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A voice over artist is always heard and rarely seen. He uses his voice as a tool to captivate and persuade an audience. Essentially, he is an actor. Just as an actor has to study his craft in order to excel, a voice over artist must do the same. The competition in the voice over field is vast. If you don't study your craft you are setting yourself up for failure. To be a voice over artist, you need a home studio that consists of a condenser microphone, a sound booth and audio editing software.
Practice your voice over skills so you won't sound like an amateur. One way to practice is to mimic the pros. To hear professional voice over artists, all you have to do is listen to television and radio advertisements.
Record your own voice reading a voice over script. If you have a lot of versatility with your voice, display that versatility in your recording. By recording your own voice, you can hear how you really sound. Allow others to listen to your recording and critique your skill. You want honest feedback.
As a free service to aspiring voice over talent, the Edge Studio website provides you with thousands of sample scripts that you can use to practice with. You can also record and upload your voice over to the Edge Studio servers to be critiqued by other voice over artists.
Record a professional voice over “demo,” only after practicing and refining your skills. Be sure to show your versatility in your demo. The professional recording should take place in a studio, to ensure it is of excellent caliber. Your demo is your “calling card.” If it's poor quality, you won't book jobs.
Send your voice over demo to radio stations, media outlets and voice over talent agencies. Along with your demo, include a resume of your voice over skills, acting experience and acting skills. Include your name and contact information with your demo. If the agencies like your demo, they will contact you when a project becomes available that matches your voice style.
Find voice over jobs through freelancing websites. A few sites that allow you to freelance voice over projects are Voices, ODesk, Voice123 and Freelancer. These sites will allow you to upload demos of your voice over and bid for open projects. For many of these sites, you must pay a membership fee to bid on projects.
Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.