of competitors and they will deduct a fee from your project payment.
However, they are a legitimate starting point for some beginner voice actors. Among the most well-known platforms:
- Voice Bunny
- Boldago (for European jobs)
Get a voice acting agent
With the online voice acting marketplace, you can connect directly with potential clients. But there are many reasons you should consider getting a voice acting agent.
A good voice over agent will:
- Send you auditions that are relevant for your skills, talents and interests
- Keep you in mind for jobs that fit your profile (e.g., female with a warm, conversational voice who does explainer videos and can deliver the project in 12 hours)
- Use their network of contacts to find a better variety of jobs than you’d find yourself
Most voice over agents are based out of a regional hub such as Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Toronto, Nashville or Montreal. They often specialize in different genres of voice over work.
Which one will work for you depends on which type of voice acting you do and the geographic area that you want to target.
If you’re looking for agency representation, we’ve put together a comprehensive database of voice acting agents and their contact information.
You might think that agents would be clamoring to work with voice over talent. But there are more voice over actors than there are jobs, so most agents can afford to be selective about who they work with.
One good way to get an agent is to bring work to him or her. If you’re trying to sign with an agent, and you get a job that is worthy of going through representation, bring it to your prospective agent.
When you’re looking for an agent, pay attention to the difference between union jobs (such as SAG-AFTRA) and nonunion jobs. A union job has to go through a union agent and union paymaster. Often a nonunion job can be converted to a union job, if desired.
Union jobs are governed by a contract that guarantees you a certain pay rate for your work, provides access health insurance and protects you in ways you might not be otherwise.
Explore job boards in your voice acting niche
Half the battle of finding voice over jobs is knowing who your clients are — and where they are looking for talent.
Once you’ve narrowed down a niche, check out the job boards and forums associated with that niche. Whether it’s commercials, e-learning or corporate narration, getting specific can help you connect with just the right clients.
You can find these sites by searching for keywords like “audiobook narration” + “job board.”
For example, a website called ACX is operated by Audible, Amazon’s audiobook company. It allows writers to hire audiobook narrators.
Find voice over clients in person
Sometimes there’s no substitute for meeting someone face to face.
Voice over conferences allow you to network with other talent and eventually land referrals from others in your industry. Having a broad network of fellow voice actors can be helpful in that regard.
But you shouldn’t be spending all your time with your peers. A better way to find work is by going to the conferences and other industry events that your prospective clients attend.
If you’re trying to break into commercial work, that might mean going to the local or national advertising association conferences – where you’ll find lots of producers seeking talent.
The same concept applies to the actual industries you want to target. If you want to work with healthcare clients, research the many healthcare-marketing events and who typically attends.
You’ll make some interesting connections at these events, so make sure to bring business cards with a link to your website and demos.
Market yourself as a professional voice actor
As a professional voice actor and business owner, your image is almost as important as your voice.
By that we mean, your online and offline presence should reflect the level of skill, focus and professionalism you bring to your work.
Here are some ways to improve how others perceive you:
- Record solid demos for the niches you’re targeting
- Create a professional, mobile-friendly website that tells your story and sells your skills
- Optimize your website for search engines (if someone types in “your name” + “voiceover,” your site should rank on page 1 of the results)
- Deploy consistent branding across all your channels, from social media to business cards
- Use email marketing to stay top-of-mind with your current and prospective clients
- Ask happy clients to provide testimonials — “social proof” is a powerful selling point!
- Overall, figure out what’s valuable to the people who will hire you — and then deliver it
Deliver what voice over clients want
Your technical skills as a voice actor are only part of the equation for building a profitable voice acting business.
You also need to master customer service if you’re going to succeed in the long run.
Being responsive to your clients’ needs and preferences will go a long way toward generating repeat business. Let’s say they want you to try a new delivery platform. Being flexible and easy to work with will win you many fans.
Once you’ve become a “known quantity,” many clients will stop searching and come back to you with more work.
Along the same lines, developing a relationship with a production company can generate a steady stream of projects. Many production companies have their own stables of talent, so it can be worthwhile to get on their roster.
Again, a targeted online search will help you find the most appropriate contacts at these companies.
Bringing it all together
In general, you should find as many voice over clients as possible. Keep in mind that voice acting is project-based, and it’s natural for work to ebb and flow.
Don’t count on paying the bills with one, two or even 10 clients. Keeping plenty of clients in the pipeline will help you stay busy — and profitable.
Cheers to your future successes in voice acting!
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