Are You Ready To Work As A Freelancer?
Of the many things that draw people to a career as a professional voice actor, one of the most significant is that it’s the kind of career that comes with a lot of freedom. Voice over artists tend not to work the same kind of typical nine to five careers that a lot of other people do and that can be a great thing. It offers you a lot of flexibility over your time, it gives you the chance to meet and work with new people a lot, and it means that you’re rarely going to find yourself stuck doing the same thing every day. However, this kind of freelance life still comes with its own share of challenges. Here are some of the things that you need to be able to do if you want to succeed as a freelancer.
Be strict with yourself
One of the common misconceptions that a lot of people have about pretty much all freelance work is that you can let any sense of routine fly out of the window and sure, a large degree of flexibility is both useful and necessary for a voice acting career. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s not important to be strict with yourself. Whether it’s preparing your voice reel, rehearsing, creating your brand and marketing yourself , or making sure that you have work recorded to send over to clients, you need to be strict with how you use your time. Otherwise, you’re just going to end up getting buried underneath everything you have to get done. This is especially true if you’re working from a home studio, something that we will be covering in a later blog.
Learn to connect with other people
If you want to get work as a voice over artist then you need to have skill and talent. There’s no doubt about that. However, those two things are only going to get you so far. You could be voice over artist and people still aren’t going to work with you if you’re rude, demanding, or you don’t bother to actually put in the work. Working with the voice over industry, as with any creative industry, is about working with people. If you’re not prepared to be polite, respond to feedback, and get things done on time, it really won’t matter how talented you are. Remember, you’re a brand as much as professional and if you aren’t able to work with people in a professional way, that’s going to damage that brand and make it a lot harder for you to get the work you need.
Maintain a work/life balance
The flipside of the kind of flexibility that comes with any freelance work is that you actually end up working more than you would if you had a more traditional job. Working freelance means that it’s tempting to feel like you’re always on the clock. The reality is that this is just too exhausting to be sustainable, especially for a voice over artist, when being well rested directly impacts the quality of your work. You need to be sure that, no matter how flexible you may be, you still take time to step away from your work for a while and recharge your batteries.
The biggest mistake that you can make when trying to create a career for yourself as a voice-over artist is to assume that, because it’s exciting and interesting, it’s not still work. The reality is that you need to be willing to put in every bit as much into your career as you want to get out of it. Sites like fiver.com and 5squid.com are great resources for those looking to get started in a freelance career. The key is to remember that no one is going to come looking for you. You have to get out there and find the work you need.